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Guests for this week’s episode (February 11)
Linda Reynolds - Liberal Senator for WA
Terri Butler - Queensland Labor MP (Member for Griffith)
John Hewson - former leader of the Liberal Party
Chris Kenny - Associate Editor National Affairs, The Australian
Van Badham - columnist for The Guardian Australia

There is also a #MeToo special this Thursday (February 15) hosted by Virginia Trioli, which was postponed from late November last year. Guests according to ABC TV guide include:
Isabella Manfredi, lead singer of The Preatures
Josh Bornstein, employment lawyer at Maurice Blackburn
Janet Albrechtsen, opinion columnist, The Australian
Catharine Lumby, academic, author and journalist
Charles Waterstreet, barrister, author, columnist and theatre and film producer


ABC accidentally streamed a rehearsal


Q&A #MeToo panel change

There has been a late change to the panel for tonight’s special edition of Q&A on the #MeToo movement. Barrister Charles Waterstreet has had to withdraw because of concerns about his appearance expressed to him by the NSW Bar Association. It is disappointing Mr Waterstreet will not be able to contribute to the perspectives canvassed in tonight’s discussion.

There was no replacement for Waterstreet on tonight’s panel.


Adventures in Democracy

Monday 19 February 2018 at 9:35pm


  • Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy;
  • Chris Bowen, Shadow Treasurer;
  • Louise Adler, CEO of Melbourne University Publishing;
  • Simon Breheny, Director of Policy, IPA; and
  • Shareena Clanton, Actress.



Monday 26 February at 9:35pm


  • Harriet Harman, Former Deputy Leader of the British Labour Party;
  • Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation;
  • Clare O’Neil, Shadow Minister for Justice;
  • A.C. Grayling, Philosopher; and
  • Catherine McGregor, Freelance writer, broadcaster and author.


Monday 5 March at 9:35pm


  • Angus Taylor, Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity;
  • Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Opposition Leader;
  • Richard Di Natale, Leader of The Australian Greens;
  • Kamila Shamsie, Author; and
  • Sharri Markson, National Political Editor, The Daily Telegraph.

Sharri Markson is the press gallery journalist who broke the story about Barnaby Joyce and the baby he will soon be having with his former press secretary, Vikki Campion.


Monday 12 March at 9:35pm
Big Australia- Are we ready?

A close look at our booming population. Australia now has the fastest rate of population growth in the industrialised world, but are we equipped to deal with 39 million Australians by 2050?

Following a special Four Corners on the issue.


  • Former Foreign Minister and NSW Premier Bob Carr;
  • Sustainability advocate Tim Flannery;
  • Executive Director of the NSW Property Council Jane Fitzgerald;
  • The CEO of the Grattan Institute John Daley and
  • University of Melbourne migration policy expert Dr Jay Song.



Monday 19 March at 9:35pm

Trump, Trade & The Polls

With two important elections here in Australia and Donald Trump continuing to surprise, there’s plenty to discuss on Q&A with:

  • Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan
  • Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Mark Butler
  • Security analyst and Lowy Institute Fellow Lydia Khalil
  • Director, Centre for Independent Studies Tom Switzer
  • Political editor Buzzfeed Australia Alice Workman.



Monday 26 March at 9:35pm

Join us for a special QandA with Michael Sandel. An opportunity to discuss justice, philosophy, truth and democracy

Panellist: Michael Sandel, Political Philosopher, Harvard University.

Michael Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard University. He has been described as “the most relevant living philosopher,” a “rock-star moralist,”(Newsweek) and “currently the most popular professor in the world.”(Die Zeit)




Monday 9 April at 9:35pm


  • Alan Tudge, Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs;
  • Clare O’Neil, Shadow Minister for Justice; and
  • Nyadol Nyuon, Lawyer and community advocate.


People’s Panel

Q&A is looking for smart citizens who are keen to tackle the big questions behind the big desk, alongside our politicians and host, Tony Jones.

Send us a 1 minute audition video to tell us why you would be good on the Q&A panel. Explain why you think you’d do well going head-to-head with our politicians and the big issues you would highlight.

Upload your video using the form below. You’ll need to have your video saved directly to your computer, tablet or mobile device before submitting your video. If you require an alternative method of submitting your video, please contact us here.

Entries Close: Friday 20 April


Broadcast for the first time in HD tonight I think.


Virginia Trioli is hosting tonight.


Monday 16 April at 9:35pm

  • Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications;
  • Amanda Rishworth, Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs and Defence Personnel;
  • Missy Higgins, Australian singer/songwriter; and
  • Kenneth Roth, International Director of Human Rights Watch.


Was all an OB from Dandenong’s Drum Theatre.


Q&A wants you!

Could YOU join the Q&A panel? Yes!

Q&A is looking for smart citizens who are keen to tackle the big questions behind the big desk, alongside our politicians and host, Tony Jones.

Send us a 1 minute audition video to tell us why you would be good on the Q&A panel. Explain why you think you’d do well going head-to-head with our politicians and the big issues you would highlight.

Applications close Friday 20th April, so hurry up and enter now!

Upload it here: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/peoples-panel.htm

This week, Missy Higgins joins Q&A

Monday 16 April at 9.35pm AEST

Joining host Tony Jones this Monday night on Q&A;

  • ARIA award-winning songstress Missy Higgins
  • Minister for Communications and the Arts Mitch Fifield
  • Labor frontbencher Amanda Rishworth
  • Former Chief of Staff to PM John Howard Grahame Morris and
  • International Director, Human Rights Watch Ken Roth.


Virginia Trioli is hosting tonight.


Monday 23 April 2018

Andrew Leigh, Shadow Assistant Treasurer;
Rebecca Huntley, Social researcher and writer;
Jill Sheppard, Lecturer, Australian National University; and
John Roskam, Executive Director, Institute of Public Affairs.


Q&A Sydney Writer’s Festival special

Monday 30 April at 9.35pm

Next Monday night Q&A with a literary twist!
Leading authors from around the world join the panel with host Tony Jones and in conjunction with the SWF.


  • Russian dissident and author of The Future is History, Masha Gessen
  • American broadcast journalist and author of Unbelievable, Katy Tur
  • New York Times cultural critic, Wesley Morris
  • Lowy Institute Senior Fellow, Richard McGregor and
  • New Yorker staff writer, Alexis Okeowo.


Monday 7 May at 9:35pm


  • Tim Wilson, Federal Liberal Member for Goldstein;
  • Linda Burney, Shadow Minister for Human Services;
  • Stanley Johnson, Environmentalist;
  • Leyla Acaroglu, Design disruptor and cultural provocateur; and
  • Jeremy Heimans, Co-founder and CEO of Purpose.