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Thursday, 17 October 2002
Page: 5353

Senator BARTLETT (Queensland— Leader of the Australian Democrats) (9.35 a.m.)—At the request of Senator Stott Despoja, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the 4th Australian Publishers' Bookshow will be held at the New South Wales Writers Centre on the weekend of 19 and 20 October 2002,

(ii) this is an opportunity to celebrate and encourage local publishing in light of the increasing globalisation of the Australian publishing industry,

(iii) the recently-released 2000-01 Australian Bureau of Statistics survey of publishers found a drop of 19 per cent in the number of new books bought in Australia in this period compared with the previous year, and

(iv) the average publishing business cut staff by 15 per cent in this period and that profits fell by 41 per cent; and

(b) calls on the Government to exempt books from the goods and services tax.

Question negatived.

Senator Brown —Mr President, I would like the Greens' support for that motion recorded.