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

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.