What Price Is Red Tape In Our Lives?

At the birth of the computer age we were promised technology would eliminate the need for paper in our lives since everything could be done on the computer. The Australian Productivity Commission decried the growing red tape which has overwhelmed many professionals and compelled doctors and education institutions to spend enormous resources filling out forms rather than engaged in their mission of educating children. The Commission cited, “excessive duplicate reporting requirements” and “overly prescriptive regulations” which result in people filling out the same information that was provided a different agency.

The Commission believes doctors currently devote about nine hours a week filling out forms and reports and that schools have been forced to spend more money hiring non-teaching personnel to deal with red tape requirements. I recently once again had to fill out a form to teach at a college that I have now filled out at least five times. Isn’t it possible to have a centralized form for teaching at colleges? All colleges ask the same questions.

So, what about the computer ending paperwork???

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