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The Government Has An Official Response To The IT Pricing Inquiry, But You Can't See It Yet

Remember the IT Pricing Inquiry? That big, ugly inquiry that saw tech giants dragged before the Parliament to explain why they choose to gouge Aussies for tech, software and content? A year has gone by since the final report was submitted to the Parliament, but sadly it was swept under the political rug in favour of electioneering and a change of government from Labor to the Coalition. That Coalition government finally has a response to the recommendations made by the inquiry, but you can’t see it just yet. Here’s why.


The IT Pricing Inquiry: One Year On, And Nothing Has Changed For Aussie Geeks

Editorial: One year ago today, the guns fell silent on the IT Pricing Inquiry. The Parliamentary Committee tasked with finding why we pays more for gadgets, software, music and movies fired the final shot in the form of a report to the government on how to solve the availability crisis Australia had found itself in. One year on, and nothing has happened. The Australia Tax is as bad as it ever was, and content piracy is now at epidemic levels. We’re at a tipping point, and the government isn’t doing a thing to help.


Apple Introduces Cut-Price iMac

In the market for a new iMac? Good news! Apple just introduced a new cut-price base model.


Aussies Are Still Paying Over The Odds, And It's Time For ACCC Action

Yet another survey has found Australians are paying more than their American and British counterparts for the same entertainment goods and services.


Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Australian Price, Release Date And The Australia Tax

It’s finally here. Microsoft has made the 12.2-inch Surface Pro 3 a reality overnight, and it’s heading to Australia soon. Here’s what you’ll pay, when you can get it, and whether you’ll pay the Australia Tax on Microsoft’s new laptop replacement.


Australian Gadget Prices Likely To Rise In 2014: Report

Laptops, smartphones and tablets. These are the three devices that you’ll likely end up paying more for this year thanks to a sliding Australian dollar according to a new report.


You Thought The Australia Tax Was Bad? Try Living In South America

You may remember a little while ago that Australian politicians led a crusade against vendors like Adobe, Apple and Microsoft for charging Aussies too much for tech just because we’d pay it. A big fuss was made, and it was great that the Parliament came up with possible ways to fix the problem. Our problems, however, pale in comparison to the issue of pricing in Brazil. You won’t believe how much they have to pay just to get their hands on the Sony PlayStation 4, for example.


Microsoft Drops The Australia Tax On New Surface 2 Tablets

Get that tilted party-hat on your head: Microsoft has ditched its love of the Australia Tax for the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets! In fact, Aussies may actually be getting the Surface 2 tablets cheaper than the US!


Software Is Officially A Rip-Off In Australia, So What Can You Do?

It’s official: Australia isn’t the “lucky country” in the IT sector. Consumers, government and industry down under are charged typically 50% more for software and hardware compared to their American counterparts.


Beating The Australia Tax: How The Parliament Wants To Stop IT Rip-Offs

It has been months in the works, but the Australian Parliament finally outed its recommendations into how the government can best tackle the so-called Australia Tax, therefore halting the tech rip-offs being perpetrated onto Australian consumers. Most importantly, will these recommendations work?