Keeping the IT price debate alive

Finding a remedy to price gouging has turned from a political point-scoring exercise into a potential hand grenade. But Canberra must persist with the issue, as its consequences go well beyond just cheaper prices for consumers.

It took a year-long inquiry, 133 passionate submissions and a confusing hearing with three reluctant tech giants for the government to conclude that Australians are being ripped off for no good reason when it comes to the pricing of tech products.

And despite all this effort, it took fewer than three days – and in some cases less than three hours – for the whole process to be considered an anti-climax and a waste of time.

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