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Monday 9 September at 9:35pm


  • Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters

  • Anne Aly, Dr Anne Aly is the Labor MP for the Perth metropolitan seat of Cowan, which she won in the 2016 election.

  • Jordon Steele-John, Greens Senator for WA. Jordon Steele-John is Australia’s youngest senator who journeys with a disability.

  • Danielle Wood, Budget Policy and Institutional Reform Program Director, Grattan Institute

  • Greg Sheridan, The Australian newspaper’s foreign editor and is one of Australia’s most respected and influential analysts of domestic and international politics.

Fran Kelly will be hosting next Monday’s show.

Monday 16 September at 9:35pm


Q&A is live from Sydney with host Tony Jones

  • James Paterson, Liberal Senator for Victoria

  • Madeleine King, Shadow Minister for Trade. Madeleine King has been the Member for the seat of Brand, in WA, since the 2016 election.

  • Eva Cox, Author and social analyst

  • Sam Dastyari, Former NSW Labor Senator Sam Dastyari resigned from Parliament in 2017.

  • John Lee, China expert, United States Studies Centre

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The Executive Producer role has been publicly advertised:

There has been a change to the September 16 line-up, with Brigid Meney replaced by John Lee, China expert, United States Studies Centre.

Monday 23 September at 9:35pm


  • Kerry O’Brien, Legendary Journalist and Author. Kerry O’Brien is a prominent Australian journalist and author whose long career includes 28 years as a national current affairs television presenter and interviewer.

  • Jan Fran, Media Commentator and Broadcaster. Jan Fran is the creator, writer and presenter of the online opinion segment, The Frant, and her videos have been viewed more than 20 million times.

  • Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts

  • Chris Bowen, Shadow Minister for Health. Western Sydney MP Chris Bowen was appointed the Shadow Minister for Health by incoming opposition leader Anthony Albanese following Labor’s 2019 federal election loss.

  • Dai Le, Dai Le is a Councillor to Fairfield City Council and former award-winning journalist, film-maker and broadcaster with the ABC.


(5th panellist TBC)

Monday 30 September at 9:35pm

The Power of Music


  • Katie Noonan, Singer, producer, songwriter, pianist and business woman

  • Jonathon Welch, Founder, The Choir of Hard Knocks. Jonathon Welch is one of Australia’s most unique and diverse artists with a career spanning four decades.

  • Mojo Juju, Wiradjuri/Filipino songwriter and musician. Mojo Juju is a troubadour, a soothsayer, a shapeshifter and a darn good songwriter

  • Tex Perkins, Australian Rock Legend. From The Beasts of Bourbon to The Cruel Sea, Tex Perkins has played a key role in Australian music.

  • L-FRESH The LION, Australian Sikh hip hop artist from South West Sydney, whose 2016 album BECOME was nominated for an ARIA.

Monday 7 October at 9:35pm

A Spotlight on Aged Care

Hosted by Fran Kelly


  • Maggie Beer, Australian food icon and founder of the Maggie Beer Foundation. Maggie Beer established the Maggie Beer Foundation in 2014 to provide the pleasure of a good food life for all, regardless of age or health restrictions.

  • Richard Colbeck, Minister for Aged Care. Richard Colbeck is a Liberal Senator for Tasmania and the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians and the Minister for Youth and Sport.

  • Julie Collins, Shadow Minister for Ageing and Seniors. Julie Collins was appointed as the Shadow Minister for Ageing and Seniors following the 2019 election. She is also the Shadow Minister for Women.

  • Sarah Holland-Batt, Poet and Associate Professor at QUT. Sarah Holland-Batt is an award-winning poet, editor and critic, and an Associate Professor at QUT.

  • Sean Rooney, CEO of Leading Age Services Australia. As CEO of aged care industry peak body, Leading Age Services Australia, Sean Rooney is a recognised leader in the aged care industry.

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Monday 14 October at 9:35pm


Guest Host, Hamish McDonald

  • Tim Wilson, Tim Wilson is the Federal Liberal Member for Goldstein and was first elected in 2016.

  • Tim Watts, Tim Watts is the member for the western Melbourne seat of Gellibrand and shadow assistant minister for communications and cybersecurity.

