14 February 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on roads vs light rail, election predictions and who does the housework

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Should light rail take priority over road repair? Photo: James Coleman.

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It’s 2022 and it’s a funny old world: the rain pours down, the roads are wrecked and, against all sorts of emphatic and energetic predictions, Daniel Andrews has comfortably won the Victorian election. But women are still doing most off the housework – or are they?

The Hoot podcast is here to take you through the week with a light touch from Ross Solly and Genevieve Jacobs, starting with our road funding priorities. Hot on the heels of news that federal funding has been diverted from several local road projects and is now headed towards the light rail project, we discussed just how far the ACT Government can push its transport priorities.

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With perennially limited funds, how big is the risk of voter alienation if light rail trumps spending on other voter essentials? We’re on the cusp of all sorts of traffic chaos as London Circuit closes and the cloverleafs are permanently removed. Some argue there’s more need than ever for effective and efficient public transport, but will the public cop it?

And here’s a cautionary tale for journalists and analysts guessing how an election will turn out. Ahead of last week’s state election, certain sections of the media had “Dictator” Dan Andrews down as a pariah whom Victorian voters would emphatically reject. It was all but a done deal, they said, given his allegedly egregious management of the garden state.

Everyone thought so, it seemed – except ordinary voters who paid not a blind bit of attention and re-elected Mr Andrews fairly comfortably. So is anyone paying attention to the pundits? Or has the influence game turned towards social media, leaving those thundering from their media pulpits with increasingly empty pews?

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And who does the housework in 2022? Columnist Zoya Patel poked the bear this week with her assertion that many men are still trundling out “lame excuses” for not shouldering an equal share of domestic duties. Ross reckons he’s a dab hand at most jobs around the house – but whatever happened to the (in)famous Solly risotto?

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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ChrisinTurner6:25 pm 30 Nov 22

The pothole photo is interesting as it also shows clearly a roadside that is never swept, with grass growing in the soil blocking the gutter. Potholes only develop in unmaintained roads where the water can get under the road surface. Blocked gutters also pools water onto the roadway.

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