Back in 2000, Australia introduced the Goods and Services Tax (GST). It's a value-added tax of 10 percent that applies to most goods and services you can purchase and consume in the country.
Surely, some products and services are exempt to taxation: basic foods, some education courses, international mail, some health services, medical aid, some medicine, etc.
However, there seems to be a huge gaping hole when it comes to GST and sanitary items for women. See, the government marked period pads and tampons as "non-essential" products and excluded them from the GST-free list, which increased their prices by 10 percent.
To draw people's attention to how unreasonable a tampon tax actually is, Lethbridge produced a tongue-in-cheek rap in the vein of Snoop Dogg's 'Drop It Like It's Hot.'
In her video, Lethbridge subtly points out that periods are NOT a choice, but in fact a bodily function most women have to deal with.
Thus, saying that tampons and sanitary pads that women have to buy every 2, 3, 4 weeks are 'non-essential' is unfair to say the least.
According to Subeta Vimalarajah, who created the petition to 'stop taxing periods,' the government makes about $25 million a year by taxing tampons and sanitary pads.
Watch her full video below to learn more: