Minister ignored payroll program faults

13 Apr 2010 10:23 AMJann Stuckey

13 April 2010

The Minister for Public Works has finally admitted the problems with the rollout of the Queensland Health payroll system was the fault of his government.

LNP Shadow Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology Jann Stuckey said despite acknowledging the problems the Minister still refused to tell Parliament why he failed to seek the assistance of software company SAP in fixing the Qld Health payroll debacle.

“The Minister’s failure to explain why he did not seek this help is a clear demonstration that the Bligh Labor Government is yet to recognise just how badly they have mishandled this situation,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Experts within the IT industry and Queensland Health have warned for months that this system was headed for trouble, but the Bligh Labor Government have blindly followed Beattie’s legacy.

“A 10 year contract was signed in 2005, without going to tender.

“We are just five years into this contract now and we have had a major payroll program disaster — why isn’t the Minister talking to SAP?

“Only last month, the Minister was in Germany meeting with the CEO of SAP.  Why didn’t he use this opportunity to raise these problems?

“The Minister’s failure to seek advice from these experts that was desperately needed to fix this problem only underlines how badly Corptech has bungled this program on Mr Schwarten’s watch.”

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919