An Australian women’s charity has urged the community to sign a petition to drop the tax on female hygiene products.
The federal petition, launched by Share the Dignity on March 1 ,has attracted more than 50,000 signatures, but needs another 50,000 by the end of March to be eligible for presentation to the Federal Government.
Sanitary products are yet to be included in the government’s GST-free list of important health items such as sunscreen, condoms and nicotine patches.
Viagra is also GST-free.
Share the Dignity founder Rochelle Courtenay said many women did not know sanitary products were taxed.
“20c, 50c or 80c, whatever the tax is, may not seem like a lot to some, but it’s certainly a lot to others,” she said.
“We need to use our voice for those girls and women who can’t afford (sanitary products) in the first place.
“Money and periods should not belong in the same sentence.”
Before the GST was introduced in 2000, a proposal to exempt these products was dismissed by then Prime Minister John Howard.
Student Amber Vennitti said women had no choice but to buy sanitary products.
“If we could choose to not get our period, we would.” she said.
To sign the petition visit: https://www.sharethedignity.com.au/axethetax/