Senate told Q&A leans left

The Coalition has concerns that Q&A leans to the left.

Senate told Q&A leans left

The ABC’s premier discussion panel program Q&A has come under fire during Senate estimates hearings this week, with Liberal senator James McGrath telling ABC Managing Director Mark Scott to include more panellists who don’t lean so far to the left.

Mr McGrath claims that there is a widespread view within the Coalition that the program is biased against the conservative side of politics.

“If you spoke to any Coalition MP – even those [who] appear on it – they’d admit the program does lean to the left,” said Mr McGrath. “We have a flagship program here that consistently shows bias [against] those on the right or centre-right of politics.

He added: “There will be someone from right of centre – on a good week two people who are centre or right of centre – and then three people who are clearly left of centre or clearly not supporters of the Coalition. I’m interested in how that comes about and how steps are not taken to ensure there are more balanced panels.”

Senator McGrath’s claims come as no surprise to Mr Scott, with the Managing Director stating that “It is not the first time I’ve heard that depiction.” However, Mr Scott still believes that Q&A serves its purpose by allowing a diverse range of views and issues to be presented to the Australian public.

He also stated that it’s up to the viewers to determine who are the winners and losers of Q&A discussions based on who makes the strongest points, and whilst the program generally ensures that one left-wing politician is featured along with one from the right, other panellists aren’t usually so easy to categorise politically.

Mr Scott has agreed to conduct a survey sample of the issues that are discussed on the program.

Senator McGrath was quoted during his maiden speech to Parliament last year that the ABC should be privatised and replaced by a “rural and regional broadcasting corporation” if it doesn’t address its alleged left-wing bias.

“I want to support the ABC. I like the ABC,” he said. “Yet while it continues to represent only inner-city leftist views, and funded by our taxes, it is in danger of losing its social licence to operate.”

Do you think Q&A is biased to the left? Or do you feel that Q&A already presents balanced news and opinions? Do you feel that the current format makes for good viewing? Is Q&A too ‘Sydney-centric’? Would you like to see the program telecast from other locations around Australia? Or are you happy with the way information is presented?

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    Innocent Bystander
    29th May 2015
    9:48am
    'Bias is in the eye of the beholder' as the saying goes. However the Coalition seems to find bias in everything the ABC produces. It seems that unless the programmes lean to the right, they are biased to Labor. I can't remember the Left complaining even about Ray Hadleigh, Alan Jones, Andrew Bolt or the Murdoch press. Not much point, I suppose.
    Fredklaus
    29th May 2015
    9:52am
    spot on
    Not Amused
    29th May 2015
    10:03am
    Hadley, Jones, Bolt are not paid by taxpayers - they work in private enterprise organisations. The problem with what is occurring at the ABC is that it is meant to be independent, due to it being propped up and funded by taxpayers. There is a large section of the community who feel disenfranchised and ignored by the lack of impartiality across the ABC spectrum. The ABC needs a thorough internal review, starting at the top with Scott. It could do with fresh presenters being hired on condition they are not rude, interruptive left-wing sycophants (think Sales, Jones, Trioli, Alberici, and a majority of somewhat bullying Q & A regulars).
    Jen
    29th May 2015
    10:22am
    Well said, Innocent Bystander. I find ABC refreshing because almost all other media, both electronic and print, are there solely to fill our minds with lies and right wing propaganda. The reason I only watch ABC and SBS and don't buy any print media at all. I know I'm not alone.
    Happy cyclist
    29th May 2015
    10:50am
    Yes, very well said Innocent Bystander. The ABC reports on the way things are but people like Not Amused above doesn't like it because its not what he wants to hear.
    jackie
    29th May 2015
    11:53am
    I am happy for my taxes to support the voice of the ABC. The Coalition needs to support the masses instead of the exclusive. That is biased.
    ghoti
    29th May 2015
    12:00pm
    The problem with Q'n'A from the Coalition point of view is that it is an INTELLIGENT show.
    Misty
    29th May 2015
    12:17pm
    What a lot of rot Not Amused, you are obviously a Right Wing supporter and as such will find fault in everything the ABC does. The audience is half and half and each side gets to question the individual panel who are usually half and half too, unless one guest from either side cannot or refuses to attend when asked. The trouble is the Coalition do not like intelligent people questioning their policies, if that is the case they should watch the political programs on Sky News as their panels often consist entirely of Right Wing Supporters, which should make them happy even if it is only a biased view.
    Reeper
    29th May 2015
    12:33pm
    If you cant remember the left complaining about Bolt and others it is because you cant complain about truth you idiot
    Adrianus
    29th May 2015
    12:55pm
    Not Amused you are making sense so naturally there are those who will disagree with you on here. If I had to guess I would say approximately 60-70% of journos and reporters are hardwired lefties.
    Grumpy
    29th May 2015
    2:56pm
    Reeper, your comments might look a little less nonsensical if your memory went beyond last weekend and you had any kind of objectivity.
    I well remember members of the Gillard government complaining about the bigotry of News Ltd papers vitriolic and vicious personal attacks on Labour politicians.
    The standard response of the Abbott led opposition and conservative supporters....if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen. Perhaps glass jaw Abbott & Co should take their own advice. Labour has never subjected them to the kind of scurrilous personal attacks served up daily by Abbott & co on a daily
    basis when in opposition. How soon we forget (that which is not convenient to our cause.)
    When lauding the "factual" reporting by the Murdoch media, let us not forget that this is an American, yes American magnate interfering directly in Australian politics in a way the Americans would not allow any outsider to do in US politics.
    If you doubt the statement about being an American and not an Australian, the facts are:
    * many years ago now US law required an American head for Murdoch's empire. Rather than lose his empire Murdoch took American citizenship.
    * Under US law when becoming a citizen of USA you are required to renounce any other citizenship.
    brainstraina
    29th May 2015
    4:31pm
    InnocentBystander. I think you're saying that if ABC programming leant toward the Right, then the ABC must be biased against the Left.

    Relax; it will never happen. You are quite safe and secure in your shared bias.
    Annamaria
    29th May 2015
    4:46pm
    Well said, Not Amused
    MICK
    29th May 2015
    5:54pm
    The problem with the Coalition is that anything which does not agree with it is 'biased'.
    When Lee Sales asked Tony Abbott about his travel rorts deception before the last election Abbott responded "now come on Lee" and that was the end of it. At the same timd the speaker, Peter Slipper who had similar allegations against him, was hounded for months, including time in court. Bias? Really?
    The problem with this government is that it is funded/owned by big business....which in turn has well heeled owners who control it. These entities are of the opinion that the country belongs to them. Hence the accusations of bias........WHEN THERE IS NONE. Just reamity and the truth, qualities this government finds reprehensible.
    I am willing that what comes next will be media control: first the sacking of ABC CEO Scott and then legislation. Lets hope that this does not happen as these are the first steps towards a dictatorship.
    I might suggest that this government should go back and see Rupert and ask for another propaganda campaign. But the Rupert has been paid out for the last campaig he got to sell his Foxtel lemon rather than take a loss as he wouled have done under the previous government. Ain't politics wonderful!
    World Prophet
    30th May 2015
    11:17am
    What annoys me is that every time the ABC bias to the Left is mentioned, those of the Left get on their horse and quote the Murdoch press, Andrew Bolt, blah, blah, blah. But as has been pointed out, none of the Right biased people or organisations are fully taxpayer funded, and can have whatever allegiance they like, just like unfunded Left people and organisations (Fairfax). The ABC is a different kettle of fish. It receives all of its funding from the taxpayer. All of them, not just those who lean to the Left. As such it has an obligation to be unbiased and fair in it's comportment. My view? Put it on the same footing as all the other media, cut off it's funding and let it survive by selling itself to the highest bidders. When it's funding is dependent on sponsorship that can be pulled if the sponsors become offended by what it puts on the air, I reckon there will be a quick reality check by all the 'protected' sandal wearing muesli munchers who currently inhabit the place.
    PlanB
    30th May 2015
    11:35am
    Well World, the ABC is NOT bias at all, it gets into both sides
    wally
    30th May 2015
    2:15pm
    Welcome back young mick. It would seem that the govt is telling the senate that the ABC is violating its charter, which is supposed to guarantee that the ABC is neutral in its political view point, editorial content and its presentation of current affairs. I would suspect that if the govt is successful in this, we can expect to see more cuts in the money the govt. allocates to the ABC
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:18pm
    Thanks wally. Its been a long tiring trip but back in the saddle.
    I'd say what you say is the game plan. Funny how one never hears above the bias from the Murdoch outlets.
    I watch Q&A occasionally and cannot see bias. Both sides get a chance to put their case and get a fair go......unless what they have to say is clearly not true. Both sides get asked the hard questions. The problem with this government is that it came to power in a one sided Murdoch anti-Labor campaign and is of the opinion that it should never be held to account for its policies or its behaviour.
    Given that Q&A and GetUp seem to be the only outlets which do not preach the propaganda from this government I would hate to see perspective disappear as this would put the nation into the same basket as totalitarian countries where reporting anything other than what comes from the government results in jail time or the media outlet being closed down. Lets hope that the public understands this.
    Anonymous
    18th Dec 2015
    11:13pm
    Well said Grumpy, you left the bit out where Gillard and Conroy tried to get legislation passed to censor the media. This is the sort of thing dictators do and it was soundly beaten in the Senate. Of course Murdoch carries an American passport. You may be interested to know that Gillard and Conroy as well as a group of other politicians hold dual citizenship as they were born in the UK.
    Not Amused
    29th May 2015
    9:48am
    As with the vast majority of ABC current affairs programming, Q&A is an embarrassment to the ABC. If this production was no taxpayer funded, then they could do as they like - promote left-wing politics to their heart's content. Because the public pays for this biased bunch of socialist inspired producers, presenters and hand-picked guests, it's high time they were all reeled in and made to honour the ABC's original charter which under Mr Scott has defiantly caused all those ABC "outlets" to morph into media branch offices for the ALP and their Green mates (when the meeting of minds conveniently suits their mutual political agenda). Malcolm Turnbull is another culprit in all this and a barrier to the public being delivered impartial, factual Q & A guests and content. As for Tony Jones, he should be removed from the Q & A chair, such is his blatant promotion of his obviously preferred socialist side of politics.
    Fredklaus
    29th May 2015
    9:54am
    why watch if you feel like this.i have stopped reading the courier mail for their Bias
    Not Amused
    29th May 2015
    10:08am
    I would like to watch Q & A and being a taxpayer, I don't think I should have to be so turned off by ABC bias that I should feel unable to do so. What Fredklaus has said implies that if you are funding it, yet don't like the ABC's bias, you should suck it up. Well, people are getting very fed up about funding ALP/Green propoganda. If we don't like the Courier Mail, at least we are not forced to fund it.
    Stretch
    29th May 2015
    10:12am
    Really? Tony Jones a socialist? Perhaps a bit of history is needed as Tony Jones is most certainly not a socialist. Nor is the ALP socialist or the Greens socialist - no more than the Coalition are fascists. The ABC has produced quite a number of journalists that exit to take up a career in politics in almost equal proportions. So that can't be used to support an assumption of bias.

    I recall Gillard and Rudd being ripped in to by the ABC in their reporting. And Latham. Could it be that the coalition screams 'bias' when it comes to their turn?

