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Unions want working holidaymaker visa axed, say pandemic shows farmers’ over-reliance on backpackers – ABC News

Unions claim the backpacker program is rife with exploitation, calling for more Australians to work on farms as well as an expansion of the seasonal worker program.

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Australian farmers need to stop hiring international backpackers to harvest their crops and instead employ young people in regional and rural areas, according to several unions.
Key points:

  • Unions have called for the working holiday maker visa to be abolished
  • The horticulture sector estimates removing backpackers from the fresh food sector will cost industry $13 billion
  • Australia’s unemployment at highest level in 20 years

The Australian Workers’ Union, the S…

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