Lia, 15, SA

“I wish that the government understood that sanitary items are not luxury items. They are the complete opposite, they are a necessity for half of the population.

By maintaining the GST on sanitary items, women are being taxed for a bodily function and the government are receiving approximately $25 million annually.

Just like sunscreen and nicotine patches are tax free, so should the pads and tampons that I and every woman in Australia have to buy every couple of weeks.

Furthermore, the increased cost of sanitary items due to the GST makes buying them a greater burden for women who cannot afford them.

Taxing women for sanitary items is similar to taxing people for being left handed or having blue eyes; it is simply unfair.”