Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison hopes to see legislation written in code within the next decade. Speaking at the Institute Of Public Administration on Monday, self-proclaimed regtech fan Morrison said digital technologies could demystify the regulatory process of all three layers of Australian government. “Because when [legislation] is written in code then that makes for its very rapid implementation and application to the various practices it is seeking to regulate,” Morrison said. “See, regulation is supposed to help get better decisions. I don’t think the public sees it that way because it often can’t see the benefits of what the regulation is intended to achieve.” Morrison said there was “no reason” why a cad file couldn’t be uploaded for a real-time building approval. “That’s totally possible but we’re not doing it. But I think that’s a good goal to set,” he said. The Prime Minister also said the interconnectedness of the government’s IT platforms was a big challenge. “The silo mentality isn’t just limited to how we make decisions through public service,” Morrison said. He added that the result of an IT project should make the jobs of public servants easier, by getting services to the public. See also: Why Australia is quickly developing a technology-based human rights problem (TechRepublic) Morrison also reiterated the government was looking to have all its services available digitally by 2025. “This is part of a broader transformation, of challenge that includes tailoring policies and service delivery to individuals and local communities and using data and analytics… [Read full story]
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