How Nick Xenophon voted compared to someone who believes that the federal government should increase the tax rate for working holiday visa holders so that they are taxed at a rate of 19% on every dollar earned up to $37,000

Division Nick Xenophon Supporters vote Division outcome

24th Nov 2016, 1:29 PM – Senate Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016 and related bills - in Committee - Reduce tax rate from 19% to 10.5%

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The majority voted in favour of a motion to reduce the proposed new tax rate for working holiday visa holders earning under $37,000 from the 19% rate included in the bill to 10.5%.

Tasmanian Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie introduced this motion and explained:

How do we stop [backpackers] voting with their feet and bypassing Australia? We lower the tax rate from 19 per cent to 10.5 per cent, because 19 per cent is not internationally competitive. How do we know that it is not internationally competitive? Because the backpackers, even at nine per cent, are voting with their feet and avoiding Australia like the plague. We have an opportunity in our parliament to fix this problem right here and now. Do it once and do it right.

What do these bills do?

These bills change the income tax arrangements for working holiday visa holders. If passed, they will mean that visa holders will be taxed from the first dollar earned, rather than having the usual tax free threshold.

For visa holders earning up to $37,000, the bills propose to apply a tax rate of 19%.

Read more about the bills in the bills digest.

Motion text

(1) Schedule 1, item 6, page 5 (line 15) omit "19%", substitute "10.5%".

(2) Schedule 1, item 7, page 5 (table item 1), omit "19%", substitute "10.5%".

absent No (strong) Passed by a small majority

How "never voted" is worked out

Normally a person's votes count towards a score which is used to work out a simple phrase to summarise their position on a policy. However in this case Nick Xenophon was absent during all divisions for this policy. So, it's impossible to say anything concrete other than that they have "never voted" on this policy.