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Australia a 'proxy battle' for world on news media code, says Treasurer

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SYDNEY, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Australia has been a "proxybattle" for the world, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Tuesdayafter announcing Facebook would restore news pages in thecountry following ammendments to a proposed law.

Australia and the social media group have been locked in astandoff for more than a week after the government introducedlegislation that challenged Facebook and Alphabet Inc'sGoogle's dominance in the news content market.

Facebook last week blocked all news content and severalstate government and emergency department accounts.(Reporting by Swati Pandey; Editing by Kim Coghill)