Tampon Tax No More0
There are moments in life that are unforgettable.
There’s personal moments, like your wedding day, graduation day or the birth of a child; and there are national moments, like the apology to the stolen generation, and the passing of the Marriage equality legislation. The 3rd of October 2018, for me, is both.
That is the day that I got to tell everyone that the Australian government has agreed to AXE THE TAX.
That’s right. At the Council on Federal Financial Relations (CFFR) meeting in Melbourne, the State Treasurers voted to abolish the GST on sanitary items. It will take effect on 1st January 2019.
WE DID IT! We can expect the GST to be removed from sanitary items on 1st January 2019!!
No doubt there will be lots of discussion to come about how exactly this will happen, but the important thing right now is that the people that needed to step up and say enough is enough have done just that, and the tax WILL be removed.
I want to stress that this would not have happened without the incredible support of each and every person who signed our petition, who spoke to their local Member of Parliament, who pounded the pavements with us in protest. This is the result of your hard work, and of the amazing collective that is Australian women!
I championed this cause because it made me so mad to think that we were being forced to pay an extra tax just because we were female. And I became even more impassioned and determined when Mr Turnbull dismissed me in January. But without you, I would never have been able to get them to pay attention to the injustice that this tax was placing on women in Australia. So, to all of you, thank you.
2018 is an incredible time to be female. Never before have we seen so much attention paid to issues of equality and fairness. We are finally beginning to make headway in this male-dominated world, and each and every win deserves to be celebrated fiercely. The removal of this tax is a HUGE one. So let’s raise our glasses and celebrate!
Words: Rochelle Courtenay www.sharethedignity.com.au