Attention Kevin Rudd: Why Is The GST Still Added To Pads And Tampons?
Posted by Clem Bastow on July 4, 2008
On July 1st, 2000, the Howard Government introduced the Goods And Services Tax to Australia. The GST was added to the sale price of pads and tampons, but not condoms or cock rings.
In 2006 I started an online petition, calling for Prime Minister John Howard and Health Minister Dr Michael Wooldridge to remove the GST from women’s sanitary products.
In 2007 I started a Facebook group calling for the same thing; presently there are 1,285 group members.
It was reported that Kevin Rudd’s Labor government would be removing this ridiculous and unfair tax upon Australia’s women. As yet, they have not.
It’s time to go on a letter-writing spree:
CANBERRA ACT 2600
(or use this online form)
Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Canberra ACT 2600
Australian Government Office for Women
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
PO Box 7576
Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610
This legacy of John Howard’s sexist and archaic policies has lingered long enough. Coughing up money each month for a rolled up chunk of sphagnum/plastic in order to avoid bleeding on everything is not a luxury.