25 July 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on failed businesses, ministerial responsibility and the festival of cats

| Genevieve Jacobs
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ESA Commissioner Georgeina Whelan has stood down – but how is Minister Mick Gentleman managing the mess? Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Heads are rolling in this week’s podcast as The Hoot with Genevieve Jacobs and Ross Solly touches on the plethora of business failures (including Pialligo Estate), political shenanigans and celebrating our furry friends (or not).

As the pandemic’s impact on our everyday lives begins to finally ebb away, it seems the financial impacts are still unfurling for many Canberra businesses.

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Why are so many shutting down now, two years after the peak of the pandemic? And what role have all the subsidies, rolled out by the Federal Government during the height of COVID, played in keeping businesses afloat when they would have been otherwise doomed?

It’s been a week of endings and high-profile departures elsewhere too. Kathryn Campbell, the former secretary of the Department of Human Services, is widely reported to have been stood down “involuntarily” following a very critical report from the Robodebt royal commission.

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And ESA Commissioner Georgeina Whelan has also announced her departure after a significant breakdown in relationships at the agency. But where is Minister Mick Gentleman amid all the brouhaha? And for that matter, whither ministerial responsibility?

But if all this bad news is too much for you, what about some respite with the return of Canberra’s festival of cats? Celebrations for the furry friends return this winter but Ross is not convinced. At all.

Listen to the podcast to find out why he won’t be lugging a moggy around in a front-facing carrier any time soon.

READ ALSO Festival celebrating Canberra’s ‘feline overlords’ returns for second year

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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