It's a source of pride that a lot of talking goes on in Canberra. More often than not, it's about things that matter, and leads to enlightenment and resolution.
But sometimes - and famously - the talking goes around in circles and nothing ever comes of it.
The issue of a new stadium for Canberra looks set to become one such talking point.
It's been on the agenda for the past 10 years, as Canberra Stadium, in Bruce, looks less and less attractive.
It was built in 1977 as an athletics track, so it's hardly surprising that it's showing its age.
Glass panels have fallen out of the top of Meninga Stand in the past, water drips onto players as they run out to the field, and only a small percentage of seats are covered by a roof.
But it's not just the building itself that has lost its mojo. The stadium's location is isolated from bars, cafes and restaurants, with a veritable bush hike from stadium to carpark.
The reality is the government will need to make significant investments at Canberra Stadium just to keep it up to industry standards even if it doesn't build a new one.
The clock has long been ticking, with some indicating Bruce has just five years left in its life span.
But the way we're going, this won't be nearly enough time even to come up with a plan for a new one, let alone get it built.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr has already made it clear that a new stadium is on the agenda, but it still feels like something of a pipe dream.
Canberra's two main teams, the Canberra Raiders and the ACT Brumbies, have maintained that Civic would be the best location for a new stadium - close to public transport, pubs, clubs and bars, and with more parking to boot.
But there is still talk of upgrading Bruce, or even putting a stadium at Exhibition Park.
But as Raiders chief executive Don Furner points out, other cities have demonstrated that stadia located in the city centre are a boon for all involved.
Figures published last week claim three sporting events at the new Parramatta stadium in Sydney generated $2.92 million for businesses in the area.
The Brumbies and Raiders say a new Civic venue would have a similar impact for Canberra businesses.
Regardless of location, a new stadium is likely to cost between $250 million and $500 million to build.
Mr Barr last week revealed the government has been approached by superannuation funds interested in potentially investing in a stadium project.
But time is running out, while several large-scale events loom on the not-so-distant horizon. For example, while the Bruce venue deteriorates and our decision-makers talk in circles, Australia is bidding to host the Rugby World Cup in 2027.
Imagine if Canberra had to miss out on hosting some of the matches.
In many ways, Canberra may have set the bar a little high back in 2013, when it hosted several international events as part of the city's Centenary celebrations.
Back then, we showed the country - and, indeed, the world - that we were more than capable of hosting world-class sporting events. It was also clear that the entire city reaped the benefits.
That great promise will become nothing but a bittersweet memory if there isn't any action soon.