The Federal Government has blown a chance it had to implement a world-leading deal with digital giants Google and Facebook, backing down even before the bill for its so-called News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code was introduced into Parliament. The digital platforms will be breaking out the Dom Pérignon in Silicon Valley over the way they have clinically neutered Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
The anti-trust suit filed by the US against Google in October is unlikely to make any progress, judging by the kind of people whom US president-elect Joe Biden is taking onboard as part of his transition team and also in technology roles.
Tomorrow, or any time before 3 November, if the lowliest member of the Chinese military makes a misstep and gives him an excuse to go to war, US President Donald Trump is unlikely to hesitate, seeing as he has made the demonisation of Beijing his main strategy to win another four years in the White House.
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