Why is athletics added like it’s a shock :joy:?

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Q+A – Monday 9 October will broadcast live from the crucial swing state of South Australia for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum.

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Monday 4 September, 2023

This week on Q+A…

voting on the Voice. The Prime Minister has finally named the date for the referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament – the first bid to change the Constitution in more than two decades.

As October 14 approaches, each side is ramping up its campaign and appealing to people’s emotions. Can Australians unpack the rhetoric to make an informed decision? Whose argument is cutting through? And which generation is likely to swing the vote?

Meanwhile, inflation has eased more than expected this month, lifting hopes of another reprieve on interest rates. It’s outgoing RBA boss Philip Lowe’s last meeting in charge – will he finish his term without another hike?

And parliament returns for another sitting week. Industrial relations reform is on the agenda and cost-of-living pressures aren’t going away – it’s shaping up to be another feisty week in Canberra.

Q+A is live from Melbourne on Monday, 4 September at 9.35pm AEST.

On the Panel

Ged Kearney
Assistant Minister for Health & Aged Care
Ged Kearney is the Federal Member for Cooper. Ged has served in the parliament since March 2018, when she was elected in a by-election. She is the first woman to hold the seat. Ged’s working life – from nurse to President of the ACTU to parliamentarian – has been about fighting for the rights of others.

Andrew McKellar
CEO, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Andrew McKellar is the chief executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) – the nation’s largest business organisation, representing employers of every size and sector.

Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts
Lawyer & Human Rights Advocate
Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts is a proud Bundjalung Widubul-Wiabul Woman who is a Human Rights advocate, author and writer. She has acquired a Law and Social work degree whilst completing her First-class honour thesis at the University of New South Wales.

Darcy McGauley-Bartlett
Proud Gunai Kurnai Man & 2023 Victorian Young Australian of the Year
Proud Gunai Kurnai man Darcy McGauley-Bartlett is an Aboriginal Health Practitioner by trade with experience in Aboriginal Community Controlled Sector, Local Government and State Government. He believes as a community we are past acknowledgements and good intentions it’s time for action! “it’s time to create systemic and sustainable change with community".

Freya Leach
Director of Youth Policy, Menzies Research Centre
Freya Leach is the Director of the Centre for Youth Policy commencing at the Menzies Research Centre in May 2023. She is completing a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney.

Monday 11 September 2023

This week on Q+A… beleaguered Qantas chief Alan Joyce’s abrupt departure hasn’t halted the turbulence for the flying kangaroo, with the airline’s board facing increased pressure over Joyce’s tarnished legacy and growing calls to return JobKeeper funds. Can new CEO Vanessa Hudson turn the airline’s fortunes around?

Meanwhile, the PM’s been stuck with the baggage of the storm and is facing a Senate inquiry over his government’s Qatar decision. Anthony Albanese has jetted out for a series of international talks and confirmed he’ll visit China in coming months, the first PM in seven years to make an official visit to the country after accepting President Xi’s invitation.

Here at home, outgoing Reserve Bank boss Philip Lowe has given borrowers an interest rate reprieve, but warns that there may be more hikes ahead to curb inflation. How will new RBA chief Michele Bullock approach the challenges ahead?

And as Australia prepares for a long, hot summer – how ready are we for what lies ahead?

Q+A is live from Sydney on Monday, September 11 at 9.35pm AEST.

On the Panel

Murray Watt
Minister for Agriculture & Emergency Management
Murray Watt was elected as a Senator for Queensland in 2016. He is the Albanese Government’s Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Minister for Emergency Management. Since his election in 2016, Murray played a key role in Senate Estimates and a range of Senate Committees including the Rural and Regional Affairs Committee. As a Senator and Shadow Minister, he led a number of Senate inquiries into issues including regional development, energy and resources, emergency management and health care.

Kevin Hogan
Shadow Minister for Trade & Tourism
Kevin was first appointed to the Ministry in 2020 in the role of Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister. He held this role until May 2022 and was also appointed to the role of Assistant Minister for Local Government in this time. He is currently the Shadow Minister for Trade, Investment and Tourism and Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives.

Kylea Tink
Independent Member for North Sydney
Kylea Tink is a business leader, social advocate and mum of three who has lived in the North Sydney area for over 15 years. In May 2022, she was elected Federal Member for North Sydney.

