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Australia to ask Apple, Microsoft, Adobe about sky-high prices

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Staff writer ▼ | February 11, 2013
AustraliaAustralian Parliament wants to know why Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe are charging too much for their products. In some cases prices are 88% higher than in the U.S.

The standing committee for infrastructure and communications, a part of Australia's House of Representatives, will hold a hearing on March 22 to examine the issue. The committee said in the release that it has issued summonses to the three IT giants to appear at the hearing.

"The Committee is looking at the impacts of prices charged to Australian consumers for IT products – Australian consumers often pay much higher prices for hardware and software than people in other countries. The Committee has been examining claims made by organizations such as CHOICE, and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network," the committee said.

"CHOICE has welcomed a move by the parliamentary committee investigating the prices of computers, software, games and digital music to force international companies to front up and explain their higher prices in Australia", the people's watchdog CHOICE said in the statement.

The group submitted its report to the committee last year. They found that Australians are paying around 34 percent more for software, 52 percent more for iTunes music and 88 percent more for Wii games than consumers in the United States.

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