Catallaxy Exclusive – Labor Announces GST Gender Equalisation Policy

The Australian Labor Party believes in fairness and justice.  Every one should achieve the same outcomes, no matter their gender, race or sexual orientation.  Discrimination, especially outcome discrimination, needs to be erased from our hearts, our minds and especially from our tax system.

It has been well established that males eat more than females; and because the GST does not apply to fresh food, that means that men are costing the budget more because of this GST concession.  According to Treasury’s 2018 Tax Expenditures Statement, the annual revenue forgone from not charging GST on fresh food is $7.1 billion and most of this is to the benefit Australian men at the expense of Australian women.  This is not fair, this is not sustainable and this cannot continue in a fair and just Australia.

Accordingly, the Australia Labor Party today announces a new policy to remedy these gender inequities in the GST regime.  If elected, the Australian Labor Party will work with supermarkets and other fresh food vendors to apply a GST Adjustment on Gender (GAG) on all fresh food purchases made by male shoppers.

The Australian Labor Party expects, subject to consultation, that this will involve the issue of special government identification cards to shoppers to present at check outs.  A special Committee of Administrative Review Persons (CRAP) will review the GST adjustment for transgender and tranexual citizens.  Initial members of CRAP will include Van Badham, Clementine FordYassmin Abdel-Magied and Peter Van Onselen.

It is manifestly not fair that Australian women continue to subsidise the eating habits of Australian men and the Australia Labor Party will, as a matter of priority, see that this inequity is promptly remedied.

Commenting on the proposal, the Shadow Minister for Women, the Hon. Tania Plibersek said:

This is a watershed moment for Australia.  Social Justice demands that men pay their fair share of tax.

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22 Responses to Catallaxy Exclusive – Labor Announces GST Gender Equalisation Policy

  1. I have performed hours of research and come to the conclusion that women are under represented as prison inmates and it is time that this gender balance deficit is redressed. In the interests of a fair and just Australia of course!

  2. rickw

    Is this real or a parody?

    With Australia I can’t tell anymore.

  3. max

    yes, no enough female inmates with names like: Tania Plibersek, Julia Gillard, Penelope Penny Wong

  4. Helen

    So since gals do most of the shopping, how will this tax be applied?

  5. nemkat

    Fairness is going to be the Labor mantra going into the Election.
    The Government is going to have to be very careful how it responds.

    ”Life wasn’t meant to be easy” was hung around Fraser’s neck like a dead chook, so they’re going to have to come up with something, or it’ll be a rout, led by women voters.

  6. egg_

    Fairness is going to be the Labor mantra

    As fair as Tim Sourpuss’s @rse?

  7. egg_

    Peanuthead promises to plug the plug gap.

  8. RobK

    Not only that, but men probably use the ABN loophole to circumvent the GST more than women too. Its an outrage.

  9. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    yes, no enough female inmates with names like: Tania Plibersek, Julia Gillard, Penelope Penny Wong

    that wong chap is a female? who knew!

  10. Tombell

    The policy for transgender folk should make interesting reading!

  11. Dr Fred Lenin

    Spartacus don’t encourage the kids in politics ,you know how impressionable and wooly minded they are , one of them will have this read to them and claim it as their own “Furness” idea . Be a bit more carefull what you say ,the middle aged teens grasp any idea other people come up with . You notice they can’t spell fairness they went to uni that’s why.

  12. kurt

    I know the Australia Card failed under Hawke but we will definitely need to bring in a Gender Identification Card. I personally identify as nonbinary pangender demifluid; but only when it comes to Women Only parking. At other times I am a man.

  13. Spring is coming

    Woman use more courgettes and carrots than men.

    Surely that’s a GST imbalance?

  14. Up The Workers!

    Labor(sic) – like Mensa for house-bricks.

    They’re so dumb and proud of it, they even hire the Brown Movement as their consultant “finkers”, policy, financial and meteorological gurus.

    Labor(sic) – they have no place for “U”!

  15. classical_hero

    Get rid of HFE.

  16. JohnA

    Helen #2731745, posted on June 8, 2018, at 8:49 pm

    So since gals do most of the shopping, how will this tax be applied?

    And, I expect that there will be anti-avoidance provisions to ensure that no-one can say “I am buying for my (insert reference to spouse)” , with a bureaucracy to enforce same.

  17. H B Bear

    Plibbers is a shoe-in as the Minister for Whirring Handbags.

  18. Bruce of Newcastle

    Presumably GAG will be extended to trans women who used to be men since they will likewise eat more than other women. And trans men would get a waiver since they eat less.

    That might be confusing so it would be necessary to have some sort of identifier. A card say, that you can swipe at Coles to let them know you are not a real man oops did I say that?

  19. Delta

    Could be a roaring trade for men to disguise themselves in buquas at the local supermarket. Oh the possible deceit! Praise Allah.

  20. Delta A

    #2732275, posted on June 9, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    I have a twinny!

    Well… a sibling, at least.

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