14 February 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on Robodebt repercussions, road rage and carp capers

| Genevieve Jacobs
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What would it take to eat your way through this carp? Photo: Fishing Canberra.

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The Hoot is here and this week Genevieve Jacobs and Ross Solly weigh in on where public servant responsibility lies in the Robodebt debacle.

We’re asking why senior public servants would feel unsafe to disclose their fears about the project’s legality and, as the enquiry winds up, what have we learned about the standard of frank and fearless advice being given in the corridors of power?

Is it something the Albanese Government can remedy – or does the politicised rot now run too deep?

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Ross has recently been at the business end of two separate road rage incidents that include some very frank character assessments from complete strangers who were less than pleased with his parking or any suggestion they should slow down on suburban streets.

While we can’t draw a direct line between Canberra’s recent spate of deaths and road rage, it’s clear that focussing on the road and conditions is well nigh impossible if you’re consumed with anger about the car in front of you and completely distracted.

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On that, how do you feel about the new mobile phone detection cameras? They’ll be in place in various high traffic locations across Canberra early next year. One of your Hoot hosts has already been pinged for holding the phone on a trip to Sydney – and it hurts!

And in the interests of exploring every conceivable option for dealing with introduced pest species, we’ve also done some research work on carp recipes. To be honest, it does seem like eating our way through the problem is not a particularly appealing proposition when you consider what it takes to make your fish balls bouncy.

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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