Axe The TamponTax #BloodyOutrage
  • Petitioned Tony Abbott

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Leader of the Opposition
Tony Abbott
The Hon. Wayne Swan
Shadow Treasurer
The Hon. Joe Hockey
Minister for Finance and Deregulation
The Hon. Penny Wong
Shadow Minister for Finance and Deregulation
The Hon. Andrew Robb
Shadow Minister for Health
The Hon. Peter Dutton
Prime Minister
Julia Gillard
Minister for Health
The Hon. Tanya Plibersek

Axe The TamponTax #BloodyOutrage

    1. Sophie Liley - Women's Department - UWA Student Guild
    2. Petition by

      Sophie Liley - Women's Department - UWA Student Guild

      Perth, Australia

There’s no womb in society for a tampon tax.

Did you know there is a GST on Tampons AND they are called a ‘luxury’?  I don’t know about you, but they don’t seem like a luxury to me. Condoms, lubricant, incontinence pads or sunscreen on the other hand are GST free. What’s with that?  

It’s a bloody outrage. Putting a tax on products women need as a direct consequence of their biology is fundamentally sexist.

It’s a stain on our national image. Half the population of Australia -- approximately 10 million women -- will pay tax on these products for the greater part of their lifetime. Costing us about $1000 for buying an essential health product.

The Tampon Tax is ridiculous. Period. Luckily, women of childbearing age - those of us who need tampons - will be key voters in the upcoming election. So they'll need to listen if they want to woo us for our votes!

It’s a bleeding disgrace. As Australians, as voters, as women, we request that the Federal Government the Opposition end this inherently sexist and unfair unfair tax.

This tax is really cramping my style. Tampons belong on the GST free health products list - they're not a luxury. They're a necessity.

Can you help me out by sharing the petition on Twitter and Facebook -- with all your friends and everyone else?

Let's pull the plug on the Tampon Tax!


Tweet to @JuliaGillard and @TonyAbbottMHR

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 40,000 signatures
    2. We hit 35,000

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    3. Reached 35,000 signatures
    4. We've Reached 20,000 Signatures

      Thanks so much everyone!

      Keep up the good workd

      Axe The Tampon Tax

      We are women (and men) that think that paying GST on sanitary products is a bloody outrage.

    5. Reached 20,000 signatures
    6. We Reached 18K!

      Thanks again to everyone who's out there signing and promoting :)

      Keep on tweeting with the hash tag #bloodyoutrage, and sharing on facebook, so we can actually achieve this!!

      - And on a side note, for those of you wondering- ALL sanitary products are taxed- it just sounded sexier to use the phrase "Axe The Tampon Tax"

    7. Reached 17,500 signatures
    8. We've Cracked 13K!!

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    9. Reached 12,500 signatures
    10. We've reached 5000 signatures!

      Thanks to everyone who's signed the petition so far- make sure you're sharing and tweeting away to make this issue go viral! :)

    11. Reached 5,000 signatures



    Feb 13, 2013

    Suncream,condoms,lubricant=tax free. Tampons are apparently a luxury. I call shennanigans.You can sign too via @change

    Felicity Ward

    Reasons for signing

    • Belinda Zhang AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      I am a woman.

    • Damien Felsman BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      These are a basic womens essential item. hardly what anyone would call a luxury

    • Linda Cooke AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      Young women, [many on lower incomes] can pay up to '$15 plus' per month for sanitary products, coupled with 'Panadol' or other pain management. Tax on sanitary items is most unfair.

    • Katherine Sedunary AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      Being charged GST because we are women is absolutely ridiculous!

    • Isabella Auld AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      Because i am a woman, I will get my period every month for a substantial number of years. I can't afford to be paying extra for a necessity.


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