Three months after federal Labor pledged to remove the tax on women’s sanitary items, Treasurer Scott Morrison has committed to doing the same.
Mr Morrison will move to make tampons and sanitary pads GST exempt at the next meeting of state treasurers.
“There’s no great gender conspiracy here or any of that nonsense,” Mr Morrison said on Facebook on Saturday.
“It’s just a tax anomaly that we have already tried to fix once, and will now give it another try.”
The government has long resisted calls to remove the ten percent tampon tax, with Mr Morrison describing Labor’s pledge three months ago to make it happen as “cynical exercises”.
Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek described the tampon tax as a tax on women.
“Taxing periods is taxing women in a way that men never experience,” she said in April.
Miles Heffernan, Director of Litigation at Discrimination Claims, said the move was long overdue.
“Women should not have to pay an extra penalty simply for being women,” he said.
“This is a clear case of discrimination, so the sooner the federal government can negotiate with the states to fix it, the better.”
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