    And Fredklaus is spot-on. If you want a coalition cheer-squad, just read the tabloid press. Murdoch owns the greatest proportion of Australia's press and also has the largest circulation - remember this on the Sydney’s Daily Telegraph declaring “Finally, you have a chance to… KICK THIS MOB OUT” when Rudd was in? And this press has become so intertwined with the coalition and it is so powerful - I refer you to the recent attempted changes to the anti hate-speech laws that the coalition are trying to get changed as a direct result of lobbying by Andrew Bolt - a coalition supporter with his daily raves in the Daily Tele. I don't think you have to worry about Australians being over-exposed to a 'socialist' viewpoint. It may be - just may be - that the ABC is providing a different viewpoint to the overwhelming right-wing bias of Australia's media?
    jackie
    29th May 2015
    10:18am
    Watch the show before you make such an unfounded and biased post. The Coalition should have a good look at their policies. They are all based on GREED.
    Jen
    29th May 2015
    10:26am
    Whilst I don't agree with your assessment of ABC, Not Amused, you seem not to be concerned that we (taxpayers) are funding Rupert Murdoch massive sums to promote lies and right wing propaganda.
    Not Amused
    29th May 2015
    10:28am
    Again, Jackie assumes I have never watched the show, yet make unfounded and biased post. That is a silly assumption. Stretch, the ABC does not exist as a taxpayer funded media outlet to provide "a different viewpoint to the overwhelming right-wing bias of Australia's media". Have read its charter. The ABC is funded by all of us, so it is required to present unbiased news and produce unbiased current affairs. Again Q & A is not meant to be a taxpayer funded Green/ALP cheer squad. If I choose to fund the Daily Telegraph (which I don't), I have to suck up any bias they may have. But the ABC was never meant to compete with private enterprise, or to show bias, as they are doing. I have read where members of the public sent hundreds of complaints on this matter of bias to the ABC, and never even received the courtesy of a reply. They are treating the wider public with contempt. Sorry to disagree, but I am not the only person being driven away - if I could stop paying for it - I would. That is a fair choice I do have with other non-taxpayer funded media.
    Anonymous
    29th May 2015
    11:01am
    Not Amused you are getting a bit of stick today from the lefties but I for one certainly agree with your comments I think you gave a balanced view of the ABC and there hugely overpaid MD and journalist staff.
    Brissiegirl
    29th May 2015
    12:58pm
    Jen can you please enlighten those of us who don't want to subsidise the ABC's bias by telling us exactly how taxpayers are funding "massive" sums to Rupert Murdoch? The ABC is fully funded by taxpayers who expect fairer representation (including me) than it is dishing up these days.
    EELS
    29th May 2015
    3:56pm
    Well said Not Amused. I gave up watching this outrageously biased program ages ago as it made me so angry to listen to its 'stacked' panel and audience.
    Unfortunately nowadays the media try to make the news instead of reporting it and this includes 'their' ABC. It certainly isn't 'mine' any more even though I pay for it.
    Yes Q&A is indeed left leaning.
    brainstraina
    29th May 2015
    4:12pm
    Not Amused and Brissiegirl; thanks for saying exactly what I hear from many people including myself. I stopped watching Q&A months ago.It's not just a panel imbalance; but also the audience which seems to be largely the smirking left feeling secure on welcoming home turf. And Jen; yes there is some watchable tv on ABC and SBS; but not in regard to political interviews. I did catch Joe Hockey - alone - on Q&A and I must say that he seemed to have been given a fair go. That particular Q&A presentation was certainly unusual. It would be interesting to see Bill Shorten - alone - on Q&A; perhaps he would tell us something constructive rather than when he does speak, simply pointing out the Prime Minister's 'hiccups' or errors in the choice of words. Most of his little speeches begin thus.

    Further comments aren't worth reading; at a glance they are mostly the same old government bashing by the same old sources.
    brainstraina
    29th May 2015
    4:12pm
    Not Amused and Brissiegirl; thanks for saying exactly what I hear from many people including myself. I stopped watching Q&A months ago.It's not just a panel imbalance; but also the audience which seems to be largely the smirking left feeling secure on welcoming home turf. And Jen; yes there is some watchable tv on ABC and SBS; but not in regard to political interviews. I did catch Joe Hockey - alone - on Q&A and I must say that he seemed to have been given a fair go. That particular Q&A presentation was certainly unusual. It would be interesting to see Bill Shorten - alone - on Q&A; perhaps he would tell us something constructive rather than when he does speak, simply pointing out the Prime Minister's 'hiccups' or errors in the choice of words. Most of his little speeches begin thus.

    Further comments aren't worth reading; at a glance they are mostly the same old government bashing by the same old sources.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:22pm
    So now brainstraina you read the Courier Mail or Australian?
    Q&A may not appeal to you but it has a huge following for a reason. The reason is that the program does not simply re-issue government propaganda but rather thrashes out the issues. So sorry you find this offensive. I am will to bet that if Q&A attacked Labor repeatedly AS IT DID BEFORE THE LAST ELECTION then you would consider it fair. Yeah right.
    Stretch
    29th May 2015
    9:55am
    The audiences for Q&A usually seem to be split between coalition, ALP and 'other' voters in the representative proportions reflecting roughly how the Australian electorate vote. So Q&A can't be accused of bias there, as it is the audience that ask the hard questions.

    So, that leaves the panellists. They do seem to balance an ALP pollie with a Coalition pollie - next week's has Josh Frydenberg (coalition) and Anthony Albonese (ALP), and a businesswoman Judith Sloan, Indigenous Elder Jack Charles and Author Miriam Lyons. Monday just gone they gave Joe Hockey the show on his own - so no bias there towards the left-wing.

    Is this a case of the coalition not wanting any criticism or scrutiny of their policies via the public broadcaster?
    Jen
    29th May 2015
    10:29am
    "Is this a case of the coalition not wanting any criticism or scrutiny of their policies via the public broadcaster?"

