Confusion reigns supreme in IT contract debacle

21 Dec 2009 4:02 PMJann Stuckey

21 December 2009

The Bligh Labor government’s constant dithering over a proposed whole-of-government human resources ICT system is an ongoing disaster for potential tenderers.

Shadow Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology Jann Stuckey said the Bligh government’s confused tender process posed serious questions about the impact it was having on the delivery of important projects.

“It is beyond comprehension that a contract that was only signed in 2008 has since generated 1086 pages of requested contract changes,” said Ms Stuckey.

“The sheer number of changes begs the question how many more adjustments will be requested before this process is complete?

“Who can blame potential tenderers for being confused about what the government actually wants from this contract as it makes changes on almost a daily basis.

Ms Stuckey said Minister Schwarten had previously blamed delays in delivering key ICT projects such as the SAP HR system on whole-of-government reforms announced by the Premier after the March state election.

“That is now being seen for the lame excuse it was,” she said.

“Large projects require careful planning but the number of executed contract changes in this project clearly indicates that it was neither properly thought through nor carefully planned from the beginning.

“This is a project that has been plagued by constant delays.

“Queensland taxpayers are continuing to pay millions to fix the Bligh Labor government’s planning incompetence.” 
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