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Computerworld Australia: Open Source Crusader to Resubmit SA Law

Sep 11, 2003, 01:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rodney Gedda)

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"Following a flurry of interest, feedback, and protest to his initial bill to mandate the use of open source software, Democrat Ian Gilfillan resubmits an amended version of the proposed legislation to the South Australian parliament next week.

"Although the revised bill will include clauses embracing the use of software, which supports open standards, Gilfillan said the crux of the bill won't change.

"'Unless the bill has power it's really a motherhood statement,' Gilfillan said. 'I make no apologies about obligating the use of open source software within government departments and I don't have the least objection to convincing governments to give preference to it. I think it would be good for Adelaide and Australia...'"

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