Anyone who gets periods probably wouldn’t describe it as a ‘luxury,’ but the products that help women stay hygienic and not leak blood everywhere (TMI, but you know it to be true) are still considered to be ‘luxury items.’
On Monday, the Coalition and Labor parties voted down an amendment — put forward by Greens senator Larissa Waters — to remove GST from pads, tampons and other sanitary items.
After her proposal was defeated 33-15, Waters said in a statement:
So for all of us women who have to restock during that time of the month, the tampon tax is here to stay. The GST does not currently apply to male health products, like condoms and lubricant.
Despite voting against the amendment, the Labor party says they don’t believe women’s sanitary products should be taxed, but they think there’s another way of going about it.
“Exempting sanitary products from the GST needs to be done upfront and transparently with the Commonwealth and states and territories onside,” said Senator Katy Gallagher. “The fact of the matter is that if the Greens amendment was successful in getting up today it would have sunk the GST Low Value Threshold legislation ensuring that thousands of Australian retailers continue without a level playing field against foreign retailers.”
Here’s what people had to say about the tampon tax sticking around on Twitter.
Oh, and by the way, if you happen to be a woman who likes to online shop, brace yourself: GST will be applied to your imported goods from July 1, 2018.
According to the 2016-17 Budget, this will bring in $300 million in revenue over three years.