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Google has threatened to leave Australia. They say they will stop the website from being used in the country. This is because they are angry at the Australian government. The Australian government wants to make new rules for websites like Google. They want Google to pay for the news that they show on their website.

People have been angry that Google and other websites like Facebook don’t pay for the news on their websites. They show news stories from other places without paying to use them. The Australian government wants to stop this. They want to make sure websites have to pay to use news stories from other places. Google says it is too difficult to do this. They say that if the Australian government makes this law, they will have to stop operating in Australia.

People think Google is scared. If Australia creates this law, many other countries might do the same. An Australian Senator said that Google can’t stop operating in every country. He says that every country will have a law like this soon.

Difficult words

Threaten (v): To tell someone you will do something bad to them if they don’t do what you want.

Rule (n): Something that is not allowed to do.

Difficult (adj): Very hard.

Operating (v): To control what something does.

Create (v): To make new things.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Threaten A. Not allowed.
 2. Rule B. Make
 3. Difficult C. Try to scare.
 4. Operating D. Hard
 5. Create E. Control

True or False?

1. Facebook has said they might leave Australia. T / F

2. Google is angry at the Australian government. T / F

3. Google and Facebook do not show news stories from other websites. T / F

4. Google pays the news websites to use their stories. T / F

5. Other countries might create the same law as Australia. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. threatened / to / Google / leave / Australia / has

2. angry / they / This / are / is / because

3. to / Google / pay / want / They

4. says / it / is / Google / difficult / too

5. scared / Google / think / is / People

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

American English Audio:

NewsWebsiteOperating
LawStoriesPlaces

Google has threatened to leave Australia. They say they will stop the (1)___________ from being used in the country. This is because they are angry at the Australian government. The Australian government wants to make new rules for websites like Google. They want Google to pay for the (2)_______ that they show on their website.

People have been angry that Google and other websites like Facebook don’t pay for the news on their websites. They show news (3)_________ from other places without paying to use them. The Australian government wants to stop this. They want to make sure websites have to pay to use news stories from other (4)_________. Google says it is too difficult to do this. They say that if the Australian government makes this law, they will have to stop operating in Australia.

People think Google is scared. If Australia creates this (5)______, many other countries might do the same. An Australian Senator said that Google can’t stop (6)___________ in every country. He says that every country will have a law like this soon.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Is Google the most popular search engine in your country?
5. Should governments be creating rules like this?
6. How popular are other Google services in your country?
7. Is Facebook popular in your country?
8. Where do you find your news?
9. Do Google and Facebook help news organisations by sending people to them?
10. Do you think Google will actually leave Australia?
11. Does it matter if Google leaves Australia?
12. Could you live without using any of Google’s services?
13. Does your government try to limit tech companies like Google?
14. How can governments make big tech companies pay more in taxes?
15. Are there any other tech companies that you think should be limited in some way?
16. Do you think tech companies should be paying any other types of organisations for their content?
17. Do you think your country would create a law like this?
18. Do you agree that most countries will create the same law someday?
19. What do you think Google should do?
20. What do you think would happen if Google left your country?