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ZDNet Australia: AU Democrats Take Open-Source Legislation to Senate

Jul 04, 2003, 16:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Colley)

"Australian federal politicians will soon debate proposed legislation that will make open-source software the first choice for Commonwealth departments and agencies.

"Australian Democrats senator Brian Greig has announced his intention to introduce a private members' bill into the Senate that may see federal agencies forced to justify their expenditure on proprietary software.

"'It would be a bill that would require departments to look at open source when assessing their IT requirements and if they do or don't choose open source they should have to justify it,' said Greig..."

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