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Industry Commission inquiry report

This inquiry report was signed on 23 October 1996. The report contains the findings of the Industry Commission's public inquiry on the effectiveness of the current bounty scheme. The key factors affecting industry development and ways to encourage improved efficiency and international competitiveness of the industry and whether assistance should be accorded to the production of books in Australia after the current bounty scheme terminates on 31 December 1997.

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  • Contents

Cover, Copyright, Signing Page, Contents, Abbreviations, Overview, and Recommendations

1   The Inquiry
1.1   Book bounty
1.2   Topics for consideration
1.3   Scope of the inquiry
1.4   Inquiry procedures
1.5   Structure of the report

2   Books and book printing
2.1   The markets for books
2.2   Book printing activity
2.3   Trends in government assistance to book printers
2.4   Competitiveness

3   Key factors affecting development
3.1   Supply factors
3.2   Demand for book printing
3.3   Export prospects

4   Assistance
4.1   Bounty
4.2   Alternatives to bounty
4.3   Books assisted by tariff
4.4   Participants' response to bounty removal

A   Terms of reference

B   Inquiry participants and visits

C   The distribution of book bounty payments

D   Relevant international agreements

E   Guide to the book bounty

F   Technological developments in book printing

G   Copyright

H   Possible changes to bounty criteria

I   Economic efficiency effects of bounty


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