Labor says ‘tampon tax’ no longer needed


The work has promised to increase the so-called tampon tax if it wins government and says it has found a way to get states and territories on board.

The $ 30 million lost each year will be recovered by applying the 10 cent GST to a dozen natural therapies like herbalism and naturopathy.

"There is no excuse now for states and territories to refuse to make this important change," said Minister of Labor Tanya Plibersek to reporter in Sydney on Sunday.

She acknowledged that for several years there had been more attempts to remove the tax from women's hygiene products over the years, including Liberal cashier Joe Hockey in 2015, but "interference" from the states had made it impossible.

"The difference is that we have identified an alternative source of funding for those states which leave them a little better during the decade," said Mrs Plibersek.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that the government already had the policy in place, but it was the states and territories – all of which must accept changes in GST – that had stopped the change.

"There is no agreement for the states and territories on this issue," she told the nine network.

Australian Women spend about $ 300 million on hygiene products each year with each product attracting 10 percent GST because they are not considered necessary, according to the federal opposition.

However, products such as incontinence pads, sunscreen, nikotin patches and even Viagra

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten call it a "treasure on women".

"We will do that if we are chosen – but I hope that Mr. (Malcolm) Turnbull will only adopt our solution for next week's budget," he said about social media.

The green changed a GST bill to try to bring the change in 2017, but it was voted down in the senate.

The party's spokeswoman for women Janet Rice said she has a draft bill ready to go and has a stage for Labor's help to pass it.

"If Labor works with us in the coming weeks, we could see GST removed from menstrual hygiene products once and for all," she said.

"We have been taxed on our biology for long enough. This sexist and unfair treasure must go now."



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