18 July 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on Robodebt responsibility, ESA toxicity and puppy yoga (yes, really)

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Georgeina Whelan is just one of the few people in the hot seat this week. Photo: File.

The Hoot podcast is here with tales of woe for many high-ranking figures in the ACT as Ross Solly and Genevieve Jacobs range across unfolding disasters within the public service.

The consequences of the Robodebt Royal Commission report are likely to be disastrous for several very senior public servants, who are nervously awaiting the contents of the report’s sealed section, while various former federal ministers are denying any responsibility for why and how things went so wrong.

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READ ALSO Senior public servants named in Robodebt report presenting a headache for the government

But what about the old-fashioned principles of frank and fearless advice from senior figures in the APS? Why have things gone so far off the rails?

An apparent disaster is also unfolding at the ESA, where allegations of toxic culture, bullying and a chaotic environment at the top have emerged.

READ ALSO ‘Culture of blame and fear’ exposed by review into ESA leadership, Minister labels issues ‘public service’ matter

This is the same agency that guided us through the Black Summer bushfires, garnering much respect and affection from the people of Canberra. So what’s the difference between managing for emergencies and managing for everyday operations?

And finally, puppy yoga. It’s a thing – but for influencers, not so much the actual puppies. Ross does a bit of shouting at clouds, but he may well have a point this time.

READ ALSO Puppy yoga? Have we all gone barking mad?

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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