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- Homegrown terror risks by numbers
- Man arrested after police chase
- Three dead in fatal 'neighbourhood dispute'
- Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues
- Gone with the wind: Keppel Prince Engineering to sack 100 workers
- 'Violence, unsafe sex and drugs'
- Why Rosie Batty erupted
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- Colin Lacivita on Man arrested after police chase The Police should have gotten a couple of truckies to setup a road block and then abandon their trucks. This would really ... more
- PatQuickCrazy on Man arrested after police chase We could do what the Greens like to do for anything and everything like this...how about we just ban cars? more
- Aria Judilla on Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues @GIW - Rather than just bag Mylene personally maybe you could actually point out which part of her post you think was ... more
- david lucas on Man arrested after police chase Dont the police have road spikes? This has gone too long putting many people in small town and on the road at risk more
- MskK on Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues You surely have to ask what all these attacks have as a common denominator.... That would be Islam! more
- PJ on Gone with the wind: Keppel Prince ... Its time we faced facts. Australians subsidise Renewable Energy to the tune of $21 Billion now just so its electricity can ... more
- GIW on Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues mylene, your comments are just so unbelievable. Get your Labor/Socialist brain into a right mind and say something sensible, ... more
- David on Gone with the wind: Keppel Prince ... Why do they blame the government? Seems to me that they're just using it as an excuse to reduce staff to make more money more
- PJ on Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues Morning Neil, I listen with shock at the interview with that Professor.1. tax payer funded job programmes 2. more free ... more
- Peggy on Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues I say, let the Jihadists go and hopefully they won't come back for whatever reson but change laws so that they can't come ... more
- Peggy on Why Rosie Batty erupted Someone failed this little boy that's for sure and this is what this is all about.Everyone must answer all questions ... more
- Linda on Why Rosie Batty erupted @ Heather, the police are not stupid. My husband has dealt with hundreds of court orders over his career. The problem is ... more
- GIW on Why Rosie Batty erupted I agree with you @Damo and like you was not game enough to say anything. I was asking that same question from the beginning. more
- mylene on Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues More people are going to get killed in Australia in domestic incidents and disputes with neighbours than terrorism. You ... more
- Ben on Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues This is one reason why security should be tight at government premises and that includes a ban on wearing the burka in ... more
- Pradman on Parliament in lockdown as hunt continues Meanwhile all burqa wearers are welcome in Canberra. more
- Heather on Why Rosie Batty erupted I feel for Rosie Batty ' s loss of her son Luke. It seems the Andersons actions are attributed to MI when it should be ... more
- Factsseeker on Why Rosie Batty erupted What is the matter with our conservative media. There was a child killed here ! The coronial inquiry is being held to try ... more
- Damo on Why Rosie Batty erupted I know i will cop it for saying this but my understanding of this is: Rosie got a intervention order against her husband. ... more
- IBARKER on Why Rosie Batty erupted This one reason why she should not enter Politics. more
Computer systems to cost Australians billions
Joe Hockey has confirmed the government needs to spend billions of dollars in unexpected repairs to behind-the-scenes government systems.
Neil Mitchell this morning reported "government is broken", and that money needed to be poured into out-dated infrastructure such as Centrelink's computer system.
"Ten years ago, when you rang Centrelink, the wait time was five to six minutes," Neil Mitchell said.
"That has now blown out to 17 minutes.
"The computer system is stuffed and I believe Centrelink needs around $1.5 billion to fix it."
Later, the Federal Treasurer exclusively confirmed billions of dollars was needed to repair a wide range of government services.
"For me it's been the most surprising feature of coming into government," Mr Hockey told 3AW Mornings.
"The deterioration in the infrastructure of government has certainly made policy development much harder.
"There are huge challenges in the future for us in that regard.
"The mainframe for Centrelink, which provides services to millions of Australians is ageing - it's in bad shape."
If the repair bill is really $1.5 Billion to fix then its probably time to upgrade. Also curious if that cost also includes the new payments they need to make to Microsoft for continued support of their Windows XP systemsJosh Thursday 24 April, 2014 - 12:11 PM
Neil, on current performance the govt will not spend any money on needy people only take away as in pensioners. 12bn $ on fighter jets leaves me feeling very cold for the future. I have no respect for the current govt, picking mainly on the people who can least afford any cuts.Kaz Thursday 24 April, 2014 - 10:39 AM
Australians should be very worried at what the ALP has done to this country and where its internal operation is now under increasing pressure.
Life for the Federal Government won't get any easier and what a "nightmare" for our Federal Treasurer. This news re computer systems is something that needs a close look at by the Auditor-General's office. We have become so reliant on technology. Whilst our government agencies have back-up systems, I don't want to see what happened up here in Queensland within the Department of Health - payroll computer system...Canberra Observer Thursday 24 April, 2014 - 10:35 AM