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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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Myki on track to improve

Myki on track to improve

Commuters are set to benefit as a swath of changes to Myki and public transport fares  were announced by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) this week. The announcement follows a scathing review from the Victorian Ombudsman body of the current fare enforcement system, calling it “unfair and costly” while targeting the “vulnerable and innocently ignorant”. The changes include the addition of “tap-and-go” card readers at top up machines, dramatic improvement of online top-up times and the abolishing of on the spot fines. Authorised…

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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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A Fairground for Awareness

A Fairground for Awareness

FairTrade is no secret of the health-conscious, the in-crowd, the environmentally aware middle-class or the simply “hipster” demographic. In fact FairTrade has very little to do with any of these things. FairTrade is instead a well marketed idea, and in the words of Hugo Weaving “ideas are bulletproof”. As consumers in the first-world, bulletproof-ness is not frequently on our list of needed features in a food product, but an ethical responsibility to sustainability is (along with a small price tag)….

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Police clash at student protest for an open future

Police clash at student protest for an open future

At 1pm today, protesters from various Melbourne universities converged on the Town Hall to protest the increases to the HECS-HELP scheme proposed by the federal government. Led by Students Fighting For Change (SFFC) president Matt Hampton, the “peaceful protest with a clear message” aims to intercept Prime Minister Tony Abbot during a conference on public transport. The situation rapidly escalated as students rushed Mr Abbot as he left the Town Hall, forcing a police blockade after he was hit by…

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Victorian infrastructure under pressure as national budget protested

Victorian infrastructure under pressure as national budget protested

Protests across the country on Sunday decrying the Federal Budget have reignited concerns Victoria’s budget is failing commuters both in the short, and long term. As preparations begin for construction of the East West Link, set to continue until 2023, it remains unclear where funding will be drawn from to fulfill the rest of the $24 billion budget laid out by Premier Dennis Napthine in May. As the largest Victorian infrastructure budget announced, other controversial projects such as the Port of…

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Union split further separates entertainment industry

Union split further separates entertainment industry

Over 100 of Australia’s leading movie actors have separated from the Actors Union of Australia yesterday, over claims of the union misrepresenting the industry in the global market. Fred and Fiona Bloggs have spearheaded the formation of the Movie Actors Guild of Australia which now counts some of Australia’s biggest actors among its members. “We needed a new union because the AUA was trying to minimise the hiring of overseas actors for parts in Australian films” Fred Bloggs said. “If producers can’t…

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Nukem proposes nuclear deterrent for Australia

Nukem proposes nuclear deterrent for Australia

Nuclear advocate John Nukem adressed the Northern Suburbs Liberal Club last night, touting the benefits of nuclear energy to the northern states and the viability of Australia’s own nuclear deterrent. While the economic discussion focussed on the potential impact of cheap, sustainable power, Mr Nukem did not shy away from a myriad of other military uses for our uranium reserves. Amongst proposing nuclear blasting to clear dams and mines with no clear clean-up proposal, he also spoke favourably of equipping “any…

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