Bill Shorten Appears On QandA

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has appeared on the ABC’s QandA program.

Shorten appeared solo at a venue in Penrith, in the electorate of Lindsay, currently held for the Liberal Party by Fiona Scott. The program was hosted by Tony Jones.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will apppear on the program next week.

The videos shown below were posted on YouTube by the ALP during the broadcast of the program. An email to ALP supporters following the program is also shown. [Read more…]


Clive Palmer Apologises To China’s Ambassador For Q&A Outburst

Clive Palmer has apologised to China over his remarks on the ABC program Q&A last week.

Palmer wrote to Mr. Ma Zhaoxu, China’s Ambassador to Australia, to say he regretted “any hurt or anguish” his comments “may have caused any party”.

In his appearance on Q&A, Palmer called the Chinese “mongrels” and “bastards”. He said the “communists” were trying to take over Australia’s ports and steal Australia’s resources. [Read more…]


Into The Final Straight, Rudd Interrogated On Q&A

Kevin Rudd has confronted a forthright and critical audience on the ABC’s Q&A program tonight in what was most likely one of his last set piece performances as prime minister.

Rudd faced some severe questioning on issues such as election promises, nurses, Newstart for single parents, gay marriage, superannuation, education funding and the state of the economy.

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One questioner wanted to know whether Rudd would create a by-election in his seat of Griffith if he loses Saturday’s election but the prime minister would not accept the bait and refused to make any commitments based on an assumption of losing. [Read more…]


Rudd And Turnbull On Q&A: Dumped Leaders Discuss Leadership

Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull appeared on Q&A tonight and discussed political leadership in Australia.

Flanked by the former chief executive of the Australian Industry Group, Heather Ridout, and economist Judith Sloan, the former Labor and Liberal leaders played to an admiring audience on the ABC talk show.

The discussion culminated in the final twenty minutes of the program when the two men were asked about their willingness to start a new party together. Both dismissed the idea, Rudd quipping that “Malcolm and I could never agree on the leadership”. [Read more…]


Q&A: Wong And Hockey On Gay Marriage

The final question on tonight’s Q&A produced an interesting contrast between Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey and Finance Minister Penny Wong. [Read more…]


Prime Minister, It’s Time To Sack Kevin Rudd

Julia Gillard should sack Kevin Rudd.

Kevin RuddShe should have done it around 10.30pm on Monday night when his breach of the Cabinet principle of collective responsibility was being digested by the Q&A audience.

Of course, not only has Gillard not sacked Rudd, she hasn’t even shown any sign of slapping him down.

Asked about Rudd’s comments last Monday, government ministers have been at pains to say that they don’t want to rake over “history”. Gillard said she would leave discussion and analysis of the matter to “the historians”.

But it’s not history – not yet. The matters in question are as relevant now as they were exactly a year ago. As they were then, a carbon price and an emissions trading scheme are front and centre of today’s political debate. The Gillard government’s fate hinges on its handling of these issues. [Read more…]


Kevin Rudd on QandA

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd appeared on the ABC’s QandA tonight and commented on the politics surrounding his government’s decision last year to postpone introduction of the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Rudd said he made an “error of judgement” in pushing out the start date to 2013. He said others in the party wanted to abandon the ETS altogether, whilst others wanted to proceed straight ahead, even though the government lacked the numbers to pass the legislation in the Senate. [Read more…]