28 May 2024

The Hoot on knife crime, supermarkets checkouts and THAT painting

| David Murtagh
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This week on The Hoot, David Murtagh and Claire Fenwicke delve deep into Jack’s Law, a move by the Canberra Liberals to combat knife crime. Hard to disagree with, right?

But there’s a problem.

The law would allow police to use metal detection wands on people “without reasonable suspicion in designated areas”. And that’s where it gets complicated because it could result in profiling some marginal groups and increase police interactions. Where do you land on this issue?

When it comes to supermarkets, of course, we’re all profiled as thieves, if the new checkout regimen is anything to go by. But shouldn’t there be a payoff for the customer if we’re going to be put through the humiliation of suspicion? We have an idea.

And finally, THAT painting. Everyone’s got an opinion and it seems Gina doesn’t have a lot of fans. Except Murtagh. Because someone should stick up for the (multi)billionaires. And in a no-way-related matter, sponsorship slots for The Hoot are available …

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