Tampon tax will stay after treasurer's fail to reach "unanimous consensus".

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:

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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