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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA

MOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES

PETER SMACK. M.P. F E D E R A L MEMBER FOR T ANGNEY SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT, TR A I NI NG AN D YOUTH A F F AI RS

P.O . BOX 1 2 0 9 , BOO R A C O O N , W.A. 61 BA SUITE 8, GATEWAY .

MELVILLE CITY CENTRE BOORAGOON TEL. 1091 364 5664

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY UBRARfl Γ) T A R E L E A S E . ■ ----- ----- -— --■*· 4 7 / 8 8 .

DUNCAN MOST ENSURE C .E .S . SERVES BEST INTERESTS OF UNEMPLOYED

Re c e n t d i s c l o s u r e s o f w a s t e o f p u b 1 1 ~ f u n d s b y t h e

Commonwealth Employment S e r v ic e r a i s e s e r i o u s q u e s t io n s a b o u t t h e Hawke G o vern m en t's commitment t o h e l p i n g t h e u n em p lo y ed , a c c o r d in g t o t h e Shadow M in is t e r f o r Em ploym ent, T r a in in g and

Youth A f f a i r s , P e t e r S h ack .

"The A u s t r a lia n p u b lic i s e n t i t l e d t o know t h e f u l l s t o r y a s

t o j u s t how much money h a s b een s p e n t on t h e p r o p o se d Job

S e e k e r s y s te m , and why i t i s s t i l l n o t o p e r a t i o n a l a f t e r fo u r

and a h a l f y e a r s and u n to ld m i l l i o n s o f d o l l a r s ," Mr Shack

s a i d .

"They a r e a l s o e n t i t l e d t o know why t h e im p le m e n ta tio n o f t h e

sy s te m h a s become t h e s u b j e c t o f a p r o t r a c t e d d i s p u t e b etw een

t h e CBS a n d t h e A d m i n i s t r a t i v e and C l e r i c a l O f f i c e r s '

A s s o c i a t i o n .

" I f t h e G overn m en t r e a l l y had t h e b e s t i n t e r e s t s o f t h e

unem ployed a t h e a r t , i t w ould h ave p u l l e d o u t a l l t h e s t o p s

t o q u i c k l y s e t t l e t h i s i n d u s t r i a l d i s p u t e and b r i n g t h e

sy s te m on str e a m .

"I n s t e a d , i t h as o n c e a g a in s a c r i f i c e d t h e p r o s p e c t s o f t h e

unem ployed b e c a u se i t i s a f r a i d o f o f f e n d i n g i t s m a tes in t h e

tr a d e u n io n m ovem ent.

"The G o v ern m en t s t a n d s condemned f o r i t s c a l l o u s d is r e g a r d

f o r t h e u n e m p lo y e d who h a v e b e e n f o r c e d t o e k e o u t an

e x i s t e n c e on s o c i a l w e lf a r e when w hat t h e y r e a l l y w ant i s a

jo b w h ich w i l l r e s t o r e t h e i r in d e p e n d e n c e and s e l f e s t e e m .

"I h a v e r a is e d a number o f v e r y im p o r ta n t q u e s t i o n s on t h i s

i s s u e w i t h t h e M i n i s t e r f o r E m p lo y m e n t a n d E d u c a t io n

S e r v i c e s , P e te r Duncan, and h a v e r e q u e s t e d an u r g e n t r e p l y .

"I c a n o n l y hop e t h a t th e M in is t e r s h a r e s t h e O p p o s i t io n 's

c o n c e r n s f o r t h e w e l l b e i n g o f t h e u n e m p lo y e d , and f o r

e f f i c i e n c y in t h e p u b l i c s e c t o r . .

" I f h e d o e s , h e w i l l t a k e im m e d ia te a c t i o n t o p u b l i c l y

p r o v id e f u l l and fr a n k a n sw ers t o my q u e s t io n s and s e e t h a t

t h e Job S eek er sy s te m i s s o r t e d o u t w it h o u t f u r t h e r d e la y ."

F u r th e r in fo r m a tio n i P e t e r Shack (0 9 ) 364 5 5 5 4 .

N . B . t - L I S T OF Q U E S T I O N S AND LETTER TO THE MINISTER

ATTACHED.

