Spring has sprung, the blossom is blooming and Canberra’s magpies are … cranky.
But are all the black and white bandits really murderous cold-eyed bastards intent on terrorising innocent cyclists? Or should we forgive, forget and try to blend in?
The Hoot news podcast is back, bringing a distinctively Canberran viewpoint from Genevieve Jacobs and Ross Solly. This week, we’re talking about the increasingly remote possibility of a stadium in Civic as Chief Minister Andrew Barr pours a bucket of ice-cold water over sports fans’ dreams.
But is this really a bad thing? Couldn’t we just do a makeover at Bruce? Would the AIS option create a buzzing nightlife precinct, alive with restaurants and entertainment venues?
Leaving aside the area’s somewhat undersold charms, is it possible that transport is at the heart of Canberra’s stadium problem? If that’s the case, we might have a bright idea.
And as the ACT government announces that we’ll no longer report daily COVID-19 case numbers, is it time to take a long hard look at how we managed the pandemic?
Canberra’s schools and workplaces continue to bear the brunt of the virus, while elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere, even COVID-positive patients aren’t required to isolate if they feel well.
But where would we start on an enquiry, and how wide would the terms of reference have to be for a Royal Commission?
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