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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.

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Let's pull the plug on the Tampon Tax!


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Letter to
Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott
Treasurer The Hon. Wayne Swan
Shadow Treasurer The Hon. Joe Hockey
and 5 others
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
I am writing to you about the GST still charged on Tampons (and all other Sanitary Products).

Having a tax on sanitary items is absolutely unacceptable. Despite John Howard's remarks in 2000 on the implementation of the tax, charging women as a direct result of their basic biology is hugely and fundamentally sexist - especially given that condoms are classified as GST free essential health products while sanitary items are not.

No action has been taken in the last four years, and this implied support of a tax that is inherently sexist, and infringes on the economic rights of Australian women (as a direct consequence of the tax, women will be taxed approximately $1000 across their lifetime for the use of sanitary items; which is arguably a thousand dollars more than Australian men).

This issue is even more concerning given the successful election of Australia's first female Prime Minister - which was supposedly a great step forward for the rights and interests of women in Australia.

I ask as an Australian, and a voter, that you use your considerable influence, along with that of your colleagues, to make lasting, positive change for the women of Australia, and have tampons (and all other sanitary products) placed on the list of GST free essential health products.

Sophie Liley - Women's Department - UWA Student Guild started this petition with a single signature, and now has 45,348 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.