14 February 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on seaplanes, jellyfish, the AWM and ageing (dis)gracefully

| Genevieve Jacobs
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How old is too old for a job? Has the Australian War Memorial rescued its half billion dollar expansion with some due recognition for the frontier wars? And what would happen if you landed a seaplane on top of a jellyfish colony?

The Hoot is here, Ross Solly and Genevieve Jacobs discuss all the big (and several little) questions about the news in Canberra this week.

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We’re beginning with the controversial War Memorial extension, now well underway despite concerted opposition from some very senior quarters. The AWM’s director Matt Anderson says the new galleries will tell stories for all Australians about conflict, war and the role of our armed forces and veterans.

There’s also been a recent announcement that the AWM will place a significantly stronger focus on the frontier conflicts between European and Aboriginal Australians in the colonial era. Will a solution to this long running issue take some of the heat out of the expansion dispute?

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Amidst news that from time to time the lake is full of freshwater jellyfish, Ross and Genevieve also discuss who has the right to use our central body of water, and why.

The National Capital Authority has given in-principle approval for up to four flights per day to proceed, but lake-users are up in arms about plans to land the planes on West Basin. Are seaplanes an excellent addition to our vibrant capital or a rich person’s idle plaything?

READ MORE NCA to revisit Central Basin as lake users fear seaplanes will sink their businesses

And as the US president turns 80, The Hoot asks whether age and experience outrank youth and enthusiasm? There’s a growing trend in some quarters to hire two younger workers for the price of one experienced hand.

Mentoring and nurturing young talent is a key part of any organisation, but surely not at the expense of employing trusted and experienced older workers?

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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