So we don’t expect we would have a higher take-up rate than Singapore where the app has anonymous ID.
Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy suggested it be mandatory if too few people download it.
If the government wants 40% of Australians to download the app, then they should consider offering inducements. Carrot, rather than stick approach.
“Carrots” could include the freeing-up of travel restrictions.
If that’s the case, we would like to see motorcyclists allowed to ride solo for leisure, so long as they observe other rules such as social distancing, personal hygiene, staying within state borders and no overnight trips.
If the authorities were worried about too many app users heading out for a ride, fishing, surfing, etc, maybe they could send out an alert to a certain percentage of users on particular days saying they are allowed out.
Then, if they were intercepted by police, they would have proof that they are legally allowed out of home detention.
Some European countries have a similar system to restrict travel into the CBD during peak hours based on the last number in their number plate.
It all sounds like some Dystopian Hollywood blockbuster film, but these are unusual times and perhaps it is time to start thinking along these lines.
The alternative is staying home, losing your job, getting depressed, drinking too much, etc.