PM is write-on
Sydney Morning Herald Letters, 27 May 2014
THERE ARE PRESSING ISSUES for the book industry. Ensuring booksellers are competitive demands the imposition of GST on offshore online retailers. Fair remuneration for copyright creators and creators across all platforms is imperative if Australian writing is to continue to flourish. However, capturing the attention of the government of the day is never easy for the cultural industries.
The announcement of the continuation of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards is therefore welcome (“Tony Abbott chooses conservatives to judge the Prime Minister’s literary awards”, smh.co-m.au, May 24). Book people aren’t generally conservative in their voting preferences so credit is surely due to both the Prime Minister and Minister for the Arts for attending the Australian book industry’s “night of nights”. No shoes were thrown as the Prime Minister addressed the 400 attendees, nor were there mass walkouts as somewhat breathlessly predicted.
If Tony Abbott’s legacy is to be known as the Prime Minister for Books, that can only benefit Australian writers and readers.
President of the Australian Publishers Association,