Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the last 15 minutes before the show went live:


Looks like someone shared this outside of Mediaspy as it received a lot more views than my other videos and subsequently got manually copyright removed.

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The Post-COVID World Order

Live from Sydney on Monday 4 May at 9.35pm

COVID-19 is changing the world as we know it.

Economies are being destroyed and the global power balance is shifting. As the West struggles with the pandemic, China is presenting itself as the world’s saviour.

So where does Australia fit into this new world order? With our borders closed and our old allies struggling, what might be the implications for taking a tougher line on China?

  • Dave Sharma, Liberal Member for Wentworth and Former Diplomat

  • Penny Wong, Shadow Foreign Minister

  • Michael Fullilove, Executive Director, Lowy Institute

  • Elaine Pearson, Australia Director, Human Rights Watch


The Premiers

Live from Sydney

Monday 11 May at 9:35pm

The COVID-19 crisis has seen a new set of powerful leaders emerge in Australia - our state Premiers. It’s to them we’ve turned for daily virus updates, and information about health, schools and safety restrictions. They’re driving the big decisions and making plans under pressure. They now sit on the unprecedented National Cabinet with the Prime Minister, this week joined by NZ’s leader Jacinda Ardern.

This Monday on Q+A, Premiers Daniel Andrews and Gladys Berejiklian join the panel, and we’ll cross live to Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk .

Monday is a critical day for the country – Queensland and New South Wales will begin phasing in face-to-face schooling, and Victoria’s state of emergency is due to lapse.

As the virus has taken a greater toll in the eastern states, rules have differed, and now the easing of restrictions is vastly different state to state. So who’s getting it right?

Will the states loosening their lockdowns risk a second wave of infections? And why has Mark McGowan in Western Australia become the most popular premier in the land?

Dan Andrews, Premier of Victoria

Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of New South Wales

With a live cross to:

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland

Full program to be finalised

Updated 06/05/2020


A lot of negative reactions on social media towards Hamish tonight, specifically that he was very hard on Dan Andrews in comparison to Gladys Berejiklian in particular. Many including those who say they had praised his appointment to Q and A now calling his interview tonight biased, disrespectful and a hack job.

Veteran journalist Paul Bongiorno did not like the episode either.

Let me guess - the same people who complained last night are the same people who are complaining about Insiders this year because David Speers is hosting it? As I said before, the vast majority of those people aren’t criticizing in good faith or because they’re genuinely concerned about bias - they’re complaining because they want/expect ABC political shows to be a Labor echo chamber

Bongiorno posted that tweet just before Annastacia Palaszczuk joined the program so QLD wasn’t ignored


Bingo. The hard truth is that both shows are well past their use-by date, and changing the faces aren’t going to change that.

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Some caps from last night:

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Case in point about Q&A’s truncheon towards irrelevancy…

Young Australians? If you were old enough to be chief of staff to Alexander Downer you probably aren’t young :thinking:

Young and Free?

Monday 18 May at 9:35pm

Life after COVID 19 will be different for all of us, but particularly young Australians. The crisis-driven economic downturn is hitting young people hard - they’re vastly over-represented in sectors where millions of jobs have been lost, and they’ll be left to shoulder much of the economic burden for years to come. Lockdown laws mean university, nightclubs, overseas travel and in many cases living out of home for young people have come to an abrupt halt.

So what does the future look like for young Australians? Will it be harder to find work, buy a home, get a degree? How will their way of life change? The young have paid a high economic price for this crisis, so has the time come to address the intergenerational debt?

  • Yael Stone; Actress and Climate Advocate; Earlier this year, Yael Stone gave up her green card, which allows her to work in the United States, as a personal contribution to reducing carbon emissions.

  • Sophie Johnston; Youth Commissioner, National Youth Commission; Sophie Johnston is a Commissioner with the National Youth Commission and works as a political organiser with the CPSU.

  • Tim Fung; CEO and co-founder of Airtasker; Tim Fung is CEO and co-founder of Airtasker, and a founder and director of Tank Stream Labs - a co-working space and entrepreneurial community.

  • Danielle Wood; Budget Policy and Institutional Reform Program Director, Grattan Institute; Danielle Wood’s research and advocacy efforts focus on tax and budget policy, intergenerational inequality and competition policy.

  • Innes Willox; CEO, Australian Industry Group; Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, defence, information technology and labour hire.

Australia Reimagined

Monday 25 May at 9:35pm

  • Lucy Turnbull, Former Lord Mayor of Sydney; Lucy Turnbull is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with a longstanding interest in cities, and technological and social innovation.

  • Jordan Nguyen, Engineer, Futurist and Broadcaster; Dr Jordan Nguyen is one of Australia’s most innovative engineers, committed to improving the lives of as many people as possible as we move into the future.

