That works out to approximately $4.12 million for each detection – though it may not be exact as my arithmetic is a little rusty.
But this is much better than when I inquired of every health department in the country in July — very few responded to my queries — about how many cases had been tracked through the app.
The one department which was polite enough to respond, the Queensland Department of Health, said not a single COVID-19 positive individual had been identified as a COVIDSafe user in the state.
Once again, a word of caution: I never got the highest marks at school when it came to arithmetic.
The Boston Consulting Group was one organisation to benefit from this waste of public money. As the good folk at InnovationAus reported, by 21 July this mob had banked more than a million Australian dollars.
Another beneficiary was the American cloud provider, Amazon Web Services, which took home about three-quarters of a million for whatever role they played in the creation of this waste.
Despite this, the chief executive of the Digital Transformation Agency, Randall Brugeaud is still trying to spin things.
One of his quotes from Senate Estimates on Thursday says it all: "What the numbers represent is the base that has been reported by the states and territories, but it hides the fact this propagates very broadly … when it comes to the total number of positive cases in Australia that may relate to a significant number of close contacts.
"Likewise, with a very small number of close contacts that are identified in the app, that could relate to many contacts that are related to that particular case."
My English is not that strong either, so I'll leave it to you, gentle reader, to figure out what that means.
Given that the prime minister's nickname is Scotty from Marketing, it is not surprising that most of the money that has been splashed out on this useless app has been spent on marketing. Plenty of pigs available to feed at that trough.
This is the same government — admittedly, not led by the same individual — that said the national broadband network would be built for $29 billion. You can multiply that figure by two and subtract one to get the current estimate – $57 billion. Just a rounding error for guys like Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott, I'm sure.
Or you can look at the famous Robodebt scheme — hatched by the same government — which allegedly sent people to early graves by scaring the bejesus out of them by accusing them of owing money to Centrelink, money which they no longer had and were unable to repay.
But when it comes to the time when people can hold the government responsible for this kind of wasteful expenditure, they will all look at the most insular issues and vote according to those instead.
People who vote that way deserve the leaders they get.