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Damning COVIDSafe report shows government ignored contact tracer frustrations, app's major shortfalls

Sarah Basford Canales
By Sarah Basford Canales
August 27 2021 - 7:00pm
Health Minister Greg Hunt (centre) and Employment Minister Stuart Robert (left) defend the COVIDSafe app (right) as playing "a very important" role in the pandemic despite a damning report indicating the app has provided limited use for contact tracers. Pictures: Sitthixay Ditthavong, Dion Georgopoulos, Shutterstock

The federal government has defended its COVIDSafe app as playing a "very important" role in the pandemic despite being handed a damning report warning it was adding up to two hours to contact tracing workloads for little-to-no benefit.

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Sarah Basford Canales

Sarah Basford Canales

Canberra Times journalist

I'm a federal politics and public sector reporter with an interest in national security, integrity and regulation. Contact me with general tips and thoughts at sarah.basfordcanales@canberratimes.com.au or confidential tips to sbasfordcanales@protonmail.com.

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