New administrator for NT

Vicki O’Halloran AM has been appointed as the Northern Territory’s 22nd Administrator.

Money down the river

Dam the expense: new research on Ord River irrigation shows how not to develop northern Australia.

Tasmanian councils harden push for container deposit scheme

By Paul Hemsley Councils in Tasmania are backing the idea of a state-based Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) after a new independent report found the move could generate long term savings for local governments in kerbside waste collection and disposal. The fresh look at the potential value of a CDS on the Apple Isle comes after […]

Victoria bends to meet piped gas deadline demands

By Paul Hemsley The Victorian government has granted energy companies in the state more time to come up with bids for an $85 million tender to pipe natural gas to Murray River communities and other selected towns that were promised mains supplies during the last election campaign. The extension to providers heads-off what was threatening […]

Centrelink staff risk being stranded in desert

By Julian Bajkowski Centrelink staff working in the remotest parts of Australia could be placed at risk after the agency ordered the removal of survival tools like car recovery kits carried in vehicles working in the outback according to the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU). The union is taking the Department of Human Services […]

Government fleets failing on budget and carbon savings

By Mike Carmody* In April 2013, the South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and Victorian Premier Denis Napthine demanded state and federal passenger car fleets include more Australian-made vehicles. Their call came after Holden announced it is slashing its workforce. Anyone concerned about the state of Australia’s car industry will welcome the Premiers’ call to action. […]

WA container deposit scheme gathers public support

By Paul Hemsley The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) has continued to kick the can over a proposed “cash for containers” scheme to reduce litter and kerbside rubbish in the run-up to the state election in March 2013, saying its petition for the scheme has received 1590 signatures. The West’s local government body has […]

Northern Territory signs ILX Group

By staff writers Training provider ILX Group has scored a cross-government contract in the Northern Territory that will open the door for Top End agencies to tap into its digital learning services. A statement from the company said that more than 3500 licenses have been purchased by Territory government for training in PRINCE2 project management […]

WA councils push for container deposit scheme

By Paul Hemsley with Julian Bajkowski The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) is pressing the state government to introduce a ‘Cash for Containers’ scheme to curb high levels of rubbish dumped in streets and parks. The plan would provide a direct financial incentive for people to recycle empty cans, bottles or cartons by submitting […]

Designers wanted for radioactive dump

By Julian Bajkowski The federal government has wasted no time in pushing ahead with its plans to build a highly controversial radioactive waste dump in Australia, issuing a tender for a consultant to design the new facility.   The Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (DRET) has asked for bids to provide a report that […]

NT serves up with IBM technology

Mainframe servers from technology provider, IBM have been selected by the Northern Territory Government to host its governmental business applications. The NT Government selected IBM’s zEnterprise 114 mainframe server for its scalability as well as its ability to be accessed by many users at one time. To be located at the NT Government’s data centre […]


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