Barry O’Farrell
Former High Commissioner to India
Barry O’Farrell was the 43rd NSW Premier from 2011-2014. As Premier he initiated annual trade missions to India and ‘sister state’ relationships with leading states, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Barry O’Farrell served as Australia’s High Commissioner to India from February 2020 - July 2023. In 2022 Australia signed a significant trade agreement with India.

Yasmin Poole
Writer & Youth Advocate
Yasmin is Plan International Australia’s National Ambassador, advocating for young women to be heard in Australian politics. She is the Non-Executive Board Director of OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food waste charity, and previously worked on gender equality campaigns for the World Bank in the Pacific region.

Monday 18 September, 2023

This week on Q+A… tackling Australia’s energy crisis. The nation’s biggest cities are at risk of rolling blackouts this summer, and the regulator is warning of a bleak decade of power outages to come. As temperatures rise and coal power plants close – how will our leaders ensure we can keep the lights on?

The return of an El Niño weather pattern is set to bring hotter days and lower winds, putting more pressure on an already strained system as people try to keep cool. Delays and cost blowouts for projects like Snowy Hydro 2.0 – along with a slowdown in clean energy investment approvals – have heightened concerns about the transition to renewables. Do we need to look at more radical solutions?

Meanwhile, the government has finally got its headline housing bill over the line – but questions remain about when and where the new homes will be built. How soon will the work begin?

Q+A is live from Sydney on Monday, 18 September at 9.35pm AEST.

On the Panel

Chris Bowen
Minister for Climate Change & Energy
Chris entered the Federal Parliament in 2004 and has held a wide range of portfolios including serving as Treasurer, Minister for Human Services, Minister for Immigration, and Minister for Small Business. He is a keen supporter of the AFL team GWS Giants.

Ted O’Brien
Shadow Minister for Climate Change & Energy
Ted O’Brien is a Liberal Party MP in the House of Representatives, representing the seat of Fairfax on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. He previously led negotiations on behalf of the Australian Government that helped secure the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He was Special Envoy for the Games and a former Board Director of the Organising Committee for Brisbane-2032.

Allegra Spender
Independent MP for Wentworth
Allegra Spender was elected in May 2022 on a platform of climate action, political integrity, future-focused economic reform, gender equity and decency. Allegra is a member of the House Standing Committee on Economics and the Joint Standing Committee on Migration. She is also co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Uluru Statement from the Heart, the Parliamentary Friends of Entrepreneurs, Small and Medium Business, and the Parliamentary Friends of International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

Nicki Hutley
Independent Economist
Nicki Hutley is a highly experienced economist, with broad-based expertise gained over more than three decades in financial and investment markets and in economic consulting.

Will Shackel
Founder of Nuclear for Australia
Will Shackel is the 17-year-old founder of Australia’s first youth-lead campaign for nuclear energy: Nuclear for Australia. As a young person concerned about the climate and energy crisis, he decided to research the prospect of the technology collaborating with experts from around the world, determining that nuclear power could be a solution that could benefit Australia.

The Royals: A History Of Scandals

This week on Q+A… making a difference. Whether it’s through politics, a high profile or a media platform – we bring together a panel of people working to create change. What motivates them and is the risk of speaking up worth it?

Former Neighbours star-turned child safety advocate Madeleine West has become a fearless campaigner against the exploitation of children after revealing her own harrowing story. Does she think the government is doing enough?

Meanwhile, as referendum day on a Voice to Parliament approaches, the debate is heating up. Both Yes and No camps are putting their message to Australians – how effective are their campaigns?

And a parliamentary delegation is heading to Washington to urge the US Government to abandon its extradition proceedings against Julian Assange. Is freedom for the Wikileaks founder getting closer?

Q+A is live from Melbourne on Monday, September 25 at 9.35pm AEST.

On the Panel

Madeleine West
Actress, Author & Child Protection Advocate
Madeleine West is a AFI award winning actress with an impressive 35-years’ experience on stage and screen. However, it’s her lived experiences which have brought her proudest achievements: her work in philanthropy and child protection. Madeleine is also an avid environmentalist, working as a rainforest regenerator with ReForest Now.

