[LINK] Labor seeks outsourcing inquiry
Fri, 10 Nov 2000 18:33:52 +1100 (EST)
Labor To Initiate Senate Inquiry Into IT Outsourcing Program
Kate Lundy - Shadow Minister Assisting on Information Technology
Media Statement - 9 November 2000
The ALP will move for a Senate inquiry into the Coalition's Whole of
Government Information Technology Outsourcing Program, Senator Kate Lundy
"Labor is optimistic about securing cross-bench support for the Senate
Finance and Public Administration Reference Committee to hold a full and
open inquiry into the Coalition's controversial IT Outsourcing Program",
Senator Lundy said.
"The terms of reference are currently being finalised, however it is
Labor's intention that the Finance and Public Administration Reference
Committee inquiry will focus on:
€ All issues raised from the Australian National Audit Office Performance
Audit into the Implementation of Whole of Government Information Technology
Infrastructure Consolidation and Outsourcing Initiative;
€ The impact on Australia's Information Technology industry development.
"This Senate inquiry is necessary because the Coalition is refusing to
guarantee that the findings of their review into IT Outsourcing, announced
earlier this week, will be made public.
"Yesterday, the Joint Statutory Committee on Public Accounts and Audit
(JCPAA) attempted to pursue an inquiry along similar lines, only to be
thwarted by Coalition numbers on the Committee.
"It is clear that the Coalition is desperately trying to put a lid on the
can of worms that the Audit Office uncovered in its report on the IT
Outsourcing Program," Senator Lundy said.