Joe Hockey agrees to lobby states to ditch tampon tax
Thursday, May 28, 2015
has agreed to reconsider the (GST) on tampons and other hygiene products after being confronted about the issue on Monday night. Mr Hockey was responding to a question from Subeta Vimalarajah.
"I started a petition against taxing the sanitary products under the GST. It now has over 86,000 signees and 11,000 submissions to the Better Tax Review. Mr Hockey, do you think that sanitary products are an essential health good for half the population?” she asked.
"Do I think sanitary products are essential? I think so," Mr Hockey responded "Should the GST be taken off them? It probably should, yes. The answer is yes.”
He said that he will raise the issue with the next meeting of the state treasurers in July.
"I understand there's long been a push to take the GST off goods, which are one way or another regarded as health products," Prime Minister Tony Abbott said. "It's certainly not something that this Government has a plan to do."
He said he interpreted Joe Hockey's remarks as meaning it was a matter for the states.
Shadow Treasurersaid the matter deserved serious consideration.
"Why did it take till Mr Hockey was asked a question on live TV for him to acknowledge this was an issue?" he asked.
"I understand the concerns with taxing sanitary products — concerns that go back to the introduction of the GST by the.
"These are in effect health products and aren't simply a matter of choice for women."
The GST was introduced in Australia in 2000. The then Prime Ministersaid the tax on tampons was not a woman's issue.
"I mean, of course if you look at tampons in isolation - just as you look at something else in isolation - you can mount an argument to take the tax off it," Mr Howard said at the time.
"I could mount an argument to take the tax off children's clothes. I could mount an argument to take the tax off old people's clothes, I could mount an argument for a whole lot of things. But we've had that argument and if you start doing that, you will have no GST in the end, and the whole system will begin to unravel."
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- Alex Lee. "Joe Hockey Says He Supports Removing The Tax On Tampons" — , May 26, 6:00am
- Anna Henderson. "Tampon tax: Joe Hockey agrees to lobby states to ditch GST on sanitary items after question from student on Q&A" — , May 26, 10:30am
- Subeta Vimalarajah. "STOP TAXING MY PERIOD!" — , May, 2015