Squiz Today / 24 January 2023

Squiz Today – Tuesday, 24 January

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Today’s listen time: 9.30 minutes

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Squiz Sayings

“Is it any wonder we’re all becoming dark copers?”

Said one journo as more of us turn to horror movies/shows as a means to “control negative emotions” that come from thinking about, well, the world… That is unless you’re a “white knuckler” trying to find fun in grizzly content – aka the Monty Python approach

Troubling times in Alice Springs


Coalition leader Peter Dutton has called on PM Anthony Albanese to join him for a visit to Alice Springs today to talk to locals about the effect increasing crime is having on the town and its 26,000 people. Last week, Alice Springs Mayor Matt Patterson met with Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus to ask for help from the Australian Federal Police or the military, but the request was denied. Dutton backs the mayor’s request, saying if “the level of violence, of crime, of sexual assault, of domestic and family violence was occurring in Brisbane or in Melbourne or in Hobart or in Sydney, there would be outrage”. On the weekend, PM Anthony Albanese’s office said that increasing crime rates were “concerning”, but his team have pointed to policing as a matter for the NT Government to manage.


To the numbers… NT Police data released last week shows sharp increases in assaults (up 43%), domestic violence (up 53%), commercial break-ins (up 55%) and property damage (up 59%) in the 12 months to November 2022. Reports say on most nights, “hundreds of kids” are wandering around the streets and drinking alcohol. Mayor Paterson told The Australian, “Alice Springs needs help; the kids need help”. Marion Scrymgour has departed from her boss’s script – she’s the Labor MP for Lingiari, which covers Alice Springs. She’s urged action, saying it won’t be long before someone is “seriously hurt” – that follows reports of teens and adults brandishing machetes, metal poles and other weapons. Scrymgour says since alcohol became legal in many Aboriginal town camps in July, she’s seen “lawlessness and disrespect” grow exponentially.


Dutton’s visit to Alice Springs today follows one in December – he’s expected to continue his push for federal intervention, saying the crisis is “beyond the resources” of the NT Government. Let’s see if Team Albanese changes their response, given all the attention on what’s happening there… And we don’t need to remind you, but this is all happening as we head towards Australia Day and amid the push for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Indigenous academic/activist Noel Pearson says this year – and the upcoming referendum – is about reconciliation. But Scrymgour says until the problems in Central Australian communities are addressed, “no one’s going to be interested in having a discussion about Change the Date, let alone the Voice”.

Australian News Crime

Squiz the Rest

China’s new COVID confession

After weeks of experts raising concerns about China’s official COVID data, a prominent government scientist claims 80% of people have been infected in the latest wave. Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, says over one billion people have contracted the virus since harsh restrictions ended abruptly in December after widespread protests. Wu also claims that because so many people have now had the virus, there’s “very little chance” of another nationwide outbreak in the coming months. That sentiment is echoed by the Chinese Government, which says infections have peaked and concerns for vulnerable people have dissipated. International experts aren’t so sure… One thing on their minds is the 2 billion passenger trips during the 40-day Lunar New Year celebrations that could see infections continue to flourish.

Health World News

Gunman’s motive remains unclear

Los Angeles police are still investigating what motivated a 72yo man to allegedly kill 10 people and wound 10 others in a mass shooting at a dance studio during Lunar New Year celebrations. Huu Can Tran was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a cargo van after a standoff with police on Sunday – officers found evidence linking Tran to the fatal shooting in Monterey Park, and another incident a at dance studio in nearby Alhambra. At that venue, a gunman was disarmed by a group of people before fleeing. Reports say Tran had been a regular at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, where he met his ex-wife. Officials have begun to name the victims, most of whom were in their 60s and 70s. US President Joe Biden sent his condolences to their families and ordered flags on government buildings be lowered to half-mast until sunset on Thursday in their honour.

World News

Qld tops Oz’s state economies

Queensland’s economy is the strongest in the country as it scoops the cream off the surge in interstate migration during the pandemic. That’s according to CommSec’s latest State of the States economic report, which has put the Sunshine State at the top for the first time. Chief Economist Craig James says “solid mining, energy and tourism sectors” also helped make Queensland #1, pushing Tasmania into 2nd place. The ranking is determined by comparing annual growth rates across 8 key indicators like retail spending, unemployment, and housing finance. South Oz came in 3rd on the back of solid construction growth, while NSW and Victoria tied in 4th place, ahead of the ACT, WA and the NT.

Australian News Economy

The Netflix curse is complete – or is it?

Sports stars often have special rituals to bring them good luck, but it seems nothing could protect the tennis players featured in the new doco series Break Point. Dubbed the “Netflix curse”all 10 featured players have been eliminated from the Oz Open, with none able to make it past the 4th round. And it doesn’t end here – another 5 episodes of the show will drop in the middle of this year, striking fear into the hearts of those aiming for Wimbledon… Netflix has played down the black magic, saying it’s “purely a coincidence”. Superstitious members of the elite tennis circuit might not be feeling so sure… Feeling better about their chances are those in the quarter-finals… Karen Khachanov plays Sebastian Korda, and Stefanos Tsistipas faces off against Jiri Lehecka on the court today. Aussie hopeful Alex de Minaur hasn’t made it through – he was knocked out after Novak Djokovic dominated him on court last night.


Beyoncé’s big gig

But you weren’t able to buy a ticket for it… Attending her first long-form performance since 2018 was an invitation-only audience of influencers, celebrities, the wealthy, and journalists – all for a hotel opening in Dubai on the weekend. Atlantis the Royal is the latest luxury hotel in a city of luxury hotels – so to stand out, it shelled out a reported US$35 million for the appearance. Nice… Not so nice for the music innovator has been the blowback from her LGBTQI+ fans, dismayed that she would appear in the United Arab Emirates. They were surprised that Beyoncé – a champion of gay rights – took the booking. But with Queen Bey smashing out 19 songs in an hour – that’s a bit more than US$1.8 million a song, or $583,000 a minute – she’s an Independent Woman

Entertainment World News

Apropos of nothing

Director James Cameron has entered the US$2 billion club for the 3rd time with Avatar: The Way of Water, driving people back to the cinema. There are 5 other movies that have taken that much at the box office, and Cameron’s original Avatar and Titanic are 2 of ‘em.

Comedy genius Rowan Atkinson is a revhead – and he’s selling one of his collectable ‘hot’ cars. How it’s worth more than $115,000 is something for people who know a lot more about cars than us to explain…

Rabbits have become a popular pet in space-limited Hong Kong – so much so that specialised rabbit resorts are breeding like… Well, you know how that ends.

Quirky News

Squiz the Day

1.05 (AEDT) – Cricket – Women’s T20 – Australia v Pakistan – Sydney

International Day of Education

Australian Open 2023 to host the first ever All Abilities Day

Global Belly Laugh Day

A birthday for Neil Diamond (1941)

Anniversary of:
• Apple Computer Inc unveiling its revolutionary Macintosh personal computer (1984)
• the release of Adele’s second studio album 21 (2011)
• former US Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar sentenced up to 175 years in prison after being found guilty of molesting over 150 girls (2018)

3.00am (AEDT) – Women’s Netball – Quad Series Test – Australia v South Africa – Cape Town

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