Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Lawyers only winners from INCIS debacle


Labour 2000 web site

A long and costly court battle can be expected following the Government's decision to initiate legal proceedings against IBM over the collapsed INCIS contract, Labour police spokesperson George Hawkins said today.

"A legal scrap was almost inevitable, given the National Government's appalling track record on crisis management.

"I initiated a select committee inquiry into INCIS in March 1997. Later that year Cabinet was warned in the Andersen Consulting report that there were serious problems with INCIS and the budget had blown out.

"Incredibly the situation was allowed to deteriorate further. Over the past few months, Jenny Shipley's highly touted ministerial action team failed to reach an agreement with IBM to complete increments two and three of INCIS. It appears National was more interested in keeping the lid on the problem until after the election, than in finding a solution.

"The relationship between IBM and the Government has been completely mishandled. The only winners in this whole sorry saga, will be the lawyers.

"The incoming Labour Government will be left with the job of providing the police with the information technology they need, while the courts sort out who is to blame for the INCIS breakdown. Labour is demanding a full briefing from Sir William Birch so that we can do our best to protect taxpayers' interests," George Hawkins said.




© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


camouflage

Gordon Campbell: On Why We Shouldn’t Genuflect To Calls For Secrecy

Reportedly most (and possibly all) of the Royal Commission investigation into the Christchurch mosque shootings will be closed to the general public and to the media.

Oh sure, come delivery date in December there will be some kind of “public-facing” document containing conclusions and rationales, but there will have been no interim way of scrutinizing the inquiry’s rigour, or how fairly its findings reflect the evidence. More>>

 
 

Budget Announcements: Family And Sexual Violence Response

The family and sexual violence package, which sits across eight portfolios, is the result of the first ever joint Budget bid from multiple government departments. More>>

ALSO:

Deals, Sanctions, Consultation: National's Foreign Policy Plan

“National will prioritise our relationship with the United States.. National will also further the strong and dynamic economic relationship with China." More>>

ALSO:

Taking Children Into State Care: Minister For Children On The Nation

Simon Shepherd: ... So, we’ve seen this jump in the number of newborn Maori babies being taken from their parents in the last three years. Is that because it’s a directive from Oranga Tamariki to get involved earlier? More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Christchurch Call

The zigzagging nature of Christchurch Call To Action's content (“steps to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online” on one hand… and “a free, open and secure Internet” on the other) reflects the genuine tension on this subject. More>>

ALSO:

Getting Moving: Wellington Transport To Get $6.4b Overhaul

A new $6.4bn transport project aiming to free up traffic in Wellington CBD will combine a mass transit system with an improved bus network, the government says. More>>

ALSO:

Privacy Commission Report: MSD Systematically Misused Fraud Investigation Powers

An Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) inquiry has found the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) systematically misused its investigatory powers while pursuing benefit fraud, unjustifiably intruding on the privacy of many beneficiaries. More>>

ALSO:

Consultation Doc: Safety Focus In Improved Drug Driver Testing

Improving the safety of all road users is the focus of a new public consultation document on the issue of drug driver testing. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels