PSA: IT pricing inquiry submissions close today

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If you have some time to spare today, head over to the House of Representatives website and make a submission to the inquiry into IT pricing.

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Announced in April, the inquiry is examining the price disparity between goods sold in Australia and goods sold elsewhere.

Federal MP for Chifley Ed Husic, who initiated the inquiry, said in April, "I'm hoping companies will take this opportunity to explain their pricing in Australia. This will also give consumers the chance to talk about how this affects them."

To date, only 35 submissions have been published on the House of Representatives website.

The inquiry aims to:

  • Investigate whether a difference in prices exists between IT hardware and software products, including computer games, consoles, ebooks, music and videos sold in Australia over the internet or in retail outlets, as compared to markets in the US, the UK and Asia Pacific

  • Establish what those differences are

  • Determine why those differences exist

  • Establish what the impacts of these differences might be on Australian businesses, governments and households

  • Determine what actions might be taken to help address any differences that operate to the disadvantage of Australian consumers.

If you wish to make a submission by COB today, make sure you read the guidelines here. Submissions can be emailed to the House of Representatives at ic.reps@aph.gov.au. The House of representatives prefers that you make your submission in Microsoft Word or PDF format.



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