"some doctors were providing medical assistance to shorten the dying process but were worried any changes to the law to condone the practice would add to their paperwork". I find it deeply disturbing that being accountable for such a significant act by creating records about it is seen as merely 'paperwork'. Why is recordkeeping almost never seen as an integral part of a task, but instead some onerous and unnecessary overhead? Accounting for decisions & actions is part of the job.
What to say to people who say "let's just digitise it all: "The Bureau of Meteorology will consider outsourcing its work to save unlucky public servants from close to 1000 years of painstaking data entry"
Hooray for the Victorian Privacy Commissioner: :This is not helped by government fronting up “comparatively nothing” to look after information properly. “We spend hardly anything on information management and governance and we live in an information age,” Watts said. “Our resource allocation to what is clearly a key issue is clearly insufficient."
""There could be something untowards in that," one lawyer said. "Or it could be just poor record keeping." "That's an important part of the case," said another source. "There were no records." Imagine if a major company were to be penalised for poor recordkeeping... Unheard of, surely?
"Acting auditor-general Peter Frost said that while there were some areas of progress, “the foundation of comprehensive and sound information management (IM) practices have been neglected. This is crucial because agencies need to first understand and properly manage the information they hold before they can effectively facilitate public access.”"
"The report identifies ... mail sorters, ... and filing and registry clerks as having good reason to be uneasy about the digital revolution" Who has file and registry clerks anymore? I hope at least in the medium term records professionals will experience a boom - intelligent systems will need our description and appraisal expertise before they can deal with information without humans.