Scott Morrison held a ‘constructive’ video call with the boss of Google after the company threatened to pull out of Australia over a proposed law to make tech giants pay media companies for news content.
The prime minister chatted to Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, on Thursday morning.
Mr Morrison said Mr Pichai – who is worth US$600million – raised issues with the proposal ‘respectfully’ and pulled back from Managing Director Mel Silva’s threat to leave the Australian market.
Scott Morrison (right) is pictured sitting next to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (left) and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher (behind) on Thursday as they speak to Sundar Pichai
Google pulled a warning message (pictured) from its homepage which linked to a video showing Managing Director Mel Silva explaining why it opposes the new law
‘We discussed some of the specifics of elements of the code. They raised those matters, I think, very respectfully,’ Mr Morrison told…
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