Q&A (Australian talk show)
Adventures in democracy
|Format||Political panel program|
|Presented by||Tony Jones|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||91 (as of season 4) (List of episodes)|
|Location(s)||Ultimo, New South Wales, Australia|
|Running time||Approximately 60 minutes|
ABC News 24 (2010–),
Australia Network (2011–)
|Picture format||576i (PAL)
|Original airing||22 May 2008|
The program generally features a panel of five public figures, usually including politicians from each of the major federal parties (Labor and Liberal) as well as minor party politicians, media personalities and celebrities, answering questions provided by viewers and the studio audience. The program is broadcast live (in the eastern states) on ABC1 and online, in front of a studio audience. From October 2010, Q&A is also simulcast live on ABC News 24, allowing it to be viewed live across the country.
The program is broadcast from the ABC's studios in the Sydney suburb of Ultimo. Anyone wishing to be in the audience can fill in a form on the program's website, which as well as asking for contact details, asks some questions relating to the applicant's political views to help "select a diverse and well-balanced audience". Q&A is occasionally broadcast from other cities.
The program premiered on Thursday, 22 May 2008, at 9:30 pm on ABC1. The program contains closed captions within its broadcast signal.
Virginia Trioli has filled in for Tony Jones whilst he was on break.
On 25 October 2010, Former Prime Minister John Howard had a pair of shoes thrown at him from a member of the audience due to responses on his attitude to the Iraq War. The shoe-thrower was subsequently removed from the audience. Although Howard seemed indifferent to the incident, it was criticised by both former Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, among other members of Parliament from both the Government and the Opposition. The shoe-thrower, environmental activist Peter Gray, died of cancer six months later; before he died, however, he asked for his shoes to be auctioned off and the money to be donated to the Red Cross.
The most frequently-appearing panellists on 'Q&A' (as of 26 November 2012) are listed below:
|Graham Richardson||Sky News Australia||12|
|Janet Albrechtsen||The Australian||11|
- Q&A goes live across Australia on ABC News 24, ABC TV Blog, 22 October 2010.
- "Join the Audience of Q&A". ABC. Retrieved 20 March 2009.
- "ABC: 2010 Highlights". Knox, David. Retrieved 10 December 2009.
- "Q&A Hot On Twitter". Knox, David. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
- "Cancer claims John Howard shoe thrower, Peter Gray", The Daily Telegraphy, 10 May 2011
- "Man who threw shoes at John Howard dies of cancer", Herald Sun, 10 May 2011