Regardless of the fact that the entire Productivity Commission’s assertions are based on out-of-date and somewhat dubious data, you don’t have to be a math’s whizz to work out that removing Parallel Import Restrictions on books is a very bad idea.
The equation is simple
8 negative impacts
– 1 ‘possible’ positive impact
= more numbers in the negative impacts column.
Here’s how the figures are put together.
NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF REMOVING PIRS ON BOOKS
1. Cultural effects: – loss of representation of Australian Culture in books, and less exposure to other cultures because reduced earnings will prevent publishers from bringing in some overseas books.
2. Industry job losses: – an estimated 1400 to 1600 jobs will be lost in the printing and publishing industries. And this doesn’t include independent booksellers, who will also suffer if PIRs are removed.
3. Less opportunity for emerging writers to be published: – Since PIRs were removed in New Zealand, new authors are finding it increasingly difficult to get published over there.
4. Less income for Australian authors: – Many Australian authors will have fewer books published (or none at all), and any discounts off the recommended retail price will mean less income per book.
5. Fewer career opportunities for future generations of authors and publishers.
6. Less choice for consumers
7. Fewer exports
8. A massive carbon footprint caused by books being flown in from overseas rather than produced locally.
POSITIVE IMPACTS OF REMOVING PIRs
1. There is ‘potential’ benefit for consumers with the ‘possibility’ of cheaper books, but evidence shows that most book choices are not made on price, and there is NO guarantee that the Coalition for Cheaper Books (AKA Coles, Woolworths etc) will pass on any price drops. Ask yourself, since the dairy industry was deregulated, has the price of milk got cheaper? Do petrol prices drop when the cost of oil goes down?
Clearly the ‘benefit’ of removing Parallel Import Restrictions on books DOES NOT stack up against the harm it will do.
Tell our politicians that removing Parallel Imports on books is not good for our industry or our country!
Sign the online petition at http://savingaussiebooks.wordpress.com TODAY!