According to the Wall Street Journal, Kerry Purcell, the managing director of IBM Australia and New Zealand, told a parliamentary inquiry into the census stuff-up, that its sub-contractor Nextgen Networks was mainly responsible for the site failing on census night. Vocus Communications was also blamed.
IBM had accused the companies of being derelict in its submission made to the inquiry before oral hearings began.
Purcell told the inquiry that IBM, as the main contractor, accepted the responsibility for the failure of the census website and had started talks with the Treasury Department to hammer out a confidential settlement.
“We are looking to constructively resolve the matter as soon as possible,” Mr. Purcell said. “I am confident we’ll be able to achieve some kind of outcome in the very near future."
The inquiry is due to submit its report by 24 November.