“We now have the Prime Minister sitting with the Nationwide Cupboard, I feel this must be on their agenda as one thing to speak about,” she stated.
“I’d urge the Prime Minister and state premiers, I feel this can be a easy step you possibly can take to assist the adoption of individuals sporting masks.”
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg stated face masks have been topic to GST “however are tax deductible if used for work functions”.
“Any change to the GST would require the assist of all of the states and territories,” he stated.
Manly Meals Co-Operative chairperson Sarah Weate stated a face masks offered for $15 included about $1.36 GST.
“When you’re shopping for three masks at $15 every, you are paying the perfect a part of $5 in GST,” she stated.
“If somebody is on minimal wage or authorities advantages, they should not need to pay tax on one thing that isn’t solely going to assist their well being, however assist the entire group in the event that they’re sporting them.”
Well being Division Secretary Professor Brendan Murphy instructed a parliamentary inquiry on Friday that recommendation on face masks had been “an evolving story”.
Proof initially steered their primary profit was to stop an contaminated individual from transmitting the virus.
“Extra proof in current months has come from abroad, suggesting… when you could have group transmission, normal mask-wearing or face-covering is acceptable,” he stated.
He stated the division “100 p.c” supported Victoria’s determination to make face masks obligatory, and so they is also helpful in New South Wales, the place there are small quantities of group transmission.
“However there isn’t any scientific proof or recommendation that masks be worn typically in different components of the nation, the place there’s not group transmission,” he stated.
In 2018, the states and territories agreed to dump the so-called “tampon-tax” – the 10 p.c GST on sanitary merchandise – after an 18 12 months public marketing campaign.
When requested if Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas would assist a transfer to take away the GST from face masks, a spokesperson stated: “We’re comfortable to work with the Federal Authorities on any proposals that assist help the struggle in opposition to this pandemic”.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet didn’t remark.