14 February 2023

PODCAST: Here's the Hoot on 'cookers', borders and how to say Manuka

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Freedom Convoy To Canberra protest march at Old Parliament House: will they return to the ACT? Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

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The sun is shining again (sort of), the birds are singing – so will last summer’s protestors return to their Canberra roost?

The Hoot is here and on this week’s podcast, Ross Solly and Genevieve Jacobs ponder how the ACT should manage the freedom convoys if they return to Canberra.

Can we stop them blocking up our roads, occupying all the campgrounds and annoying the staff in pubs? Or is this level of irritation simply the price we pay for being the nation’s capital?

It may well be that ACT Police have a very secret super weapon up their sleeves as a hard core of stubborn “stayers” defend their turf.

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And more than a century on, why can’t the ACT and NSW sort out where the border goes? As the Ginninderry development proceeds apace and ACT taxpayers start paying for the service rollout, there’s still no guarantee that the huge new suburbs will actually be part of the Territory.

If you are sipping a gentle latte in the leafy inner south as you read this story, chances are you’re on the green at Manuka. But why is this haunt of the well-heeled named after a New Zealand shrub?

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And how do you say the name anyway? Ross and Genevieve road test several alternatives (without a great deal of success).

The Hoot appears every week on Riotact and wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple and Spotify. Have a listen, tell us what you think and rate us.

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