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Tuesday, 25 November 2003
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Mr Brendan O'Connor asked the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, upon notice, on 11 September 2003:

(1) Can the Minister confirm reports in the Herald-Sun on 9 September 2003 to the effect that Telstra has redirected a $15 million contract to the Indian IT provider Infosys that will have the effect of sending up to 180 existing IT jobs at IBM Global Services offshore to India.

(2) Was the Government aware in advance of this move by Telstra.

(3) Can the Minister confirm that Indian workers at Infosys are paid $40,000 per annum less than their Australian counterparts.

(4) Is the Minister able to inform the House about Infosys' comparative Occupational Health and Safety standards.

Mr Williams (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Telstra has advised that it recently approved a group of IT applications currently supported by IBMGSA being transferred to Infosys Technologies. The contract with Infosys is for a value of $15m per annum. I am unable to advise where Infosys employees undertaking this contract will be located.

Telstra earlier advised the market that it has commenced a strategic restructure of its IT services to introduce a new operating model aimed at consolidating and integrating its IT systems and operations to achieve greater efficiencies and improved services and products from its IT providers.

(2) Telstra informed the Office of the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts of its decision on 5 September 2003.

(3) No.

(4) No.