Senator Lundy attacks 'incompetence' at outsourcing inquiry

IT Opposition Spokeswoman Senator Kate Lundy has accused the government of incompetence for refusing to answer questions relating to the bungled IT Outsourcing Program in parliament on yesterday.

It was the first Senate question time since the Humphry Review was released and Senator Lundy raised a number of issues seeking answers from the acting Minister for Finance, Senator Rod Kemp.

Senator Kemp is acting on behalf of Finance Minister John Fahey who is in hospital for exploratory surgery after a spot was discovered on his lung.

Lundy accused Senator Kemp of "waffling" and attempting to "cover up massive incompetence" by avoiding questions and trying to obscure the facts surrounding implementation of the outsourcing program.

"In response to a series of specific questions Minister Kemp chose to waffle and simply read out of context recommendations of the Humphry Review into IT outsourcing; a review that was highly scathing of the program," she said.

"Further evidence of this pitiful attempt to cover up ministerial incompetence is the refusal to date of OASITO (Office of Asset Sales and IT Outsourcing) to provide crucial information requested by the Senate Finance and Public Administration Inquiry."

The second hearing of this inquiry was held yesterday evening.

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