This show will never go back to its peaks a decade ago. I don’t know why the ABC are still persisting with this show.

More staff to the flagship ABC News, and/or extending Media Watch to 25-30 minutes. It’s current 10-15 minutes is way too short.


Q+A returned last night.

How was Jelana? Id been keen to watch this ep knowing she was on the panel.

Monday February 26, 2024

Q+A is live from Sydney on Monday, February 26 at 9.35pm AEDT.

This week, Q+A throws the focus to global issues with a panel of big thinkers. In a world of competing interests, wars and fractured international relationships – is democracy in a fight for its very survival?

In a year of crucial elections around the world, the existential threat of climate change and increasing global volatility – what does it all mean for Australia? Where do we fit into the broader international picture? And how much can we really control our own destiny?

Malcolm Turnbull
Former Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Turnbull was the 29th Prime Minister of Australia. Prior to entering politics, he enjoyed successful careers as a lawyer, investment banker and journalist.

Rebecca Huntley
Writer & Social Analyst

Dr Rebecca Huntley is one of Australians foremost researchers on social trends. She holds degrees in law and film studies and a PhD in Gender Studies. She is the author of numerous books and writes regularly for The Monthly, Australian Traveller Magazine, The Guardian and the SMH. She is a Fellow of the Women Leadership Institute of Australia and of The Research Society.

Peter Frankopan
British Historian, Academic & Writer

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, published by Bloomsbury in 2015, was a No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller.

Olga Oleinikova
Ukraine Democracy Initiative co-founder & University of Technology Sydney academic

Olga Oleinikova is a Ukrainian-born entrepreneur and university lecturer. She holds PhD in sociology and social policy from University of Sydney. In 2016 she founded SITADHub - a dynamic networked research centre with 170 associates across 16 countries actively researching and writing about the future of democracy, human computer interaction and global mobility.

Jioji Ravulo
Chair of Social Work and Policy Studies, The University of Sydney

Professor Jioji Ravulo’s research, writing and areas of interest include health and wellbeing, youth, diversity and inclusion, decoloniality and educational leadership. He is an Adjunct Professor at The University of the South Pacific, supporting social work education, policy development and research across the region.

March 4, 2024

Llive from Melbourne on Monday, March 4 at 9.35pm AEDT.

On the Panel

Katy Gallagher
Minister for Finance, Women and the Public Service

Senator Katy Gallagher has been a senior member of the federal Labor team since 2015. While in Opposition, she held the shadow portfolios of Small Business and Financial Services, Housing, Homelessness and Mental Health.

Keith Wolahan
Liberal MP for Menzies

Keith Wolahan was elected to the seat of Menzies in May 2022. He was born in Dublin and migrated with his family to Melbourne in 1988. He was educated at the University of Melbourne and Monash University. Mr Wolahan later completed a Masters of International Relations at the University of Cambridge. He also served in the Australian Army (part-time and full-time service), reaching the rank of Captain. He qualified as a commando, serving one tour of Timor Leste and three combat tours in Afghanistan.

Nyadol Nyuon
Commercial litigator & community advocate

Nyadol Nyuon is a lawyer, community advocate and writer. Born in a refugee camp in Itang, Ethiopia and raised in Kenya’s Kakuma camp, she moved to Australia as a refugee at 18. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne.

Nathan Thrall
Author & journalist

Nathan Thrall is the author of A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy, named a best book of 2023 by The New Yorker, Time, The New Statesman and the Financial Times. He spent a decade at the International Crisis Group, where he was director of the Arab-Israeli Project, and has taught at Bard College. Originally from California, he lives in Jerusalem.

Jamal Rifi
Doctor and community leader

Dr Jamal Rifi is a doctor, community organiser and social justice advocate. Dr Rifi has been a practising GP in western Sydney for more than three decades after emigrating from Lebanon at 24. He was a founding member of Muslim Doctors Against Violence and the Christian Muslim Friendship Society.

Sabine Wolff
Communications advisor & analyst

Sabine Wolff is a Melbourne-based communications advisor, social commentator and analyst. With over a decade of experience in corporate affairs and reputation advisory roles and a background in issues management and public policy research, she is an astute interpreter of Australian political and cultural trends.

Monday 11 March

Is the economy working for all Australians?

Rampant inflation may have peaked, but Australians still feel under the pump. Treasurer Jim Chalmers says cost of living remains the government’s top priority - “but it’s not our only concern”.

The painful series of interest rate hikes by the Reserve Bank snapped wallets shut – and strangled economic growth. Recession remains a real possibility.

Japan and the UK have already tipped into technical recessions. Indefinite war in Europe and the Middle East – and the ongoing impact on supply chains – is spooking markets. Climate change poses longer-term, existential threats.

Q+A is live from Sydney on Monday, March 11 at 9.35pm AEDT.

On the Panel

Ed Husic
Minister for Industry & Science

Ed Husic was elected the federal Member for Chifley in 2010 and was re-elected for his fifth term at the 2022 Federal Election. Husic was raised in Western Sydney and was among the first waves of students to graduate from Western Sydney University.

Jacqui Lambie
Senator for Tasmania

Jacqui Lambie burst onto the political scene in 2013, when she was elected to the Senate with the Palmer United Party.Two of her biggest achievements so far has been getting Tasmania’s $157 million housing debt wiped and establishing a royal commission into Defence and veterans suicide.

Yanis Varoufakis
Economist & former Greek finance minister

Yanis Varoufakis is an economist and academic, a bestselling author, and the former finance minister of Greece. He is a co-founder of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025. His books include And the Weak Suffer What They Must? and Talking to My Daughter About the Economy.

Stephanie Kelton
Author & professor of economics and public policy

Stephanie Kelton is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Stony Brook University and a Senior Fellow at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at the New School for Social Research. Professor Kelton is a leading expert on Modern Monetary Theory and a former chief economist on the US Senate Budget Committee (Democratic staff).

Joe Aston
Journalist & author

Joe Aston helmed The Australian Financial Review’s Rear Window column from 2012 to 2023.

Monday March 18, 2024

This week on Q+A … artificial intelligence: satan or saviour?

Generative AI is suddenly in everyone’s hands, from the facial recognition software on our phones to the $100 billion ChatGPT platform which generates human-like responses to every possible command.

But if the next generation of AI is smarter and more lifelike than ever before, will we be left in its wake?

Columbia University physicist and mathematician Professor Brian Greene joins a cross-section of experts and commentators to ponder: what becomes of the human in the 21st century technology loop?

Q+A is live from Sydney on Monday, March 18 at 9.35pm AEDT.

Brian Greene
Physicist & best-selling author

Brian Greene is a renowned physicist and best-selling author, known for his work on string theory and the nature of space and time. He has written several books, including The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos, which have been widely acclaimed for their accessibility and clarity.

Cathy Foley
Australia’s Chief Scientist

Dr Foley became Australia’s ninth Chief Scientist in January 2021 after a lengthy career at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO, where she was appointed as the agency’s Chief Scientist in August 2018. While working at CSIRO, Dr Foley made significant contributions to the understanding of nitride semiconductors and superconducting electronics.

Gus McLachlan
Retired Army major general

Gus McLachlan completed his 37-year career with the Australian Army, retiring as a major general in December 2018. He served internationally in the Middle East and the Pacific. In his senior Army leadership appointments McLachlan was responsible for generating Australian Defence capability in cyber space, electronic warfare and command and control systems. He is now a Senior Adviser with Bondi Partners and has been seconded to the federal parliament as the Defence Adviser to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. Gus McLachlan was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his leadership and contribution to Army modernisation.

Jessie Stephens
Author & Mamamia Executive Editor

Jessie Stephens is a journalist, author and screenwriter.

Her debut novel, Something Bad is Going to Happen, confronts the mental health crisis in younger generations. Jessie also worked as a writer and producer on the upcoming Binge series Strife. Jessie is an executive editor at Mamamia and co-hosts the podcasts Mamamia Out Loud with Holly Wainwright and Mia Freedman and Cancelled with her twin Clare Stephens.

Nadia Lee
ThatsMyFace CEO & ethical AI advocate

Nadia Lee is a founder and CEO of ThatsMyFace, an AI company which detects malicious content and who’s in it for businesses. She is the Industry Partner at Reclaim Coalition, one of the largest global coalitions against image-based abuse.

Monday March 25, 2024

Home ownership is deeply embedded in Australian mythology. But for many the dream has become a nightmare.

Owners are under significant interest rate stress. Buyers feel locked out of a red-hot market. Renters have copped savage increases amid record-low vacancies.

Australia needs millions more homes to meet population growth. Governments are investing big — but not enough to hit their own targets and fighting fierce resistance to higher density living.

How did we get into this mess? And how do we boost affordability and accelerate construction to keep the Aussie housing dream alive?

This is your chance to hold political leaders to account — and hear experts cut through the spin to the solutions.

Q+A is live from Melbourne on Monday, March 25, 2024 at 9.35pm AEDT.

On the Panel

Andrew Leigh
Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities & Treasury

Andrew Leigh is the federal member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Arts and Law.

Andrew Bragg
Shadow Assistant Minister for Home Ownership

Senator Andrew Bragg is a Liberal Senator for New South Wales. Since first being elected to the Senate in 2019, Andrew has been active on policy on superannuation, technology, financial regulation and housing. Andrew’s advocacy has been guided by his belief that the basis for a fair society is a strong economy.

Max Chandler-Mather
Greens Spokesperson on Housing & Homelessness

Max Chandler-Mather is the federal MP for Griffith. A renter his entire adult life, Max currently rents in Woolloongabba.

Rose Jackson
NSW Minister for Housing & Homelessness

Rose Butler Jackson is serving as a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 2019 and since 2023 has been serving in the Minns ministry as Minister for Water, Minister for Housing, Minister for Homelessness, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Youth, and Minister for the North Coast.

Catherine Liddle
Chief Executive, SNAICC - National Voice for our Children

Catherine Liddle is an Arrernte/Luritja woman from Central Australia, a journalist by trade. Catherine’s motivation has always been to drive change that leads to positive outcomes and options for First Nations people.

Cameron Murray
Economist & author

Dr Cameron Murray is an economist specialising in property and housing systems, natural resource management and corruption. Cameron regularly communicates economic ideas at his one-man think-tank Fresh Economic Thinking.

The show is now on the first of its scheduled breaks coinciding with the sitting of Federal Parliament. It should return in early May ahead of the Federal Budget on May 14.

Returns Monday 29 April 9:35pm