State election 2018: SA Labor vows to fight tampon tax

A re-elected Labor Government will fight for the federal government to remove the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from tampons and other female sanitary items.

Currently, women and girls pay an extra 10 per cent on the cost of these products, despite them being a necessity.

Meanwhile, condoms, personal lubricants, sunscreen and nicotine chewing gum are exempt from the GST.

“I think it is grossly unfair that millions of women and girls across the nation are made to pay 10 per cent extra for essential female items, like tampons,” Premier Jay Weatherill said.

“They are not luxury items – they are necessities.”

Support for the removal of GST on female sanitary products has been growing in recent years.

The Stop Taxing My Period movement has collected more than 100,000 signatures and held rallies across the country.

The Essentials 4 Women SA organisation, which provides free sanitary items to disadvantaged women, has also consistently campaigned for its removal.

Federal Parliamentary Budget Office analysis undertaken in 2015, indicated removing the GST on sanitary products would cost about $35 to $40 million per year, nationally.

Labor’s commitment comes in the lead up to International Women’s Day this Thursday.