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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.
There has been much said about the IT Pricing — or Australia Tax — Inquiry. Will it work? What will it achieve? When will we see results? Interestingly, there already have been behind-the-scenes benefits. The punchline? Microsoft Australia is reportedly making less money than ever from the Federal Government thanks to its testimony. About $100 million less, actually.
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.
Hell hath no fury like a Government scorned. At least that’s the message that came out of Parliament both last week and yesterday afternoon when the government slapped legal orders on Apple, Microsoft and Adobe to force them before the Australia Tax inquiry. Before we all collectively congratulate the government for showing its teeth to the private sector for a change, we need to understand what a gamble this is for the inquiry.
In Parliament today, the IT Pricing Inquiry reported back on the state of pricing in Australia, and discussed its disappointment with major tech distributors in this country. According to Paul Neville, the Deputy Chair of the committee, there has been a general “reluctance” amongst distributors to engage and discuss issues surrounding price, to the extent that the committee is now planning to Subpoena major tech companies in Australia.