The Hoot is here and this week it’s a wildly varied broadcast. Remember the bloke who was in the running to have Australia’s most ordinary rig? He got up! Well, sort of – he came third, so we’re not sure whether that’s a good thing or not.
This week Ross Solly and Genevieve Jacobs begin with some pretty serious questions about the Melbourne Cup and gambling. The race that stopped a nation is no longer viewed in quite the same way by many. There are concerns about horse welfare in some quarters and probably more widespread worries about how pervasive gambling has become.
It seems you can place a bet on anything at any time now and as the stark consequences of this become ever more evident in the community, we’re asking whether it’s time for some fundamental changes to our attitudes.
Senator David Pocock made the call this week for six senators to represent the Territory. It’s a compromise figure that would nevertheless significantly boost our political representation. But who is going to pay for more politicians? And can the man of the moment with the balance of power get his way?
Could Canberra have a new national role when the Tuggeranong ice sports facility is finally built? It’s a while away and there are plenty more details to be revealed, but there’s a sporting chance we could become the nation’s curling capital.
Ross is pretty keen on any or all sports and he’s actually been curling in the past. It ended with an unfortunate accident, but you’ll have to listen for the details.
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