    That's exactly what it is.
    Dot
    29th May 2015
    9:55am
    Certainly is and just have a look at the audience.
    Anonymous
    29th May 2015
    10:06am
    Dot do you mean the audience of left wingers look like scumbags.
    Leo
    29th May 2015
    12:01pm
    Do you look any different from the audience ? are you a racist ? Is that why you do not have a photo because you look different than the audience ?
    margie
    29th May 2015
    9:57am
    I no longer bother to watch Q &A because I know what opinion will be sprouted by the panel members. Anything that makes them sound as though they are caring, and concerned for the 'lower orders' is the tripe they will trot out. won't actually do anything but will look and sound deeply moved by all injustice in the world and happily shout down anyone that dares to have an opposing view point. (that's if they have anyone on the show that does).Then after they have shown all of us how intelligent, deep thinking and sympathetic they are, (with not one of them having a different thought from the other),off to their cosy homes and a nice glass of merlot where they can congratulate themselves on their humanity. Pack of plonkers.
    Jen
    29th May 2015
    10:31am
    That's ok margie, I'm sure you don't concern yourself with the "lower orders" and "all the injustice in the world." Just pull out the Courier Mail and you'll be happy.
    margie
    29th May 2015
    11:19am
    Jen, you actually have no idea whether I do concern myself with anything let alone the 'lower orders'. I actually do have some injustices that I'm deeply concerned with and unlike many I do something about them. Just don't trumpet my doings to make myself sound and look good. Also don't read the Courier Mail (live in Victoria) so have no idea what you're waffling on about, and again newspapers are not funded by the taxpayer and IF I choose to pay money to read one it is my choice which I do not have with the ABC and my taxpayer dollars. Just asking for some diversity. Please don't be so quick to judge others. you are no better than any of us although you are sounding like the 'plonkers' on the ABC who look down on the plebs. Enjoy your merlot while sitting in your ivory tower.
    Adrianus
    29th May 2015
    11:56am
    Margie, that's a pretty fair assessment of the ABC.
    Misty
    29th May 2015
    12:22pm
    Yes Margie you do have a choice just as we all do, DON'T WATCH OR LISTEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, simple.
    Oldie84
    29th May 2015
    12:59pm
    Right Misty, but I am still forced to pay for the ABC, wether I want to watch or not. Which is not the case with other media.....
    Adrianus
    29th May 2015
    1:01pm
    Misty, there are of course 2 problems for people like Margie. Firstly Margie cannot get a refund. And secondly, Margie has a right to voice an opinion about the ABC steering away from it's Charter of independent and unbiased reporting. If you don't like Margie's remark then you know what you can do.
    Brissiegirl
    29th May 2015
    1:09pm
    Oh come on Misty. Margie put her case and has a democratic right to expect that the content on the ABC will reflect everyone's views including hers.Yelling at someone they shouldn't watch or listen to "their ABC" if they don't like the way their programmes have been taken over by some bullying politically biased employees - well that's tantamount to emulating and supporting the very conduct the paying public is complaining about. And isn't it backed up when people report that their communications with the ABC are ignored? The ABC's hierarchy has accumulated far too much political power to the extent that some taxpayers (Margie) are being made to pay their share regardless of their disapproval about the product content.The Consumer Protection Council should take a good hard look at theABC product, customer satisfaction and customer rip-off.
    Misty
    29th May 2015
    1:33pm
    Getting a bit hot under the collar Frank? and as for Brissiegirl's comment that is exactly what the Left side of politics think so their are no winners in this argument.
    Adrianus
    29th May 2015
    1:47pm
    Me? ha ha ha. no I'm just holding a mirror to you without the shouting.
    brainstraina
    29th May 2015
    4:12pm
    Oh Margie. They sure do 'waffle on' don't they. And THEY know so much about everything.
    Some know the choicest names i.e 'scumbags' from our Rhodes Scholar - Robbo.

    Yes Wondering; the ' blindly biased commentator' to whom you refer could be only the delightfully grinning Paul Barry. I sometimes unintentionally/accidentally 'see' his blurb and feel embarrassed for him grinning as he does.
    MICK
    30th May 2015
    8:19am
    You have to wonder how many of the pro coalition comments above come from the same person. Anything other than accept that the ABC is gives a fair assessment and, unlike much of the big business controlled media, GIVES THE FACTS. Un fortunately this government and it's paid trolls find it objectionable when the truth is published about it. Tells a story.
    Adrianus
    3rd Jun 2015
    10:35am
    Here's a fact mick.
    The ABC is continually accused of left wing bias.
    It is an absolute disgrace to use taxpayers funds to disproportionately support a left of centre opinion during a national debate. The public service is out of control. Don't be surprised if they give themselves another huge pay rise even if it is at the expense of Peppi Pig and us poor old taxpayers. We saw how these empire builders in the public service thought of a number then doubled it with a nod and a wink from Julia Gillard.
    What a disgrace!
    Totally out of control.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:25pm
    "The ABC is continually accused of left wing bias" by you Frank, by other government employees and by those who want a one sided show for their football team better know as the Coalition.
    So make a statement about the Murdoch outlets. Not biased? Rhetorical question methinks!
    jackie
    29th May 2015
    10:02am
    The Coalition need to have a look at their own bias and integrity instead of being Gina Rinehart's puppets. Thank God for the ABC and democracy.
    wondering
    29th May 2015
    10:20am
    once again, you've missed the point, whether the LNP, ALP, GREENS, or privately sponsored media have a bias, it's up to them, however the ABC is paid for by all of us and is bound by their charter to provide a balanced view on everything. They did once with people like Andrew Olley and James Dibble and certainly not that current blindly biased commentator on media watch.
    MICK
    30th May 2015
    8:23am
    Spot on Jackie. Unfortunately a case of rules for some and different rules for others.
    The ABC is not biased. The objectors on this website have a very short memory and need to remember back before the last election. I never heard them objecting as the then Labor government had strip torn off it as the media pack, led by the Murdock empire, ripped the government apart. Bias? No, the facts. Live with it.
    MICK
    30th May 2015
    8:24am
    Spot on Jackie. Unfortunately a case of rules for some and different rules for others.
    The ABC is not biased. The objectors on this website have a very short memory and need to remember back before the last election. I never heard them objecting as the then Labor government had strip torn off it as the media pack, led by the Murdock empire, ripped the government apart. Bias? No, the facts. Live with it.
    World Prophet
    3rd Jun 2015
    9:34am
    Well said, wondering. Mick and his ilk still don't get, do they! Media outlet not funded by every taxpayer can espouse what view they like! It's done on THEIR dime! When a media outlet is funded by EVERY tax payer - Left, Right, Green or Purple - it has an obligation to be factual without bias. If it can't manage that and wants to lean to one side or another, then it should earn it's own living and not take the taxpayer's money. Maybe Mick would be happy to pay it a little more?
    Misty
    3rd Jun 2015
    10:45am
    World Prophet, bias is in the eye of the beholder, what you and others class as bias may not be seen that way by other Australians, no one will ever agree on this subject no matter how many surveys, forums, discussion sites are out there so we will all have to just agree to disagree or agree with one another's point of view depending on our political leanings.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:28pm
    Who funds propaganda is not the issue World Prophet. The issue is that many voters have little knowledge of politics and rely on media to inform them. When you have propaganda outlets like the Murdoch Press then you end up with robots. Given that big business have only one agenda (MONEY) what else do you expect? If we do as you want then lets just make Rupert Murdoch (an AMerican citizen) the next PM. That about covers it methinks.
    Crazy Horse
    29th May 2015
    10:12am
    The Abbott Government is so extreme right wing that almost everyone is "left" from it's perspective. Menzies would not recognise it as the party he founded.
    Stretch
    29th May 2015
    10:15am
    And 'Not Amused', how do you know that the ABC is not being independent? Because you don't agree with the line of questioning by Sales, Jones, Trioli, Alberici? Or their approach? Not very objective.
    Misty
    29th May 2015
    1:30pm
    Spot on Stretch, that is exactly the reason.
    bartpcb
    29th May 2015
    10:18am
    What the Coalition means is that 'anyone who disagrees with or is doubtful of, or not 100% supportive of their philosophy or policies, is automatically 'left wing orientated'. Given that they hold the purse strings to the ABC's budget, this is no more than a veiled bully boy tactic to close down any critisicm of them. It's typical of the right wing of politics, they've been doing it for generations. They have long sang the song of "If you're not with us, you're against us" "If you're not on board, you're a traitor". I notice they don't criticise the Murdoch empire for it's clearly right wing bias and do nothing to stop Murdoch's 60-70% ownership of the media. I wonder why!!
    brainstraina
    29th May 2015
    4:23pm
    bartpcb. You appear well-informed regarding that which 'the Coalition means' - (your words.) Perhaps you are one of those extraordinarily blessed mind-readers.

