21 November 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on Labor-Greens marriage woes, corruption and the car park that wasn't

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Is the ACT Parliamentary Agreement between the Greens and Labor in trouble? Photo: Michelle Kroll.

There’s a lot of grey murky stuff in this week’s episode of The Hoot podcast, from how you define corruption to when a car park isn’t a car park.

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But Genevieve Jacobs and David Murtagh start with the scandal that’s rocked Canberra politics over the past week. While we don’t know (and can’t speculate on) former MLA Johnathan Davis’s actions until there’s more evidence, the tensions between Labor and the Greens were fairly clear.

It’s always tricky to govern in coalition, but Labor is pretty much stuck with it in the ACT. So who runs the show? And who is seeking to leverage the current imbroglio for their own political gain?

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There’s an equal lack of clarity around what constitutes corruption these days. Straight cash bribes are fairly rare (that we know about, at least), but where do wining and dining and lovely friendly relationships between people who used to work together come in?

The question’s been asked around Communications Minister Michelle Rowlands’ relationship with the gambling industry, which she regulates, but applies equally to many other lobbyists on the hill, inside and outside business.

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And as it turns out there’s nothing particularly murky about the Brindabella Christian College car park, at least according to ACAT, which ruled this week that the bitumen strip next to the school’s Lyneham campus was in breach of the local zoning and of the Territory sublease and had been built not only without permission but also without submitting an application to develop it for that purpose.

So what happens next? While we’re at it, how did the issue get this far before being ‘resolved’? And is this where the matter ends?

Listen through your favourite pod provider, comment and share. Hoot, hoot!

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If anyone needs their swimming pool filled in, the Greens/Labor dirt file is enough for 50 Olympic pools

HiddenDragon8:30 pm 17 Nov 23

The public snarkiness between Labor and the Greens (or “the Greens political party” as Labor now amusingly insists on referring to them), shattering what had obviously been a thin veneer of collegiality, should be raising questions about whether Labor would be better to go it alone as a minority government – governing closer to the centre and not obliged to follow the Greens down so many rabbit holes.

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