Labor’s $1.2 billion health payroll fiasco continues

27 Jul 2016 3:20 PMJohn-Paul Langbroek

The ghosts of Labor’s past have come back to haunt the Palaszczuk Government at today’s Parliamentary Estimates Committee Hearings, in the form of the infamous health payroll bungle.


Shadow Health Minister John-Paul Langbroek said there was no end in sight for Queensland Health employees’ pain, despite the Palaszczuk Government’s promise this financial year would deliver the final fix to Labor’s health payroll debacle.


“Cameron Dick promised Queenslanders this year would see the end to this sorry chapter in the state’s history and employees could move on,” Mr Langbroek said.


“The Minister flatly refused to answer questions asked prior to the Committee Hearings on the costs to Queensland taxpayers for system upgrades or any potential project overspends in fixing the system.


“Here’s hoping the Director–General can provide these details to the Committee today – given he was the Acting Director-General at the time the decision to “go live” with Labor’s flawed payroll system was made.”


Mr Langbroek said the former Bligh Labor Government’s decision to push ahead with the system had cost Queenslanders at least $1.2 billion dollars, but could amount to more if the Palaszczuk Government did not act quickly.


“Queenslanders deserve to know how much more they are expected to fork out because of Labor’s health payroll fiasco and I expect, in the name of openness and transparency, Cameron Dick will provide these answers,” Mr Langbroek said.


“This debacle has drawn out on for too long and Queenslanders deserve better.”

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