Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Access Card Australia gets new boss

I mentioned in my post here that the Australia Access Card project was now being headed up by Senator Ian Campbell, taking over from Joe Hockey. Well, Senator Campbell resigned over the weekend after becoming embroiled in the latest political controversy doing the rounds on the news in Australia involving former West Australian premier Brian Burke. He is being replaced by Senator Chris Ellison, who was formerly Justice and Customs minister.

Chris Ellison of course, was in charge of Australian Customs' CMR project, which ran into all sorts of problems (some details here, here and here). Senator Ellison's involvement with CMR, the constant chopping and changing of Access Card bosses and the technical and politically complex nature of the whole Access Card concept does not augur well for a successful roll out.

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