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Monday, 10 April 2000
Page: 15531

To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament.

The petition of certain electors of Australia draws the attention of the House to the discriminatory nature of imposing a GST on women's sanitary products, particularly taxing tampons.

Tampons are currently exempt from tax and should continue to be exempt once the GST is implemented;

The use of tampons is not solely a hygiene issue but a health issue;

Taxing sanitary products discriminates against women, by limiting choice and making them pay for a necessary health product;

This demonstrates the discriminative nature of the GST which imposes a tax on necessities and places an unfair burden on people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to amend the GST legislation to exempt all sanitary products particularly tampons from the GST net.

by Ms Gerick (from 951 citizens).