MEDIA RELEASE: GST ON TAMPONS, WEDNESDAY, 3 OCTOBER 2018

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THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
 
THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
 
THE HON CHRIS BOWEN MP
SHADOW TREASURER
 
THE HON CATHERINE KING MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND MEDICARE
 
GST ON TAMPONS

We welcome the unanimous decision today by the Council on Federal Financial Relations to scrap the unfair and discriminatory “tampon tax”.
 
Labor has led the debate on removing this tax and today vindicates the work Labor has done pressing for this important reform.
 
Back in April we announced we’d scrap this unfair tax on women. 
 
At the time, Mr Morrison described it as a “cynical exercise”.  At the April Council on Federal Financial Relations meeting earlier this year, Mr Morrison said this issue didn’t come up because “we’re dealing with things that are much higher level”.  And in the Parliament, the Liberals and Nationals blocked the progress of a Private Members Bill that would have scrapped the “tampon tax”.
Australian women spend around $300 million on sanitary products – tampons and pads – each year.
 
Currently, every single one of these products is hit with the 10 per cent GST – around $30 million a year in tax – because they are not considered necessities.
 
The tax shouldn’t have been applied in the first place – there is no question that sanitary products aren’t a luxury item. They are necessities.
  
WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER 2018