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Bligh ministers in court over payroll mess

Former Queensland ministers Paul Lucas and Robert Schwarten say their overriding concern during the health payroll bungle was ensuring people were paid, not suing contractor IBM.

The Bligh government heavyweights were forced to revisit their public administration disaster in court on Tuesday as IBM Australia moved to block the state government from suing it.

Former health minister Mr Lucas and ex-public works minister Mr Schwarten were called to the Brisbane Supreme Court to shed light on a 2010 settlement agreement between IBM and the Queensland government.

IBM claims the terms release it from being sued over the costly failure, but the state argues the...