Ideas are the engine of economic growth.

The Australian publishing industry has been generating ideas since 1802. The industry today is unsubsidised, successful and thriving.

Certainty around copyright creates this viable Australian book industry.

Australian authors partner with publishers to make books and reach readers here and around the world.

Australians are not ‘geo-blocked’ when buying books. We can choose to buy from any retailer, anywhere around the world.

The Australian government acknowledges that copyright is important for rewarding creative endeavour. But Australian ideas are under threat because the government is considering ill-conceived changes at the heart of an independent and profitable creative industry.

‘Australia will become, as it was in the 1960s, a dumping ground for American and English books, and we will risk becoming – as we once were – a colony of the minds of others.’

- Australia’s Man Booker Prize winners: Peter Carey, Thomas Keneally and Richard Flanagan


Authors would lose the rights to their books written more than 15 – 25 years ago. The current ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ territorial rights to publish in Australia will be abolished.


  • $120M per annum of direct investment by the book publishing industry in Australian writers, books and promoting reading.
  • $2B revenue generated by the Australian book publishing industry.
  • $225M revenue generated by exporting Australian books to the world.

Do we want Australia to become a colony of the minds of others?

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