blog The fallout from the payroll systems disaster at Queensland Health is continuing, as hard as that may be to believe. This morning Queensland Premier Campbell Newman took the unusual step of sacking a number of senior state government bureaucrats who had been involved in the debacle. The Courier Mail tells us (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“A handful of highly paid public servants has been sacked and more are expected to be given their marching orders over Queensland Health’s $1.2 billion payroll debacle. And technology giant IBM could still face legal action by the Queensland Government, with Premier Campbell Newman not prepared to let the matter rest.”
I have to say, I think this is a fantastic move and should have occurred sooner. Accountability of senior public servants for high-profile IT projects is one of the main recommendations which government auditors have consistently called for, to help ensure government IT projects don’t go off track. The Queensland Health payroll systems debacle is one of the worst failures of public administration in Australia’s history, and the public service should be held accountable for that failure. I applaud Newman’s action (provided, of course, he sacked the right staff) and would encourage other state governments to take a similar approach when other massive IT projects fail. It’s time the public servants responsible for this mess — and have no doubt, they are responsible, according to multiple audit reports — felt some of the weight of it.