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Public Servants use Commonwealth computers in parking scam

By Canfan - 6 May 2014 30

A crafty group of local public servants have been caught using government issued computers to avoid the parking inspector, according to The Canberra Times.

Employees from the National Health and Medical Research Council had developed a system of keeping a look out on popular 2 hour parking spots outside their Gordon Street office and using the NHMRC’s internal instant messaging system to flag the impending arrival of inspectors.

Crafty or criminal?

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Public Servants use Commonwealth computers in parking scam
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davo101 3:20 pm
06 May 14
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So I’m assuming that if they switch to using Twitter on their own phones then it’s all OK…

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Postalgeek 3:32 pm
06 May 14
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That’s stretching the definition of the word ‘scam’.

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p1 3:52 pm
06 May 14
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If they used experimental medical equipment to place GPS tracking devices on (on in?) each Canberra parking inspector, then re-tasked a satellite to monitor their movements – that would be a scam (well, probably verging on conspiracy).

Calling round to tell everybody then the inspector has been so they can run out and rub off the chalk/move their car has been happening since Caesar introduced timed chariot spots. Using IM is simply wasting less time, hence saving the public money.

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switch 5:01 pm
06 May 14
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Every place I’ve worked at that had networked computers did this. Big deal.

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Masquara 5:52 pm
06 May 14
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Just because Riotact has a history of laughing at bad parking, doesn’t mean they are pro parking inspectors!!!!!

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miz 6:42 pm
06 May 14
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Brilliant scheme! See Davo’s suggestion – can’t stop you using your mobile!

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dungfungus 8:35 pm
06 May 14
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It’s academic really as this agency is going to get the chop next Tuesday.
If this is how they spend their day I have no problem with the end of days for them.

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screaming banshee 6:11 am
07 May 14
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Surely the issue here is not the method of communication but the time wasted by staff staring out the window.

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mossrocket 8:39 am
07 May 14
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every department with a view of their carpark does the same……

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PBO 10:05 am
07 May 14
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How is this a scam? ACT guvmint is missing out on money? Bottom feeding parking inspectors quota’s (or Key Performance Indicator’s) are dropping?

Here is some news: Everywhere does it and it is not a scam! It saves money so people can waste it on things like paying their rent or buying food or paying power bills, not every public servant is a millionaire. Some actually do it pretty tough and parking fines seem to be going up and up but the people get no benefit from it aside from ugly, shonky, public art installations which were chosen and built with no public consultation (Stanhope).

If the ACT was interested in doing good for its people then they should stop making car-parks into cash-cows.

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KB1971 10:26 am
07 May 14
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You know, I knew this was Noel Towell even before I opened it……….

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VYBerlinaV8_is_back 10:36 am
07 May 14
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PBO said :

How is this a scam? ACT guvmint is missing out on money? Bottom feeding parking inspectors quota’s (or Key Performance Indicator’s) are dropping?

Here is some news: Everywhere does it and it is not a scam! It saves money so people can waste it on things like paying their rent or buying food or paying power bills, not every public servant is a millionaire. Some actually do it pretty tough and parking fines seem to be going up and up but the people get no benefit from it aside from ugly, shonky, public art installations which were chosen and built with no public consultation (Stanhope).

If the ACT was interested in doing good for its people then they should stop making car-parks into cash-cows.

But… but… but… if we make all the carparks expensive, everyone will use the bus!

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Maya123 11:11 am
07 May 14
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VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

PBO said :

How is this a scam? ACT guvmint is missing out on money? Bottom feeding parking inspectors quota’s (or Key Performance Indicator’s) are dropping?

Here is some news: Everywhere does it and it is not a scam! It saves money so people can waste it on things like paying their rent or buying food or paying power bills, not every public servant is a millionaire. Some actually do it pretty tough and parking fines seem to be going up and up but the people get no benefit from it aside from ugly, shonky, public art installations which were chosen and built with no public consultation (Stanhope).

If the ACT was interested in doing good for its people then they should stop making car-parks into cash-cows.

But… but… but… if we make all the carparks expensive, everyone will use the bus!

That’s what I used to do when I worked. Mostly I rode a bike, because it was quicker than the buses, but in wet weather I caught a bus. If I wanted to use a bus to get close to work I needed two buses, but I found it quicker to catch the first bus to the stop closest to work and then walk the two kms from there to work. Quicker than waiting 20 or more minutes for the next bus, and I got some exercise. Those in the Parliamentary triangle are lucky with all the buses that go through there. On Kings Avenue it’s one every few minutes (or less). I have a half hour bus service to home and to my work (one bus route only, unlike Kings Avenue with its many) it was another half hour bus service, and their timing to each other was not good. (Still I did have buses available.) I took a part-time job after I retired and the nearest bus for me was 1.5kms from work. Still not a problem; I just walked or again cycled.

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davo101 11:28 am
07 May 14
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PBO said :

If the ACT was interested in doing good for its people then they should stop making car-parks into cash-cows.

Yes, because people who don’t use car parks should be forced to pay higher rates so you can park for free. Screw that for an idea.

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magiccar9 12:57 pm
07 May 14
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Maya123 said :

Those in the Parliamentary triangle are lucky with all the buses that go through there.

You’re kidding right!? We’re “lucky” if we only want to get to Civic or Gungahlin. Too bad if you live anywhere else in Canberra.

I actually looked into the possibility of using a bus to get from home to the Triangle. My journey turns from a 15 min car trip, into a 2.5 hour bus journey. Why so long I hear you ask? Well that’s due to ACTION having a ridiculous timetable where only the smallest of percentage of bus routes connect, not to mention the bus having to detour through all the suburbs along the way.

If the Government seriously wanted to get people to stop driving, they would look at the quality of service on offer. People say it over and over, but does it sink in….? Obviously not.

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