Peter Khalil
Chair, Parliamentary Intelligence & Security Committee
Peter Khalil was appointed Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) in September 2022. He is also a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights. Peter is the son of Egyptian migrant parents and grew up in a housing commission in Melbourne. Peter was elected to federal parliament in 2016 and has held the seat of Wills since.

Paul Scarr
Liberal Senator for Queensland
Paul Scarr was first elected in 2019 and serves as the Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate. Paul is currently the Chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee. The Committee is currently conducting inquiries into sexual consent laws, FOI laws and Missing and Murdered First Nations women and children. In the lead up to the constitutional referendum, Senator Scarr served as Deputy Chair for preparation of the “No” Case for the referendum pamphlet distributed by the Australian Electoral Commission.

Larissa Baldwin-Roberts
CEO, GetUp
Larissa comes from a long-line of political activists and was brought up in the fight for land rights, climate justice, First Nations justice and cultural heritage, building strong relationships in communities and across civil society over decades. A proud Widjabul Wia-bal woman from the Bundjalung Nations and has dedicated her life to First Nations justice, climate action and a more fair Australia.

Tom Elliott
Broadcaster & 3AW Drive host
Tom is the host of radio station 3AW’s Drive Program (Weekdays, 3-6pm). He is also Investment Committee Chairman of wealth management firm Choice Capital and has appeared regularly on Channel Seven’s Sunrise, Network Ten’s The Project and ABC TV’s Agony Uncles series.

Monday 2 October, 2023

This week on Q+A… a country in flux. The day when Australians vote on whether to enshrine an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in the constitution is fast approaching. And whether the referendum succeeds or fails, our nation will be a different place. Can the divisions that have emerged during this bruising debate be bridged?

Meanwhile, a shock resignation from Victoria’s long-serving premier, Daniel Andrews, has highlighted the pressures and all-consuming nature of public life. Do we ask too much of our leaders?

Q+A is live from Melbourne on Monday, 2 October at 9.35pm AEDT.

On the Panel

Malarndirri McCarthy
Assistant Minister for Indigenous Australians and Indigenous Health

Senator Malarndirri McCarthy is a Yanyuwa Garrawa woman from the Gulf country in the Northern Territory.

She first entered the public sphere as a journalist with the ABC and then later with SBS/NITV.

Senator McCarthy was elected to the Northern Territory Assembly as the Member for Arnhem in 2005 and held several ministerial portfolios.

Dan Tehan
Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

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.

Noel Pearson
Founder, Cape York Partnership

Noel Pearson comes from the Guu gu Yimithirr community of Hope Vale. For over 30 years, Mr Pearson has pursued key agendas to achieve land rights and socioeconomic development outcomes for Cape York. He co-founded the Cape York Land Council and negotiated with the Keating government to establish the Native Title Act 1993 after the High Court’s landmark Mabo decision rejected the fiction of terra nullius.

Pia Miranda
Actress & Author

Pia Miranda is one of Australia’s best-loved and critically acclaimed actors. Since bursting onto the big screen in the much-loved film Looking for Alibrandi, Pia has become part of Australian film and television history.

Chris Merritt
Vice-President, Rule of Law Institute of Australia

Chris Merritt is vice-president of the Rule of Law Institute of Australia and its sister organisation, the Rule of Law Education Centre. He writes a weekly column on legal matters for The Australian and is a contributor on legal matters for Sky News.

Monday 9 October, 2023 - SA Special

This week Q+A hits the road, broadcasting live from Adelaide. With just five days until the nation decides if there should be a change to our constitution, Q+A heads to South Australia, where Yes and No campaigners have been focusing much of their efforts. With early voting an increasingly popular option, is there enough time for each side to make their case?

South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas will be among those taking your questions… what are the most pressing issues that the state faces? Adelaide has the nation’s lowest vacancy rates and rising house prices – are granny flats the next frontier to ease the squeeze?

Hospitals across SA are under pressure and like the rest of the nation, getting access to a GP is a struggle. The problem is more acute in remote and regional areas… what more can be done to get these communities the vital services they need?

Meanwhile, a reprieve for mortgage holders from the new Reserve Bank governor, with rates remaining on hold… for now. But Michele Bullock isn’t ruling out future increases to combat inflation. Are Australians in for more cost-of-living pain?

