State and territory Treasurers have unanimously agreed to ditch the so-called ‘tampon tax’ on female hygiene products during a meeting in Melbourne on Wednesday.
The 10 per cent tax applied to women’s sanitary products will be scrapped from January 1.
“Millions of Australian women will benefit,” Federal Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer told Seven Network earlier on Wednesday.
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Today’s meeting between the Federal Government and state and territory leaders will also be looking at a plan to change how the GST is carved up.
Canberra is wanting to introduce a 75 cent floor in GST payments, which is essentially designed to stop Western Australia’s share from taking a dive.
Queensland is among several states concerned it will lose out on a significant amount of funding if the changes go ahead.
“Queensland stands to miss out on hundreds of millions of dollars under a whole range of scenarios which we have actually lived through over the past ten, fifteen years,” Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad told ABC Radio.
“We think this is fundamentally unfair.”
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the changes are based on Productivity Commission data and will benefit all states and territories.