Finally, someone's asking the big questions. Ed Husic, Federal Member for Chifley and Australia Tax fighter, has spoken in Parliament on the fact that Australia's main free-to-air TV stations still don't broadcast in HD.
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Both the current Coalition and previous Labor Governments have long been looking to close tax loopholes that have seen big multi-nationals able to shift profit offshore in order to allegedly avoid paying tax in the Australian market. After a concerted effort by both sides of politics, those loopholes are slowly being closed according to Treasurer Joe Hockey.
A few weeks ago someone alerted me to a problem they were experiencing accessing, of all things, an e-book. The e-Book had been purchased in the US, using an account this person set up when they lived there. They’ve now moved back here and – in the course of downloading their apps to a new tablet – discovered a problem.
IT Pricing champion and Federal MP for Chifley, Ed Husic, is mad. Mostly he's mad that while the Government fiddles with an anti-piracy scheme the Australia Tax issue still burns holes in the pockets of this country's gadget lovers.
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.
A long time ago in a government far, far away, there was a man who wanted Aussies to pay less for their gadgets. His name was Ed Husic, and together with some of his Parliamentary buddies, they got together to take the fight to big tech companies to stop them gouging Aussies. That's the story in a nutshell of the IT Pricing Inquiry, the recommendations of which have been swept under the political rug...until now.
This morning at a copyright conference, Liberal Attorney-General Senator George Brandis said that the Coalition wanted to introduce new laws that would crack down on piracy via a system of notices issued through ISPs. This afternoon at the same conference, Labor MP Ed Husic offered up a stack of reasons why that approach could cause problems.
Broadband — in the shape of the National Broadband Network (NBN) — remains a key point of difference between Labor and the Coalition's policies going into the federal election. Our politicians are not paying lip service when it comes to these differences. There are significant variations in cost, in delivery types, in download and upload speeds, in business opportunities, customer experience and the so-called "future-proofing" of the network, depending on which version of the NBN we continue with. So what are they, and what do you need to know?
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?
On a battlefield drenched in derp like rainfall drenched the Somme, a war has been fought for four years now and, from all reports, it's a stalemate. Grenades are lobbed over sandbags in an effort to weaken the resolve of the opposing faction on a daily basis. Nobody is ceding ground and neither side will give up. It's a war for the trenches of Australia: the pits and pipes and what should be routed through them and, in a bid to break the stalemate and win the war for Labor, there has been a change in leadership on all levels. Meet the new Three-Star General: Ed Husic, Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband, and get ready to take your orders.
What we all feared would happen, happened this morning when Adobe announced at its annual conference that it would move away from boxed Creative Suite software and push everyone into a subscription payment model with Creative Cloud. You'd never guess but the Government's IT pricing crusader, Ed Husic, is displeased with Adobe. Again.
At Friday's hearings into IT price gouging in Australia, Apple's local MD, Tony King, tried to absolve the gadget giant of responsibility for local iTunes mark-ups by throwing the blame directly at record companies. As a result, those record companies are about to be given an opportunity to explain themselves before the Committee at yet another hearing.
As Apple faces the IT Pricing Inquiry — and the inquiry's instigator Ed Husic resigns as Government Whip — one Aussie blogger has crunched the numbers on Apple's pricing strategy down under.