Unfortunately, the decision on PIRs didn’t happen yesterday – and it seems it could still be a little way off.
Mr Steve Gibbons, Federal MP for Bendigo (whose electorate encompasses one of the major printers) released this to the media late last week:
15th October 2009
Decision soon on book imports
A decision on whether the Rudd Government will implement a Productivity Commission recommendation to remove parallel import restrictions affecting the publishing and book printing Industries, should be resolved by the end of October, according to Federal Member for Bendigo, Steve Gibbons.
Mr Gibbons said there had been a series of consultations with stakeholders over the past five weeks and almost all have argued for no change to the current arrangements.
“I met with Minister Craig Emerson in Sydney last week with senior representatives from McPhersons Print Group Maryborough and Griffin Press Ltd from Adelaide, both indicating their strong opposition to any substantial change to the current arrangements”.
“The Minister has met with representatives from the Authors, Publishers, Unions and Printing Associations over the past five weeks and all have indicated their strong opposition to any major change in the current arrangements”.
Mr Gibbons said he had successfully moved a Notice of Motion to discuss the matter at the Labor Governments Caucus meeting scheduled for Tuesday October 20 but may have to defer the discussion and vote until the following Tuesday October 27.
“The last Senate Estimates process for the year will commence on Monday October 19 until Friday the 23rd and this means most Labor Senators will be unable to attend the Caucus meeting when the discussion and vote takes place”.
“We will make a final decision on whether to defer the Caucus discussion and vote next Monday”, Mr Gibbons said.
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