Pre­miers back tam­pon tax cut

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - ALEX WHITE

AX­ING the tam­pon tax has been backed by state La­bor lead­ers as the fed­eral Op­po­si­tion steps up its cam­paign to stop slug­ging women $30 mil­lion in GST a year for san­i­tary prod­ucts.

Vic­to­rian Premier Daniel An­drews has joined Queens­land’s An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk, West­ern Aus­tralia’s Mark Mc­Gowan and other state La­bor ex­ec­u­tives in throw­ing their sup­port be­hind Bill Shor- ten’s pro­posal to re­move GST on san­i­tary prod­ucts.

They have signed a letter say­ing: “We are united in agree­ment that these should be con­sid­ered es­sen­tial health prod­ucts — and the tax sys­tem should recog­nise them as such. We call on the govern­ment to act on this is­sue im­me­di­ately.”

The letter comes amid in­creas­ing pub­lic pres­sure to ex- empt san­i­tary prod­ucts from the GST, how­ever the Fed­eral Govern­ment has tried to avoid dis­cussing the is­sue.

Last week, Trea­surer Scott Mor­ri­son said “that is a mat­ter for the states and ter­ri­to­ries” when asked why his govern­ment would not change the tax ar­range­ment.

Mr Shorten said “there’s no ex­cuses left” for the Lib­eral govern­ment to not get rid of the tax in Tues­day’s Bud­get.

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