Illness removes Fahey from outsourcing spotlight

Opponents of the government's IT outsourcing program are gearing up for a political dogfight when parliament resumes today but the man at the centre of the row, Finance Minister John Fahey will be out of the firing line because of illness.

Fahey is being admitted to a private hospital this week for exploratory surgery after x-rays revealed a spot on his lung.

He is expected to be off work for a couple of weeks with Assistant Treasurer Senator Kemp taking responsibility for the Finance portfolio.

Today will be the first sitting of parliament since the highly critical Humphry Report was released and is just the beginning of a tough week for the government as a Senate Inquiry into IT outsourcing starts tomorrow (Wednesday 7).

The Office of Asset Sales and IT Outsourcing (OASITO), which is no longer responsible for the stalled program as a result of the report, is expected to appear at the Senate hearings.

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