Computerworld Australia: Open Source Crusader to Resubmit SA Law
Sep 11, 2003, 01:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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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...'"