Australia debates axeing of import restriction rules

Australia debates axeing of import restriction rules

It’s either the death knell for publishing in Australia and an assault on its literary culture and its writers, or it’s the loosening of protectionist shackles to usher in a new era of greater freedom and lower prices.

The debate in Australia, following proposals by the government’s Productivity Commission to remove parallel import restrictions (PIRs) and turn Australia into an open market, has led to an expletive-laden condemnation by a member of the nation’s literary royalty, Richard Flanagan, and enough column inches to fill the Great Australian Bight.

PIRs were introduced in Australia...

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