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Thursday, 21 August 1980
Page: 594

Mr SPEAKER - Honourable members will recall that on 20 February last Mr President and I announced that Logica Pty Limited had been commissioned to undertake a planning study for the information systems and information services of the Parliament. The study, which commenced on 3 March and concluded at the end of May, culminated in the formulation of an overall plan which was presented to Mr President and me in the form of a two-volume report late in June. It was, of course, vital that the project team ascertain at first hand the needs of senators and members, and to achieve this all parliamentarians were offered the opportunity of an interview. I am pleased that by the conclusion of the exercise 29 senators and members had been interviewed personally. In addition, 51 had completed a detailed questionnaire on their information needs.

As part of the continuing commitment to keep the Parliament fully informed of progress in this area, I now present a copy of volume 1 of the report, which summarises the major features of the overall plan envisaged by the consultants. Volume 2 contains a great deal of detail on a number of activities which may be of academic interest only to members. I emphasise that it foreshadows a wide range of options and that at this stage there is no commitment at all to any of the possible systems. The report is at present being carefully examined and evaluated by the parliamentary departments in accordance with the program outlined in the February statement. Copies of volume 1 will be distributed to members. A reference copy of volume 2 is available in my office should any member wish to examine it. If, as a result of the evaluation of the initial report, Mr President and I decide that the consultancy project will proceed, the second major part of the study would be the preparation of detailed design for information systems.

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