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I rarely watch Q&A these days but that’s going to be ‘must-watch’ TV.


Monday 12 November at 9:35 pm


Panellists :

  • Gillian Triggs, Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission;
  • Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance;
  • Chris Bowen, Shadow Treasurer;
  • John Anderson, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia; and P
  • arnell Palme McGuinness, Communications Consultant.


Monday 19 November at 9:35 pm


Panellists :

  • Alex Hawke, Special Minister of State;
  • Mark Dreyfus, Shadow Attorney-General;
  • Susan B. Glasser, Journalist, The New Yorker ;
  • Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor of The Australian ; and
  • Karen Middleton, Chief political correspondent of The Saturday Paper .


Monday 26 November at 9:35pm



  • Jim Molan, Liberal Senator for NSW;
  • Doug Cameron, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness;
  • Mehreen Faruqi, Greens Senator for NSW;
  • Tom Switzer, Centre for Independent Studies; and
  • Yasmin Poole, People’s Panellist.

Change to line up after Jim Molan’s withdrawal:

which resulted in

New line-up


Monday 3 December at 9:35pm

Host: Hamish Macdonald, from Melbourne

Panellists :
Billy Bragg, Singer-songwriter and activist;
Linda Reynolds, Assistant Minister for Home Affairs;
Lisa Singh, Tasmanian Labor Senator;
Amanda Vanstone, Former Liberal Senator; and
People’s Panellist, Martin Matthews.


Guest host Hamish Macdonald


Monday 10 December -

Final episode for 2018


Monday 10 December at 9:35pm


Panellists :

  • Scott Ryan, President of the Senate;
  • Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Opposition Leader;
  • Richard Di Natale, Leader of The Australian Greens;
  • Nyadol Nyuon, Lawyer and community advocate; and
  • Brendan O’Neill, Editor, spiked magazine.


Shows all the Q&A panellists for this year.


Monday 4 February
9:35pm Q&A Season Return


Guests for the first episode of 2019
Julia Banks
Adam Bandt
Andrew Wilkie
Kerryn Phelps
Rebekha Sharkie


Andrew Bolt blew a gasket over that panel!


Monday 4 February at 9:35pm

Julia Banks, Independent Member for Chisholm

Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Denison

Adam Bandt, Greens Member for Melbourne

Kerryn Phelps, Independent Member for Wentworth

Rebekha Sharkie, Centre Alliance Member for Mayo


Monday 11 February at 9:35pm

Sarah Henderson, Liberal Member for Corangamite

Mark Dreyfus, Shadow Attorney-General

Stephen Mayne, Crikey Founder

Zoya Patel, People’s Panellist


Search for a Q&A host

The other big plan afoot is to replace the irreplaceable Tony Jones as host of Q&A. Jones is making plans to join his partner, Four Corners host Sarah Ferguson, on her new adventure as China bureau chief, leading the ABC’s coverage of the Asia-Pacific region.

The big move won’t happen until the end of 2019, when Jones will step down as ringmaster of the Monday forum.


Jones has told The Australian that he will be leaving Q&A before the end of the year, Ferguson and him move to China in October, and he may only host 30-35 shows in 2019. However, he is negotiating to host up to 15 shows next year.



Good. Give it to someone who can actually moderate and it might become tolerable again


I’m not a regular viewer of the show, but I’m slightly intrigued by people’s dislike for Tony Jones. Is he a bad host?


The Australian reporting Virginia Trioli,Ellen Fanning,Hamish Macdonald and Steve Cannane are contenders to replace Jones later this year.