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Australia's treasurer Joe Hockey last week told radio 3AW that IT at Centrelink, Australia's social security payments agency, is in such poor repair that at least a billion dollars is required to get it working well enough to enact desired reforms. Human Services minister Marise Payne confirmed the parlous state of affairs. As …


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  1. Winkypop Silver badge

    Sloppy Joe makes it up as he goes

    Rule 1: Blame Labor

    Rule 2: Make up shit

    Rule 3: See rule 1

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Talking of sloppy

    There were quite a few sentences with words missing

  3. david 12

    Sloppy Shorten makes it up as he goes

    Rule 1: Blame Liberals

    Rule 2: Make up shit

    Rule 3: See rule 1

  4. Denarius Silver badge

    why would anything else be expected ?

    successive governments (for want of a better term) have cut, slashed, sacked, cut again and use very temporary staff and outsourcerers.. This government campaigned on nothing at all, a true Seinfeld .event, except not entertaining or informative. So why would anyone in management aka PHB land have a clue as to what was considered or could be done, especially as none of this info really lives inhouse anymore. Given Dimia/DIACs fun with web server logs a pattern is emerging. News Next up, is pen and paper cheaper and more cost effective ? Is the ultimate archival material fired clay tablets ?

  5. Rather Notsay

    Bunk, I say!

    $1bn? Pish-tosh! Centrelink IT supports 55,000 business function points. Let's say it takes 20 hours per function point to spec, dev and tes:. 55,000 fp * 20 hours * $200per hour for outsourced rates is

    $220m for a total rewrite. Methinks someone inflated their estimates.,000+business+function+points&source=bl&ots=XuzFFqqUr5&sig=41CmzTv-5xYxUje67X0WzzS18X8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OYFgU9f2LoW1kAXHu4GQAQ&ved=0CCUQ6AEwAA

    Secondly, Centrelink, like every other department can expose web services. Centrelink can generate object-oriented M204 code wrappers and accompanying WSDL to make them callable services. The only thing missing is the will to DO somenthing between cabinet minister portfolios and not just within. The problem is in cabinet.

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