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Is Our Democracy Up To Addressing Complex Technical Problems Sensibly? I Fear It Might Be Struggling.

June 24th, 2012 by davidmore
Over last week I provided reports on the Hansard Record of the debate in the Senate and Reps on the PCEHR Legislation which saw the Bills passed last Thursday - 21 June, 2012. There reports are found here: http://www.aushealthit.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/hansard-of-yesterdays-proceedings-in.html and here: http://www.aushealthit.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/hansard-from-house-of-representatives.html and provide links back to the formal Government record. In thinking about what went on I found myself asking is the adversarial political system we have well equipped to manage a topic so riddled with complexity, risk and expense as the PCEHR program. At first blush you would have to say that maybe things could have been handled a great deal better. The process of having the Government come up with a proposal that then is presented to the Parliament as some legislation (missing some important clarity around exact regulations etc. which are still causing considerable angst as recently as a...

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