This is a bloody outrage (pun intended).
Hey women of Australia – did you know you pay 10% more on your tampons and pads than you probably should?
That’s right. Women in Ausralia pay a 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on these items because they are defined as a luxury – not as a health good.
This is mighty interesting considering that products like nicotine patches, sunscreen, incontinence pads, condoms and wait for, personal LUBRICANT are all exempt from the tax.
And just for the record, menstrual cups, a reusable alternative to tampons and pads is also taxed with the GST.
Student Subeta Vimalarajah recently recognised this blatant sexism and we’re so glad that she did.
Putting her words into action, she has now started a petition addressed to Joe Hockey himself, to remove the tampon tax in the upcoming review of the GST.
Subeta writes on her petition page, “Since 2000, the Australian Government has taxed every menstruating Australian 10% every time we get our period. It is estimated that our periods earn the government a whopping $25 million each year.”
“People who get periods don’t buy pads and tampons for pleasure, so why are we forced to fork out an extra 10% every 2, 3, 4 weeks? Taxing Australians for getting their period isn’t just sexist, it’s fundamentally unfair!”
We hear you.
And so does the rest of Australia. According to Buzzfeed News, the petition has over 3,000 signatures with some powerful (and hilarious) comments.