"This is very very impressive."
I'm with you on this, Turtle. In a world that celebrates diversity and equality, we should stop the biased one-way feting of success, and similarly laud world-leading failure, graft and incompetence. Perhaps the Nobel committee could put their minds to devising a series of prizes for these things.
There have been plenty of more expensive IT disasters round the world, but to spend a billion Aussie dollars on a simple transaction processing system that could have been bought three quarters functioning (at least) off the shelf is (I believe) unparalleled.
I take my hat off to all involved. To every one who did a bad days work. To everyone who sat and did no work, but still billed their time. To everybody who worked to line their own or their employer's pocket through malicious decisions. To everyone who delayed their input, or who changed their mind after things had been agreed. To those hard-of-thinking who couldn't even conceive that letting a contract with a half baked specification might lead to tears. To those in charge of wasting a billion dollars of public money, and who walked away with no sanction.
Now, to those who tried to make it work, who endeavoured to produce a different outcome, who understood the technicalities of systems, of process design, of project management: Make sure you're on the winning team next time.