RICHARD Flanagan closed the Sydney Writers’ Festival on Sunday with a beautifully crafted and blistering attack on the proposal to allow parallel importation of books into Australia. As you would probably know, the Productivity Commission’s draft report into copyright legislation recommends limiting territorial rights to a single year and then allowing competing editions into the country. Flanagan’s speech ranged from his cousin Arthur “Mad Dog” Kemp to William Tyndale’s Bible, reserving special scorn for the Coalition for Cheaper Books, which is campaigning hard for parallel importation, and Dymocks board member Bob Carr. Read more here