Q+A is live from Adelaide on Monday, 9 October at 9.35pm AEDT.

On the Panel

Peter Malinauskas
Premier of South Australia
Peter Malinauskas is the 47th Premier of South Australia. Prior to entering the Legislative Council, Peter was the State Secretary of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association. In this role, he led the campaign for part-day public holidays on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Linda Burney
Minister for Indigenous Australians
Linda Burney is the Minister for Indigenous Australians and the Federal Member for Barton. She has the important task of implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart, including responsibility for a referendum to establish a First Nations Voice to Parliament.

James Stevens
Liberal Member for Sturt
James Stevens was elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Sturt in 2019. The Sturt electorate stretches from Myrtle Bank in the south to Hope Valley in the north, Hackney in the west to Rostrevor in the east.

Sally Scales
Uluru Dialogue Leadership and APY Artist
Sally Scales is a Pitjantjatjara woman from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in remote South Australia. She was elected as Chairperson of the APY Executive Board Council in 2019 and was the second woman and youngest person to hold the position.

Natasha Wanganeen
Actor and Proud Kaurna Narungga Ngarrindjeri & Nyoongar woman
Natasha Wanganeen is a proud Ngarrindjeri, Narungga, Kaurna and Noongar woman and an AFI award winning actress known for Rabbit Proof Fence. She advocates for greater cultural diversity in Australian screen culture.

Really good episode tonight, back to the golden age. That woman on the left is pure chaos.

Monday 16 October, 2023

This week on Q+A… Australia after the referendum. On Saturday the nation will decide whether or not to enshrine an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, and regardless of the result, we wake up in a changed country the following morning. So what comes next? And what does it mean for First Nations people?

Meanwhile, the eyes of the world are on the Middle East, as Israel strikes back against the deadly attacks by Hamas, vowing that Gaza “will never return to what it was”. With a ground offensive looming, it’s feared the conflict could leader to a wider war in the region. What do the coming weeks hold?

Q+A is live from Melbourne on Monday, 16 October at 9.35pm AEDT.

On the Panel

Alexander Downer
Former Foreign Affairs Minister
Alexander Downer is Executive Chair of the International School for Government at King’s College London. From 2014 to 2018, he was Australian High Commissioner to the UK. Prior to this, he was Australia’s longest-serving Minister for Foreign Affairs, a role he held from 1996 to 2007.

Patrick Gorman
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister
In 2021, Patrick was appointed as Shadow Assistant Minister for Western Australia. Patrick is currently the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister. Since Patrick’s election to Parliament in 2018, he has become a strong voice for Western Australia and a strong voice for Australia’s national interest.

Lidia Thorpe
Independent Senator for Victoria
Lidia Thorpe is a Gunnai, Gunditjmara and Djab Wurrung mother, grandmother, activist, and politician. She is an Independent Senator for Victoria and was the first Aboriginal Senator from Victoria.

James McGrath
Liberal Senator for Queensland
Senator McGrath serves as the Shadow Assistant Minister to the Leader of the Opposition, the Shadow Assistant Minister for Finance, and the Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. He specialises in election campaigns, electoral reform, and fighting for Queensland.

Dee Madigan
Creative Director & Author
She is one of Australia’s leading campaign strategists and effectively uses creativity as a tool to persuade an audience. She is a panellist on Gruen and The Drum and appears on The Latest. She is also the author of The Hard Sell, as well as a contributing author on Mothermorphosis, Perspectives on Change and Unbreakable

Oh god, Lidia :woozy_face: As if this program needed another reason not to tune in.

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Lidia Thorpe didn’t appear on tonight’s episode. Half an hour before the show, she posted on her FB page that she had pulled out because of the threats from a “far right Nazi terrorist organisation”. Host Patricia Karvelas also acknowledged Senator Thorpe’s absence.

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Monday 23 October, 2023


This week on Q+A… Prime Minister Anthony Albanese heads to Washington DC, as tensions soar in the Middle East and Israel prepares for a ground offensive in Gaza. Climate, nuclear submarines and global security are on the agenda, while the PM has also confirmed Australia’s support for Israel, saying responsibility for what is happening now “rests firmly with Hamas”.

