Considering how few of you actually live in Australia, or understand the current situation, its interesting to see you all jump on the "there must be a reason" and "if you don't like it, don't buy it" bandwagon.
Apple is not being targeted, and that's essential to realise, no matter how AppleInsider wants to twist facts to create sensationalist arguments. This is about content pricing in general, including digital downloads.
Most IT retail in Australia is approximately 70% markup when compared to US pricing. Considering that our exchange rates are better, and have been better for years, its even more troubling. There is a 10% Goods and Services Tax on all goods. Add to that a possible further 10% tax for importing goods (I doubt this as the agreements between the US shouldn't require it, but lets be nice an provide this). You now still have a 50% markup on the product. The current price matrix was set when the Australian dollar was worth 65c of a US Dollar. Now that the Australian dollar is above parity, there has been no change, and no accounting for the continued slog. You want to claim "fees"? Where were those fees when the Australian dollar was not high?
The claim of "if you don't like it, don't buy it" isn't fair when we are expected to buy technology to live in our daily world, and every single technology company does the same thing. You can't win. There is no competition. Every company has failed to lower its prices when the comparison rate changed dramatically. They just keep dripping us dry of our money. WIthout competition, nor a reason to make Australian prices drop (they could go without the Australian consumer, and couldn't care less) we are left with the Australians being left in the lurch to pay sometimes more than double for a product.
Its very easy as a commenter from another country to go "what will be will be; that's the business's choice." But when the companies have no interest in competition, and you are the one suffering through companies' greed over an entire sector, and there is NOTHING you can do to get a fair price (even if taxes etc disappeared - they still wouldn't change the price) you're left going "what"?
As for the App Store pricing matrix drop? It dropped somewhat, but not completely to fairness. Nevertheless, this was in response to a similar call by the Australian parliament. But the majority of the money from the App Stores isn't going to Apple. When developers can take the hit for them, they'll do it. But what happened to iTunes, and Mac, and Microsoft, and Adobe, and basically every other price? It stayed the same. This was an admission that they are taking way too high a cut, by dropping OTHERS' money, as a way to placate the Australian government. And yet they didn't change THEIR pricing. They didn't change anything except what wasn't theirs to begin with.
Its the sorry state of this industry in Australia, but being on a high horse from another country and putting your fingers in your ears and calling Australians liars isn't helpful.