This week on the Hoot podcast, how will the Federal Government’s new anti-corruption commission affect Canberra’s public servants?
Ross Solly and Genevieve Jacobs discuss whether whistleblowers will feel safe under the proposed model which has some troubling aspects around transparency and, in particular, what will prompt public hearings.
Ross argues that few public servants are likely to step forward if they face the wrath of political consequences for their actions.
But if the long-awaited commission doesn’t let the sunlight in, what are the risks for the ever more precarious notion of frank and fearless advice and protection from political interference?
Come storm season (and there’s been plenty of weather this year), come the complaints about eucalypts in Canberra’s streets. An enquiry into last summer’s super storm cell has suggested that the government “consider the appropriateness of tree species as part of future urban planting with regard to the risk of damage from severe weather events”.
With a tree canopy target of 30 per cent set for 2045, the government has active tree planting projects underway in conjunction with protections for existing trees. But are the eucalypts really at fault?
Some experts say that trees actually reduce storm damage by absorbing energy and that any tree can fall in the right set of circumstances, while others believe the natives filling the streets of west Canberra, in particular, are dangerous “widow makers” with no place in the suburbs.
And how do you know if you’re a true Canberran?
Could you name all the beers made in the ACT? Could you correctly identify a many-breasted mammalian balloon if it rose over the lake in front of your startled eyes? And what’s that white tower in Woden?
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