World leaders have been meeting with the Israeli PM in Tel Aviv as the conflict escalates, with Joe Biden urging Israel not to be “consumed” by its rage in responding to the attack by Hamas, while also making the case for billions more in aid to Israel and Ukraine. Meanwhile, the UN has called for a ceasefire to address the “human catastrophe” unfolding. How will the world respond to this crisis?

Here at home, the cost-of-living crunch remains the top focus for many Australians as they struggle to pay the bills. With a summer of blackouts looming and power bills set to soar, does this mean our climate battle takes a back seat to more immediate concerns?

Q+A is live from Sydney on Monday, 23 October at 9.35pm AEDT.

On the Panel

Matt Thistlethwaite
Assistant Defence Minister
Matt Thistlethwaite was elected to the Senate in 2010, and to the House of Representatives in 2013. He serves as Assistant Minister for Defence, Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, and Assistant Minister for the Republic.

Adam Bandt
Leader of the Australian Greens
Adam Bandt is the Leader of the Australian Greens and the Federal Member for Melbourne. He was elected in 2010 when he made history by becoming the first Greens MP elected to the House of Representatives at a general election. He has been returned with an increased majority at each election since. In February 2020, Adam was elected unopposed as Leader of the Greens following Richard Di Natale’s retirement.

Keith Pitt
Nationals Member for Hinkler
Keith served in the Coalition Government as Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, and previously was Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

Larissa Baldwin-Roberts
CEO, GetUp
Larissa Baldwin-Roberts is a Widjabul Wia-bal woman from the Bundjalung Nations. CEO of progressive activist group GetUp and Director of Research for Passing the Message Stick.

Rodger Shanahan
Middle East Analyst
Dr Rodger Shanahan is a former Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute. A former army officer, he had extensive service within the Parachute Battalion Group and has had operational service with the UN in South Lebanon and Syria, with the PBG in East Timor, in Beirut during the 2006 war, and in Afghanistan. Dr Shanahan has MAs in International Relations and Middle East Studies from the ANU, and a PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Sydney.

Monday 30 October, 2023

Coming up on Q+A… charting the future of science and technology. We’ll take a glimpse at what’s to come – from artificial intelligence to outer space, quantum physics to scientific breakthroughs… and what they mean for us.

From the classroom to the boardroom, AI is being integrated into our ways of working. How will this impact the next generation? With generative systems advancing rapidly, what does that mean for education, health and defence? Will machines start to do the thinking for us?

With the world facing turbulent and uncertain times, from war to climate change and economic fragility, what role does innovation play in addressing these wicked problems? And are we doing enough in Australia to support the kind of bold ideas we need to help solve them?

We’re bringing together a panel of big thinkers to unpack these thorny issues – and inspire us with what’s possible.

Q+A is live from Melbourne on Monday, October 30 at 9.35pm AEDT.

On the Panel

Doug Hilton
CSIRO Chief Executive
Dr Doug Hilton AO commenced as CSIRO Chief Executive on September 29, 2023. He is a molecular and cellular biologist. Beyond research, Professor Hilton has emphasised the importance of strong institutional cultures, and furthered diversity in science including as a member of the Champion of Change Coalition and a board member of Australians Investing in Women.

Catriona Wallace
Founder, Responsible Metaverse Alliance
Dr Catriona Wallace has been deep in the technology-meets-humanity field for the last 20 years. Acknowledged as one of the top 10 commentators globally on AI and ethics as well as one of the top content creators related to the Metaverse, the Australian Financial Review regards Catriona as the most influential woman in business and entrepreneurship.

Toby Walsh
Chief Scientist, AI Institute, UNSW
Professor Toby Walsh is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor of AI at UNSW and CSIRO Data61, and adjunct professor at QUT. He has written four books about AI for a general audience, the most recent which has just been published is titled Faking It! Artificial intelligence in a human world.

Angharad Yeo
Science & Technology Journalist
Angharad ‘Rad’ Yeo is an award-winning television and radio presenter, video game critic, technology journalist and host of pop culture podcast Game For Anything. She is also a host of Double J’s Weekends.

