13 March 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on who gets paid more in 'Wokistan' and high speed rail (yes, again ...)

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Could you travel from Canberra to Yass on one of these bullet trains? Photo: File.

The Hoot is here with some gnawing issues from Ngunnawal country. Top of this list is who gets paid more than whom in the APS.

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IATSIS director Dr Caroline Hughes, who has also worked in the ACT Public Service, has launched a blistering attack on inequity, arguing that smaller agencies like hers suffer structural disadvantages when compared to the likes of Finance and Treasury.

So who judges whether it is tougher to work in DFAT, Agriculture, Infrastructure or Health?

READ ALSO Wage discrepancy across APS agencies not on, says Caroline Hughes

Ross and Genevieve have reported on attempts to get high-speed rail going more time than most of you have had hot breakfasts, but could the latest proposal from the Fast Track Australia think tank finally get the proposal steaming?

Rather than building a new infrastructure along the east coast or between Sydney and Melbourne, the group says Canberra, Yass and Goulburn could become a test case for the technology, starting at the airport and branching out at Gunning to the two closest major communities.

READ ALSO All aboard? How Canberra could become a test case for high-speed rail

Given that 25,000 cars stream along the Barton Highway every day – and that it’s notoriously one of the most dangerous roads in Australia and constantly under reconstruction – does it make sense to see whether the numbers stack up?

Would you commute on high-speed rail? This one got a big thumbs up in the office from our Yass correspondent, although Ross says it would have to be a LOT faster than the current train to Sydney.

READ ALSO Are we the wokest place on earth?

And none other than Nigel Farage, architect of Brexit, has described Australia as the “wokest” country on earth. He’s laid into us over our COVID lockdowns, but what does woke even mean these days?

We’re debating whether being woke is a good or a bad thing and who gets to judge – have a listen, then have your say.

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