27 February 2024

PODCAST: The Hoot on ACT debt, motorsport madness and a random bloke from Queensland

| Genevieve Jacobs
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How likely is it that V8 Supercars – or Formula One – would be lured to Canberra by a new facility? Photo: Supercars Australia.

The Boss Owl returns to The Hoot podcast this week and we dive into how much money we all owe in the ACT.

David Murtagh and Genevieve Jacobs have differing views on whether big spending or factors outside our control are to blame – but just how much money do we owe per citizen and how does that rank nationally? You may be surprised, if not a little shocked by the answers. And that’s before we pay for the next lot of infrastructure coming our way (theatre, stadium, Northside Hospital …)

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Speaking of infrastructure spending, does a motorsports venue strike you as a good investment compared to, say, light rail?

Would it bring Formula One to Canberra? Was that a pig I saw gently floating past with a silken parachute?

And finally, there’s the Queensland premier, one Steven Miles.

Apparently, Canberra is an awful place. Just horrible. Especially for our athletes. A better place would be up north. Specifically, Brisbane.

Miles reckons it’d be a much better place for the AIS (what with the 99 per cent humidity and all).

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Turns out, Queensland has some faults – which gets Murtagh on something of an unstoppable rant. And he didn’t even mention the fleshpots of BrisVegas, bull sharks, Ross River virus, cane toads … you get the idea.

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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Andrew Moore8:49 am 25 Feb 24

A classic case of lies, dam lies and statistics, David Murtagh.

Median incomes in the ACT are ~20% higher in the ACT, so your choosing to compare debt per person here and in Victoria misrepresents our capacity to pay. “The debt-to-gross state product ratio in the ACT is only 70% of that in Victoria” tells a very different and much more relevant story

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