Australian parliament probes technology price gouge
Posted in: Miscellaneous at 29/04/2012 14:00
Apple and Microsoft will be asked to defend their pricing policies at a federal parliamentary inquiry into why Australians pay far more for music and game downloads than overseas customers.
Labor MPs hope publicity generated by challenging the companies will result in lower prices and put an end to local consumers being ''fleeced''.
The Minister for Communications, Stephen Conroy, has signed off on the inquiry, which will also consider the pricing of software and other IT-related material.
Inquiry to target expensive downloads
The Federal Government is planning an inquiry into why it costs more to download software and content in Australia than in many other countries.
Labor MP Ed Husic, a member of the committee that is likely to carry out the inquiry, says the details are still being finalised.