Gold Coast Mayor satisfied COVIDSafe app doesn’t impact civil liberties

The Gold Coast Mayor has changed his tune on the federal government’s COVIDSafe app, and has now downloaded it to his phone.

The app was launched on Sunday night, and by Tuesday morning, already over 2 million Australians had installed it.

Tom Tate spoke briefly about the app yesterday, saying he was hesitant to put the technology on his phone.


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“I haven’t downloaded it myself, I want to read the legislation. I want to help to combat covid-19, but at the same time, I don’t want to give up my civil liberty.

“So I’m torn, I know the government said they can’t track where you are, but then when they explain that if you’ve been in the vicinity of someone who’s tested positive then they will know.

“But if they’re not tracking you then how do they know, you know?” he said yesterday.

This morning, he’s issued a new statement, saying he’s satisfied with the legislation. Though he still encourages Gold Coasters to do their own research on the matter.

“After examining the detail and legislation I have now downloaded the COVIDsafe app,” his statement reads.

“As with all decisions relating to this pandemic, I have considered my position carefully and done my research.

“I have weighed up this situation and am now satisfied that it will help battle COVID-19 without impacting my civil liberties.

“I encourage others to do their own research and make an informed decision for themselves,” he said.

For more information about the federal government’s COVIDSafe app, click here.

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