[clug] Open Source Legislation

Carl Jackson carl at videohost.com.au
Tue Jul 8 12:09:12 EST 2003

Nicely put John,

   This is all about giving getting the Libs to choose not to oppose
OS - we need to use the language and methods of conservative politics
wherever possible.   "Saving the taxpayers dollar" is a good one,  data
security is another but has to be carefully presented.    The real
challenge is how to reassure them that this will not have any
detrimental effect on the free trade agreement....

The Microsoft gaff with Alston goes a long way in helping the cause...


----- Original Message -----
From: "John Griffiths" <johnboy at the-riotact.com>
To: "Carl Jackson" <carl at videohost.com.au>
Cc: "Canberra Linux Lovers Club" <linux at lists.samba.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 10:26 AM
Subject: Re: [clug] Open Source Legislation

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> Lundy's already pretty much nailed the ALP colours to the mast in the
> att'd release from friday.
> It's really important that *we* don't let it become a left wing issue
> (greens and Dems have started to talk to the issue as well).
> There's a very good chance the libs will be in gov for the next 5
> (it's not certain but do you want to bet the farm against it?).
> The libertarian aspects of traditional (vestigial?) Liberal ideology
> should find OS/FS attractive, but they do love having lunch with
> powerful well dressed people, and being photographed with Bill G.
> But if you can get the right people on message then a desire to *not*
> let it become an issue owned by the enemy might gain suprising
> John
> Carl Jackson wrote:
> > Thanks everyone for your help and feed back.
> >
> > Those that wish to write or phone I suggest you start with ACT
> > Senator Gary Humphries Senator.Humphries at aph.gov.au.  Ph. 62476444.
> > I've met with him, spoken with him on the phone and emailed him many
> > times on this topic so he's well briefed already.   He is our local
> > Senator and a member of the government so it will be the best "bang
> > buck" - we need to make it clear to him that his voters care about
> > issue.  My line with him has been "jobs and wealth for Canberra" -
> > anything that reinforced that would be particularly useful.   Be
> > that only "moderate" Open Source legislation should be suggested eg.
> > requirement that OS alternatives be "considered" in tenders.
> > proposals such as manditory OS everywhere will not fly with a
> > conservative government and could scare Gary off.    It is quite
> > possible that Gary will become OSs best friend in the Government -
> > was very pro-IT in the ACT assembly - he is a cautious man but I am
> > convinced he can be won over.  And don't forget that Microsoft had a
> > huge go at Sen. Alston a couple of years ago so the Libs do not see
> > as a friend.
> >
> > I suspect ACT Labor Senator Kate Lundy will announce her support for
> > in some form in the next week or so - but sending her an encouraging
> > email can't hurt - senator.lundy at aph.gov.au (make sure you mention
> > you are a Canberra voter and not just another IT lobbyist from
> > interstate as she is shadow IT minister and get emails from
> >
> >     If anyone hears about any new US Gov OS initiatives,
> > from any Republican members (like the one in Oregon) please let me
> > know - that stuff is useful.
> >
> > Carl Jackson
> >
> >
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