Payroll fix proves Schwarten is not up to the job

24 Nov 2010 11:44 AMJann Stuckey

24 November 2010

ROBERT Schwarten has been kicked to the sidelines as Labor attempts to apply a $210 million band-aid solution to the long-running ‘Shared Services’ payroll debacle.
LNP Shadow Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology Jann Stuckey said after months of ducking and weaving the Premier had finally admitted that Robert Schwarten and his hand-picked Chief Information Officer are incapable of solving the billion dollar bungle.  
“Finally the Premier has acted and announced she is establishing a sub-committee in her department to oversee Shared Services to try to fix Labor’s payroll mess,” Ms Stuckey said.
“By sidelining Minister Schwarten, the Premier has admitted she has absolutely no faith in the ability of this Minister to oversee any complex program.

“It makes a mockery of his title when the Minister for Information and Communications Technology can’t be trusted to deliver one of the most expensive IT projects this long-term Labor government has blundered into.
“The Director-General of Premier and Cabinet has been forced to step in and take over the delivery of Shared Services across government as a direct result of Minister Schwarten’s failing.
“In short, Mr Schwarten cannot be trusted to deliver on what he promises.

“An absolute fortune has been wasted by the incompetent management under Mr Schwarten who has refused to take any responsibility for the failure to pay health workers for months and months and the additional $210 million that his government is now apparently going to spend to try and fix the mess.
“Queensland Public Servants deserve a five star payroll system that pays them what they deserve.  The only five stars this lazy long-term Minister is interested in are the ones on the menu.”