The dumping of VisionCare NSW in favour of Vision Australia (formerly the Royal Blind Society and a collection of offshoots and associations) for the provision of $4.5 million worth of free spectacles for disadvantaged people in New South Wales has turned what was a well-run service into one of near chaos.
And the explanation for how it happened is far from clear or convincing on the part of the NSW government, particularly how it was decided whom would be awarded the contract. In particular, how was Vision Australia selected; was it one of the original tenderers; and if so how was it able to submit a revised tender to the satisfaction of the government when other tenderers were not permitted to do so? Furthermore, did the successful tenderer even submit the same tender as it had before, with just a little tweaking, or was it a completely-brand-new tender; and if so, why were others not invited to submit new tenders? ...read more