Finally! Tampon Tax to be repealed
The GST on tampons and other sanitary products is finally set to be removed after a historic decision by Australian Treasurers today.
Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said that the unanimous decision of the Council on Federal Financial Relations came after concerted lobbying.
“This is something that I feel very passionately about – you should not be taxed for having your period,” Ms Trad said.
“Shaving cream isn’t taxed, lube and condoms aren’t taxed, there is no good reason why essential sanitary products should be taxed.
“That’s why I lobbied hard for all States and the Commonwealth to get on board and to axe this discriminatory policy.
“I also want to acknowledge the incredible work of organisations like Share the Dignity who worked tirelessly on this campaign.
“This is about cost of living relief for Queensland women and it’s something that so many people have fought passionately for.
“I’m very happy that Canberra has finally listened with GST to be removed from sanitary items from 1 January.
“We will now start a period of consultation around the kind of products that will be excluded from the GST - for example tampons, pads and menstrual cups.
“So I want to encourage people to get involved and have their say and help us bid farewell to this unfair tax for good.”