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Greens call on NSW Government to stop taxing NSW women’s periods

Media Release
Larissa Waters 10 Jun 2015

The Greens will join with 'Stop Taxing My Period' campaign organiser Subeta Vimalarajah in Sydney on Wednesday to call on the NSW Government to hurry up and get on board with ending the tampon tax.

Ms Vimalarajah's online petition topped 100,000 signatures over the long weekend but the NSW Government is still refusing to join other states in agreeing the tax should be scrapped.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, Senator Larissa Waters said the Greens would keep up the pressure on the state and federal governments.

"The tampon tax is sexist and should never have been imposed in the first place. We Greens opposed the tampon tax when it was first brought in and we continue to oppose it now.

"Together Australian women are paying tens of millions of dollars a year in tax on products that we can't do without. The tampon tax is exacerbating our country's financial gender inequality problem.  

"It's sensational that Subeta's online petition has drawn national attention to this issue and that so many Australians agree this discriminatory tax needs to be scrapped.

"Both the NSW and federal governments need to listen to the community and get rid of the tampon tax ASAP by working together instead of blaming each other for delays," Senator Waters said.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, NSW Greens MP and spokesperson for the status of women, said as the largest state NSW should be leading the removal of the tampon tax, not lagging behind other states.

"More women are impacted by this discriminatory tax in our state than anywhere else.

"As the first woman Treasurer of NSW Gladys Berejiklian should be taking the initiative and signing on to what really is a long-overdue removal of clear and ingrained sexism in our taxation system.

"Instead of deflecting onto other states and the federal government, NSW should be out in front saying enough is enough.

"A majority of states and territories now support the tax removal so it's high time NSW got on board," she said.


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