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Print authority cuts to the core of industry problems

Tuesday, 02 August 2011
By Print 21 Online Article

Issues facing the future of the print industry, such as the carbon tax, and necessary actions required were discussed at the fifth Print Industry Working Group meeting on 22 July.

Formed at the start of the Rudd Government, PIWG members consists of the PIAA, GASAA, and GAMAA, with the Government and AMWU representing individual industry sectors.

The Gillard Government’s carbon tax and the potential to pass through related costs to the industry was of critical concern, according to the Group’s chairman, Scott Telfer, managing director for Southern Colour NSW.

“Like all industries, we have made submissions to the government about the carbon tax. There is a fair lack of knowledge on how it will affect the print industry.”

The Group seeks to engage with the ACCC to ensure that measures are in place to identify and prevent “excessive or unjustified disbursement of cost to the industry.”

“The Printing Industry Working Group is an industry collective that can approach the government with a single voice, to put forward the list of issues that we see as important. It’s not only a vehicle for printers, but also for suppliers and all aspects of the print industry.”

Grass root actions launched by the PIWG include discussions with the Australian Bureau of Statistics to collate reliable industry data on how the economy is shaping the industry environment.

Telfer says the Group cannot sufficiently advise the Government about the industry, as there is currently no identifiable data to work with. “We now have a full time secretariat for the industry within the Government, to help with industry communications.”

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