An anti-corruption watchdog has urged Australia to ban books that promote corruption and abuse, and to make sure all foreign publishers don’t use them to promote their products.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) said foreign publishers that publish books for Australia should “be held to account for their content, practices and advertising policies”.
The ASIC said it has received more than 200 reports from Australia’s regulators of alleged breaches of the anti-money laundering and anti-corruption act since the start of the year.
“We recognise that it is not easy for foreign publishers to compete against established publishers in a global marketplace, and we believe that we should be able to find ways of mitigating this competition,” ASIC’s chief executive, David White, said in the statement.
The ASEC says foreign publishers should be prohibited from using Australian-made books in their advertising or promotional materials, or from advertising on Australian websites or social media. “
This would also be in the interests of our consumers and of Australian taxpayers.”
The ASEC says foreign publishers should be prohibited from using Australian-made books in their advertising or promotional materials, or from advertising on Australian websites or social media.
It also wants foreign publishers who publish Australian books to remove the names of Australian authors and titles from their publications, and make sure that Australian copyright law applies.
“Foreign publishers should also be prohibited for a period of up to three years from promoting or promoting the sale or sale of Australian-produced books to foreign audiences in Australia,” ASIC said.
“This includes any products sold to Australian audiences outside Australia.”
The agency’s warning comes after an Australian federal court ruled that a book called The Last Word: The Secret History of America’s First Communist Party by Richard Condon could be sold without the author’s name attached.