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Sydney Morning Herald: Fate of South Australian Open Source Bill Likely to be Known by July End

Jun 19, 2003, 02:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

"The South Australian Democrat, who introduced a bill to amend state software procurement policies, says he expects to know the fate of the bill by the end of July this year.

"Ian Gilfillan, a member of the legislative council, said the bill had just gone through its second reading. The procedures remaining were for it to go through committee where it could be amended if needed and then it would be formally submitted to parliament. After that there was a third reading, a debate if needed and then the process of formal passage.

"The substance of the State Supply (Procurement of Software) Amendment Bill 2003 (to give it its official name) is: 'A public authority must, in making a decision about the procurement of computer software for its operations, have regard to the principle that, wherever practicable, a public authority should use open source software in preference to proprietary software...'"

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