A vote for books and publishing

Book Create Australia, a cohort of book industries, unite to present seven policy recommendations for the new or returned government post election.

The book industry has waded into election lobbying, thanks to a cohort representing the shared interests of Australia’s publishers, booksellers, authors and librarians under the rubric of Books Create Australia.

A new or returned government should develop a national plan for Literature, Books and Reading, the members of Books Create Australia believe. They have advanced seven policy recommendations to support reading and writers in the lead-up to the election.

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She's the outgoing books editor of The Big issue. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press. Her next collection, Decadence, will be published in July 2022. Twitter: @thuy_on