The news media bargaining code is being debated in the Senate now. Labor indicating they haven't seen any amendments yet that might have been negotiated with Facebook.
Greens senataor Sarah Hanson-Young: We shouldn't be in a situation where two big billionaires. Mark Zuckerberg and Rupert Murdoch get to dictate what news Australians consume when they can consume it.

Calls for their respective companies to pay their fair share of tax in AU
There should be an *and between consume and when. Eyes glossed over when checking Otter transcript.
Here's the supplementary explanatory memorandum the govt has tabled with the legislation in the Senate. Not 100% sure how much of this is the amendments from the House bill or if new. parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/downl…
It will probably come as no surprise Concetta Fierravanti-Wells is using her speech on this legislation to complain about the deplatforming of Trump.

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"How's that fair though.
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It seems to come back to a committee meeting made up of officials from several departments.

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This was published yesterday.

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