March 7, 2021


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Google unsure if axing search in Australia will impact its other services – Cloud – Software

Google Australia is not sure what “implications” eliminating its search motor in Australia would have on its potential to go on presenting other products which includes Maps and Gmail.

Director of federal government affairs and general public plan for A/NZ Lucinda Longcroft created the assertion in written responses [pdf] to a senate committee on Wednesday afternoon.

A/NZ controlling director Mel Silva told the committee past month that Google would have “no serious preference but to halt creating [Lookup] available in Australia” if it is pressured to comply with the proposed news bargaining code in its recent form.

The code intends to force Facebook and Google to pay Australian news enterprises for content material connected to, or highlighted, on their platforms.

However widely claimed as a danger to withdraw search from Australia, Google proceeds to participate in that down.

“The withdrawal of search from Australia is not a danger it’s a worst-situation scenario that we’re working difficult to stay away from,” Longcroft told the committee in the written responses.

But requested stage blank if Google’s “threat to go away the Australian marketplace incorporates other Google services this sort of as Google Maps, Google Pay out, YouTube, Gmail etc”, Longcroft could not deliver a definitive response.

“At this stage, we are continue to comprehension the implications of eliminating search on our other services,” she claimed.

The stoush ongoing to make news overnight as European observers sought to likely replicate the Australian model.

If Google was to withdraw, other search possibilities have been courted domestically, with Microsoft finding in front of Primary Minister Scott Morrison to press the situation for Bing, and far more wild suggestions to produce a publicly-owned search motor emerging.