28 November 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on green Greens, the Libs off life support and roosters (real ones)

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Has Elizabeth Lee finally escaped Zed Seselja’s long shadow? Photo: Region.

It’s time for the Hoot, as Genevieve Jacobs and David Murtagh debate political experience, a Liberal sea change and a rooster for Christmas (less hooting, more cock-a-doodle-do) in this week’s podcast.

It’s looking likely that Greens candidate Laura Nuttall will replace Johnathan Davis as member for Brindabella in the Legislative Assembly, making her the second youngest politician ever elected in the Territory.

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It’s part of a now well-established trend in Australia for lifelong careers in politics, beginning in the Rudd era. Wanna-be politicians go straight from university into the business. But how well does that equip anyone for making decisions for the community as a whole?

Meanwhile, there’s been a miniature revolution among the Canberra Liberals after right-wing president John Ciesla was turfed from his leadership role by a broad coalition of party members across the factional divide.

READ ALSO ‘It was a shitshow’: Liberals prefer empty chair to oust party president in rowdy AGM cleanout of old guard

So does this mean Elizabeth Lee has a fighting chance at winning the next election? And is it a final victory for common sense in Australia’s most progressive jurisdiction?

And finally, if you are yearning for a pet, have you considered … a rooster? Our friends at the RSPCA have nine of them, and they really, really want you to consider re-homing one, if only for the staff’s sanity.

READ ALSO RSPCA ACT’s Pets of the week – Casemiro and Arlo the Rooster

In the meantime, you could also consider contributing to Region’s annual Christmas contribution to the RSPCA. We’ll be collecting animal toys and food for the charity from 1 December and would welcome your contribution.

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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What a joke Genevieve “freed themselves from the far right?”
A Socialist ALP cheerleader telling the Liberals they are too far right, that’s the joke by the way mate.
Your idea of “too far right” has always had a starting point of left of centre and sensible being far left and smart being Socialist extreme left.

Stephen Ellis10:01 pm 26 Nov 23

I couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, the ACT is stuck with a far left government, supported by an out of touch, privileged constituency and a Marxist media that is out of sync with mainstream Australia. The referendum result, which reversed the 40-60 trend across the rest of the country, is indicative, not of the intellect of ACT voters, but rather their distance from the cost of living and other pressures experienced by ordinary Australians.

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