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Old 23rd February 2021, 05:31 PM   #216
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Yeah, have you seen the details of the last-minute changes to the legislation?

Late on Tuesday, the government announced changes to the news media bargaining code in response to concerns from Facebook about the operation of the code.

Under the amendments, the government will not make the code apply to a digital platform if the platform can demonstrate that it has made “a significant contribution to the sustainability of the Australian news industry” through deals made with news media companies.

This is ultimately a decision of the minister.

Labor, the Greens, and independent senator Rex Patrick are now concerned this means that larger media outlets will get deals, while smaller outlets will fall through the cracks, because they won’t have the ability to lobby the prime minister or anyone in government on whether they have been able to get a deal with Facebook.

“The minister won’t designate because the deals will have been done with the big guys, and the little guys are going to miss out and the regional guys are going to miss out,” Patrick said.

This means yay for Murdoch, boo for small community groups and local organisations.
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