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100 000-strong Stop Taxing my Period petition to be tabled in Parliament ahead of Treasurers’ decision tomorrow

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Larissa Waters 20 Aug 2015

The Greens will table the Stop Taxing my Period petition, with more than 100 000 signatories, in the federal Senate today, ahead of the COAG Treasurers' meeting on Friday.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, Senator Larissa Waters, who will table the petition at about 11:50 am, said:

"When the treasurers meet on Friday, women across Australia will be counting on them to finally end this sexist tax.

"It's discriminatory to exempt condoms or sunscreen from GST but charge women GST for essential items.

"Tampons and pads should have never been taxed in the first place. It screams of policy created without enough women in the room.

"It's really disappointing that the one woman who will be in the room on Friday, NSW Treasurer Berejiklian, has said she won't support the removal of the tampon tax.

"I urge Treasurer Berejiklian to reconsider, especially as the young woman who started the Stop Taxing my Period petition, Subeta Vimalarajah, is one of her own constituents in NSW.

Greens NSW MP and Status of Women Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, said:

"Women in NSW are looking for leadership on this issue from the Treasurer this Friday.

"It would be deeply disappointing if the roadblock to achieving this change came from NSW, just days after the NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian herself started a conversation in her own party about addressing gender inequality," she concluded.

Senator Waters said most of the other states support removing the tampon tax, although Western Australia and Tasmania have not declared their position.

"We have gender gaps in pay, wealth and superannuation. The last thing women need on top of all that financial inequality is a tax that only women have to pay for products they can't do without.

"While big multi-national companies and millionaires work loopholes to minimise their tax away, women are forced to pay a tax on their bodies - it really couldn't get more unfair," Senator Waters said. 

Contacts:

Senator Waters (Monique Vandeleur) 0419 626 725

Dr Faruqi (Matt Hilton) 0423 106 247

 

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