27 April 2024

PODCAST: The Hoot on Anzac Day, gnarly ethics - and an Owl's farewell

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Should you see what I see? Who gets to control voices on social media? Image: cokada.

It’s been quite a week in Australian news – and not in a good way.

From the Bondi killings to the stabbings at a western Sydney church service, it’s been a shocking and distressing fortnight.

But beyond the events themselves, how do we control potentially divisive messages? Should they be controlled? And if an Australian bureaucrat can dictate what the rest of the world sees on social media, could a foreign bureaucrat control what Australians see?

This week on the Hoot, David Murtagh and Genevieve Jacobs tackle social media and free speech.

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And because we can never get enough of a controversial discussion, we’re also wading into the annual debate around Anzac Day.

READ ALSO Barnaby’s gripe over public servants and Anzac Day is so last year

Should public servants be forced to take the day as a public holiday? What would they do if they did go to work? And how much should you politicise a day that is overwhelmingly supported in any case?

And finally, it’s a sad farewell for one of our Hooting Owls.

Genevieve is departing to become CEO of Hands Across Canberra, so there will be no more hard-fought battles across the podcast desk with Mr Murtagh.

But don’t go away because Mr Murtagh is firmly positioned in the owls’ nest.

READ ALSO Genevieve Jacobs to lead Hands Across Canberra amid growing need in capital

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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It’s only the left that continually wants to debate Australia and ANZAC Days significance to Australians. The vast majority never question it and neither do they want too until a particular leftist ideology gets forced on them, or indoctrinated especially into their children. Both these days are significant to ALL Australians of ALL races, religions and creeds. They are not symbolic of colonialism, past wrongs commited on indigenous minorities or of perpetual oppression and victimhood as the Marxist/ Socialists would have you believe.

I have visited Australian war graves in many parts of the world, to pay my respects, and not once have I seen on a headstone, cross or plaque, a reference to the side of politics, the person commemorated, supported. Your jaundiced vitriol does more to dishonour the sacrifice they made, than even the most fervent anti war protestor, because you are denying the very thing for which these heroes died – freedom. They gave their lives so that people like you and I, and even those who choose to take an alternative day to Anzac Day, are free to express our opinions.

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