PIRs – MELBOURNE PROTEST RALLY ON WEDNESDAY

Bunheang Ung's cartoon resizedA PRESS RELEASE TODAY FROM THE OFFICE OF BENDIGO MP STEVE GIBBONS HAS ADVISED THAT:

There will be a protest rally on Wednesday November 11 in Melbourne against the proposed changes to the PIR laws.

Bendigo Federal MP Steve Gibbons will attend and speak at the rally as the campaign against changes to territorial copyright laws affecting the book publishing and printing industries gains pace.

Mr Gibbons advised that the rally will be outside the Commonwealth Government building at 4 Treasury Place, Spring Street Melbourne at 10am. “McPhersons Print group workers from Maryborough will attend the rally and Authors, Publishers, book retailers and others interested in supporting the campaign”.

“The Rudd Government will most likely make its decision at a cabinet meeting in Canberra in mid November and it’s vital that the message gets through loud and clear just what the proposed changes will do to the future well being of all involved in this important industry”.

“There will be a group of speakers addressing the rally including high profile Authors, Publishers and Trade Union representatives. Mr Gibbons said he had been asked to speak and had no hesitation in agreeing.

“Maintaining Territorial Copyright is important, not only for Maryborough’s future, but the future of all those involved in the industry across Australia”. “The Australian Publishers Association estimate the loss of around 2000 jobs in the publishing and book printing sector across Australia if the Rudd Government accepts the Productivity Recommendation to remove the current restrictions on imported books”, Mr Gibbons said.

IF YOU’RE IN MELBOURNE ON WEDNESDAY, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO PROTEST AGAINST THE PROPOSED CHANGES!

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