Error 404: Responsible government not found - Media Release

ANDREW LEIGH, SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER

ED HUSIC, SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE DIGITAL ECONOMY

ERROR 404: RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT NOT FOUND

Another day, another article on IT outages at the Australian Tax Office.

The ATO is trying as hard as it can, but it’s been left struggling thanks to staffing cuts by the Coalition. Just last week we read reports that the Turnbull Government is planning to continue with its cuts over the next three years, climbing to almost $30 million in cutbacks.

Australians deserve better than this Pushme Pullyu of a policy. Labor has repeatedly called for an investigation into these interruptions, but Malcolm Turnbull has team have done nothing to reassure the public. He needs to step up and ensure the Tax Office has the support it needs to do its job.

Labor has constantly asked the agency designed to help digital transformation is doing to help the ATO. They've always said nothing. Now that they have been shamed into acting, the test is whether they will improve things.

WEDNESDAY, 2 AUGUST 2017


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  • commented 2017-08-07 07:19:20 +1000
    Andrew, I suspect ATO are no worse than many other agencies wrt their general system resilience let alone cyber resilience. Recent audit reports are distribing. I would doubt if many government systems could readily recover from the attack recently inflicted on the Ukraine.

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