TRENDING - AUSTRALIA
Prime Minister Scott Morrison copped flak on Friday for his comment on Australia Day.
He also had to deal with Google's response to the government's News Media Bargaining Code that said: "The principle of unrestricted linking between websites is fundamental to Search. Coupled with the unmanageable financial and operational risk if this version of the Code were to become law it would give us no real choice but to stop making Google Search available in Australia."
Morrison reacted equally strongly. According to Reuters, Morrison said the country makes its rules for “things you can do in Australia,” adding: "People who want to work with that in Australia, you’re very welcome. But we don’t respond to threats."
Google has been asked to negotiate paying digital publishers in Australia for links, snippets and headlines of content it uses from them for its users. Google has called this ask untenable.
Mel Silva, Managing Director for Google Australia, explains why there is a workable news code that doesn’t break Google Search. Learn more about what the News Media Bargaining Code means for you at https://t.co/X4UoySQPLw pic.twitter.com/9UjtaPW0zZ— googledownunder (@googledownunder) January 22, 2021
Meanwhile, the prime minister speaking about Australia Day said: "It's all about acknowledging how far we've come. When those 12 ships turned up in Sydney, all those years ago, it wasn't a particularly flash day for the people on those vessels either."
His "it wasn't a particularly flash day" statement drew criticism and was seen and insensitive to the First Nations or first people or the indigenous inhabitants, who were over 500 different clan groups or 'nations' around the continent.
Morrison is gutless. So afraid of offending the far-right, he lets them spread dangerous coronavirus myths. He won't criticise Trump's incitement of insurrection against US Congress. Instead he bashes Cricket Australia for honouring the first Australians https://t.co/K1lmNVGAZY— Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) January 21, 2021