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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

Manager of Government Business in the Senate


Y2K contingencies: tackle the unforeseen


The conveyance of timely and dependable Y2K information to the public is an obligation of all organisations Senator Ian Campbell, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, last night told a gathering of quality assurance managers from information technology organisations.


“It is essential that organisations, including those in the software development industry, disseminate reliable Y2K information to the public,” said Senator Campbell during his address to the New South Wales Software Quality Association.


“It is essential that organisations of all sizes include the transmission of information to the public within the parameters of their contingency plans.


“With just 241 days to go it is imperative that organisations finalise the remediation of systems and prepare contingency plans.


Senator Campbell identified the small and medium business sector (SME), international ‘backwash’ and the unforeseen as the three areas of concern regarding Y2K.


“The best prepared historical battles which have involved thorough preparation. coordination, dress rehearsals and contingency plans, have been plagued by unforeseen circumstances.


“The D-Day ‘Overlord’ offensive was hampered by unpredicted adverse weather conditions.


"The success of the battle has been attributed to the contingency actions of the troops on the ground.


“Contingency planning is imperative ammunition for the unforeseen,” said Senator Campbell.


Media contact: Georgia-Kate Schubert: Senator Campbell’s office,

02 6277 3955 or 0419 265234



5 May 1999