blog Liberal NSW Fair Trading Minister and Liberal MP Anthony Roberts has added his voice to the debate about price markups on technology goods sold in Australia, claiming iconic technology giant Apple is “price gouging” the Australian public when it comes to digital goods such as films, music and software. The Daily Terrorgraph quotes Roberts as saying:
“This is serious price gouging and here is an organisation that holds itself up to be especially open and transparent. In fact what we’re looking at is something that is very much a rotten apple. Where the huge price disparities occur is with music and movie downloads and it often targets consumers who can least afford it.”
The news comes as Federal MP Ed Husic, who harks from the opposite Labor side of the fence, has recently intensified his ongoing push to bring Australian technology prices into line with those charges overseas. Husic, who has criticised companies such as Apple, Adobe, Lenovo and Microsoft on the issue, has discussed the matter with the Treasury and the Productivity Commission and raised the issue in parliament several times over the past few months.
There are still a number of price differences between Apple products and third-party content sold through Apple’s platforms in Australia, compared with the US market where the company is headquartered. However, the company has taken steps over the past few months to harmonise much of its pricing between the US and other countries, including Australia.