Page 2124 - Week 07 - Thursday, 29 June 2023

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MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. It was in the early stages of the project. This long-running project has been going since 2017. I want to correct the record from yesterday as well. I believe the Hansard said 2007. I am not sure whether that was me or the transcription. There was a business case prepared once some early analysis had been done, and that was being considered in the budget at that time, and that is available in the previous budget papers.

Mr Hanson: On a point of order, on relevance: the supplementary was very clear about who was the minister at the time that the lack of due diligence that the minister has referred to occurred. Who was the minister responsible?

MADAM SPEAKER: You have a minute, and it was an early—

MR STEEL: Thank you, Madam Speaker. It should be obvious from the budget initiatives that are in the previous budget papers.

MR CAIN: Minister, why were you not made aware of the issues facing the delivery of the HRIMS program when you assumed the position of Special Minister of State?

MR STEEL: I said yesterday that I was. I became Special Minister of State in November 2020 and I was briefed at that time that the project was not going to meet its deliverable time frame of December 2020, and, as a result of that, we changed the responsibility of the project over to the Chief Digital Officer and then Digital, Data and Technology Solutions within the CMTED Directorate, with a view to looking at resetting the program, but we then paused the program and undertook multiple technical and non-technical reviews into the program. That has led us to the position we are at today, where the options were not identified, and we have decided to pursue a different direction that was highlighted through the review that we undertook. So we have taken action and we will continue to look to improve governance on ICT projects going forward.

Government—human resources and information management system

MR CAIN: My question is to the Special Minister of State. The Chief Minister was also interviewed on ABC radio this morning and said that the HRIMS wastage “was a bad mistake, that is clear,” and that it would not happen again.

Minister, if you do not know what went wrong—and that is pretty clear from what you have been saying so far—how could you possibly stop it from happening again?

MR STEEL: I reject the premise of the question, because we put in place multiple reviews looking at what the issues with the project were, and those are clearly identified in the reviews.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, Minister.

Mr Rattenbury: Madam Speaker, I can barely hear the minister, and I am sitting right next to him.

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