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ZDnet Australia: Commonwealth Locking Out Open Source: Democrats

Sep 19, 2003, 19:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Democrat Senator Brian Greig yesterday accused commonwealth purchasing agencies of maintaining a closed shop favouring proprietary software.

"Greig's comments kicked off parliamentary debate over a bill the senator formally put before the Senate yesterday for legislation designed to promote the use of open source software in commonwealth departments.

"Addressing critics of the bill who contend that the legislation it contains is protectionist and restricts freedom of choice, Greig said that the bill was needed to address a pre-existing favouritism for proprietary software within the federal government..."

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