Finally An End To The Tampon Tax. Period.
State and territory treasurers have agreed to remove GST from tampons after a meeting in Melbourne today.
The decision to scrap the 10 percent tax was reached unanimously at the meeting of the state and federal leaders.
Earlier on Wednesday Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said there was already "strong agreement" about scrapping the GST on feminine hygiene products from January 1st next year.
"[It's] good news for women across Australia," Frydenberg said following the meeting.
"Common-sense has prevailed and this reform, led by the Federal Government, is long overdue."
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet told Sky News there was widespread support for removing tax among states, with his state absorbing the $10 million cost "for a good cause".
Federal Minister for Women Kelly O'Dwyer said efforts to remove the tax have had a "tortured history" and she's glad the time has come.
"We're really delighted that everyone's come on board to scrap what is an unfair tax," she told Sky News on Wednesday.
"Millions of women right across the nation will be very thankful for it."
Greens senator Janet Rice said the move had come after 18 years of campaigning.
"People power has made it happen," she told reporters on Wednesday.
"The politicians have finally realised how much support in the community there has been to end the unfair and sexist tax."
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen thanked state and territory leaders and said it was "good news."
"It's about to time tax comes off tampons," Bowen said, adding that Labor had suggested the removal of the tax in April.
The decision on Wednesday comes after then federal Treasurer turned Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the tax an “anomaly” in August and admitted it had led to “frustration and angst” for Australian women.
“I can see it is a source of frustration and angst. Here's a straightforward practical opportunity to deal with it once and for all,” he said at the time.
“I think it’s an anomaly that has been built into the system for a long time and the states have decided to hold onto the money instead of getting rid of it.”
In June the bill to scrap the controversial tax passed the Senate with no amendments after support from Labor and crossbenchers.
The move will cost states and territories $30 million in revenue per year, but Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says they are already making more money through GST being added to online purchases in July.
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