PC CRIT 3 – THE PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION’S APPROACH TO EDUCATION
Dear Mr Rudd, Mr Garrett, Mr Bowen and to all supporters of the Arts and Culture in Australia.
Today, I wanted to briefly tackle the topic of education and its relevance to this issue.
On page 1.5 of its report, the Commission states that its brief is to determine whether.
- the restrictions generate more benefits than costs to the Australian community
- there are other policy options that could generate greater net benefits.
It goes on to say, that
In making such assessments, the Commission interprets benefits and costs in their fullest sense – that is, covering the value of social, cultural and educational matters, as well as financial or material ones – and assess them within the community-wide framework as required by the Productivity Commission Act 1998.
Educational books currently form around 40 per cent of the total value of books sales.
Even if you discount the huge Australian job losses if the printing and production of books is done offshore, is it not concerning to think of the possibility of our educational books being ‘manufactured overseas’?
Imagine our books being produced overseas in much the same way that most of our consumables are – by people not familiar with our language and culture – or what it means to be Australian?
How can this be in the best interests of the Australian Learning Community?
How can it be best for the Australian consumer in an educational and cultural sense to have books of any educational benefit manufactured overseas?