Topics:  anna bligh, australian labor party, lawrence springborg, payroll, queensland health

Govt pursues payroll botch

HOLDING someone criminally responsible for the "greatest IT disaster in the history of Australia" remains high on the Queensland Government agenda.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said he expected legal advice from the Crown Solicitor in the next week to a fortnight about what action the government could take about the health payroll debacle.

He met with the Crown Solicitor 10 days ago and asked the team to be thorough in analysing almost 1000 pages of secret Cabinet documents.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk released the documents in an unprecedented move after months of government pressure.

The government is deciding whether it can sue IT giant IBM over the debacle, which resulted in health workers being overpaid, underpaid or not at all.

It has costs hundreds of thousands in so far unsuccessful attempts to fix it.

Mr Springborg said the government was still considering whether to hold a commission of inquiry into the story behind the payroll mess to see who was responsible for possible criminal offences or fraud.



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