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F.o. BOX i m ROORAdOOR, W Jk. ·1 B4 SUITE 8. GATEWAY MELVILLE CITY CENTRE BOORAGOON TEL. (06) 364 8664

P A R L I A M E N T OF A U S T R A L I A H O U S E OF R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

PETER SNACK. M .P. FEDERAL MEMBER FOR TANQNEY SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT, TRAINING AND YOUTH AFFAIRS

23rd June, 1988 pds;dn;g

The Hon. Peter Duncan, M.P,, M inister for Employment and Education Services, Parliament House,

CANBERRA ACT 2600

My Dear M inister,

I am sure th at you are aware of a number o f recent media reports a lle g in g th at v a st amounts o f taxpayers' funds have been wasted on the purchase o f computer equipment by the Ccrnnonwealth Employment Service.

These reports are extranely disturbing sin ce they r a is e grave doubts as to whether or not the Ccrnnonwealth Btplqymait Service i s operating in the b e st in te r e sts of i t s c lie n ts - th e unemployed.

There are a number o f questions which a r is e from th e information contained in these reports and I b e lie v e th a t the A ustralian people are e n title d to knew the answers to these qu estion s.

The attached l i s t r a ise s ju st some o f these q u estion s, and I would appreciate i t i f you could provide answers to them as soon as p o ssib le .

As th is i s a matter o f great public importance I am sure you w i l l understand why I have released both th is le t t e r and th e attached l i s t o f questions to the media.

Enel.

jETEP SHACK M.P TEL No . 09 364 9971 2 6 . 0 6 . 9 9 11 : u j v . ua,· ut·

1 . I s i t c o r r e c t t h a t t h e Commonwealth Employment S e r v ic e

h a s s p e n t $ 8 0 m i l l i o n on t h e p u r c h a s e o f c o m p u te r

eq u ip m en t t o o p e r a te i t s p r o p o se d Job S e e k e r program?

2 . i f t h i s f i g u r e i s c o r r e c t , what i s t h e r e a s o n f o r t h e

v a r i a t i o n b e t w e e n t h a t a m o u n t a n d t h e f o l l o w i n g

in fo r m a tio n p r o v id e d by you on p age 400 o f t h e H ouse o f

R e p r e s e n t a t iv e s H ansard f o r 1 8 th F e b r u a r y , 1988? :

"In 1984 t h e jo b S e e k e r p h a se was budo .ced a t $ 4 ,5 1 1 ,0 0

o v e r t h r e e y e a r s .

"In 1986 th e o v e r a l l p la c e m e n t s y s te m was u p grad ed a t a

b u d g e ted c o s t o f $ 9 ,8 6 9 ,0 0 0 ."

3 . I s i t c o r r e c t t h a t e q u i p m e n t p u r c h a s e d f o r t h e

im p le m e n ta tio n o f t h e Job S e e k e r program h a s l a i n i d l e

f o r f o u r y e a r s , o r n o t b een u se d f o r t h e p u r p o se f o r

w h ich i t was in te n d e d ?

4 . I s i t c o r r e c t t h a t t h e P u b l i c A c c o u n t s C o m m itte e

d e s c r ib e d b o th t h e p u r c h a s e p r o c e d u r e and a c q u i s i t i o n o f

t h i s equ ip m en t a s "im proper and p o s s i b l y d e c e p t i v e "?

5 . D id t h e P u b l i c A c c o u n t s C o m m itte e recommend t h a t th e

eq u ip m en t b e r e tu r n e d t o t h e v en d o r?

6 . I f t h e P u b lic A cco u n ts C om m ittee d id make su ch f i n d i n g s

a n d r e c o m m e n d a t i o n s on w h o s e a u t h o r i t y d i d t h e

i n s t a l l a t i o n o f t h e eq u ip m en t p r o c ee d ?

7. What a c t i o n d id t h e Government t a k e i n r e l a t i o n t o th e

P u b lic A cco u n ts C o m m itte e 's i n v e s t i g a t i o n ?

8 . On w h o se a u t h o r i t y d id t h e o r i g i n a l p u r c h a s e d e c i s i o n

ta k e p la c e ?

9 . D id t h e p u r c h a s e and a c q u i s i t i o n p r o c e d u r e c o n tr a v e n e

norm al t e n d e r in g p r o c e s s e s ?

