Peter Carnavas is a popular name in the children's book world. Today, he speaks out in support of keeping the Restrictions against Parallel Importation of Books.
As a children's author/illustrator, I know the huge impact that my books
and other Australian books have on children, inspiring them to develop a
love of reading.
If PIRs are removed, so many Australians will lose
out - authors, illustrators, publishers, independent booksellers,
teachers, librarians, parents and, most of all, children. It is a move
that will only disadvantage these stakeholders and weaken Australian
I am just one of hundreds of Australian children's book
creators that would be forced to reconsider the viability of making
We already receive minimal earnings, dedicating
ourselves to what we do through our passion for promoting literature and
stories to children.
This decision would cripple our efforts to put
wonderful stories into the hands of Australian kids.