Consumerism

All the self-serve checkouts are down, down

It was like a trip back in time to... last year. All the self-serve checkouts in Woolies were down tonight. A long queue at the express checkouts... surprisingly not at the other checkouts (all credit to management, they did have five non-express checkouts open at one time -- rarely seen nowadays). Perhaps the earthquake is to blame. Perhaps not.

transport

#Myki cost over ten years has gone up to $1.5 billion

Last month the total budget for Myki (over ten years) quietly got increased, from $1.35 billion to $1.5 billion. It was revealed in the Budget Papers, and thanks to the torrent of other budget coverage, barely got noticed: MELBOURNE public transport commuters received little relief in this year's budget, which revealed the cost of the troubled myki ticketing system has blown out by another $150