Sanitary items will continue to be taxed as “luxury items” under the GST, Joe Hockey has confirmed.
State and federal treasurers “failed to come to a unanimous agreement” needed to remove the so-called ‘tampon tax’ at a meeting in Alice Springs today.
Labor treasurers fought for the removal of the tax, with South Australian and Victorian treasurers Tom Koutsantonis and Tim Pallas expressing their disappointment on Twitter:
Disappointing that’s some State Treasurers didn’t support removing GST on female hygiene products. SA Labor will keep fighting for fairness.
— Tom Koutsantonis (@TKoutsantonisMP) August 21, 2015
Hockey said further modelling on a range of possible tax reforms will take place before the treasurers meet again in September.
In the meantime, menstruating Australians will continue to pay an extra 10% on their pads and tampons.
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