Cosmo, Women's Day, ELLE and Women's Weekly Launch Campaign To Scrap The Tampon Tax

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16 July 2018

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Bauer media is launching a campaign to unite against the tampon tax.

The publisher of ELLE, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day has launched its No Gender Selective Tax campaign, a push to end what they say “is essentially a tax on being a woman”. 

The campaign encourages Australians to say “I agree” by signing the petition at

They say in a statement:
Since the introduction of the GST in 2000, women have been paying tax on tampons. By contrast, condoms and Viagra have always been GST exempt. Tampons are almost the only essential item that is purchased exclusively by one sex, meaning that the GST on it directly and solely penalises women. 

Nicole Byers, Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly, says: “I am proud to unite with my peers to call for the removal of the tax on sanitary items to ensure equality for all Australian women.”

“This is not about taking a political position. It’s about taking a position strongly in support of women. We are attempting to correct an oversight made when the GST was introduced in 2000 and encourage all sides of politics to come together now and do the right thing.”

Lorna Gray, Editor of Cosmopolitan, added “I am proud to be involved in a campaign, and with a company, that is helping to drive change. This isn’t just about women. It’s about equity and fairness. The GST on tampons is effectively a tax on gender. Nothing else, male or female, is comparable. The GST treatment of sanitary products is unique.” 

Bauer Media’s No Gender Selective Tax campaign launches today across all of Bauer’s print, digital and social media channels, reaching 8.5 million** Australians. All Australians will be encouraged to join the campaign by signing the petition at

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