[Linux-aus] And on the other hand...
conz at cyber.com.au
Tue Jul 22 14:31:02 UTC 2003
On Tue, Jul 22, 2003 at 02:25:01PM +0800, Leon Brooks wrote:
> THE Australian Democrats are trying to embarrass governments
> into supporting legislation mandating open source software,
> by asking questions in parliament about how much departments
> spend on Microsoft products.
> And Democrats in NSW, the ACT and federal parliament are
> drafting open source preference legislation along the lines
> of upper house member Ian Gilfillan's Bill in South Australia,
> as part of a campaign to lift the profile of the software.
> SA Democrat upper house member Mr Gilfillan has led the way
> with his private member's Bill.
> NSW Democrats MLC Arthur Chesterfield-Evans has questions on
> notice with all state ministers requiring them to reveal
> their departments' expenditure on Microsoft products, and is
> planning to introduce his own private member's Bill.
> "Bill Gates is the richest man in the world and we're making
> a hefty contribution," he said.
> "What the country doesn't need is to be tied into a
> profit-maximising licensing system, and the way to combat
> that is to get government to break out of the paradigm."
> Dr Chesterfield-Evans said his legislation - modelled on that
> of Mr Gilfillan - would encourage competition.
> "I've linked it to the idea of open market competition," he
> said. "Under the National Competition Policy, governments
> should follow procedures that allow competition.
> ...and so on...
problem is, the Democrats do not control any of the state's IT budgets...
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