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Australian IT: Rann's Man Slams Open Source

Jul 16, 2003, 20:30 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Sterlicchi)

[ Thanks to RobW for this link. ]

[Editor's Note: The Hon. Mike Rann MP is currently Premier of the South Australian Government. -BKP]

"Mike Rann's South Australian Government has moved to demonstrate there is little chance of it mandating open source software in state departments...

"Microsoft lobbyists are labelling such laws as protectionist and anti-US and the timing of the latest brouhaha comes just before US and Australian negotiators are due to meet to discuss a free trade agreement.

"A SA politician, Democrat MLC Ian Gilfillan, has flagged the State Supply (Procurement of Software) Amendment Bill, which calls on public authorities to use open source software in preference to proprietary products 'where practicable.'

"But to make sure the upcoming discussions are not disrupted by claims of protectionism, Rann's Government wrote to US lobbyist, the Initiative for Software Choice, to say it did not support Gilfillan's Bill..."

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