Michael Biercuk
Quantum Physicist & Innovator
Professor Michael J. Biercuk is the CEO and Founder of Q-CTRL, Australia’s first venture-capital-backed quantum technology company, and a Professor of Quantum Physics and Quantum Technology at the University of Sydney.

Monday 6 November, 2023

This week on Q+A we cover the big issues, including health, equality and the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Middle East. As the situation in Gaza deteriorates and Israel steps up its response against Hamas, there are increased calls for humanitarian pauses to the conflict. Will the increasing international pressure have any effect?

Médecins Sans Frontières is among those calling for a ceasefire, as doctors struggle to treat the injured with limited medical equipment or anaesthetic. Aid convoys have kept up a limited delivery of much-needed supplies, but they are far short of the growing demands. What does this mean for a civilian population already at the brink?

Here at home, the government is grappling with the issue of vaping, amid reports that it’s reaching epidemic levels among young people. It’s a looming health catastrophe, but how effective will regulation be with a thriving black market?

And a long-awaited increase to the bulk-billing incentive has begun, but will it lead to better access to fee-free GP visits for some of the nation’s most vulnerable?

Q+A is live from Sydney on Monday, 6 November at 9.35pm AEDT.

On the Panel

Mark Butler
Minister for Health and Aged Care
Mark Butler has been the Labor Member for Port Adelaide and Hindmarsh in the Federal Parliament since 2007. He is the Minister for Health and Aged Care.

Dai Le
Independent MP for Fowler
Dai Le was elected as the first ever Independent Federal Member for Fowler in 2022, making her the first Vietnamese-Australian to become a Federal MP.

Jennifer Tierney
Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontières Australia
Jennifer Tierney is the Executive Director for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Australia. Jennifer is dedicated to ensuring people affected by conflicts, natural disasters and outbreaks have access to medical care, regardless of their nationality or politics.

Keith Wolahan
Liberal Member for Menzies
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.

Matilda Boseley
Journalist, Guardian Australia
Matilda Boseley is an award-winning social media reporter and presenter for Guardian Australia. She has spearheaded the publication’s popular TikTok channel where she writes and hosts their short-form news explainers.

Full panel tbc

Monday 13 November

This week on Q+A… the conflict tearing apart the Middle East. A month ago, Hamas militants launched their deadly terror attack on Israel. Since then, thousands of people – including children – have been killed and the world is holding its breath amid fears of a broader regional conflict. Where to from here?

As calls for a ceasefire grow louder, Israel says there will be no humanitarian pause in fighting without the release of all hostages. Aid workers say a halt on hostilities is essential to get much-needed supplies into Gaza, while the UN chief says it’s time to end the “spiral of escalation”. Will leaders listen?

Meanwhile, domestic issues are mounting for the Albanese Government, with yet another rate rise putting pressure on already cash-strapped households. It’s the 13th hike since May last year, when the Reserve Bank vowed to curb inflation, and may not be the last. Can the PM manage to help households without adding to the inflation problem?

Q+A is live from Melbourne on Monday, 13 November at 9.35pm AEDT.

On the Panel

Tim Watts
Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs
Tim Watts is the Federal Member for Gellibrand and has served as the Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Albanese Government since 2022.

Francesca Albanese
UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Francesca Albanese is a highly respected human rights lawyer, researcher and author. She has worked for a decade as a human rights expert for the United Nations, including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees.

Dave Sharma
Former Australian Ambassador to Israel
As a career diplomat, Dave was Australia’s Ambassador to Israel from 2013 to 2017. He also served overseas at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC, at the Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea, and as a peacekeeper in Bougainville, for which he was awarded the Australian Service Medal. Dave served as a Member of Parliament from 2019 to 2022.

Nasser Mashni
President of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network
Nasser is the son of a Palestinian refugee. He is a co-founder of Australians For Palestine and a founding board member of Olive Kids. With his father’s legacy in mind, Nasser is determined to continue the struggle for justice and a free Palestine.

Mark Leibler
National Chairman of The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council
Mark Leibler AC is senior partner at law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler and national chairman of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council. Nationally recognised for his leadership on social justice causes, Mark has been a committed advocate for Indigenous rights and reconciliation for more than three decades.

According to today’s ABC upfronts, Q+A will return in 2024 with Patricia Karvelas hosting.

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When will someone with some sanity in their planning put this dead horse down?