Simon Crean has today released a report from the CIE showing that Australian families are $3900 a year better off thanks to trade liberalisation over the past couple of decades.
And in a reminder of barriers yet to fall, the ACT’s reforming education minister, Andrew Barr, is pushing for changes to the parallel importing regime, saying:
By making books artificially more expensive, this outdated and anti-competitive law is making it harder for kids, especially those from less well-off families to buy and read books.
It’s also making it harder for our school libraries to get as many books for their buck as they could.
Under the Education Revolution we are all working and investing millions to improve literacy and numeracy for kids from low-socioeconomic backgrounds in particular. Any law that makes books more expensive is bad law. Any law that means our school libraries have fewer books available to students is bad law. Any law that effectively makes it harder for kids to read is bad law.