As you'd expect, Giz has been closely following the parliamentary inquiry into the so-called "Australia tax". We've chatted with Ed Husic, looked over the submissions, and lamented Apple's closed-door briefing in Canberra. Yesterday, as companies began explaining why Aussies pay more for tech and games, Gizmodo's own Luke Hopewell helped break down the issue for ABC News 24 viewers.
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When the Parliamentary inquiry into IT pricing and the "Australia tax" kicked off, it was meant to give the government, and ordinary people like us, an insight into why international vendors charge more for their technology when it comes Down Under. Instead, vendors were silent in submissions and now Apple is getting its own private briefing in Canberra behind closed doors.
Do you hate the Australia Tax? Want the government to do something about high technology prices? If you answered yes to any of that, time is running out to get your complaints in to the IT pricing inquiry set up by the Federal Government. Submissions close today.
Ed Husic, Federal MP for Chifley's released a statement following this morning's release of the terms of reference for the Federal IT Pricing Inquiry. He's keen for everyone to have a say — but notes that this includes businesses charging the prices that they do.
We've known about the inquiry into the disparity in IT pricing in Australia for some time, ever since the Member for Chifley Ed Husic kickstarted matters. It's now possible to make a submission to the inquiry, based on its terms of reference, which cover IT hardware, software, games and even ebooks.
This has been a long time coming. Heck, we might finally make some headway where our distant sauropod ancestors failed all those millions of years ago. At least, that's how long it feels like Australians have endured outrageous price differences on products like Microsoft Office and Adobe's Creative Suite, compared to the United States. While you have the inconvenient option of going overseas for these products, you really shouldn't have to.
Labor MP Ed Husic's call for an inquiry into IT pricing in Australia has had my brain buzzing over the concept of a "fair" price for technology. After all, what is fair anyway?
Labor backbencher Ed Husic's been fighting against Australian technology price inequalities for some time now, and he's back in the headlines, calling for an inquiry into unfair prices. I reckon he's right to complain, but his target is poorly chosen. Update: Ed's been in touch with a copy of his speech, and he's well aware that Apple's not the worst offender in this category; indeed he's as concerned as I am with many of the same target companies.