I hope this is the best the Victorian Liberals can do:
There are quite a few pieces of stupidity involved here:
1) Counting the $130,000 from an organised theft of computer equipment. Unless the government is going to start locking up all facilities storing IT equipment like Fort Knox (at a cost of god knows how much) , this will happen occasionally.
2) 299 laptops is a tiny proportion of the laptops issued to Victorian public servants – they’d be 10s of thousands of them out there.
3) The time taken by the departments to answer this question wouldn’t have been cheap.
4) The fact they asked a “series” of questions? Was that the best they could come up with.
It really is a complete non-event – any large organisation will lose a few laptops, and holding ministers accountable for it is a complete waste of time – would you expect a shareholder in a large company asking how many laptops went missing?
Still, I guess beatups on government waste worked for the Federal libs – maybe the state ones are hoping the same strategy can work for them.