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Senate Committee calls for Auditor General to investigate IT outsourcing.

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Carmen Lawrence, Linsday Tanner - Senate Committee Calls For Auditor General To Investigate IT Outsourcing Tuesday, 03 July 2001

Senate Committee Calls For Auditor General To Investigate IT Outsourcing Carmen Lawrence, Shadow Minister for Technology, and Lindsay Tanner, Shadow Minister for Finance

Joint Media Statement - 28 June 2001

The Senate Finance and Public Administration Reference Committee Progress Report on the Inquiry into the Government's Information Technology Outsourcing Initiative, tabled today, has called on the Auditor General to investigate the Howard Government's Information Technology Health Group outsourcing tender process.

"The Committee's Progress Report has documented serious irregularities in the health group IT outsourcing tender process, including the unauthorised disclosure of tender information," Dr Lawrence said.

"There is a serious question mark over the integrity of the health group tender process and it is for that reason that the Senate Committee has called on the Auditor General to investigate the matter," Dr Lawrence said.

"The Committee has also been hindered by the legal trickery used by the Howard Government to prevent the disclosure to the Committee of the submissions received by the Humphrey Review into information technology outsourcing," Dr Lawrence said.

Shadow Minister for Finance, Lindsay Tanner, slammed the continuing reluctance of the Howard Government to provide the Parliament with the information to ensure that it can properly oversee the Executive.

"The Senate Committee has been frustrated and hindered by the persistent reluctance of officials and agencies such as the Department of Finance and Administration to supply relevant information. The Committee needs such information to come to an informed view about the Government's Information Technology Outsourcing Initiative," Lindsay Tanner said.

"The Government must be accountable to the Parliament and must cease to hide behind the veil of 'commercial in confidence' to withhold vital information from the Parliament.

"Labor's policy of Restoring Openness in Government provides mechanisms to ensure the proper scrutiny by the Parliament of outsourced and commercial government activity. Only Labor can restore proper parliamentary accountability and Open Government," Mr Tanner said. Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

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