5 September 2023

PODCAST: The Hoot on Zed's problematic resurrection, shouting at sport - and a farewell

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Zed Seselja with hoot logo overlayed

Do Canberrans really want Zed Seselja back in the Senate? Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The Hoot podcast is here for the week with Ross Solly and Genevieve Jacobs discussing the latest local news with a light touch, starting with the endless board of inquiry dramas.

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Confused by who is now suing whom and why? The melodrama goes on at every possible level, perhaps obscuring the fact that there’s real pain and suffering at the centre of this mess and an invidious effect on sexual assault reporting. But where will it end?

READ ALSO Sofronoff releases letter defending decision to release Board of Inquiry report to journalists

After a tumultuous election defeat in 2022 for longtime ACT senator Zed Seselja, many would have thought the lion of the right was gone. But it seems not: the possibility of four senate seats for the ACT has raised the prospect of his return.

READ ALSO Contrary to appearances, Zed’s not dead just yet. Is this really what ACT Liberals want?

While the Liberal right may be delighted at the prospect of his resurrection to the party room, where’s the value for ACT voters?

And is sport the last safe space where we can have a good old-fashioned ding-dong argument? Ross says yes: everyone has an opinion, nobody gets hurt, and in an era when we’ve been turned off debating most things for fear of offending someone, it’s the last safe space.

READ ALSO Is sport the last safe space for a verbal argument?

Meanwhile, there’s change afoot at the Hoot as Ross flies elsewhere. But fear not, listeners, the Hoot goes on with a new owl in the next week.

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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