Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe forced to face IT pricing inquiry

Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe forced to face IT pricing inquiry

Summary: The trio of tech giants has been summonsed by the Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications.


Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe have been summonsed by the House Committee on Infrastructure and Communications to face the music at the IT pricing inquiry.

The inquiry was launched mid last year to examine why Australians pay more for IT-related goods compared to the rest of the world. So far, all three tech giants have refused to attend any of the parliamentary hearings despite obvious pricing disparities between their product pricing in Australia and, most notably, the US.

"These firms should have cooperated and been prepared to be more open and transparent about their pricing approaches," Labor MP Ed Husic, who is spearheading the inquiry, said in a statement.

"Adobe, Apple, and Microsoft are just a few firms that have continually defied the public's call for answers and refused to appear before the IT pricing enquiry."

Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe are due to appear before the committee on March 22 in Canberra.

"Adobe will cooperate with the Committee as we have done since the inquiry began," an Adobe spokesperson told ZDNet.

Apple and Microsoft have not issued a statement regarding the summons.

Topics: Legal, Apple, Government AU, Microsoft

Spandas Lui

About Spandas Lui

Spandas forayed into tech journalism in 2009 as a fresh university graduate spurring her passion for all things tech. Based in Australia, Spandas covers enterprise and business IT.

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  • misleading article

    This is a about AUSTRALIAN government, not U.S government. Why not say so in the TITLE?

    "Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe have been summonsed by the House Committee on Infrastructure and Communications to face the music at the IT pricing inquiry."
    • Changed summary

      The Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications have actually referred to themselves as House Committee on Infrastructure and Communications.

      But, just to a bit clearer, we have changed the summary to reflect the fact the article is about the Australian Government.


    • Because as we know, the United States is the only country worth mentioning.

      That's how your statement comes across, I'm sure it wasn't meant that way.
      • I'm not sure if it's the only place the article is listed.

        But I did find this article under the US edition of ZDNet.
        Sam Wagner
    • ZD Net is already Australian-sourced.

      If this were a CNet article, I would agree with your comment. As it's a ZD Net article, one would expect a reference to "government" to mean Australia.
  • Good chance it has to do with Australia's policies...

    From forced extended warrantees, import terrifies and other protectionist polices to protect local businesses and consumers.

    The downside is it increases the costs to everyone.
  • Adobe are bad with this

    The prices of software from Apple is the same as the US + government charges (GST ect.) so I'm not sure what the government is hoping for there. Microsoft is slightly more expensive but Abode prices are off the planet.
    US $699
    AU $1,168
    Adam Geo
    • Apple, MS, and Adobe

      For Apple, perhaps iTunes pricing will come into play. I don't think MS is that bad either (though we still get charged a premium) but Adobe... I'm interested in hearing the company speak at the hearing.
    • Errr

      Heard of something called the Exchange rate? The US$ isn't the same as the AUS$.
  • Rip-off Britain

    Prices are worse in the UK. I read about this earlier today and the article said a 16GB wifi iPad in Oz is the equivalent of £351. In the UK it's £399. An Apple TV in the US is $99, here it's £99. ($99 is about £65).
    We don't have the title of rip-off Britain for nothing....
    • No, the UK's Cheaper...

      Than Australia. In fact for many items it is cheaper to buy in the UK (including postage to Australia) and have them sent over to Australia, than it is to buy the same item in Australia.
  • Same goes for New Zealand way above......

    It silly but I can purchase Software and Hardware vis Amazon, and have it shipped to NZ for well under the NZ charged prices.
  • Let's drag Autodesk in while we are at it!

    Quoted this morning for Building Design Suite Premium + Subscription - can buy online from the US store, download now, for $5995. To buy the same damn thing in AUS, $11,040. The US store has a disclaimer "The purchase options shown above are for versions authorized and licensed for use only in the United States and Canada. Export of these products from the United States or Canada .. constitutes copyright infringement .. blah". Rort. Shows no respect for your customers Autodesk - what - you think we don't notice?!?
  • More currency issues

    I could see a problem with australia for certain things as they are quite far away from where some goods do come.
    THere is also some talk about the Canadian government inquiring on the difference between US and Canadian prices even with the two currencies about dead even. But Canadian pricing could be as much as 30% more than in the US. Canada and US shares many things.
    Hell even gaz is cheaper in the US than Canada if you remove all the taxes.