You may think the IT pricing inquiry by the House of Representatives Committee on Infrastructure and Communications, initiated by Labor's Ed Husic just over a year ago, merely confirms what you knew about the extent to which we're being gouged by big IT firms across hardware, software and content.
And indeed it does. Adobe software, 42% more expensive here. Microsoft 66%. Autodesk 51%. Hardware (Apple, surprisingly, excepted) 46% dearer. Music, 52%. Games, 84%. And as the committee explained, it's not just consumers feeling the impact of this gouging: the higher education sector, Australians with disabilities and Australian businesses share the pain. You can read the committee's list of recommendations, including its innovative and welcome suggestion that governments work actively to help consumers undermine geoblocking.