14 February 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on sport, politics, working from home and possums v snakes

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Eastern brown snakes

One of the five Eastern brown snakes Skott Williamson was called out to remove in a Yass street. Photo: Skott Williamson.

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The Hoot is here and in this week’s podcast, Ross and Genevieve debate the eternal question that haunts many across the region: would you rather battle a possum or a snake?

Yass snake catcher Skott Williamson reckons his money is on the snake because their behaviour is more predictable (and if you’ve ever heard a possum sliding down the roof on a cold and stormy night you know he’s right).

Ross, a veteran of many farm shed snake encounters in his youth, is less certain about our reptilian friends. But nobody wanted to give Skott a hand with his record-setting epic removal of five snakes from one building.

On matters more serious, we’re also debating the always difficult mix of sport and politics.

On the back of Gina Reinhart’s decision to withdraw funding from Netball Australia, we ask whether sportsmen and women have the right to express political opinions when potentially it could spell the end of essential funding for struggling sports.

Many would argue the sports stars should simply keep their mouths shut and that it’s not their place to disrupt important commercial arrangements. But Ross and Genevieve argue that sports stars have as much right to their opinions as anyone else and perhaps the real problem here might lie with the way Netball Australia handled the issue in the first place.

And have you gone back to work?

If not, you’re hardly alone.

It seems working from home is the one permanent change wrought by the pandemic. but how do you build office culture, especially for young workers? And could the pandemic be less to blame than the dreaded public service practise of hot desking?

After all, who wants to dress up, pay for parking and scrounge for a space instead of working from your kitchen table in a pair of old tracksuit pants, comfortably cradling your favourite mug?

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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