Appy days are here again

COVID-19 CRISIS:

Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert has moved to clear up confusion about the federal government’s proposed mobile device app to help trace people who have been in contact with coronavirus carriers.

stuart robert 1At a news conference in Canberra the Minister for Government Services, Stuart Robert (pictured left), sought to assure people that the privacy and security of the app which is designed to swap names and numbers with other phones which stay within 1.5 metres for 15 minutes.

Mr Robert guaranteed the security of the app would be watertight.

“There is no geolocation, there is no surveillance, there is no tracking,” he said.

“When the app is released we really need every Australian to download it and to run it.”

However, after his office was peppered with further questions after the news conference, Mr Robert emerged a few hours later to front the media again (pictured right).

stuart robert 2He said he could not guarantee the security of the app would be watertight.

“There is geolocation, there is surveillance, there is tracking,” he said.

“When the app is released we really need every Australian not to download it and not to run it.”

At both news conferences Mr Robert was unable to explain why the new mobile device app would carry branding remarkably similar to that of the federal Liberal Party (main picture).

“That’s just a coincidence. The name is an acronym for the longer technical description of the app which I can’t recall right now,” he said before walking off both times.

Political commentator Peter Van Onselen said Mr Robert had shown remarkable insight and capacity as one of the key figures in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s wartime ministry and should be immediately sacked for his incompetence and total lack of awareness.