Q+A

Put it on Tuesday nights, and move whatever that’s on Tuesdays (Catalyst, art shows etc.) to Thursdays.

Thursday, March 17 | Live from Melbourne

This week on Q+A, join author and international cultural icon Roxane Gay and a panel of thinkers to discuss reopening, representation, politics and how to share the stage.

Self-proclaimed ‘bad feminist’ and outspoken social commentator Roxane Gay has returned to Australia to speak at key events about feminism, race and giving a platform to emerging voices.

With Australia’s borders finally open again, we discuss the concept of “Fortress Australia”. Has it left a lasting impact on our international reputation? What are the challenges ahead for tourism, employment, and key business relationships? Do we need disrupters to bring fresh ideas to the fore after such a tumultuous period?

Our great reopening comes as Australians prepare to cast their votes at the upcoming Federal Election. Which voices are being heard in the public domain? And how can we amplify the voices of those who are underrepresented.

Another key election focus will be cost of living pressures, as fuel and food prices rise rapidly. Some Coalition MPs and state Premiers are calling on the Federal Government to cut the fuel excise, which the Prime Minister is not ruling out. How would that impact our long term economic and national interests? Is it important for Governments to intervene or is there only so much they can do in the face of major events such as floods and the conflict in Ukraine?

All this, plus the news of the week – join us for an important discussion.

Virginia Trioli hosts Q+A live from Melbourne on Thursday, March 17 at 8.30pm AEDT.

  • Roxane Gay is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bad Feminist and other books and publications, a professor, editor, and social commentator.

  • Dr Anne Aly is the Labor MP for the Perth metropolitan seat of Cowan, which she first won in the 2016 election and retained in 2019.

  • Pru Goward is a former NSW Liberal Minister and Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner. She is now a Professor at Western Sydney University pursuing evidence-based policy.

With a live performance from Chris Cheney, Front-man and guitar-slinger for The Living End

After nine albums and countless incendiary shows across Australia and the globe with his band The Living End, The Storm Before The Calm sees Cheney stepping out on his own for the first time.

Stan Grant doesn’t help.

The ABC today released a statement defending the recent ratings of the show.

Well if it’s so skewed digital, then run it online only then.

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What the media release fails to address is the falling audience this year. The release says that

In 2022 to date Q+A has achieved a total average audience of 518,000 viewers across metro and regional broadcast markets and ABC iview.

However, last week’s total audience was 296,000 (metro, regional and iView). Last night’s numbers look on track to be at a similar or lower level.

Here’s what I had to say about yesterday’s metro audience for Q and A.

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I don’t understand why the ABC insists on spending so much energy defending/justifying Q&A airing on Thursday nights instead of just admitting the bleeding obvious (ie; moving the show out of the Monday night current affairs lineup has backfired).

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With ABCs funding being reinstated this year we might see some changes. I think it’s evident that the show needs to return to Monday’s at 9.30.

Thursday, March 24 | Live from Melbourne

This week on Q+A, it’s all about the bottom line.

As the Government prepares to deliver what it hopes will be an election-winning budget, are the nation’s voters struggling to pay the bills?

The rising cost of living, housing and labour shortages and inflationary pressures are all squeezing household finances. The Government is promising one-off payments to low and middle income earners, but will this be enough?

Overseas, a volatile international climate is disrupting global supply chains and fuel prices. How are Australia’s key diplomatic and business partnerships faring in a global economy?

And in South Australia, Labor has come from opposition to land a decisive victory in the weekend state election. Are there lessons to be learned as a pandemic-weary electorate prepares to vote in the upcoming federal poll?

David Speers hosts Q+A live from Melbourne on Thursday, March 24 at 8.30pm AEDT.

  • Dan Tehan is the Liberal Member for Wannon in Victoria. In December 2020, he was appointed Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

  • Terri Butler is the federal Labor Member for the Brisbane seat of Griffith, an electorate she has represented since former member Kevin Rudd resigned after the 2013 election.

  • Ronni Kahn founded OzHarvest in 2004, determined to rescue good food and deliver it to people in need.

  • Dr Omar Khorshid was elected President of the Federal AMA on 1 August 2020, and is a past President of AMA WA.

