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Abbott Government must not delay on ending the tampon tax

Media Release
Larissa Waters 26 May 2015

The Australian Greens will keep up the pressure in the federal Parliament to make sure the tampon tax is removed, after Treasurer Hockey's commitment last night to raise this matter with the states. 

"GST should have never applied to tampons and pads in the first place," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

"The Greens will keep up the pressure to make sure the Abbott Government does not delay for months and months by making excuses about the states, when the Commonwealth could technically act unilaterally to remove GST from sanitary items.

"I'll be asking in Senate Estimates whether this issue has been added to the July COAG Treasurers' meeting agenda.

"The tampon tax is sexist and screams of policy created without enough women in the room.

"Sanitary items are clearly essential health items, and it's discriminatory to exempt condoms or sunscreen from GST but charge women GST for an essential item.

"We have gender pay, wealth and superannuation gaps. On top of all that financial inequality is a 15-year-old tax that only women have to pay for products they can't do without," Senator Waters said.

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