1 0 . G iven*

i . t h a t a s e r i e s o f q u e s t i o n s on t h i s i s s u e w e r e

p la c e d on n o t i c e w ith t h e M in is t e r f o r Employment

S e r v ic e s and Youth A f f a i r s on 8 th O c to b e r , 1987

and

i i . t h a t y o u r r e s p o n s e was p u b lis h e d on p a g e s 3 9 9 -4 0 3

o f t h e H o u se o f R e p r e s e n t a t iv e s H ansard f o r 1 8 th

F eb ru a ry , 1 9 8 8 .

How i s t h a t y o u r spokesm an was r e p o r t e d on 2 1 s t J u n e,

1988 a s s a y in g t h a t he . . . "had n o t known o f th e o r i g i n a l

p u r c h a s e p r o b le m s w i t h t h e 600 t e r m in a l sy s te m u n t i l

y e s t e r d a y . "?

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1 1 . i draw y o u r a t t e n t i o n t o p a r t o f t h a t r e s p o n s e i n w h ich

you s a i d i

"Job S e e k e r - The Job S e e k e r sy ste m i s b e in g t e s t e d in a

n u m b e r o f CBS o f f i c e s p r i o r t o f u l l n a t i o n a l

im p le m e n ta tio n . The sy s te m i s t o b e 1 " tr a d u c e d t o a l l

CBS o f f i c e s n a t i o n a l l y o v e r 1 9 8 7 i»8 o n a s t a g e d

im p le m e n ta tio n t i m e t a b l e . "

in t h e l i g h t o f t h i s s ta te m e n t can you s a y i

i . In w h ich CBS o f f i c e s h a s t h e sy s te m b e e n t e s t e d ?

and

i i . What s t a g e h a s b e e n r e a c h e d i n i t s n a t i o n a l * *

im p le m e n ta tio n ?

1 2 . Who was r e s p o n s ib l e f o r t h e p r e p a r a tio n o f t h e i n i t i a l

s o f t w a r e s p e c i f i c a t i o n s , w e r e t h e s e s p e c i f i c a t i o n s

i n a d e q u a t e , and w h a t w as t h e r e a s o n f o r t h e c o n t r a c t

amendments r e f e r r e d t o in y o u r H ansard s ta te m e n t o f 18th

F eb r u a r y , 1988?

1 3 . I s i t c o r r e c t t h a t t h e A d m i n i s t r a t i v e and C l e r i c a l

O f f i c e r s ' A s s o c i a t i o n (ACOA) im p osed work b an s on th e

u s e o f th e Job S e e k e r sy s te m l a t e i n 1987 a s a r e s u l t o f

c o n c e r n s o v e r h e a l t h and s a f e t y i s s u e s ?

1 4 . I s i t c o r r e c t t h a t n e g o t i a t i o n s t o r e s o l v e t h e work bans

d i s p u t e a r e now underway?

1 5 . Why i s i t t h a t i t h a s t a k e n s o l o n g f o r t h e s e

n e g o t i a t i o n s t o ta k e p la c e ?

1 6 . Whei- s t e p s h a s t h e CBS b een t a k i n g , and o v e r w hat p e r io d

o f t im e , t o t r y and s e t t l e t h e work b an s d is p u t e ?

17. Have you b een k e p t f u l l y in fo rm ed o f n e g o t i a t i o n s on th e

d i s p u t e a s t h e y h ave o c c u r r e d and w hat a c t i o n h ave you

ta k e n t o prom ote a sp e e d y s e t t le m e n t ?

18. I s i t c o r r e c t t h a t th e F e d e r a l G overnm ent i s i n s i s t i n g

t h a t an a g r e e m e n t on t h e h e a l t h and s a f e t y i s s u e s be

r a t i f i e d w i t h o u t i n v o l v i n g t h e F e d e r a l A r b i t r a t i o n

Com m ission?

19. i n t h e i n t e r e s t s o f t h e h u n d r e d s o f t h o u s a n d s o f

unem ployed A u s t r a lia n s - 5 9 1 , 9 0 0 a s o f May 1988 - what

a c t i o n h a v e you ta k e n t o e n s u r e t h a t t h e CBS o p e r a t e s

e f f i c i e n t l y and in th e b e s t i n t e r e s t s o f i t s c l i e n t s by

s p e e d i l y im p lem e n tin g t h e Job S e e k e r sy stem ?

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