[Linux-aus] Re: [Osia-discuss] Help with a political approach to Open Source please :)

Con Zymaris conz at cyber.com.au
Thu Oct 6 04:45:02 UTC 2005

On Thu, Oct 06, 2005 at 12:20:58AM +1000, James Purser wrote:
> On Thu, 2005-10-06 at 00:03 +1000, Jeff Waugh wrote:
> > <quote who="Pia Waugh">
> > 
> > > Economic platforms:
> > >         - Reducing the Trade Deficit
> > >         - Growing the local economy
> > 
> > Interesting bit you didn't quite mention in these sections is our ability to
> > compete in the future global IT market with countries such as Spain, Brazil
> > and China (and most of Asia, really) picking up the Open Source ball *way*
> > ahead of us.
> > 
> > - Jeff
> > 
> I'll second this one, at the moment Australia is at a real risk of
> becoming permanently a consumer rather than a provider of ICT services
> and products. We need to stress to all sides of the political arena that
> this is a Bad Thing, that this is going to cost money, jobs and

You're assuming they care that we will only be a branch office economy at
best and merely a consumer of ICT ;-) That's what their plan actually
_is_! There is no real integration or co-operation between government
procurement, for instance, and the Austrade and industry development arms
of government. 


> and apply for statehood, as it is I just heard that the US Free Trade
> Agreement is going to force us to severely downgrade our quaratine rules
> when it comes to potentially diseased American Beef.

Phew! I initially read that as 'diseased American Beer'! ;-)

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