The "tampon tax" has been scrapped. (Photo: Penny Burfitt)

Tax axed: the “bloody” war is over

The 18-year campaign against the “tampon tax” has finally come to an end.

A proposal by Federal Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, to scrap the 10 per cent GST on women’s sanitary products from January 1 next year, was unanimously passed by state and territory treasurers on Wednesday (October 3).

Products set to be exempt include tampons, pads, menstrual cups, maternity pads and leak-proof underwear. Tampons and other sanitary products have been subject to the luxury items levy since 1999. One online petition, which attracted almost 75,000 signatures, described the tax as a “bleeding disgrace”.

Condoms and lubricants on the other hand have never been subjected to any form of GST.

Minister for Women, Kelly O’Dwyer, tweeted that the axing of the tax was “good news for millions of Australian women.”

Voters interviewed soon after the Treasurers’ decision came through, clearly agreed.

— Photo, video and story by Kate Buxton, Penny Burfitt and Zoe Delaney Grech