When was the service tax abolished?

Australia abolishes the "tampon tax" at the turn of the year

Condoms were not affected by the service tax / Almost two decades of protests against sexist regulation

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Sydney. In Australia, the so-called tampon tax will be abolished in January after nearly two decades of discussions and protests. Prime Minister Scott Morrison's conservative government coalition reached an agreement with state and regional authorities on Wednesday to exempt women's toiletries from GST at a rate of ten percent. Women's Secretary Kelly O'Dwyer said the outcome of the negotiations would "benefit millions of Australian women."

The GST revenues from the sale of the hygiene products in question were most recently 30 million Australian dollars annually (18.6 million euros). Some regional governments were reluctant to do without it. In contrast to sanitary towels and tampons, products such as condoms and sunscreen were already exempted when the tax was introduced in 2000. This led to sometimes violent protests by women's associations against what they saw as "a deeply unfair and sexist tax". AFP / nd

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