PIRs – FINAL CALL FOR ACTION – by Dee White

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The Australian Publishers Association has issued an urgent bulletin to members of the industry advising that NOW is the time to act – that this is likely to be the last opportunity to voice concerns over the proposed removal of PIRs.

The APA is urging people to write, fax or email the following politicians as soon as possible, clearly stating that the PIRs should remain in place and that the 30 day rule should not be changed.

Chris Bowen MP; Minister for Human Services, Financial Services, Superannuation & Corporate Law. chris.bowen@treasury.gov.auPhone:  02 6277 7200 Fax:  02 6273 4406
Suite  M1 24
Ministerial Wing
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Senator Stephen Conroy; Minister for Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy minister@dbcde.gov.auPhone: 02 6277 7480 Fax:  02 6273 4153
Suite  MG 70
Ministerial Wing
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Simon Crean MP;  Minister for Trade simon.crean@dfat.gov.auPhone: 02 6277 7420 Fax: 02 6273 4128
Suite  MG 46
Ministerial Wing
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Martin Ferguson MP; Minister for Resources, Energy & Tourism martin.ferguson@ret.gov.auPhone: 02 6277 7930 Fax:  02 6273 0434
Suite  M1 23
Ministerial Wing
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Senator Joe Ludwig; Special Minister of State joseph.ludwig@finance.gov.auPhone:  02 6277 7600 Fax: 02 6273 4541
Suite  MG 64
Ministerial Wing
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Nicola Roxon MP; Minister for Health & Ageing Nicola.Roxon.MP@aph.gov.auPhone: 02 6277 7220 Fax:  02 6273 4146
Suite  MG 50
Ministerial Wing
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Kevin Rudd MP; Prime Minister Kevin.Rudd.MP@aph.gov.auPhone: 02 6277 7700 Fax: 02 6273 4100
Suite  MG 8
Ministerial Wing
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Stephen Smith MP; Minister for Foreign Affairs Stephen.Smith.MP@aph.gov.auPhone: 02 6277 7500 Fax: 02 6273 4112
Suite  M1 27
Ministerial Wing
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Wayne Swan MP; Treasurer wayne.swan@treasury.gov.auPhone: 02 6277 7340 Fax: 02 6273 3420
Suite  MG 47
Ministerial Wing
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Lindsay Tanner MP; Minister for Finance & Deregulation lindsay.tanner@finance.gov.auPhone:  02 6277 7400 Fax:   02 6273 4110
Suite  MG 48
Ministerial Wing
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
Craig Emerson MP; Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors, Service Economy, Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs & Minister Assisting on Deregulation craig.emerson@innovation.gov.au

Phone: 02 6277 7450 Fax:  02 6273 9395
Suite M1 22
Ministerial Wing
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

On Wednesday 11th November, the AMWU (printers) will be stating their case at an organised rally outside Julia Gillard’s office in Melbourne.

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WHY THE APA OPPOSES THE 30-DAY RULE

The APA says that Minister Emerson’s proposal to retain PIRs but reduce the 30-day rule to 7 days is unfair to Australian Publishers because they will be at the complete mercy of the good will and efficiency of overseas publishers.

They say that changing the 30 day rule will have a major impact across the entire industry but those most affected will be small to medium- based Australian publishers who depend on securing exclusive copyright for overseas titles.

Loss of profitability will mean that fewer Australian editions are produced, meaning less opportunities for local authors.
According to the APA, such a move will also lead to lower print volumes meaning higher book prices and less variety in bookshops.

Even the Productivity Commission rejected the idea of changing the 30-day rule.
With a possible Caucus debate later this month, now is the time to have your say. Contact the politicians on the above list TODAY!

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