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Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce refuses to download COVID-19 contact tracing app

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Barnaby Joyce says he will not be downloading the coronavirus contact tracing app, saying he wants the Government to know as little about him as possible.

The former Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister also questioned the necessity of the app.

“I treasure the government knowing as little about me as possible,” Mr Joyce said.

“Australia is doing an extraordinary job of flattening the curve by reason that we are overwhelmingly decent and logical people.

“We don’t need an app to tell us that.”

Queensland LNP MP and Deputy Speaker Llew O’Brien said he also would not be downloading.

“It is way too Big-Brotherish for me,” he said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed over the weekend the app will not be mandatory, after previously refusing to rule making it compulsory out.

Set to be launched in a few weeks, the app that will trace every person who has been in contact with a mobile phone owner who has tested positive for coronavirus.

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