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Tampon tax axing a win for people-powered campaigns, say Greens

Janet Rice 3 Oct 2018

“Today’s decision to remove the GST from sanitary products after 18 years is a win for people-powered campaigns,” said Australian Greens Senator, Janet Rice, who introduced a bill to axe the tampon tax that that passed the Senate in June.

“This is a huge win for all Australians who menstruate and shows the power of grassroots  movements when we work together.”

“I’m so pleased that finally, both major parties have listened to the huge groundswell of Australians who knew from the start how sexist and unfair this tax was.”

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Greens bill to axe the tampon tax passes Senate

Janet Rice 18 Jun 2018

The Greens bill to remove the GST from sanitary products has passed the Senate with the support of members of the crossbench and Labor.

“I’m so pleased that my private senator’s bill to axe the tampon tax has passed the Senate,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens spokesperson for women.

“This is a huge step closer to axing this unfair tax on sanitary products.”

“The pressure is now well and truly on the Prime Minister to show some leadership and support the Greens bill to axe the tampon tax, and pass it through the House of Representatives.”

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Ireland abortion referendum result welcomed by Greens, with call for action to remove barriers to abortion in Australia

Janet Rice 28 May 2018

The Greens have welcomed the result in the Irish referendum to repeal the 8th amendment to their constitution, and have called for action to address the barriers to abortion that still exist in Australia, including decriminalisation in Queensland and NSW.

“Ireland has spoken loud and clear to remove barriers to abortion, and we congratulate all those who campaigned and voted to achieve this result,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens spokesperson for women.

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Greens say Turnbull’s high earner tax cuts are a handout to men, leaving women’s equality further behind

Janet Rice 9 May 2018

The Greens have used ATO income statistics to highlight that the Turnbull Government’s tax cuts for high income earners will disproportionately benefit men, and leave women in low- and middle-income jobs at a comparative disadvantage.

“We know that women are much more likely to be on a lower income and the Budget’s disproportionately higher tax handouts to high income earners shows just where this Government prioritises the equality of women,” said Senator Janet Rice, Greens spokesperson for women.

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Greens to introduce bill to remove tampon tax

Janet Rice 8 May 2018

The Australian Greens will today give notice to introduce a bill to the Senate to repeal the tampon tax.

“After 18 years, it’s time to finally axe this unfair tax so I’m introducing a bill this week to get the job done,” said Senator Janet Rice, the Greens spokesperson for women.

“For too long, successive governments have been happy to let this sexist tax persist. People who menstruate continue to be taxed unfairly every time they go to the chemist or supermarket to buy essential sanitary items.”

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