SOAPBOX: Bloody hell! Tampon tax has me seeing red


MENSTRUATION jokes are simply not funny. Period.

So why women are having to resort to the display of "giant dancing tampons" outside Parliament House, in a bid to make our country's leaders stop profiting off our periods, is a joke that has to stop.

Caloundra Weekly and Sunshine Coast Daily journalist Lauren Grounsell. Photo Kristy Muir / Sunshine Coast Daily
Caloundra Weekly and Sunshine Coast Daily journalist Lauren Grounsell. Photo Kristy Muir / Sunshine Coast Daily Kristy Muir

I'm talking about the taxing our tampons and sanitary products bit.

Sydney university student Subeta Vimalarajah brought the issue into the spotlight with her Stop Taxing My Period! campaign.

Aiming at Treasurer Joe Hockey, Subeta questioned how a bodily function could possibly be subjected to the Goods and Services Tax.

She believes the government doesn't consider the tampons and pads women buy each month "necessary" enough to be GST-free.

Considering products such as condoms, lubricants and nicotine patches are all exempt from the GST, Subeta seems to have a fair argument.

When questioned about the tampon tax on Monday night's episode of Q&A, Mr Hockey agreed to lobby the states to have the tax removed.

It is our own Minister for Women, Tony Abbott, who has been a pain in the side, saying the removal of the tax is "certainly not something that this Government has a plan to do".


Mr Abbott, if you can somehow justify to all Australian women how bleeding profusely for seven days once a month is unnecessary, go right ahead. I for one would welcome the news.

A period-free existence? You bloody beauty.

Topics:  editors picks health tax tony abbot women's health

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