- Updated Aug 24 2015 at 5:04 AM
- Updated Aug 26 2015 at 1:10 PM
Qld claims payroll project too complex for IBM
"There was a belief in government IBM had not understood the complexity of the Queensland Health payroll system. And they had not put enough resources – the numbers and calibre of people – that was required," Mr Grierson told the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Wednesday.
"Comparing the health payroll system to the housing payroll system was like chalk and cheese. The assignment to take the housing payroll system and build that for Queensland Health was completely wrong."
IBM is attempting to block Queensland government from suing them over the botched implementation of the health payroll system – a $6 million contract which later cost taxpayers $1.2 billion to fix.
The Queensland government is suing IBM not for breach of the original 2007 contract, but for allegedly misrepresenting their credentials to deliver the health payroll project on-time and on-budget.
The misrepresentations also involve using the payroll system for the Housing Department as the basis for the Queensland Health project.
Mr Grierson said former premier Anna Bligh and senior ministers, including health minister Paul Lucas and housing minister Robert Schwarten, were perplexed with why IBM was struggling with the task.
"There was a message coming from the premier down saying, 'This is IBM we're talking about – why are they not doing this properly?'," he said.
Mr Grierson admitted one of the reasons IBM was selected for the 2007 contract was because of its international reputation for delivering big projects.
"When IBM was selected it was because of the expertise to replace the Queensland Health payroll system. The government didn't ask IBM about the complexities," he said.
"They just assumed IBM would do the analysis to deliver the project. That was the bottom line."
Much more here:
The ABC also provided coverage:
IBM tries to block legal action over Queensland Health payroll disaster
By Allyson Horn
- August 25, 2015
Former ministers have given evidence in a Supreme Court hearing as IBM tries to stop a State Government lawsuit over the Queensland Health payroll debacle.
The technology giant was contracted in 2007 by the Labor government of the time to set up a new payroll system that went live three years later and saw thousands of staff underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.
The state launched legal action to recoup some of the $1.2 billion it cost to fix the bungle.
On Tuesday, lawyers for IBM appeared in the Supreme Court in Brisbane in a bid to block the case.
Former health minister Paul Lucas and former public works minster Robert Schwarten were questioned why the Government did not pursue legal action straight away.
Both men said their first priority was getting workers paid and that legal action might have jeopardised that.
Mr Lucas said he was "extremely disappointed" with IBM at the time, but he did not want to sack the company and risk workers not getting paid.
I find it amazing this has not been sorted ages ago given the contract was let in 2007 - under an earlier Labor Government - which shows how long this has been rolling along!
I assume a working system is now in place - but I have not heard that is the case. A comment confirming Payroll is working up there now would be good for all our interest!