Internet giant Google threatens to stop its search engine in Australia on Friday.
The reason is a proposal for a new code of conduct that would oblige Google to pay for links to news articles.
Google CEO Mel Silva said in the Australian Senate on Friday that the legislation is unworkable, and that the company cannot calculate the financial risk.
"Leaving the Australian market is the only rational decision if this code gets through," said Silva.
The code was introduced in the Australian Parliament in December.
According to Australian news agency
, Google would have to pay fines of up to AU $ 10 million (EUR 6.4 million) if it refuses to pay publishers for their articles.
Initially, the legislation would apply to the Facebook and Google Search news feed.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said of Google's threat: "It is Australia that sets the rules about what is allowed in Australia, and it is our parliament that decides that. Those who are willing to work in Australia within this framework are welcome. But we do not bow to threats. "
Google compares search engine with coffee bar
Silva compared publishers who pay to show links to their content with a friend recommending a coffee shop and then being billed by the coffee shop for using their name.
According to the Google top woman, Australian law will bring an end to the free and open internet.
It was announced on Thursday that Google will pay in France for the use of messages from news editors and publishers.
On this subject, at the insistence of the French competition watchdog, it has reached an agreement with Alliance de la Presse d'Information Générale, one of the largest French publishing houses, which covers nearly 300 titles.
Financial details have not been disclosed.