Q+A

Returns Monday 30 January 2023.

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Monday January 30 at 9.35pm AEDT | Live from Sydney

Q+A is live from Sydney on Monday, January 30 at 9.35pm AEDT.

On the panel

  • Craig Foster is a former professional athlete having represented the Australian National male football team, the Socceroos, 29 times including as captain.

  • Senator Malarndirri McCarthy is a Yanyuwa woman from the Gulf country in the Northern Territory. She was first elected as Senator for the Northern Territory in August 2016.

  • Bridget McKenzie grew up in regional Victoria and has a deep passion for the regions. A staunch supporter of the agriculture, forestry, mining and manufacturing industries, she is also a prominent supporter of Australia’s law abiding firearm owners.

  • Senator Lidia Thorpe is a proud Gunnai, Gunditjmara and DjabWurrung woman and the Greens spokesperson for First Nations, the Republic and Sports.

  • Professor Tom Calma AO is one of Australia’s most respected human rights and social justice campaigners.

With a live performance from William Barton Multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer, and Queensland Australian of the Year 2023

Professor Tom Calma, Senior Australian of the Year 2023, will also be on the panel for the season premiere.

William Barton will perform at the end of the show.

Monday, February 9 | Live from Sydney

Coming up on Q+A, navigating the challenges facing Australia and emerging a stronger, fairer society. Parliament is back for another year – but will it be politics as usual? Or can opposing sides find common ground to seriously tackle the issues facing the nation?

The PM is likely to come under pressure over the cost-of-living crisis and soaring inflation– so is the honeymoon over for Anthony Albanese? Some economists are tipping four interest rate rises by August. In an essay out this week the Treasurer writes that “economic inclusion is fundamental to the health of democracies”, but has come under fire for being “hopelessly out of touch”. How can he achieve this lofty goal and what can the government do to help struggling households?

Anthony Albanese has staked his premiership on the success of the Voice referendum, but the Opposition Leader isn’t yet on board. Peter Dutton has accepted an invitation to meet with the Voice working group – could this help him decide on the party’s position? As the violence in Alice Springs shows no sign of slowing down, could a Voice to Parliament make a real difference to communities in crisis?

Meanwhile, Labor is predicted to allow thousands of temporary protection visa holders to stay permanently in Australia – but does this mean more people will seek refuge here? Kurdish Iranian writer and refugee advocate Behrouz Boochani spent years languishing on Manus Island before settling in New Zealand – has anything really changed when it comes to Australian attitudes to asylum-seekers?

  • Jacqui Munro is the Vice-President of the Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division) and its Women’s Council President.

  • Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish-Iranian writer, journalist, scholar, cultural advocate and filmmaker. He was a writer and editor for the Kurdish language magazine Werya in Iran.

  • Maria Kovacic is an experienced managing director and business owner with twenty years’ experience across the commercial, public and not for profit sectors.

  • Catherine Liddle, An Arrernte/Luritja woman from Central Australia, Catherine came to SNAICC with a strong background in senior management positions with First Nations organisations.

  • Stephen Jones has represented the Illawarra-based seat of Whitlam (previously Throsby) for Labor since 2010.

  • Dan Tehan is the Liberal Member for Wannon in Victoria. He was elected to Parliament in 2010 and was promoted to the outer ministry in 2016. In the reshuffle of late 2017 he entered Cabinet as Minister for Social Security, before being appointed Minister for Education in August 2018. In December 2020, he was appointed Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment. Dan has been the Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship since the 2022 election.

Previously

Live from Melbourne | Monday, February 13

On the Panel

  • Jon Sopel is an award-winning journalist and television presenter. He is the co-host, alongside Emily Maitlis, of the daily podcast The News Agents.

  • 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 and 2022. She is the Minister for Early Childhood Education and Minister for Youth.

  • Keith Wolahan was elected as the Federal Member for Menzies in 2022. He is a former barrister, and served in the Australian Army, reaching the rank of Captain.

  • Dorinda Cox is a Yamatji-Noongar woman with a strong record of working for social justice in her community; locally, globally and nationally. Dorinda is Greens’ spokesperson for Resources, Trade & Tourism and Science.

  • Professor Toby Walsh is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor of AI at UNSW and CSIRO Data61, and adjunct professor at QUT.