Axe the tax on reusable hygiene products
We are delighted to announce that Australian Greens Senator, Janet Rice has contacted Modibodi to inform us that reusable hygiene products such as period cups, reusable pads and period underwear have now been added to the Axe the Tampon Tax Bill 2018. More details about the amended Bill can be found here.
We ask that you continue to share this petition to raise more awareness about the campaign and assist the Greens and Labor parties in Axing the Tax on ALL menstrual hygiene products.
Senator, Janet Rice states,
“The Bill that I recently introduced to parliament to remove the unfair tax on sanitary items includes reusable products because The Greens believe people who menstruate should be able to access menstrual products that are both affordable and sustainable. You can join our campaign and be the first to hear updates about the bill at greens.org.au/tampon-tax ”
Modibodi was excited to hear about the recent joint announcement by Greens and Labor to push for the removal of GST on sanitary products #axethetax. Unfortunately, this announcement is only to be applied to disposable menstrual products such as pads and tampons, and products like period underwear, menstrual cups, and other sustainable options are not included in the discussion for tax exemption.
This isn’t just a tax on sanitary items, it’s a tax on our periods and we believe that only “axing the tax” on disposable menstrual hygiene products is still implementing practices that enable the government to continue to profit off our periods and disadvantage the community who are trying to make a difference on our environment for the better.
Modibodi, Hannah Pad, Juju Cup and Lunette have teamed up to ask Federal Minister for Labor, Tanya Plibersek and Australian Greens Senator, Janet Rice, to change this position and include sustainable and reusable menstrual products in their tax exemption policy.
The total revenue of the reusable sanitary market is just a fraction of disposable, so the economic impact of axing the tax on products like Modibodi underwear, menstrual cups, and washable pads would be minimal, yet hold make a huge impact on the environment, landfill and waterways.
Furthermore, Modibodi is pledging to pass this saving on to our customers should it be included in the tax exemption and we believe that it is the right of every person to have the option of choosing sustainable and reusable hygiene.