• Emma Perkinson

Will Google remove its search engine from Australia?

Following the Australian Government's attempt to make Google (and other tech companies) share royalties with news publishers, the tech giant has threatened to remove its search engine from the country.

Australia's proposed law would force tech companies to pay media outlets for their news content. But the US tech giants are arguing that this news code would be onerous, 'unworkable', and damage local access to services.

"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," said Mel Silva, managing director of Google Australia.

To date, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed his government remains committed to progressing the laws through parliament this year, with broad political support across the partisan aisle.

"Let me be clear: Australia makes our rules for things you can do in Australia. That's done in our Parliament," Morrison told reporters today. "We don't respond to threats."