  • Vicky Xu, Vicky Xiuzhong Xu is a journalist, a researcher for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and a stand-up comedian.

  • Jennifer Hewett, The Australian Financial Review Jennifer Hewett, one of Australia’s leading political and business journalists, has been writing for the nation’s newspapers for 40 years.

  • Simon Longstaff, Executive Director, The Ethics Centre. Simon Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory. He is proud of his kinship ties to the Anindilyakwa people.

Monday 14 October-

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Monday 21 October at 9:35pm

Live From Melbourne, VIC

Guest Host, Annabel Crabb

  • John Hewson, Former Leader of the Liberal Party. Dr John Hewson came to national prominence as Leader of the Liberal Party in the early 90s, and is renowned for losing the so-called ‘unloseable’ election to Paul Keating in 1993.

  • Fiona Stanley, Former Australian of the Year. Fiona Stanley’s interest in science and medicine was heavily influenced by her father, who was one of the world’s first virologists and worked on the polio vaccine in the 1950s.

  • Julian Cribb, an author, journalist, editor and science communicator.

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Monday 21 October at 9:35pm

Future Alert

Live From Melbourne, VIC

Guest Host, Annabel Crabb


  • John Hewson, Former Leader of the Liberal Party. Dr John Hewson came to national prominence as Leader of the Liberal Party in the early 90s, and is renowned for losing the so-called ‘unloseable’ election to Paul Keating in 1993.

  • Veena Sahajwalla, Professor Veena Sahajwalla directs the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at UNSW Australia, delivering scientific and engineering advances in sustainability of materials and associated processes in collaboration with industry.

  • Julian Cribb, is an author, journalist, editor, science communicator and principal of Julian Cribb & Associates, providing specialist consultancy in the communication of science, agriculture, food, mining, energy and the environment.

  • Jordan Nguyen, Engineer, Futurist, and Broadcaster. Dr Jordan Nguyen is one of Australia’s most innovative engineers, committed to becoming a driving force behind both human and technological evolution as we move into the future

  • Chloë Spackman, is Director of Programs at the Australian Futures Project, a non-partisan, non-profit organisation dedicated to ending short-termism in Australia.

Erin Vincent appointed Executive Producer of Q&A


Erin Vincent, formerly Executive Producer of Insiders and News Breakfast, has been appointed to lead the ABC’s weekly national affairs discussion program Q&A.

Vincent will take over the running of the program for its next season. She replaces Q&A’s creator and founding EP Peter McEvoy, who announced in August he would step down at the end of this year.

“This is such an exciting opportunity,” Vincent said. “There is no other program in Australia quite like Q&A. The ABC and Australian audiences are indebted to Peter McEvoy for bringing the concept to life more than a decade ago, and I look forward to leading the talented team behind it.

“The audience is the heart of this show and I can’t wait to find new ways for people to participate in the debate and engage with public figures on the social issues they care about.”

ABC Director, News Gaven Morris said Vincent was one of ABC NEWS’s most talented editorial leaders.

“Erin is a highly experienced journalist with a strong track record leading program teams,” he said. “Her work at News Breakfast in particular was outstanding – taking the program through a period of renewal and helping it achieve its current strong audience growth.

“Erin will bring great ideas on how to continue to evolve this flagship program. Under her leadership we’ll be establishing a production unit for Q&A in Southbank, in addition to its existing Sydney base, in order to expand the number of episodes produced out of Melbourne and other locations across Australia.

“More details will follow in coming weeks, once Erin has had a chance to start working with the team on the plans for 2020.”

ABC NEWS Head, Investigative and In-Depth Journalism John Lyons said: “Erin has brought great drive, energy and vision to News Breakfast, Insiders and all other roles she’s had at the ABC.

“I have no doubt she will take Q&A to a new level of excellence and engagement with the Australian public.”

Erin Vincent joined the ABC in 2009 as a reporter, working across TV and radio. Her roles over the past decade have included working as the ABC NEWS Victorian Chief of Staff and as Executive Producer of Insiders and News Breakfast. Most recently she was ABC NEWS’s Content Development and Innovation Lead, developing projects and strategies to help reach new audiences.

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Let’s hope Erin can refresh the show because it’s become stale and far too predictable

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