So Perth student, Sophie Liley, wants to exempt tampons from the GST. Well I’d like to axe a lot of taxes too – but I wonder if Ms Liley really is a low tax kind of woman?
I don’t really understand this obsession with GST on tampons – after all it is applied to clothing (including underpants), shave cream (and razor blades), toilet paper etc etc. People in the UK, France, Italy all pay VAT on tampons (at a significantly higher rate). If Liley thinks she is going to save a lot of money over her lifetime because of not applying the GST to tampons she’s got rocks in her head. Why doesn’t she campaign against stamp duty on the purchase of homes? Why doesn’t she propose some budget expenditure cuts that could help provide room to cut taxes significantly?
If Liley spent her time studying rather than obsessing over a tampon tax she could earn a higher salary that would more than compensate for this tax.
Finally, what about all of the other taxes that go into making tampons - including income tax for the employees involved in production, distribution, wholesaling and retailing?
I agree with Liley that taxes are immoral. But taxes on tampons are no more immoral.