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$4 million=a house in Toorak or a government website?

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Senator Kate Lundy Senator for the Australian Capital Territory Shadow Minister for Information Technology and Sport


$4 million = a house in Toorak or a Government website?

Australian taxpayers should be outraged to learn that the Howard Government has paid over $4 million dollars to upgrade a departmental website.

To add insult to injury, this horrendous wastage was spent by a Department responsible for the Government’s online policy - the Department of Communications Information Technology and the Arts.

The $4 million cost to taxpayers was uncovered in an answer to a question I asked in a Senate Estimates hearing.

• $1.2 Million spent on website development • $956,046.51 spent on hosting and support services • $927,705.90 spent on software; and • $661,426 spent on hardware.

These are dollar figures usually only seen in a Toorak Real Estate agency.

The original estimate for the web site was $600,000.

This waste is an absolute disgrace. Given the Minister signed off on this expenditure, he must be held accountable - if this were the private sector, the Minister would have lost his job!

This is yet another IT debacle for the Howard Government, and Senator Alston should go.

3 April 2003. Media contact: Jason Ives on (02) 6277 3334 or 0411 237 683