Schwarto tries to dodge the blame again

14 Jul 2010 11:46 AMJann Stuckey

14 July 2010

Robert Schwarten has attempted to dodge responsibility for the Queensland Health payroll fiasco again — claiming it was Health’s responsibility to liaise with IBM.

Shadow Minister for Public Works Jann Stuckey said Minister Schwarten’s comments completely contradicted the findings of the Auditor-General.

“It is becoming clearer by the day that this Minister really has no idea of what his department is doing with the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been collected for these projects,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Auditor-General found that, as contract administrator, Corptech had the sole relationship with the prime contractor – IBM (AG Report #7 – Page 23). 

“Despite this definite finding, the Minister denied responsibility for this fiasco, claiming that it was the Health department’s responsibility to communicate their requirements to IBM. 

“Considering CorpTech had the sole relationship with IBM, how was Queensland Health supposed to do this?

“How can the Minister welcome the Attorney-General’s report and then a couple of days later disagree with so many of the findings during the Estimates hearings?

“Once again – we have this Minister doing his best to deny his responsibility.

“This is a Minister who failed in his basic duties and fails to understand basic contracts.

“This is also a Minister who cannot and will not apologise to Queensland Health workers who have been robbed of their pay.

“Anna Bligh needs to act — before this incompetent Minister oversees another disaster.”
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