1. The Treasurer quizzed on tampons and pads.
On Last night’s Q&A the Treasurer committed to asking the States to consider exempting women’s sanitary products from the GST.
His undertaking followed a question from Subeta Vimalarajah a student who started a petition calling for the removal of the GST on sanitary items.
Asked on Q&A whether sanitary products were essential, Mr Hockey replied he thought they were. When then asked if this meant the 10 per cent goods and services tax should be taken off them he said, “It probably should, yes. The answer is yes.”
“I am more than happy to. I need the agreement of the states. I will give you this undertaking: I will raise it with the states at the next meeting of the treasurers in July.”
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2. Turnbull confident of conscience vote on same-sex marriage this year.
Malcolm Turnbull is “very confident” the Liberal Party will allow a conscience vote on same-sex marriage this year.
The Communications Minister told the ABC yesterday that a free vote for the Liberals was becoming “more likely all the time”.
He said that with MPs voting with their conscience the legislation was “very likely to pass”.
3. Lindt Café Siege inquiry shows Man Haron Monis’s strange life.
The inquest into the devastating events of the Sydney Siege last December have heard that in 2013 gunman Man Haron Monis tried to join two Sydney chapters of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang but was rejected on the grounds that “no one liked him” as he was “weird”.