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The first and only scheduled hearing (so far) for the long-awaited IT Pricing Inquiry took place today. Companies came from near and far to plead their collective case as to why Australians are paying more for their tech and games. Here's a wrap up of everything that went on.

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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.

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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.

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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.