The Productivity Commission has reported that it has now delivered its report on the parallel importation of books into Australia to the Assistant Treasurer, Senator Nick Sherry. Senator Sherry is new to his role, thanks to a recent Cabinet reshuffle resulting from the resignation of Joel Fitzgibbon as Minister for Defence and the promotion of the former Assistant Treasurer, Chris Bowen. However, it is expected that the details of the report will be made public in the week beginning 13 July.
What authors must do in the interim -- and indeed after the release of the report (which is unlikely to offer us much succour) -- is to continue to lobby the Prime Minister and Cabinet to retain the current situation. The best way to do this is to write real letters to the PM expressing your own point of view on keeping the current provisions of the Copyright Act relating to the parallel importation of books into Australia in place as they represent a acceptable balance for creators and consumers.
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