‘Decisions that were definitely made by blokes’ Number 127: In Australia, breastfeeding aids are taxed as “luxury items”.
We’ll give you a moment while you snort-laugh.
Yes, while the Federal Government finally agreed to axe the tax on tampons and other sanitary items this month, products like breast pumps, nipple shields and supplemental nursing systems remain subject to the GST.
Courtesy of the folks on Capitol Hill, these continue to be listed by the ATO as “luxury or non-essential” items.
Try telling that to the mother with feeding difficulties, bleeding nipples or mastitis; to the mother who chooses or needs to return to work within weeks of giving birth; or to the mother who, for whatever reason, can’t be with her child.
Mmm, suctioning milk out of your own body… So luxurious.
For context, here are some items that are exempt:
Lubricant. The intimate kind.
Even infant formula.
As ABC notes, the latter avoids GST because it’s listed under the “basic food” category.
Yet encouraging/facilitating the most basic food there is – breast milk – sorry ladies, but that’s gon’ cost ya.