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PACmen Review

PACmen Review

Last year proved the year of political dark horses, upending expectations of both US parties and standards. Luke Walker’s observational documentary of one such horse, evangelical neurosurgeon Ben Carson, offers insight into the driving financial forces behind modern day campaigning and the fevered conviction of his supporters – on a campaign doomed to blunder. Walker is no stranger to stories of conviction. Both of his previous documentaries Beyond Our Ken (2008) and Lasseter’s Bones (2012) are about individuals driven by…

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Census debacle senate review begins

Census debacle senate review begins

The senate review into the 40 hour online outage that plagued the Australian Bureau of Statistics online platform launch has begun, with contractor IBM conceeding responsibility. Kerry Purcell, head of IBM Australia opened proceedings by “unreservedly apologis[ing] to the Australian public for the inconvenience,” and said the outage was caused by four distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS). Given the confidential nature of citizen data safeguards were put in place to restrict any international access to the site, and streamline…

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Kew public land for sale

Kew public land for sale

VicRoads is proceeding with its plan to sell two pieces of public parkland in Kew, to the ire of local residents. Boroondara Council has declined to purchase either property, saying however “the land should remain public open space for the enjoyment of the public,” in a recent press release. “It is gravely disappointing and incomprehensible that VicRoads is contemplating selling public land […] occupied and maintained by Council” said Cr Jim Parke, Mayor of Boroondara. The fate of 4 Studley Park Rd…

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Wake up call as scams multiply

Wake up call as scams multiply

Boroondara residents are being urged to stay vigilant when dealing with unusual phone-calls, after an influx of phone scams preying on the elderly and unaware. Hawthorn resident Michelle Murphy frequently receives calls on her landline, with scammers claiming to represent various companies. She was nearly conned into allowing a scammer posing as a Telstra technician online access to her computer but backed out at the last second. “He sounded very convincing, but once I realised what I was doing would give…

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