Why should Australians pay more for their digital music, games and software than people elsewhere in the world? That’s the question a Parliamentary enquiry will be attempting to answer, with Apple, Microsoft and Adobe all due to give evidence to the probe. “There is evidence to suggest that the innovative use of technology is not always matched with innovative new business models in the case of products and services distributed online,” says minister for communications Stephen Conroy in a letter to a fellow MP outlining the plans. “I agree that Australian businesses and households should have access to IT software and hardware that is fairly priced relative to other jurisdictions… the global digital economy is likely to make it increasingly difficult to sustain business models that are based on a geographic carve-up of markets.”

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