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Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Page: 2400


Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (18:52): I am grateful to the minister for his answer. It was a good answer but it was also a very clever answer because it actually avoided the direct question. Does the minister concede that there is some element of unfairness that Facebook and Google can soak up the content that the free-to-air networks pay for—programming content and the like? That is something that can be aggregated by Facebook and Google at very little or no cost to themselves and they get the benefit of the advertising that comes to them because of the eyeballs that attach to Facebook and Google in the absence of having to pay for content in the way the networks already do.