Tampons are not, and have never been, a luxury item.
Tampons are not, and have never been, a luxury item.

The best $4 a year I’ll ever save

SOMETIMES it's about the principle of the matter, ya know?

For me the tampon tax is a prime example of something that's more about the principle than anything else.

For twenty years females have been unfairly taxed on an essential item.

Punished financially merely for the biological imperative of menstruation.

This week it was announced that this injustice would stop.

How much will we save? Probably about $4 per year.

It's enough for a cup of coffee but not enough to be booking flights to Hawaii.

Countless women have lobbied for decades to see the wrong righted and to them we say thanks and to the politicians who finally listened we say, about time.

But not everyone is on board.

I've broken down the most common themes of the GST change naysayers and responded to help allay their concerns.

Removing the GST on these might only save women $4 a year, but it’s an important $4.
Removing the GST on these might only save women $4 a year, but it’s an important $4.

1. Sally: "This has been a pathetic waste of campaigning with so many real issues being ignored while feminists direct our attention at this for what? To save $4 a year OMG".

Sally is one of your classic internet trolls who believe it is impossible to care about more than one thing at once.

The gender pay gap is real but what about the children starving in Africa?

Plastic bags are ruining the environment but what about the drought?

These people are incredibly hard to reason with because there will always be something more important and despite humans having the capacity to care about multiple things at once this is just not how Sally and her crew roll.

So don't waste your time. Just keep scrolling.

2. Ken: Like most of us, Ken is very worried about fuel prices. Paying close to $1.60 a litre is outrageous. "Meanwhile fuel excise keeps prices high hmmm which impacts everyone not just females".

See that's why the tampon tax was sexist Ken, because it was directed only at females.

Petrol prices affect everyone, we are all penalised.

I hope that helps clear things up for you.

Brothers Josh and Kris Barry stopped charging GST on sanitary items at their Barry Bros warehouse in Brisbane in July last year. Thanks Barrys. Picture: Lisa Williams/AAP
Brothers Josh and Kris Barry stopped charging GST on sanitary items at their Barry Bros warehouse in Brisbane in July last year. Thanks Barrys. Picture: Lisa Williams/AAP

3. Simmo and Keith: These fellas reckon it's unfair they have to pay tax on shaving cream and razors.

"Then what about shaving items for men !!!!," Simmo screamed. "How come I can't get tax free shaving cream? It's a necessity!," wailed Keith.

Well as it turns out it's not actually a necessity.

Mother Nature doesn't force you to shave your facial hair.

Your employer might but that's your choice to sign on somewhere where a clean face is expected of you.

If you want to have a free flowing beard go get a job as lumberjack.

My employer expects me to show up to work in clothes but I'm not squealing about paying tax on those clothes - it's my choice to work here.

Comparing sanitary items to shaving equipment is offensive and ridiculous. Stop doing it.

Being a woman costs more and we're paid less. Fact.

So why can't you just be happy that one small inequality has been fixed up for us?

Money has been made off our periods for twenty years - surely that's enough.

Jill Poulsen is a Courier-Mail senior reporter and columnist.

@jill_poulsen