Financial shortcuts cost Queenslanders more

16 Nov 2009 4:51 PMJann Stuckey

16 November 2009

The Bligh Labor Government’s backflip on delivering a single payroll system is set to cost Queensland taxpayers more as licensing fees will rise, the Opposition said today.

LNP Public Works and Information and Communication Technology spokeswoman Jann Stuckey said software company SAP’s decision to increase licensing fees for older versions of their programs would cost Queenslanders much more.

“SAP has indicated it will increase licensing fees for users who have failed to upgrade their out of date software. The Queensland Government’s decision to abandon a whole of government upgrade in favour of maintaining older software versions now looks likely to face higher licensing fees.

“As a result Queensland taxpayers will be lumped with steeper fees, on top of the $180 million already wasted by the Bligh Labor government, because the Minister has failed to deliver the promised improvements.

“Five years and multiple deadlines have passed but the Bligh Labor Government is no closer to an upgraded HR and payroll system.

“Instead the Minister announced he would dump the single system plan and government departments would carry on with the old software systems.

“This failed experiment cost Queensland millions of dollars and will now cost us even more.

“Anna Bligh and Labor are all over the shop with this project.

“They have failed to deliver a payroll system that works and Queensland’s taxpayers are paying the price.”

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919