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Stories by Michael Crawford

Victorian government elects open source for e-democracy platform

An inquiry into the potential of e-democracy in Victoria has recommended Internet broadcasting for parliament, the use of videoconferencing for parliamentary committees and the use of open source code for electronic voting kiosks.

Written by Michael Crawford06 May 05 14:33

NSW Health puts architecture under microscope

The NSW Department of Health is undertaking a sweeping review of IT architecture to meet interoperability requirements for a nationally connected system of electronic health records.

Written by Michael Crawford15 March 05 07:55

Transport dept calls for AusLink Web site

The Department of Transport and Regional Services has called for tenders to develop a Web site as part of the IT strategy for the federal government's AusLink program.

Written by Michael Crawford17 Feb. 05 15:23

'Smart state' slams Beattie - IT industry wants action

Queensland Premier Peter Beattie has enraged the state's IT industry by approving a 10-year, multi-million dollar contract extension to German behemoth SAP without going to tender.

Written by Michael Crawford22 Feb. 05 08:05

Federal guns database takes aim at states

Emboldened by its Senate majority, the federal government is pushing ahead with a proposed national database to monitor firearms and their owners in Australia, with Justice Minister Chris Ellison describing the project as a "radical overhaul" of firearms licensing, registration and tracking.

Written by Michael Crawford14 Jan. 05 08:27

Government review finds humans better experts than software

A Federal government review of so-called expert systems software used by public servants making policy decisions has found the software is useful but recommended human beings should ultimately retain control and responsibility over decision-making rather than computers.

Written by Michael Crawford13 Dec. 04 13:50

Federal program to get councils online

South Australian councils have grouped together to use a content management system to store information and offer state-wide searches from a single Web site.

Written by Michael Crawford19 Nov. 04 08:05

More Telstra jobs head offshore

Telstra has announced plans to outsource what could potentially be 400 jobs in the applications, development and billing services division through Electronic Data Systems (EDS).

Written by Michael Crawford22 Oct. 04 10:27

Coonan retains IT ministry

Senator Helen Coonan has retained the Information Technology, Communications and Arts portfolio amidst speculation the Liberal government would replace her position with Finance Minister Nick Minchin.

Written by Michael Crawford22 Oct. 04 15:24

Qld council launches massive WiFi network

A million-dollar venture to ease IT burdens for small business in remote Australian locations could potentially find itself an exported as a wireless business model.

Written by Michael Crawford08 Sept. 04 08:09

Evans takes a shot at DoD cost blowout

Shadow Defence Procurement Minister Chris Evans has lambasted the Department of Defence supply-chain cost blowout, saying such an IT project disaster in the private sector would see shareholders demanding the CEO's head.

Written by Michael Crawford26 Aug. 04 08:09

Customs and EDS extend outsourcing deal

In an announcement that has been foreshadowed for months, the Australian Customs Service today confirmed it has extended its outsourcing agreement with EDS by more than two years.

Written by Michael Crawford23 Aug. 04 15:14

Bagle bites deep at uni network

When the Bagle virus struck at the University of NSW last week it was forced to pull infected PCs off the network.

Written by Michael Crawford30 July 04 08:12