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December 5, 2015


700 new jobs to be created in Melbourne as NBN steps up cyber support

December 6, 2015 – 12:15AM

Farrah Tomazin

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A strike team of cyber security specialists will be employed in the heart of Melbourne to safeguard Australia’s new broadband network.

In a much-needed coup for Premier Daniel Andrews, the state and federal governments will announce on Sunday that up to 700 jobs will be created over five years as the Commonwealth ramps up one of its most important digital infrastructure projects: the National Broadband Network.

Under the plan, Docklands will become the home of the NBN’s new Cyber Security Operations Centre – a frontline unit dedicated to protecting it from cyber attack.

“In coming years, millions of Australians will be reliant on the NBN so it is vital that this important infrastructure is protected at all times,” Federal Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said.

“Highly skilled technical specialists will be employed at the new 24-hour facility and additional roles will be created in specialised ICT and engineering as well as technical support and administration.”

The jobs announcement is a win for the Andrews government, which has come under pressure in recent weeks over its ambitious pledge to create 100,000 new-full time positions within two years – a promise that insiders admit will be difficult to deliver.

It is understood the state spent about $3.5 million to secure the deal, part of which involves providing NBN with incentive payments to ensure that some of its jobs would be established in Victoria.

As part of the decision, about 400 jobs will be created over two years through the new centre, while a further 300 would be generated in subsequent years through construction, maintenance and technical support roles.

“This decision by NBN is a big vote of confidence for Victoria’s high-skill workforce and reinforces our reputation as Australia’s tech hub,” said the state’s Small Business Minister Philip Dalidakis.

“NBN cyber unit is the first line of defence against cyber threats to the network and their investment in Victoria to house the central unit is a huge vote of confidence for our expert information communication capabilities to help safeguard Australia’s digital future.”

The rollout of the NBN has ramped up in Victoria with the start of fibre-to-the-node construction, which will be rolled out across 2.5 million Victoria homes and businesses over the next three years. The network is expected to be completed by 2020.

The Age

Canberra school leavers embrace Fiji and Europe holidays as well as our coasts

December 5, 2015 – 11:30PM

Matthew Raggatt

Reporter at The Canberra Times

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Queanbeyan High graduates on the NSW south coast on Friday (from left) Chloe Vandermaat, Connor Simpson, Sarah Croker, Angela Furlento, CJ Garcia, Emily Wood, Lina Moulder, Courtney Crawford, Kade Abbott (kneeling), Nathan Brighenti (standing), Nicholas Johnston (kneeling) and Tom Perry.

Queanbeyan High graduates on the NSW south coast on Friday (from left) Chloe Vandermaat, Connor Simpson, Sarah Croker, Angela Furlento, CJ Garcia, Emily Wood, Lina Moulder, Courtney Crawford, Kade Abbott (kneeling), Nathan Brighenti (standing), Nicholas Johnston (kneeling) and Tom Perry.

The Gold Coast or south coast may beckon but an increasing number of Canberra school leavers are heading overseas to celebrate.

Canberra bookings through one company which specialises in taking school leavers out of the country to party had risen 150 per cent in two years.

Two Fijian island resorts were the top destinations for this year’s Canberra school leavers who booked through Unleashed Travel, followed by a winter trip to Europe.

A spokeswoman for the company, which claims to be the market leader for overseas-bound Australian schoolies, said overall Canberra bookings for 2015 were up 78 per cent, and 2016 numbers were already another 73 per cent higher than this year.

Paul Elliot was one of the school captains at Queanbeyan High this year and avoided a schoolies week, instead having informal drinks at the pub.

“Because I’m going away overseas next year I’m saving, I’m heading to America in January,” he said.

The month-long trip is not part of a formal Schoolies package, meaning he’ll miss the organised partying and adventures of those island resort style tours taking place in Fiji.

His co-captain Emily Wood has gone for an Australian beach instead, enjoying a five-night stay near Batemans Bay with 17 friends.

“Originally we thought about going to the Gold Coast but none of us could afford it, so we organised Tomakin,” she said.

The graduates planned their own event, with mini golf and beach time, including paddle boarding, on the relaxed agenda.

“There’s all that discussion about Bali etc but the south coast is cheaper, safer, convenient,” she said.

And as for drinking?

“It’s a part of it but we still do have some who are under 18, so we cater for everyone,” she said.

“We just want to go out and have a good time with ourselves for the last time.”

Unleashed Travel’s seven-day school leavers trip to Vanuatu cost $1400, while grads shell out $3200, excluding flights, for a 22-day November and December Europe trip.

There was no response this week to questions put to STA Travel, which has stores on both the Australian National University and University of Canberra campuses.

