[Linux-aus] Fwd: FYI & Comment - Latest version of Democrat Open Source Bill
leon at cyberknights.com.au
Sun Sep 14 22:46:35 UTC 2003
---------- Forward; originally to "Andy Johnstone" ----------
Subject: FYI & Comment - Latest version of Democrat Open Source Bill
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 12:22
From: "Johnstone, Andy" <Andy.Johnstone at parliament.$STATE.gov.au>
Here is a copy of the amended Democrats open source Bill for your
comment or interest.
This draft may be circulated widely.
The Bill has been softened by removing the "preference" condition and
replacing it with a direction to "consider" open source. (Bear in
mind, lobbyists were successful in arguing against "preference"
legislation, and this defeats most of their argument.)
This should be sufficient for groups that are currently excluded from
offering OSS solutions on government tenders that are overly
We have taken on board suggestions about the definition of open source
software and included reference to open standards.
Mr Gilfillan wishes to introduce this Bill in the next two weeks of
Parliament (15 - 18 Sept, 22 - 25 Sept) so please return your comments
as soon as possible.
Thank you all for your time and efforts.
Media Liaison / Research
The Hon. Ian Gilfillan MLC
Adelaide SA 5000
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