I went all Nostradamus a while back and prognosticated on what might happen to Australia’s book industry if the unwelcome Productivity Commission recommendations are endorsed by the Federal Government. For a much more poetic perspective, check out Kirsty Murray’s Parallel Histories or Things We Have Lost. It’s beautifully put.
According to the latest update from Australians for Australian Books, the Commission is showing signs of wilting on this issue. Let’s hope so. And let’s keep the heat on.
Why should we go down an ideologically-driven path that the US and UK haven’t even attempted? Why would we? The risks are too great. And the “rewards” way too uncertain.