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[COMMENTARY] Hail Australia for winning one of its two wars

  • Kornelius Purba

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, March 1, 2021   /  02:24 am
[COMMENTARY] Hail Australia for winning one of its two wars Morrison marked his first win, which came after a last-minute compromise with Facebook and Google, with the Australian Parliament’s passing of the globally awaited legislation on Thursday. The law requires all global digital goliaths to pay for local news content. (Agence France Presse/Daniel Leal-Olivas)

In an editorial on Feb. 22, titled “Fighting digital goliaths”, The Jakarta Post wrote that Indonesia could learn from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who had opted for a confrontational approach in dealing with economic superpower China and two United States tech behemoths for the sake of national interest. ”Hopefully, there will be win-win solutions to the disputes,” the editorial says, meaning all are the winners of the war. The level of satisfaction is definitely different, but for sure, no one has suffered a fatal loss in the war. Morrison now has a legitimate reason to claim a victory in his (first) war against the American goliaths. The next war — against China — is much more complicated with deadlier consequences for Australia and for Morrison in person than in the first war. No leader has dared to declare an open conf...