[Linux-aus] Brian Greig tells it like it is
leon at cyberknights.com.au
Sat Sep 20 22:04:02 UTC 2003
Democrat Senator Brian Greig yesterday accused commonwealth
purchasing agencies of maintaining a closed shop favouring
Addressing critics of the bill who contend that the
legislation it contains is protectionist and restricts
freedom of choice, Greig said that the bill was needed to
address a pre-existing favouritism for proprietary software
within the federal government.
Greig argued that departments were being locked into a
dependency on proprietary software. He claimed that
current government record-keeping systems already
predominantly rely on proprietary software and file formats.
According to Greig, the hand-in-glove relationship between
the two meant the government was affectively "addicted" to
the proprietary software.
"This closed shop protectionism can only be to the detriment
of competition in the marketplace," said Greig.
Under the legislation proposed by Greig, the Financial
Management and Accountability Act 1997 would be amended to
compel IT managers to consider open source software
Each agency will also have to provide, with reasons, a
schedule of its decision to purchase proprietary software in
its annual report.
You can pretty much predict what the ISC had to say in response.
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