What a funny little 1950s banana republic Australia has become.
The Centrelink “robo-debt” debacle hasn't dimmed the Australian government's enthusiasm for data-matching as a policy tool. The Department of Social Services (DSS) has confirmed to The Register that it plans to go ahead with its own big data project conceived in the February 2015 “McClure review” (full name: A New System for …
Wednesday 18th January 2017 02:25 GMT FozzyBear
I look forward to hearing the news report
Outlining how the federal government yet again screwed things up and all the De-identified data actually contained identification details on millions of individuals. Which unfortunately anyone was able to access and download through their unsecured gateway.
The good news is that government insists that it will get things right on the 3rd or 4th attempt, after ensuring that no politicians information was contained in those data files.
Wednesday 18th January 2017 03:37 GMT Anonymous Coward
...or how about using a different dataset?
maybe the complete details of all expenses claimed by politicians for the last 25 years or so could be made available for "big data" analysis.
though that may be a bit much data... perhaps it should be kept to 1 year, to keep the dataset manageable.
Wednesday 18th January 2017 08:27 GMT Diogenes
Re: ...or how about using a different dataset?
Every minister in the federal government has been sent a letter saying they need to pay back thousands of dollars in entitlements, with the burden on the minister to prove otherwise.
The new automated system was developed to create a more efficient process, cutting out the need for human involvement. “We developed an algorithm based on a number of inputs from previous data, and the formula came out at 100%,” a spokesperson for the project said. “It’s much simpler to just assume that all ministers are rorting the system and then weed out the ones that aren’t, rather than the other way around”.
A special phone line has been set up for Ministers wishing to contest the claims. The average on-hold time is currently 7 hours.
Wednesday 18th January 2017 10:34 GMT Magani
Wednesday 18th January 2017 10:37 GMT Anonymous Coward
Thursday 19th January 2017 00:07 GMT Anonymous Coward
Friday 20th January 2017 01:55 GMT Rattus Rattus
Tuesday 14th February 2017 02:59 GMT T J
Re: What will the Coalition do
What will the Coalition do
if they ever run out of poor people to demonise?
It's frankly an embarrassment that we have enough easily-fooled idiots in this country to have voted these bastards back in.
Yup, you've summed it up. We are a nation of extreme tardation.
Thursday 9th March 2017 16:16 GMT Nocroman
Not the Peoples Fault
Reported or not, The people all know mistakes are mad. Humans always make mistakes. What we are tired of is that mistakes are made and then we citizens are fed Bullsh t with yet another cover up. If a government department makes a mistake, then admit the mistake and learn by it. Other politicians also need to stop calling for resignations every time a mistake is made. We The people hired the people working in the government and we the people are the only ones that should be calling for someone to resign for failure to do the job for which they are hired to do.