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ComputerWorld.au: SA Govt Looks at Open Source Law

May 07, 2003, 20:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rodney Gedda)

"Government departments in South Australia will be required to use open source software in preference to proprietary software if a bill proposed by Democrat Ian Gilfillan is passed into law.

"The bill proposed by the Science and the Information Economy spokesman states: 'A public authority must, in making a decision about the procurement of computer software for its operations, have regard to the principle that, wherever practicable, a public authority should use open source software in preference to proprietary software.'

"Gilfillan is optimistic the current Labour regime will support the proposed bill which is the first of its kind in Australia..."

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