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Tampon tax axing a win for people-powered campaigns, say Greens

Media Release
Janet Rice 3 Oct 2018

“Today’s decision to remove the GST from sanitary products after 18 years is a win for people-powered campaigns,” said Australian Greens Senator, Janet Rice, who introduced a bill to axe the tampon tax that that passed the Senate in June.

“This is a huge win for all Australians who menstruate and shows the power of grassroots  movements when we work together.”

“I’m so pleased that finally, both major parties have listened to the huge groundswell of Australians who knew from the start how sexist and unfair this tax was.”

“This unfair tax on sanitary products should never have existed in the first place, especially when other items like condoms and Viagra were not taxed.”

“A huge thanks to the hundreds of thousands of Australians who have campaigned, protested, signed petitions and contacted their representatives in parliament over so many years.”

“The Greens have been leading the charge in the parliament to axe this unfair tampon tax since it was introduced 18 years ago. I’m pleased the major parties have finally came on board, especially since both Labor and the Coalition voted against the Greens amendments to axe the tax in 2017, and the Coalition voted against my bill to axe the tax in June.”

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