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This week on Q+A… making a difference. Whether it’s through politics, a high profile or a media platform – we bring together a panel of people working to create change. What motivates them and is the risk of speaking up worth it?

Former Neighbours star-turned child safety advocate Madeleine West has become a fearless campaigner against the exploitation of children after revealing her own harrowing story. Does she think the government is doing enough?

Meanwhile, as referendum day on a Voice to Parliament approaches, the debate is heating up. Both Yes and No camps are putting their message to Australians – how effective are their campaigns?

And a parliamentary delegation is heading to Washington to urge the US Government to abandon its extradition proceedings against Julian Assange. Is freedom for the Wikileaks founder getting closer?

Q+A is live from Melbourne on Monday, September 25 at 9.35pm AEST.

On the Panel

Madeleine West
Actress, Author & Child Protection Advocate
Madeleine West is a AFI award winning actress with an impressive 35-years’ experience on stage and screen. However, it’s her lived experiences which have brought her proudest achievements: her work in philanthropy and child protection. Madeleine is also an avid environmentalist, working as a rainforest regenerator with ReForest Now.

Peter Khalil
Chair, Parliamentary Intelligence & Security Committee
Peter Khalil was appointed Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) in September 2022. He is also a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights. Peter is the son of Egyptian migrant parents and grew up in a housing commission in Melbourne. Peter was elected to federal parliament in 2016 and has held the seat of Wills since.

Paul Scarr
Liberal Senator for Queensland
Paul Scarr was first elected in 2019 and serves as the Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate. Paul is currently the Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee. The Committee is currently conducting inquiries into sexual consent laws, FOI laws and Missing and Murdered First Nations women and children. In the lead up to the constitutional referendum, Senator Scarr served as Deputy Chair for preparation of the “No” Case for the referendum pamphlet distributed by the Australian Electoral Commission.

Larissa Baldwin-Roberts
CEO, GetUp
Larissa comes from a long-line of political activists and was brought up in the fight for land rights, climate justice, First Nations justice and cultural heritage, building strong relationships in communities and across civil society over decades. A proud Widjabul Wia-bal woman from the Bundjalung Nations and has dedicated her life to First Nations justice, climate action and a more fair Australia.

Tom Elliott
Broadcaster & 3AW Drive host
Tom is the host of radio station 3AW’s Drive Program (Weekdays, 3-6pm). He is also Investment Committee Chairman of wealth management firm Choice Capital and has appeared regularly on Channel Seven’s Sunrise, Network Ten’s The Project and ABC TV’s Agony Uncles series.