Last month the Australian Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy announced that the government would investigate high game and technology prices in the country and this month the Australian government is calling for public submissions on the matter.
The inquiry will focus on why Australian consumers are being forced to pay more for tech products and video games and the public submission process allows both consumers and companies to share their input. The inquiry will be conducted by the House of Representatives’ Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications and will be chaired by Nick Champion.
“Australians are often forced to pay more for IT hardware and software than consumers in overseas markets,” Champion said in a statement today. “The Committee’s inquiry aims to determine the extent of these IT price differences and examine the possibility of limiting their impact on Australian consumers, businesses and governments.”
The Committee will investigate pricing on a multitude of products including PC hardware and software, games and consoles, downloadable music, e-books, and professional software. They will compare the prices of these items in Australia to prices on the internet and in retail outlets in the US, UK and Asia-Pacific. The next phase will be to determine why prices are higher and what can be done about it.
“The fact that video games are mentioned in the terms of reference indicates that the Australian government has listened to concerns from the Australian public, regarding the high cost of games in this market,” Labor MP and federal member for Chifley Ed Husic told GameSpot AU.
The Deadline for submissions is Friday July 6, 2012. More details can be found here.
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