Schwarten blind to contract failures

15 Apr 2010 10:18 AMJann Stuckey

15 April 2010

Documents tabled by the Health Minister show IBM has been in breach of its contract to deliver the new Queensland Health payroll system since August 2008, the LNP said today.

Shadow Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology Jann Stuckey said it was clear Minister Schwarten did not comprehend the scale of the Queensland Health payroll disaster.

“Minister Schwarten has been in charge of CorpTech, the body tasked with managing the contract to deliver the new Queensland Health payroll project, since 1 July 2008,” said Ms Stuckey.

“Documents tabled by the health minister today show IBM has been in breach of that Corptech –managed contract since August 2008.

“The Deputy Premier was told that CorpTech was aware of this situation but had failed to exercise their rights with the vendor to hold IBM to the conditions of that contract.

“As the responsible minister, it is Robert Schwarten who has failed to ensure that CorpTech has properly carried out its responsibilities as the contract managers.

“That failure that could be construed by IBM as acceptance of ongoing delays and that time to deliver this project was no longer of the essence.

“The result is under CorpTech’s management, the costs of this project have escalated to the extent the project budget and timeframe have almost trebled.

“Is it any wonder Queensland Health officials recommended that they walk away from the Minister Schwarten’s $400 million payroll debacle and set up their own?”

Ms Stuckey said it was past time for Minister Schwarten to accept responsibility for his failure to intervene with CorpTech.

“Minister Schwarten remains in denial that this project has failed and that he is responsible for that failure,” she said.

“Minister Schwarten should finally accept responsibility for his lack of action.

“If he can’t or won’t do that, then it is time for Anna Bligh to act.

“Robert Schwarten as the Minister responsible for this debacle should go.”
Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919