Source : Canberra Times

Two hurt in unprovoked Bronte assault, police say

December 6, 2015 – 6:38AM

Jacob Saulwick

City Editor

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Two men require surgery after being assaulted in the middle of an eastern suburbs park on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old and 28-year-old were in Bronte Park for a Christmas party  about 8pm when they separated from the rest of the party.

They were in the middle of the park, police said, when they were approached by three large men of Pacific Islander appearance. A female with a baby was also with the three men.

According to police, one of the three punched the 28-year-old in the face. Another punched the 22-year-old, who fell to the ground and lost consciousness. The assaults were unprovoked, police said.

The 28-year-old, who was taken to the intensive care unit at St Vincents Hospital, requires surgery on a fractured jaw. The 22-year-old has a dislocated pelvis requiring surgery, and a chipped front tooth.

The three men, woman and child were seen to leave the area in a dark blue Honda Civic hatch, driving west on Bronte Road. Police from the Eastern Suburbs Local Area Command are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Sydney Morning Herald

Hugh Jackman’s security clashes with paparazzo at Brisbane airport

December 4, 2015

Jorge Branco

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Hugh Jackman in Broadway to Oz.

Hugh Jackman in Broadway to Oz. Photo: James Morgan

A scuffle has broken out between Qantas security and a paparazzo over the airline’s new global ambassador, superstar Hugh Jackman.

The “Boy From Oz” flew into Brisbane Airport on Friday night on a Qantas Boeing 737-800 from Sydney with his 10-year-old daughter, Ava.

But when the movie and musical star disembarked he was greeted by a photographer waiting in the arrivals/departures area, a fellow passenger said.

Media usually wait for celebrities in the arrivals lounge but it’s understood that it’s not uncommon for paparazzi to try access to the next area to get an exclusive shot.

The witness, who didn’t want to be named, said security flanking Jackman as he exited gate 21 just after 7pm (AEST) objected to the photographer trying to get too close to the X-Men star.

He said pushing and shoving broke out when two yellow-vested security staff attempted to keep the paparazzi away before the photographer ran off to try and head Jackman off further along his route.

A Qantas spokeswoman confirmed the scuffle took place.

The Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony Award winner is no stranger to paparazzi both in and out of airports.

Qantas brought him on board as the company’s global ambassador in September to “promote Australia on the world stage”.

“I travel a lot and like all Aussies, I get a buzz whenever I see the familiar red tail and the kangaroo logo, no matter where I am in the world. Qantas is great airline with great people and represents the very best of our wonderful country,” Jackman said at the time.

The Aussie showman is in Brisbane for the third leg of his Broadway to Oz arena tour on Saturday and Sunday night.

Source : Brisbane Times

A 26-year-old man is fighting for his life after jumping from moving car in Darwin



DECEMBER 05, 2015 12:33PM

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The scene of the incident in the northern suburbs

The scene of the incident in the northern suburbs

A MAN is in a critical condition after jumping out of a moving car in Darwin’s northern suburbs this morning.

The 26-year old was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Royal Darwin Hospital about 4.30am after he jumped out of the back of a car that was driving outbound near the corner of Vanderlin Drive and Lee Point Rd.

When he jumped from the car, he hit his head at the roundabout.

He remains in a coma with serious head injuries.

The driver of the car, a 25-year-old woman, was the sober driver.

Duty Superintendent Louise Jorgensen said police were investigating the matter but it does not appear that there were any suspicious circumstances.

“Obviously if anyone witnessed the incident we’d like them to come forward with any information,” she said.


Source : NT News

Beston gets Murray Bridge dairy mooving again


Two South Australian dairy farms saved in a rescue buyout by growing food and beverage distributor Beston Global Food Company earlier this year have been officially re-opened.

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The renamed Murray Bridge Beston Pure Dairies was re-opened by SA Agriculture Minister Leon Bignell today.

United Dairy Power’s Murray Bridge and Jervois operations were purchased by Beston from receivers in July this year.

The investment saved the jobs of about 130 staff who were put out of work when the dairies closed early in the year.

Beston, which listed on the stock exchange in August this year, has plans to build the dairies’ staff base over the next three years.

During his address at this year’s annual general meeting on November 27, chairman Roger Sexton said production efficiencies and increased quality at Murray Bridge had moved Beston “up the value chain and increase our margins, in the same way as has been done at B-d Farm Paris Creek”.

“This has been a driving objective since we acquired and took control of the factory on September 1st this year,” Sexton said.

“We have no desire to simply be a commodity cheese producer. We have already established significant points of differences with the quality of cheddar cheeses produced at Murray Bridge.

“We are producing Romano and Pepato cheeses which our buyers in Europe tell us are unique in their flavour and texture and hence do not have any peer competitors.”


Source : In Daily