Australia's new Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts, Senator George Brandis, has told the Australian International Movie Conference that the protection of intellectual property rights was the cornerstone of the creative industries that employed 900,000 people in Australia.
“An effective legal framework of protection and enforcement of copyright is fundamental to sustaining today’s creative content industry and importantly, the cultural development of our nation,” he said.
“Australia already has a robust legal framework for the protection of copyright, but despite an extensive menu of criminal offences applicable under copyright law, still the problems of piracy and unauthorised use remain.”
A report on Senator Brandis' speech can be found here:
His speech in full can be found here: http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Speeches/Pages/14October2013-AddresstoAustralianInternationalMovieConvention.aspx