Labor chest-beating won’t cover pay failure

30 Apr 2010 10:04 AMJann Stuckey

30 April 2010

With Deputy-Premier Lucas chest-beating about suing IBM over the health payroll debacle serious questions have been raised whether the Government’s position has been compromised by inaction at the Robert Schwarten-managed CorpTech.

LNP IT spokeswoman Jann Stuckey said a Qld Health Briefing Note to Deputy-Premier – 6 July 2009 (Author: Anthony Price, Director QHEST – Page 1) warned that IBM had been in breach of contract since August 2008.

“The warning was loud and clear, but CorpTech failed to do anything,” Ms Stuckey said.

“It (Health briefing note) further warned lack of formal pursuit could be interpreted as CorpTech accepting delays and that time was no longer of the essence.

“Any right of action the Government may have had may have been seriously jeopardised by Minister Robert Schwarten’s failed management of this project,” she said.

“This is another example of why Anna Bligh shouldn’t have jetted-off on her first-class junket, leaving the clean-up to the very Ministers who botched the roll-out and now appear to have botched any attempt at recovery.”

Ms Stuckey said the strong advice to take action was clear in 2009.

“For nearly a year this Government failed to act …and this failure may have ruined any chance to act now.

“Once again, innocent Queenslanders have been left to pay for the Bligh Labor Government’s incompetence.”

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919