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Tech giants may be forced to reveal documents

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Asher Moses

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A parliamentary committee will ask to subpoena documents from Apple, Microsoft and Adobe.

A parliamentary committee will ask to subpoena documents from Apple, Microsoft and Adobe.

TECHNOLOGY giants Apple, Microsoft and Adobe could be forced to hand over internal documents to a federal parliamentary inquiry after refusing to appear at hearings this week.

As hearings into the pricing of IT software and hardware resume in Canberra today, committee member and Labor MP Ed Husic ramped up his attack on the computer companies, saying they had ''treated the Parliament with contempt''.

He said he would ask the committee to subpoena documents exchanged between the three companies and the Australian Information Industry Association, which has appeared before the inquiry on their behalf. ''It will certainly include emails and any information that was exchanged,'' Mr Husic said.