26 September 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on Canberra planning, lowering the voting age and one hell of an (alleged) scam

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Is higher density the answer to Canberra’s housing woes? The Hoot has the answers (probably). Photo: File.

The Hoot is here with some intense debate about matters of the moment, including Canberra planning and whether (more) teenagers should get the vote.

In this episode, Genevieve Jacobs and David Murtagh start with perennial Canberra planning issues. The city is growing, and fast. Density is the answer if we want to keep the city’s footprint somewhat contained, but where do the extra people go?

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Dual occupancy in the inner suburbs is one of the answers and the Territory Government has made modest moves in that direction.

But will it work? Let’s play “Maths with Dave” for an answer (whether he gets the sums right is anyone’s guess, planning strategyut he has often quoted his Year 8 report, which noted “David has no aptitude for this subject” – so there’s that).

There are renewed plans afoot from the Greens to lower the voting age, which would undeniably benefit their own candidates. But is there more to the move than naked self-interest?

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And how should Labor and the Liberals react to 16-year-old voters in an era when party membership is in what looks to be terminal decline?

And finally, if you’d like a tale of chutzpah and derring-do, we refer you to the allegations levelled against one of the owners of Sans Pareil winery at Griffith.

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The Australian Taxation Office reckons there’s more than $30 million owed in their direction and the mysterious affair also involves a 2014 McLaren P1 supercar signed by Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo.

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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