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Re: IT section Australain 22/8/00 page 34

By Heck Kerry we can tell those Noosa latte's have got to you:

Queensland to get name back

BRISBANE political activist Kerry Bowden has offered to give up her
queenslandgovernment.com domain in return for help establishing a computer
bank for indigenous people.

Her ownership of the domain name caused a stir when it was made public two
months ago, and it was revealed several other state governments had not
protected their domain names.
She registered the name after failing in her attempt to register

But she has now been able to register the latter as a .com.au domain, and
has written to Queensland Premier Peter Beattie offering to relinquish the
government domain.

Ms Bowden, the former director of the Noosa Art Gallery and operator of a
mentoring scheme for young Aboriginal people, has written to Mr Beattie
offering him the domain name in return for help arranging a meeting with
government officials responsible for indigenous employment issues, and
assistance in establishing a computer bank.

Computer bank schemes involve gathering and repairing unwanted computers
for redistribution.

Ms Bowden said she decided to hand over the name after reading the state
Government's document on partnerships with Cape York Aborigines.

She said the Victorian-based Computer Bank Australia had approached her,
and was setting up a Queensland branch.


and fer cryin' out loud don't give it back the first time... make the
buggers work for it!

ComputerBank Australia -- http://www.computerbank.org.au/