    What you've said here (you know! the usual stuff!) could well be turned around and aimed at
    (dare I say) your 'side'. It's largely a matter of back and forth, back and forth.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:31pm
    Indeed the media ownership laws need to be reset. This is the problem. One owner of most of the nation's information services and an owner to boot who is not giving any perspective but rather running one sided campaigns.
    Peterrj
    29th May 2015
    11:00am
    It's so biased it's embarrassing. Forget Alan Jones and Co, the point is this is tax payer's money that is being used to produce this left dribble!
    Leo
    29th May 2015
    11:55am
    There must be a lot of people who as you say produce this left dribble. Turn to Channel 10 and hear Andrew Bolt he is so inspirational.
    Muggins
    29th May 2015
    1:15pm
    We pay taxes (well most of us) which go towards many tax-payer funded organisations some of which we will never have the use of, or agree with. For instance, education is one I will not be using; keeping women and children in detention centres I do not agree with but my taxes go towards that. So if your taxes go towards the ABC and SBS and you do not like them, that is all part of how taxes are spent in our society. It does not give us the right to say what should or should not be funded just because you don't agree with it.
    Misty
    29th May 2015
    1:36pm
    Exactly Muggins, most sensible comment yet.
    Sceptic
    29th May 2015
    3:22pm
    Yes Misty and Muggins, let us just ignore the fact that the ABC has a Charter that it also ignores.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:35pm
    Nobody would consider attacking bad or dishonest policies as "left dribble". There's an old saying: play the ball, not the man.....and it appears to me that this is what is upsetting people like you Peterrj.
    I support any organisation which examines the policies. I would support the Murdoch Press if it did the same. Sadly the Murdoch Press focuses on supporting their man. That is the problem.
    Kaz
    29th May 2015
    11:25am
    Not amused, perhaps it is unbiased but that is simply what you call it when it isn't what you think! ABC is more intellectual and objective and genuine in its delivery of information - we have certainly seen them get stuck into ministers from all sides of politics!
    brainstraina
    29th May 2015
    5:47pm
    Kaz. ABC; intellectual, objective, genuine!? Ministers on your favored side don't cop too much flak from ABC
    Leo
    29th May 2015
    11:46am
    I think Q&A is a great program which deals with all sides of the political spectrum. If people want to get rid of this program does that mean to also get rid of Andrew Bolt on Channel 10 as he is so one side and to the extreme right he sounds ridiculous most of the time. He is more like a big baby that has not had his way.
    brainstraina
    29th May 2015
    5:56pm
    Leo. Some of us are very appreciative of Andrew Bolt. He tells us things we would otherwise never hear. I am amazed at what I've learned from The Bolt Report.
    He possibly sounds to you 'ridiculous' - as you say. Perhaps this is because your opinions differ from those of some others.
    wally
    30th May 2015
    2:22pm
    I like the way that the Q and A moderator Tony Jones is so good at interrupting, intervening and changing the subject whenever any of the conservative panellists starts to make any points that the lefties cannot mock, ridicule or laugh at. I would like to see him dribble out the same sort of behaviour to the lefties on the panel. It might make me think he is might be even handed in his conducting the show.
    Misty
    30th May 2015
    2:58pm
    Brainstraina that is what this site is all about, airing our different opinions, and wally that is exactly the sort of comment I was expecting from you and I wasn't disappointed.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:38pm
    I think both sides get a bit of this wally. What Jones does from what I have seen is stops long winded rambling speeches. When politicians avoid the question by changing the subject he normally cuts in...as he should. Have you noticed how many of the coalition panelists will not answer a question directly and go down this track? Worth keeping a scorecard of.
    wally
    4th Jun 2015
    3:14pm
    But Tony throws a "bigger bit" at the conservatives while not reigning in the Lefties.
    Isabel
    29th May 2015
    11:50am
    If aiming for a higher intellectual standard of debate and presentation than commercial media may be described as "biased", then I believe both the ABC and SBS may be "accused" of that. It is what makes their programme content worthwhile and stimulating. No, it is not "bias", it is genuine thought and debate, with the aim of real understanding and betterment, as opposed to favouritism.
    Leo
    29th May 2015
    11:51am
    If it was not for Q&A I would not have found out about the wraith (which he says is the norm because he would have spend that on a hotel) that Joe Hockey pay his wife house in Canberra from the taxpayers purse. A new meaning about negative gearing. I wonder if the pays his wife on the highest amount that he is allowed to spend on a daily basis.
    Adrianus
    29th May 2015
    1:21pm
    Yes Leo no argument there. But what we want to see is for them go after the left like Julia Gillard, Craig Thompson and the ABC darling Rolf Harris with the same gusto.
    tj
    31st May 2015
    5:09pm
    Noticed when the subject of Hockeys living away allowance was raised Tony Jones didn't push him on it as he knew both sides probably all had their snouts in the trough
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:40pm
    I seem to recall you went after Gillard all the time Frank. And lets face it Gillard came up with not a case to answer and I never hear boo from you about Tony Abbott's travel rorts which were buried by the media is the pack went after Peter Slipper for essentially exactly the same offence. And you talk about fairness????
    Travellersjoy
    29th May 2015
    11:52am
    I stopped watching Q&A because it was boringly conservative.

