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It's the system for building systems that we should be correcting.

The only unforgivable failure is the failure to learn from past failure.

Tom DeMarco: "Controlling Software Projects - Management Measurement & Estimation"


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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 13:32:35 +1000
‘Wolves in sheep’s clothing’: Lockdown protest ringleaders arrested
Four people believed to be key organisers of anti-lockdown protests in Victoria were arrested or fined, with police expressing frustration about a number of “hardcore” repeat offenders. 
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 13:26:43 +1000
COVID patients queue for hours in ambulances at Westmead Hospital
Four patients waited several hours to be admitted to hospital on Thursday, including two who were COVID-positive.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 13:25:03 +1000
Former policeman convicted, fined $10,000 for on-duty assault on boy
A former police officer who struck a teenage boy with a baton, in a second on-duty assault inside four months, has been convicted and fined $10,000.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 13:12:00 +1000
Australia news LIVE: NSW records 291 new local COVID-19 cases; Victoria records four new cases as state’s sixth lockdown begins, Queensland records 10 new local cases
NSW is reeling after the deadliest day of its current outbreak, Victoria has gone from recording zero cases earlier this week to a statewide lockdown and Queensland’s outbreak continues to grow.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 13:01:22 +1000
NAB taps into Islamic finance market with sharia-compliant loans
Australia - with a Muslim population of about 1.2 million - is beginning to open up to the Islamic finance market, estimated to be worth $248 billion.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 12:48:40 +1000
‘Precarious situation’: Victoria records four new cases as state begins sixth lockdown
The coronavirus outbreak that pulled Victoria into its sixth lockdown has grown by four new local cases overnight, including a student who attends a specialist school in Melbourne’s south-west.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 12:33:36 +1000
Woman who fled Gold Coast quarantine hotel still on the run
Queensland police have made contact with the woman but still don’t know where she is.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 12:08:31 +1000
No conviction, $6000 fine for gangland cop who leaked corruption secret
A magistrate took into account Stuart Bateson’s distinguished career in sentencing the former commander for the disclosures to a junior female officer.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 11:55:00 +1000
Police powers can’t paper over cracks in our justice system
Pot was what you took to the Chinese cafe for a big beef chow mein, ecstasy was getting the double at Flemington and ice was delivered by a burly man to families without a fridge.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 11:27:46 +1000
Community ‘sickened and saddened’ by horse massacre in outback Queensland
Longreach mayor says a horse massacre has never happened before in the region.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 11:14:48 +1000
Nick Bracks on the accident that confirmed Dad Steve’s decision to quit as Victorian premier
Becoming renowned for crashing my car when my dad was the Victorian premier worked for a while. Until it didn’t.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 11:14:14 +1000
Ten new Qld cases linked to current cluster, ‘too early’ for lockdown call
Authorities have praised the “lockdown legends” for keeping the current outbreak under control, with 10 new cases on Friday all linked to the Indooroopilly cluster.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 11:12:53 +1000
NSW records 291 local COVID-19 cases, at least 50 infectious in the community
A woman in her 60s from south-west Sydney has died at Liverpool Hospital, the 22nd death in Sydney’s outbreak.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 09:48:12 +1000
Students in hotspot areas will not return to school under new plan
Students in hotspot areas will not return to school and all HSC trials and assessments will be done at home under the government’s revised HSC return-to-school plan.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 08:57:07 +1000
‘It doesn’t fit’: Experts question whether WA’s FIFO coronavirus case is a false-positive
The man returned two positive rapid antigen tests before a diagnostic PCR test returned a negative result, leading epidemiologists to question whether he had COVID-19.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 07:21:30 +1000
Full list: Salvation Army, Officeworks, Aldi outlets among new exposure sites
Officeworks, a bakery, a salvation army store and a grocery store have been added to the exposure site list on Friday.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 07:03:38 +1000
Bamboozled in the bamboo, quick-thinking professor turns to batteries
QUT Professor Ziqi Sun was having a relaxing walk through the park when he stumbled across an insight that has led to ultra-fast-charging batteries.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 05:00:00 +1000
I’m old and happy about it, so don’t dare call me young for my age
Obituary writers, you’re on notice: I don’t need to be photoshopped.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 05:00:00 +1000
‘Echoes of the White Australia policy’: Minister wants national discussion on population
Planning Minister Rob Stokes said that, despite having policies on everything from fruit flies to mythical panthers, NSW had no “policy on people”: “how many we can expect, where we want them to live and what their needs and attributes might be”.
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Fri, 06 Aug 2021 05:00:00 +1000
JobMuddle: Why didn’t we just bring back JobKeeper?
JobKeeper was flawed and costly, but no one could blame the government for its hiccups on the run. What is less understandable is that it wasn’t improved - and resurrected when we inevitably needed it again.
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