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Labor to initiate Senate inquiry into IT outsourcing program.



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Labor To Initiate Senate Inquiry Into IT Outsourcing Program Kate Lundy - Shadow Minister Assisting on Information Technology

Media Statement - 9 November 2000

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The ALP will move for a Senate inquiry into the Coalition's Whole of Government Information Technology Outsourcing Program, Senator Kate Lundy said today.

"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;

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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.

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.