    Conservatives own so much of the media I was disgusted the ABC also felt pressured to promote their propaganda as well.

    The IPA will accept nothing less than obliteration of any social, economic or political resistance or opposition to vulture capitalism.
    The Other Judith
    29th May 2015
    2:10pm
    Couldn't agree more.
    brainstraina
    29th May 2015
    5:59pm
    Travellersjoy and Judith.
    Where have you been for the past 50 years or so. Sounds like Dreamland.
    Colette
    29th May 2015
    11:55am
    I also agree with Innocent Bystander. I think that the over-sensitive Right needs to harden up. It is not all about them. I have watched Q & A programs (and others) where Julia Gillard, Rudd, Latham and other Labor politicians being laid into by Tony Jones and some of the audience. I have a cousin called James McGrath, but I hope the Senator is no relation! Although..... it would make for good dinner-time conversations!!!!
    Adrianus
    29th May 2015
    1:38pm
    Colette, they deserve more than the tender "being laid into" by the Tony Jones just as he himself should be questioned about his bias.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:42pm
    Kind of puts the perspective on Frank who keeps pushing the government line. But what else would one expect from an employee of this government?
    Young
    29th May 2015
    11:55am
    Of course the Q and A show is biased and so is the ABC.It is so obvious and to think that taxpayers pay for it!!!It is meant to be bipartisan, but quite often Tony JoNes interrupts the the liberal panellists....
    A pity Red Simonds wasn't on the radio for longer in the mornings.He certainly does not play politics and gives us a laugh.He is not like John Feyne who thinks he knows everything.
    Adrianus
    29th May 2015
    11:58am
    Anyone who thinks Q&A has no bias against conservative views is obviously a lefty. That is not a criticism just a statement of perception.
    Misty
    29th May 2015
    12:26pm
    Well Frank coming from a "Righty" that is a bit rich don't you think?.
    Adrianus
    29th May 2015
    12:49pm
    Ordinary people may not understand the meaning of democracy but they have a passionate regard for fair play. All ordinary people who are not hard wired as lefties.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:44pm
    Everybody who does not accept the huge amount of propaganda coming from your boss Frank is obviously a leftie. This includes those like myself who refuse to vote for either side of politics.
    UNCLE FESTER
    29th May 2015
    12:16pm
    I do not have much problem with the various leanings of the panelists as robust discussion is the point of the program. However, the attempt at obtaining a balanced audience is a nonsense as is clear by the 'Dorothy Dix" questions and the selection of the video questions which do seem to be more left biased. The twitter feeds are also predominantly left biased, as with the shock jock audiences (luckily not heard hear in SA) they attract the extreme ends of the left/right spectrum.
    If there is one thing that tends to suggest some bias it is the preponderance of Tony Jones to make somewhat snide remarks to coalition pollies.
    The best Q&As to date are those that do not have politicians on the panel.
    Misty
    29th May 2015
    12:30pm
    I thing the Right Whingers,( OOPS SORRY I MEANT WINGERS ) are outnumbered here today.
    UNCLE FESTER
    29th May 2015
    12:34pm
    Thank you MISTY - you have proved my point precisely!
    Isabel
    29th May 2015
    12:45pm
    [Even though, as host of the programme Q & A, Tony Jones is always present, it is probably going a bit far to label this 'preponderance". You may have meant to say "propensity"?]
    UNCLE FESTER
    29th May 2015
    12:50pm
    I'm happy to stick with preponderance.
    Sen.Cit.90
    30th May 2015
    1:41pm
    Uncle Fester: You have it correct; I have also noticed the 'preponderance'
    ccfandango
    29th May 2015
    12:22pm
    The real problem is that the current coalition are so far to the right that they make Jeff Kennett look like a left wing radical....who do the right want on the panel.....any one with a shred of humanity would be considered a lefty.
    stevo
    29th May 2015
    12:33pm
    ABC a bunch of lefties?

    What's new....
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:46pm
    That the Murdoch media is as one sided as a 2 headed coin?
    taylah
    29th May 2015
    12:37pm
    I'm more than happy for the ABC to have such a left wing bias, they should purport all sides of any argument . All I want is the equivalent right wing bias program in the same time slot/production profile so I can then make my own judgements. This then is fair to all tax-paying contributors. How can anyone argue about that.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:48pm
    I do not accept the left wing criticism. Both sides cop a hiding. Labor did before the last election.
    The real issue is that this government is of the opinion that it should have control of both houses and do as it likes and that the media should run its propaganda. Well...the Murdoch organisation does. Thanks God for the ABC and GetUp, the only 2 organisations which run campaigns according to issues rather than propaganda.
    step
    29th May 2015
    12:38pm
    The ABC is very biased in it's news presentation, they present their news & current affairs programes with direct left views.
    Maybe the board should be replaced, to allow a balanced view
    Misty
    29th May 2015
    1:39pm
    And with a Coalition Government in power where would you get an unbiased board?.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:49pm
    Yeah step....with government cronies like all other Boards it convenes.
    PlanB
    29th May 2015
    12:45pm
    Bias! absolute rubbish -- if you want Bias look at BOLT, HADLEIGH, JONES, AND MURDOCK

    The ABC gets into BOTH sides of politics and does not lean to either side
    Oldie84
    29th May 2015
    1:44pm
    You are kidding?right?
    BOTH sides?Not leaning? What have you been watching Plan B?
    EELS
    29th May 2015
    4:09pm
    We do not pay for Channel 10, 2GB or the Murdoch press. They are free enterprises.
    We do however pay for the ABC. That is the whole point PlanB.
    brainstraina
    29th May 2015
    5:39pm
    Yes PlanB. It appears you neither view nor read any press. Just saying......
    PlanB
    30th May 2015
    3:06pm
    No I am not kidding.

