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CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australian lawmakers are expected to hold a final vote Tuesday on whether to pass landmark laws that would enforce this Facebook and Google from Alphabet Inc to pay for news for content.
WHERE THE LEGISLATION IS
The legislation has already been approved by the House of Representatives, the lower house of Parliament. It has now moved to the Senate, the House of Lords.
Australian Senators began debating the legislation on Monday, with several opposition and independent lawmakers proposing changes. No changes have yet been approved.
The Australian government does not have a majority in the Senate so the legislation could be changed.
If the Senate approves changes, the legislation must return to the House of Commons, where the government holds a majority.
If the Senate doesn’t change the legislation, it will hold two more votes to pass the bill.
The Senate is expected to resume debating the legislation in the early afternoon on Tuesday. It could be quick without changes, but if the debate is prolonged, the final vote could be delayed until early evening.
Should the Senate vote for the law after the third reading, it will have to go to royal promotion to Australia’s governor general before it becomes law, a formality.
Reporting from Colin Packham; Arrangement by Richard Pullin
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