CMC to investigate another IT failure

25 Jun 2010 12:39 PMJann Stuckey

25 June 2010

Revelations the Crime and Misconduct Commission has been called on to investigate the handling of a whole-of-government computer server project raises further questions about the Minister’s performance, the LNP said today.

Shadow Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology Jann Stuckey said this was the third investigation into the delayed Foundation Infrastructure Project (FIP).

“The warning bells are ringing over Robert Schwarten’s ability to manage Queensland Government IT projects,” Ms Stuckey said.

“CITEC’s referral of this program to the CMC for further investigation, despite two separate internal investigations comes hot on the heels of Schwarten’s disastrous delivery of the Queensland Health payroll system.

“This is simply yet another IT project the Bligh Labor Government has failed to deliver.”

Ms Stuckey said FIP was originally announced in January 2009 and was due to be delivered by June 2010. 

“This deadline has come and gone but the FIP’s tender process was still underway and no contracts had been signed with any suppliers,” she said.

“The consolidation of IT services is far behind schedule, with the Minister abandoning previous cost savings promises.

“How many reviews and investigations need to occur before Robert Schwarten admits these projects have veered off course while he is at the wheel.

“We’ve seen changes in this department’s direction, changes to deadlines and changes in management — it’s time we see a change of Minister.” 
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