    Also look at the absolute rubbish that the commercial channels have on

    Yes I do read the press as well
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:52pm
    You have it right PlanB. The issue about who funds the ABC is the normal red herring run by the government trolls who seek to have a police style state where there is one opinion only: theirs.
    Thank God that this government has not yet been able to dismantle the ABC...which it has tried to do.
    geomac
    29th May 2015
    12:53pm
    A new senator making the usual liberal noises about the ABC while Murdoch looks on smiling. Hawke accused the ABC of bias when in office. Govt does not like scrutiny or factual reporting instead of govt spin. The ABC consistently provides the best and most balanced reporting in the country. An oasis of sanity in a desert of inanity and bling.
    mangomick
    29th May 2015
    10:11pm
    Yep, Totally agree.....
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:53pm
    Good comment. You have it in a nutshell.
    Supernan
    29th May 2015
    1:00pm
    I agree bias is in the eye of the beholder. I used to watch Q & A. I stopped watching it as it seemed to me to be biased towards the Coalition ! ! How they can believe it is biased towards Labor I cant imagine !

    I enjoy listening to debates between differing view pionts. How else can you learn the true facts unless you listen to both sides ! However I found Coalition supporters were left to ramble & repeatg themselves, while Labor/Green supporters were cut off.

    I find the ABC in general to be the only place to get unbiased information. Both sides are usually prevented evenly. But thought Q & A fell short on equal time for Labor/Green views. This was irritating - all other Media are so Coalition biased & never present Labor/Green views & the ABC is usually one place where they CAN be heard !
    Adrianus
    29th May 2015
    1:14pm
    Supernan you don't think, maybe, that you could be affected by Kryptonite?
    The Other Judith
    29th May 2015
    2:19pm
    In Australia anything is "biased" if it attempts to get to the truth. There are always powerful people in whose interest it is to hide the truth.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:55pm
    Good comments Supernan and Judith.
    Sadly Frank is like the last man defending the Alamo. I wonder if Tony will still be paying him after the next election. Methinks not.
    Iancaus
    29th May 2015
    1:03pm
    The right side of federal politics is so loaded with liars that they are constantly questioned by the audience. That is to be expected, because most Australians are gifted with powerful bull-shit filters, thanks to a robust education system (which the LNP are trying desperately to destroy).The right hate scrutiny and exposure of their ideology before the public eye, as it might influence some of the Mirror, Telegraph, Age, Courier Mail reading crowd into thinking for themselves and realising how they have been duped by the Murdoch, coal & corporation-owned LNP.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:56pm
    Well written. You also need to realise that there are paid trolls working these sort of websites as well. It should not be permitted.
    Oldie84
    29th May 2015
    1:09pm
    I love this column and its preponderance of Liberal haters. I get pleasure of doing things like watching Insiders to get my 'Left' fix and immediately after that 'Bolt" to get my Right fix on a Sunday morning. What a country we live in where one can do this. Absolutely love it. ????
    Misty
    29th May 2015
    1:45pm
    Totally agree with you Oldie81, Left and Right will never agree, well rarely, but isn't it great that we can air our views without thinking about the consequences.
    brainstraina
    1st Jun 2015
    3:25pm
    Oldie 81. What sense thou maketh. We did not have much of a choice prior to the airing of The Bolt Report. My own views now have much more color and texture.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:00pm
    Can't take anybody disagreeing with the government Oldie82? That is the real issue with this government as a whole. It is of the opinion that it is in control and nobody should oppose it. A strange notion when you consider the way Abbott and his crew dragged this nation into the gutter during the Labor years. The only bipartisan support I ever saw was on salaries for politicians. And then the same crew repealed good laws introduced to protect citizens. It is what it is.
    Flipsout
    29th May 2015
    1:20pm
    I agree with the Senator. Q&A and especially Tony Jones do appear to support the left of politics .
    Iancaus
    29th May 2015
    1:23pm
    We NEED openly critical programmes on the ABC as a counter-balance to Parliamentary Question Time which had been made a sham by the antics of Abbott the court jester and his circus on the front bench. A truly disgusting, unrepresentative shower aided and abetted by the extremely biased puppet/speaker. The LNP clown around and obfuscate to avoid giving honest answers to questions. Thankfully the Q&A studio is better controlled than the Parliament, so the truth can be exposed to the public.
    Chuck
    29th May 2015
    1:23pm
    Good on you" Innocent Bystander", I could,nt have said it better myself.
    As far as "Not Amused", all I can say is what a girly man winger. What are you on about? Do you want us to be starved of different points of view as we were during the 50s and 60s.The ABC and SBS at least gives us a different point of view from the commercial media, which is a good thing. I don't know about you but I like to use my brain and form an opinon by listening to both sides of an argument.

    29th May 2015
    1:25pm
    Of course they lean left. You don't have to be a scholar to realise that. They ARE rubbishing Jones, Bolt, and Murdoch whenever the chance arises, and funded by taxpayers money! Pathetic! These people at "our" ABC may be well red, but it doesn't make them smart. Now there's the cat amongst the pigeons! What comments will this elicit?
    Misty
    29th May 2015
    1:50pm
    Well Fast Eddie someone has to counteract the bias in the comments of those mentioned in your comment above don't they?.
    Anonymous
    29th May 2015
    2:01pm
    Yes, Misty, it does appear you are outnumbered here.
    Misty
    29th May 2015
    6:58pm
    I think Fast Eddie if you count the numbers correctly you will find you are not correct in your assumption.
    Pardelope
    29th May 2015
    1:38pm
    The suggestion that the ABC should be privatised is yet more evidence that the wealthy of this fair land want to control everything. Only the wealthy could afford to buy the ABC, and the rest of us would have to run raffles and sausage sizzles to try to put up the money. Buy it, change it, dictate the subject matter and ignore free speech.

