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Fears of a 'labour crisis' as number of backpackers working in Australia plummets

Australia's tourism and farming sectors will be severely impacted by steep declines in the backpacker workforce caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The number of people on working holidays in Australia has dropped from 135,000 to 80,000 when compared with the same time last year, a Senate committee heard on Monday. 

The committee was told the drop-off will have significant consequences for tourism and farming sectors, which are typically reliant on backpackers for business and labour.

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The Morrison government says the increase in working holiday makers will support regional economies. AAP

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