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Book Production (1992)

Industry Commission inquiry report

This report was signed on 15 October 1992. The report resulted from an Industry Commission public inquiry into the book production industry in Australia in which the existing bounty and other assistance arrangements for book production were examined in the light of reductions in the general level of protection in the economy as a whole. The inquiry was not concerned with the reading and writing of books, nor with book publishing.

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Contents

Preliminaries
Cover, Copyright, Signing Page, Terms of Reference, Contents, Abbreviations, Overview and Recommendations

1 Introduction
1.1 Background to the inquiry
1.2 Book production
1.3 Inquiry procedures

2 Assistance For Book Production
2.1 Book bounty
2.2 Tariffs
2.3 No assistance for some books
2.4 Duty free, concessional and by-law import on inputs
2.5 The impact of tariff reductions on inputs to book production
2.6 Estimates of assistance for books and book production processes
2.7 Implications of the current assistance structure
2.8 Copyright and other assistance for writers and publishers
2.9 General measures of assistance
2.10 Assistance from State and local governments

3 Factors Affecting Competitiveness
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Input costs
3.3 Market conditions
3.4 Related industries
3.5 Firm strategy
3.6 Conclusion

4 Trends in Industry Assistance
4.1 Current trends in assistance
4.2 The effect of general reductions in assistance
4.3 Managing reform

5 The Future of Assistance for Book Production
5.1 Should assistance continue?
5.2 What happens next to bounty and tariff assistance?
5.3 Considerations in phasing down the bounty
5.4 The Commission's proposal
5.5 Consequences of the Commission's proposal
5.6 Capitalisation of bounty receipts

6 Administrative Arrangements
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Eligibility
6.3 Claimants
6.4 Removal of redundant provisions in the existing legislation
6.5 Books sold in New Zealand
6.6 Problem of different interpretations arising between ACS State Offices

A List of participants, submissions and organisations consulted

B Book production industry and markets

C Industry statistics

D Book bounty eligibility criteria, tariff provisions, Florence Agreement and Nairobi Protocol

E The distribution of bounty payments

F Economic consequences of bounties and tariffs

G Technological change in book production processes

H Paper related issues

I Current administrative arrangements for the book bounty

J Book production in Hong Kong

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