  • Melinda Cilento is a company director, economist and experienced senior executive, who has been the CEO of CEDA – the Committee for Economic Development of Australia – since 2017.

I guess I don’t check around here all that often, so I’m sorry for the necro bump, but discussions here are usually worth participating in.

I have to point out the Western echo chamber in this. I’m fairly sure I’ve heard support for what US presidents have done, and I can’t imagine the same kind of reaction as this to someone expressing support for US “interventions” — it’s constantly a double standard.

International rules, when it comes to warfare, are crystal clear, enshrined in the United Nations Charter, which is an international treaty signed and ratified by the US government along with most other nations of the world and incorporating all the laws of war. The primary law, violation of which is described as the gravest war crime of all “because it contains with in it all other war crimes.” Called a Crime Against Peace, it states that no nation may attack another except if that nation faces an “imminent threat” of attack.

There are no codicils expanding on or getting around that proscription.

The US has committed that Crime Against Peace countless times, in Vietnam, in Laos, in Cambodia, in Yemen, in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Syria, in Somalia, in Sudan, in Haiti, in the Dominican Republic, in Nicaragua, in El Salvador, in Cuba, in Niger, in the Congo, in Panama, in Grenada — indeed in so many places I’m sure I’m not remembering them all. Suffice to say that my whole life (I was born in 1949), my country has been a violator of the UN Charter’s ban on launching illegal wars.
Dave Lindorff. How can Blinken and the US accuse any nation of violating the 'Rules Based International Order'? - Pearls and Irritations

In Australia there is talk around getting the Chinese govt to speak out against Russia. But in Australia, the govt does not speak out against the US’ actions, in fact we send our soldiers to prolong conflict and extend casualties and loss of life.

It’s not hard to imagine someone saying something like this in support of US invasions in a number of those countries. Can you imagine someone being kicked out of Q&A for expressing support for US actions?

Believe it or not, there are a lot of Russians here and around the world that support what Putin is doing in the (sic) Ukraine – myself included

(My personal view is in opposition to any crime against peace.)

This kind of hits the issue of double standards as well

It’s good journalistic practice to let the audience to hear statements from all parties involved, and for the audience to do that, so that they can make informed judgements (Media Watch does this extremely clearly) It does not necessarily mean you’re on their side.

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Thursday, March 31 | Live from Canberra Budget Special

This week Q+A is live in Canberra for a Federal Budget special, broadcasting from the ANU’s Llewellyn Hall.

Politicians have been crisscrossing the country as the unofficial election campaign rolls on, however this week they’re back in Canberra to talk money – and they’ll join us to answer your questions.

In 2019 the Coalition pulled off an unexpected election victory, just weeks after Josh Frydenberg handed down his first Federal Budget. Three years and a pandemic later, can the Treasurer deliver another election-winning spend to win over weary voters?

As cost of living pressures continue to hurt the hip pocket, how much relief will be offered for those struggling to pay their bills? Is a fuel excise cut on the table? Will we see a major pre-election cash splash or will it be restrained given the mounting debt? And how will Labor sell its alternative economic plan?

Make the most of your chance to ask questions about how the nation’s finances are spent. How will it impact you?

David Speers hosts Q+A live from Canberra on Thursday, March 31 at 8.30pm AEST.

  • Barnaby Joyce is the leader of the National Party, the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.

  • Dr Jim Chalmers MP has been the Member for Rankin in the Australian Parliament since 2013, representing the people and suburbs of southern Brisbane and Logan City where he was born.

  • Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie is one of the parliament’s most recognisable and charismatic figures.

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

  • Paul Kelly is Editor-at-Large on The Australian. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the paper and he writes on Australian politics and history, public policy and international affairs.

Which, respectfully, will never happen because of the different interests of different countries. That is why we have so many countries in the world, they each have their own interests and certain countries will go to war over certain things for as long as interests across the world are not aligned, and they never will be unless theoretically a threat surfaces from outside Earth.

Thursday, April 7 | Live from Melbourne

This week on Q+A, we look at the big political sell. The major parties are making their priorities clear – so how will they sell their policies, their party or even themselves? The Government is promising a robust economic recovery with some immediate relief for households while the Opposition is campaigning on living standards and services with a focus on aged care.

