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- Willow on Bombers battered in court About time, justice at last. A lesson to players for the future, do not take part in experiments just because your Club and ... more
- Aria Judillaa on Bombers battered in court Sorry Hird, but when people start challenging the validity of an investigation it's pretty obvious they have something to ... more
- Iain on Bombers battered in court I wonder if Essendon get it know..Justice Middleton is well respected and agrees they have a case to answer. Essendon: take ... more
- Stephen on Bombers battered in court Time to move on and draw a line under this by all sides. The evidence is not there or this would have been put to bed by ... more
- IBARKER on RUMOUR FILE: Victim finds surfboard ... Great result for the Person that had his Boards Stolen. more
- RFor on RUMOUR FILE: Victim finds surfboard ... LOVE IT !!!Like the other one a few weeks ago- Pollys Questn. Suspect, he says no not me, shows his brothers I.D. - Pollys ... more
- Jodie O'Donovan on RUMOUR FILE: Victim finds surfboard ... Sounds like the bloke who robbed my house while I was across the road at work, watching him. My husband ran to the house to ... more
- David T. on RUMOUR FILE: Victim finds surfboard ... This is one thief who is totally unsuited to his chosen career. more
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- Lindsay Cowling on Did we miss the train? From plane to train in just 25 minutes? Just another example of the deceptive and misleading conduct this State Government ... more
- Ian Montgomery on Did we miss the train? I wonder if the 901 bus from the Airport to Broadmeadows station takes 25 minutes? Then the sign would be accurate though ... more
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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