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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 9 Hansard (27 August) . . Page.. 3223 ..

Wednesday, 27 August 2003

The Assembly met at 10.30 am.

(Quorum formed.)

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


Block 12 section 2 Belconnen

The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Ms Tucker , from 207 residents:

To the Speaker and members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The petition of certain members of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly the inappropriate development on Block 12 Section 2 Belconnen, at the intersection of Coulter Drive and Nettlefold Street, and the threat to its magnificent remnant Yellow Box/Red Gum woodland.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to call on the ACT Government to withdraw the block from development and preserve the area as public open space.

The acting clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petition was received.

Government Procurement (Principles) Guideline Amendment Bill 2003

Ms Dundas , pursuant to notice, as amended, by leave, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by acting clerk.

MS DUNDAS (10.34) I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

This bill is about the use of open source software by the ACT public sector, in place of proprietary software. The Australian Democrats have introduced similar bills in South Australia, New South Wales and the federal parliament to promote the purchase of open source software by governments.

The Hon. Ian Gilfillan in the South Australian Legislative Council used an excellent analogy to describe what is meant by the term "open source software", and I will borrow that today. When you buy something you usually buy the right to use that thing in any way you see fit. For example, if you buy a car you can add roof racks or a tow bar, and you can paint the car a different colour if you want to. The key thing about buying

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