Unions Fear Outsourcing Review a Whitewash

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has called on the federal government to include the public in its review of the controversial IT outsourcing program.

CPSU national president Matthew Reynolds said all stakeholders should contribute to the review, which will be presented to the Minister for Finance and Administration John Fahey in December.

"As services of government agencies impact directly on the public it is important to broaden input; client groups, workers and government agencies themselves should be encouraged to contribute," Reynolds said.

"The IT outsourcing program has been a shambles. This review mustn't degenerate into a whitewash; the only way to do this is to turn it into a public inquiry involving everyone who is affected."

Reynolds raised concerns over the impartiality of the three men involved in the review claiming two of them had played an active role in government outsourcing.

The review will be conducted by Australian Stock Exchange managing director Richard Humphrey who will report to Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Max Moore-Wilton and Department of Finance and Administration secretary Peter Boxall.

"Max Moore-Wilton and Dr Peter Boxall have been at the forefront of outsourcing government services; appointments like theirs only strengthen the argument for an open, public inquiry," Reynolds said.

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