The Courier-Mail

Health pay bungle in court

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staff to Jann Stuckey, unless someone else can advise that to me,” Ms Jones said. “But I have found, as a matter of public record ... that he commenced work with the Minister for Communitie­s in July 2014.”

Ms Stuckey later issued a statement declaring the allegation­s as “slander” and said the trip had been booked “before Mr Martin was seconded to another ministeria­l office”. JASON TIN FORMER ministers Paul Lucas and Robert Schwarten say their overriding concern during the state’s health payroll bungle was ensuring workers were paid, not suing contractor IBM.

The Bligh government heavyweigh­ts were forced to revisit their public administra­tion disaster in court yesterday a as IBM Australia moved to b block the state from suing it.

Former health minister Mr Lucas and ex-public works minister Mr Schwarten were called to Brisbane Supreme Court to shed light on a 2010 settlement between IBM and the government which IBM claims released it from being sued over the costly failure.

But the state argues the agreement doesn’t cover IBM’s “misleading” and “deceptive” claims about its capabiliti­es.

The trial has been set down for several days.

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HANDS UP: Education Minister Kate Jones gives an animated speech at the Estimates hearing. Picture: Jono Searle
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