[clug] Open Source Legislation
johnboy at the-riotact.com
Tue Jul 8 10:26:16 EST 2003
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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 years
(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 acceptance.
Carl Jackson wrote:
> Thanks everyone for your help and feed back.
> Those that wish to write or phone I suggest you start with ACT Liberal
> 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 for
> buck" - we need to make it clear to him that his voters care about this
> issue. My line with him has been "jobs and wealth for Canberra" -
> anything that reinforced that would be particularly useful. Be aware
> that only "moderate" Open Source legislation should be suggested eg. a
> requirement that OS alternatives be "considered" in tenders. Radical
> 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 - he
> 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 them
> as a friend.
> I suspect ACT Labor Senator Kate Lundy will announce her support for OS
> 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 that
> you are a Canberra voter and not just another IT lobbyist from
> interstate as she is shadow IT minister and get emails from everywhere)
> If anyone hears about any new US Gov OS initiatives, particularly
> from any Republican members (like the one in Oregon) please let me
> know - that stuff is useful.
> Carl Jackson
Not yet is the spirit of that pristine valour
extinct in you, when girt with steel and lofty flames
once we fought against the empire of heaven.
We were -- that I will not deny -- vanquished in that conflict:
yet the great intention was not lacking in nobility.
Something or other gave Him victory: to us remained
the glory of a dauntless daring.
And even if my troop fell thence vanquished,
yet to have attempted a lofty enterprise is still a trophy.
--From La Strage degli Innocenti (The Slaughter of the
Innocents) by Giambattista Marino (1569-1625)
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