NSW has given maximum security inmates touch screens in open plan prison


There's currently a prison "crisis" in New South Wales, which according to NSW Department of Justice CIO Aaron Liu, is the result of the inmate population exploding and prisons being stretched to the limit. The solution, Liu said, was to put digital technologies at the forefront, while also addressing rehabilitation and working on preventing reoffending. In 12 months, the state government built its first Rapid Build prison in Wellington, 362 kilometres west of Sydney. The second, the Hunter Correctional Centre in Cessnock, officially opened last year after another 12-month build. "These are maximum security facilities and these facilities are a dormitory style, so rather than locking an inmate in an individual cell, they're in an open dorm," Liu told the Australian Information Industry Association NSW Government Briefing in Sydney on Friday.

From Oracle to Rimini Street: TransGrid to reap rewards from the vendor dual


Around four years ago, New South Wales-based high voltage electricity transmission network provider TransGrid took the maintenance and support contract from the care of Oracle and handed it to Rimini Street. According to TransGrid ICT planning and architecture manager Michael Milne, Rimini Street, which provides third party enterprise software support, was a good fit for the organisation that was not long ago sold by the NSW government for AU$10.5 billion to a consortium of mainly foreign owners. "We've traditionally been an outsourced environment, running Eclipse ERP system with an Oracle back-end, and we have about 100 or-so applications. Oracle's not a big footprint for us, nor is it a strategic direction," Milne told the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo on the Gold Coast on Tuesday. "We did an upgrade to the ERP system about five years ago which saw the removal of the Oracle eBusiness suite and the consolidation of capex and project financials into the Eclipse ERP system."

Victorian government pushes back on in-classroom surveillance


The Australian government in August last year kicked off a trial that saw surveillance cameras placed in classrooms to monitor if students were in attendance. The now-completed trial took place in a few private schools in the state, and the funding was accounted for at a federal level. According to the Digital Rights Watch -- a charity aimed at educating on and upholding the digital rights of Australians -- the next phase of the trial was to roll out the program to state-run schools. The initiative would involve the placement of cameras within classrooms that scan the faces of students and then compare the images against photos kept on file. Any instances of missing students would then be reported.

Former Victorian Premier steps down from Huawei Australia board


Former Victorian Premier John Brumby has stepped down from the board of Huawei Australia, the Chinese networking giant has announced. Speaking with media on Friday, Brumby said that after eight years at Huawei, he would be stepping down effective from March 1, 2019. One of the original independent board members of Huawei Australia, Brumby added that chair John Lord had thanked him for his service. Brumby will be taking on the role of Chancellor at La Trobe University, calling it a "pleasure" to serve on the Huawei Australia board and citing revenue and business increases during that time. He noted recent challenges, but said Huawei still has "world-leading equipment" that has served both Optus and Vodafone across their 4G networks.

Adani Carmichael Coal Project: Environmentalists Protest Queensland's Approval To 7.7B Venture, Legally Challenge Govt Nod

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Several environmental activists have launched a protest outside the parliament of Queensland state, Australia on Monday, criticizing the government's approval to grant three mining leases to India's Adani Enterprises Ltd. The conglomerate received a nod from the state government for the estimated 10 billion Australian dollars ( 7.7 billion) Carmichael coal project Sunday after years of delays over environmental concerns. Environmentalists have been fighting against Adani's project, saying it could lead to loss of habitat for indigenous fauna due to port dredging and shipping, as well as climate change caused by using coal from the mine. The approval also coincides with extensive coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef due to climate change. "This mine means that Pacific islands will be submerged with the amount of carbon emissions produced from it," nonprofit 350 Pacific's Lisa Jameson told SBS, a local news network.