Secret Queensland health payroll advice to be released

SECRET government documents about the health payroll debacle are now available for any Queenslander to view online in an "unprecedented" release of privileged Cabinet information.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk tabled 18 documents in Queensland Parliament on Wednesday detailing legal advice the Cabinet received about the failed IBM contract for a new payroll system rolled out across the state.

Thousands of health employees were overpaid, underpaid or not paid when the system was activated in 2010.

The government has spent many millions of dollars fixing the system.

Ms Palaszczuk said there had been "much soul-searching" as she decided whether to break long-held traditions for Cabinet documents to remain confidential for 20 years.

She denied she had released the documents so former Labor government ministers could avoid a possible parliamentary inquiry into the matter.

Ms Palaszczuk said she was not influenced by any other person in making the "unprecedented" and "historic" decision.

"I want the people of Queensland to know the truth, that is why I have taken this step," she said.

"Queenslanders have the opportunity to view those documents in full.

"It's all out there and people can make their own minds up."

Ms Palaszczuk had previously agreed to let Health Minister Lawrence Springborg view the documents but would not allow him to copy or take notes of the material.

He said on Wednesday that was a "ridiculous notion", which he never took up, because of the "copious" number of documents.

Mr Springborg said he hoped the documents would enable the government to recoup money for taxpayers and reveal the minister responsible for the failed program.

But he said any decision on whether to sue IBM would be a Cabinet decision and he could not indicate whether such a move was weeks or days away.

To view the documents, visit Parliament's tabled papers page and search for documents tendered on October 31.



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