28 March 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on submarines, the government v Braddon and car free days

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Who will be in charge when these things are finally launched in 2040? Image: UK MoD.

The Hoot is here with many questions from Ross Solly and Genevieve Jacobs – serious and otherwise.

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It’s been a week of huge news nationally with the announcement of the AUKUS submarine deal, and there are also significant implications here in Canberra, where many locals are connected with Defence

But is this very big (and very long-term term) deal also the right deal? There have been some satirical suggestions about how we could better use the eye-watering price tag for the new subs, and further questions about who will be in charge of the vessel when they eventually arrive.

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Crucially, will the subs actually do anything to keep us safe by the time they arrive in a decade and a half?

On more mundane matters, former Council of Small Business Australia head Peter Strong put the cat among the pigeons by asking whether the government actually wants residents in Braddon.

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There’s been residential development in the former car yard strip for years, but Peter says the absence of simple things like pedestrian crossings and enough rubbish bins seems to indicate that planners are none too committed to making life easier for the locals.

But do Braddon residents want to have their cake and eat it too? If you move into a heavily populated inner city area with a lot of businesses around you, should you expect amenities to be as easily accessible as they are in the suburbs?

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And on suburban matters, the Territory government says it’s working “vigorously” towards a car-free day, in line with international car-free days each September.

This suggestion brought commenters out in force as they argued over whether it’s possible in a city where public transport was never designed for, well, transporting the masses.

While there’s widespread agreement on the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gases and contain carbon, is pushing people out of their cars going to prove anything? Be careful what you wish for, Ross says.

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