Google to spend $736 mn in Australia over five years

Google said it will spend A$1 billion ($736 million) in Australia over five years.
Google developersGoogle will expand cloud infrastructure, set up a research hub staffed by Australian researchers and engineers and partner with science agency the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Google Australia Managing Director Mel Silva, who earlier this year threatened to block Google’s search engine in the country, said the spending plan would bring significant technology resources and investment.

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it was a “A$1 billion vote of confidence” in Australia’s digital economy strategy, which aims to put the country in the top 10 digital economies around the world by 2030.

“It will bring more to STEM jobs to our shores … across engineering, computing science and AI,” Morrison said.