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The next bullet in the ongoing war between publishers old and new and the big tech platforms should be lying right now on Treasurer Frydenberg’s desk, waiting for him to pull the trigger to approve its public release.

The interim report on digital advertising
services from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission looks at how
Australia’s $3.3 billion display market came to be dominated by the US
platforms, Google and Facebook. The report was due with Frydenberg by
December’s end.

The report will be “globally significant” ACCC chair Rod Sims said this week.