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Media Bargaining Law passes Australian Parliament

Thursday 25 February, 2021

The media bargaining code has passed all stages of the Australian Federal Parliement and will now become law.

It will force digital media giants such as Google and Facebook to pay a fair amount to news publishers for being able to link to their journalistic content.

It comes as Facebook reached an agreement to reinstate news content on its platform.

A joint statement from Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher says:

Media Bargaining Code debated in the Senate

Tuesday 23 February, 2021
UPDATE 1130 on 25 Feb:: The legislation has been passed by both houses and will now come into force.

Australia's media bargaining code is being debated now in the Senate as it progresses to the final stages of legislation.

If it passes all stages of debate in both houses, the legislation will create a ground breaking international legislative precedent.


Radio stations blocked from Facebook

Thursday 18 February, 2021

Facebook has carried out its threat to remove news posts from its platform in response to the Australian Government's mandatory bargaining code for digital media giants.

In a Facboook post William Easton, Managing Director, Facebook Australia & New Zealand said:

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