  • Alan Finkel, Chief Scientist; Dr Alan Finkel is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist and has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator.

  • Rae Johnston, Science and Technology Editor, NITV; Rae Johnston is a multi-award-winning STEM journalist, Wiradjuri woman, mother, broadcaster, voice actor and MC.

  • Genevieve Bell, Anthropologist, Technologist and Futurist; Genevieve Bell is a cultural anthropologist, technologist and futurist best known for her work at the intersection of cultural practice and technology development.

Does anyone know the name of the auditorium in Q&A held its Shanghai show in 2014? They said it was “from the studios of the Shanghai Media Group” but what’s the actual name?



It will be interesting to see how many people will be in the audience tonight.

Approx. 10 people in the audience tonight.


I might be in the minority, but it’s a pity that audiences are starting to creep back into Q&A.
The COVID-19 hit Q&A, with no audience to cheer or jeer the question, was a more civilized and respectful program than the version with the so-called “politically balanced” audiences, who always managed to display left-wing politically correct bias.
Is there anything more prejudicial to rational debate than cheering of a question, clearly directed in opposition to a particular panelists view?
If I had my way, there would never be a live audience for Q&A again, and all questions would be submitted electronically. Strangely enough, I lean towards the left, but I also support debate with both sides getting an equal chance to make their point. Political correctness should never get in the way of a well constructed argument.


Our Energy Future

Monday 1 June at 9:35pm

The Federal Government has unveiled its roadmap for Australia’s energy future, shifting focus from coal to gas.

The new plan includes investment in low-emissions technologies, but identifies gas as the most reliable energy source for the transition to renewables. Critics say however that developments in battery storage and renewables have overtaken the need for a transition technology.

So could we be backing the wrong horse? Will the new energy plan benefit all Australians now and into the future?

  • Matt Canavan, Queensland Nationals Senator; Matt Canavan is a National Party backbencher and a strong advocate for coal.

  • Zali Steggall, Independent MP for Warringah; Zali Steggall OAM is the independent MP for the federal seat of Warringah in Sydney’s North.

  • Joel Fitzgibbon, Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Resources; Joel Fitzgibbon, as shadow agriculture and resources minister, is Labor’s chief spokesman on non-metropolitan Australia and a staunch advocate for those who live and work in the regions.

  • Zoe Whitton, Director, Citibank and Investor Group on Climate Change; Zoe Whitton leads the Citi’s Environmental, Social and Governance Research team in Asia, advising institutional investors globally on issues such as climate change.

  • Sophia Hamblin Wang, Sustainability entrepreneur; Aussie millennial Sophia Hamblin Wang is one of the few female executives leading the international development of carbon capture and utilisation.

Monday 8 June at 9:35pm

It’s been a week of turmoil – our economy is in recession for the first time in 29 years, an historic reset for workplace relations is looming, and we’ve seen a massive about-face on robodebt. Also dominating headlines, protests are sweeping the streets of America and here too, with some describing it as a long overdue reckoning for Australia.

The government has admitted its robodebt scheme was flawed and will refund $720 million of debt to 333,000 welfare recipients. Debate is also raging over what the Government should do with the $60 billion dollar windfall from the JobKeeper bungle, and the PM is now urging unions and employers to “put down weapons” and embark on a major overhaul of industrial relations . For Indigenous Australians, the chaos in America has been a bitter reminder of the lack of attention given to our own shameful history of black deaths in custody .

  • Andrew Bragg, Liberal Senator for NSW; Andrew Bragg was the National Director of the 2017 Liberals & Nationals for Yes campaign in support of same sex marriage.

  • Jim Chalmers, Shadow Treasurer; Jim Chalmers is tasked with taking the fight on economic management to the Government and formulating the economic policies that Labor will take to the next election.

  • Nakkiah Lui; Actor, writer and Gamillaroi and Torres Strait Islander woman; Nakkiah is a young leader in the Australian Aboriginal community and has contributed to The Guardian, has been a featured panellist for the Sydney Writers Festival, and has been a guest on The Drum and The Project.

  • Nyadol Nyuon, Commercial litigator with Arnold Bloch Leibler and community advocate; Nyadol Nyuon has worked with the Victoria Equal Opportunity and Human Right Commission, Judicial College of Victoria, Oxfam Australian, the Centre for African- Australian Women Issues and others.

  • Meyne Wyatt, Writer, Actor and Wongutha-Yamatji man; Meyne Wyatt is an Australian actor/writer who grew up in Kalgoorlie, WA.

Q+A is live from Sydney on Monday, June 8 at 9.35pm AEST