The federal election will be called any day now and the latest Newspoll shows a drop in the primary vote for Labor but they remain ahead of the Coalition. Which policies will get your vote next month and why?

The Prime Minister continues to come under personal attack from his own side of politics. Scott Morrison has rejected an accusation of racism levelled at him by a former party rival describing them as “deeply offensive”. How damaging have these latest allegations been?

Meanwhile Australia has signed a new free trade deal with India after more than a decade of negotiating. Sheep farmers and wine makers are the big winners but dairy farmers have been excluded from the current deal. How important is this new agreement and what does it mean for Australia’s trade relationship with China?

And the latest instalment of the landmark report on climate by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is due out this week. Do you feel the major parties are doing enough to reduce emissions? And what will the pace of change mean for those communities reliant on coal-fired power?

All this, plus the news of the week – join us for an important discussion.

Virginia Trioli hosts Q+A live from Melbourne on Thursday, April 7 at 8.30pm AEST.


  • Samantha Maiden is the political editor for news.com.au. She won a Walkley award for her coverage of federal politics and Scott Morrison’s secret bushfire holiday to Hawaii in 2020.

  • Steph Tisdell is one of the brightest stars to explode on the Australian comedy scene in recent years.

  • Gideon Rozner is the Director of Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs. Gideon came to the IPA because of a lifelong interest in personal and economic freedom.

  • Anne Ruston has been a Senator since September 2012. Following the 2019 election, Anne was appointed to the Morrison Government Cabinet as the Minister for Families and Social Services.

  • Clare O’Neil was first elected as the member for Hotham (previously held by Simon Crean) in 2013, and after re-election in 2016 she was promoted to Labor’s front bench.

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if they are going to have him on, lets have Jordan Shanks as well

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Once again ABCs hamfisted attempts at “balance” on display.

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Time to bring this back to Mondays.

Thursday 14 April | Live from Sydney

Stan Grant hosts Q+A live from Sydney on Thursday, April 14 at 8.30pm AEST.


This week on Q+A, the race for the nation. Election 2022 is officially underway and Australians head to the polls on May 21. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is urging voters to stick with his “tried and tested” government for another term, while challenger Anthony Albanese says his pitch is about “building a better future”.

Both candidates have begun their campaigns in marginal electorates, launching the opening salvos in a 41-day race set to be defined by close contests in a series of seats. The latest Resolve poll shows voters deserting the Coalition in parts of Queensland and WA where it once thought it was safe, highlighting the challenge that Scott Morrison faces to secure victory. But it’s not a clear path to the Lodge for Anthony Albanese either, with a campaign-eve Newspoll showing that the contest between the two major parties has tightened to its closest margin this year.

Labor has entered the water wars in a bid to woo South Australian voters – with Anthony Albanese promising to uphold the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and deliver SA’s share of water. But the Coalition says its opponent is just chasing a few votes in Adelaide. What role will water play in the poll? Has climate change fallen off the election agenda of both major parties?

Indigenous leaders have issued an urgent call for a referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, saying the Australian people are ready to say yes to constitutional recognition for a First Nations voice and that “history is calling”. Labor has pledged to hold a referendum if it wins government while the Coalition hasn’t made such a commitment. Why has the process taken so long?

We’ll unpack the political spin and hold candidates to account over the next six weeks of what’s set to be a bitter battle. What are the issues that you care most about? How do you feel about the choice that’s being offered? And just what impact will independent candidates have on this year’s election?

All this, plus the news of the week – join us for an important discussion.

  • Osher Günsberg is one of Australia’s most recognisable media personalities and has been a guest in the living rooms of Australians for nearly two decades.

  • Professor Megan Davis is a professor of constitutional law and holds the Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law and is Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous at UNSW Sydney.

  • Kate McBride is a fifth-generation grazier from Western NSW. In 2021 Kate joined the independent thinktank The Australia Institute as an Anne Kantor Fellow, researching water and rural issues.

  • Andrew Bragg is a Liberal Senator for New South Wales. He was elected to the Senate in the 2019 federal election…

  • Chris Bowen entered Parliament in 2004 and has held a wide range of portfolios including serving as Treasurer, Minister for Human Services, and Minister for Immigration.

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The show will broadcast from Queensland in the next two weeks.