Australian Women Are Tired Of Paying Extra Tax For Tampons, So They Made A Rap Video To Protest It


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.

In the recent months, more Australian women have become vocal about the unreasonable taxation of important and necessary health goods. One of them is actor and director Mia Lethbridge.


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:

(H/T: Mashable)


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