    The ABC represents those who have a few "grey cells" and are not kept quiet by large doses of "dumbed down" entertainment for the masses (bread and circuses).

    I want to hear from the left, right, middle of the road - and those who do not necessarily move in the political mainstream parties or financial circles.
    eggles01
    31st May 2015
    1:34am
    ever since the abc stopped putting all night movies on it became useless lets get rid of it and put the massive savings toward the debt the rudd the dudd and juliar red flag carrying labor party and their cronies left us real Australians with
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:01pm
    That about summarises it Pardelope.
    AlbertC
    29th May 2015
    2:00pm
    it sounds to me that della bosca is trying a little black mail in a round about way in order to persuade the abc to fill the gaps with liberal minded people or face the consequences according to people like him who think that if you are not a far right supporter then you are not middle of the road but far left tben you independent or labor and he seems to forget is a country of free speech , have a nice day
    Sea Dog
    29th May 2015
    2:14pm
    I see no bias either way and have watched the ABC programmes for many years. It appears to me to be balanced reporting and entertaining. I make up my own mind. However what I do object to is the grovelling by the coalition to Murdoch, a man who renounced his Australian citizenship. So keep your grubby hands and bias to your self. Your views are not welcome here.
    PlanB
    29th May 2015
    3:57pm
    Agree Seadog
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:02pm
    Good post. The government trolls will hate it.
    Muggins
    29th May 2015
    2:17pm
    Oooh those Reds under the bed!
    Grumpy
    29th May 2015
    2:40pm
    Not amused, I would only agree to what you propose if the former ABC presenters were immediately hired by the radio stations and neo-conservative newsletters (purporting to be objective newspapers) who formerly employed Jones, Bolt et al.
    To those who complain of Q&A having a left wing bias, I have my own complaint about the programme. I want to know how the audience is stacked at least 60%/40% in favour of the conservative parties? Surely balance between the questioners is at least as important as the presenters since the questioners essentially dictate the direction of the show.
    eggles01
    31st May 2015
    1:38am
    hey grumpy you need to take stay awake pills or go back to school and learn your numbers and what they stand for

    29th May 2015
    3:20pm
    I'm disappointed no-one has mentioned Bananas in Pyjamas that's on the ABC and I don"t think it leans either left or right.

    Ha Ha
    Anonymous
    29th May 2015
    4:23pm
    They're still bent.
    Misty
    29th May 2015
    7:02pm
    Yes they do robbo one end of the banana leans to the left and the other end to the right and never the twain shall meet.
    mangomick
    29th May 2015
    3:30pm
    Pretty sure Malcolm Turnbull has admitted that he gets about 50/50 complaints from either side of Politics about bias by the ABC. He's been on Q and A plenty of times and Ive never heard him even suggest there is any bias and he is the Communications Minister.
    Think Senator McGrath must get his view from some of the more vocal Conservatives on this site.Interesting that this same bloke has pushed for the ABC to be privatised ,a move that would block freedom of speech by the press and only allow the views of Media Moguls and their cronies to be spoon fed to the populace.
    Brissiegirl
    29th May 2015
    3:53pm
    Turnbull is probably too scared to admit to all the complaints he received about ABC bias because if he gets on the wrong side of the programme controllers, he won't be invited on any more. The best the pathetic weakling could do was wriggle out by alluding to Sales & Co.'s interviews as should be forensic, not aggressive. It will be the frosty Friday that anyone in authority at the ABC would attempt telling Sales & Co. to comply with Turnbull's gutless advice. And I'm not a dyed in the wool "conservative" either. Bob Hawke imo was the best PM of the lot I've seen and Fraser (Liberal), Gillard (who is yet to be forced in court to tell the truth about her AWU cronies/slush fund - will the ABC repor in detail on that when it happens, I doubt it) and the man Gillard backstabbed (Rudd) the worst PM's. The ABC's semi-silence over Craig Thomson, Williamson and the AWU scandal was deafening and they also didn't want to report in depth on pink batts - the full unabridged story - and all the spending waste and giveaways that got us and our kids into terrible debt. Anyway no-one would buy the ABC with all its overpaid rabble.
    never give up
    29th May 2015
    3:31pm
    The abc with some programs. .like peppa pig...are fine...but the way some of the lefties play and disparage the right of centre is very maddening and not truthful always...lets also replace the clearly biased left chair for a conservative..... a change each year..And could we please please keep the self opinionated feminist Germane Greer off the program. ..aAnd a better balanced audience
    Misty
    29th May 2015
    7:05pm
    And by that I suppose you mean more conservativists never give up.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:13pm
    Why not watch A Current Affair on the nine network. Then you can get the continual stories on women's health issues whilst the blokes get on story a year.
    Seriously, the ABC is not leftist. It questions policies and gives pollies on both sides the opportunity to respond. What this government cannot accept is that when its ministers refuse to answer the question and change the subject Jones comes at them. And why shouldn't he!
    Get Real
    29th May 2015
    3:33pm
    Maybe Senator McGrath's could encourage PM Tony Abbott to appear on this program. I'm sure he's welcome anytime. A whole show to himself even. No biase there. Get real
    PlanB
    29th May 2015
    3:59pm
    Abbott avoids interviews because he is unable to handle himself, he is afraid of making an idiot of himself
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:15pm
    True...and cannot answer the criticisms other than by changing the subject. This PM is a total embarrassment to the nation and I cringe every time he heads overseas. What must the rest of the world think of us.
    Adrianus
    29th May 2015
    3:46pm
    Can someone please explain to me what connection Rupert Murdoch or any of his companies has with Australia's ABC?
    gilstamp
    29th May 2015
    7:29pm
    Murdoch is subsidised to a huge extent by the tax that he is allowed to avoid and the disproportionate media holdings that he is allowed to accumulate and therefore dominate the media influence in this country.
    Adrianus
    30th May 2015
    3:13pm
    I thought tax avoidance was against the law?
    Misty
    30th May 2015
    5:00pm
    How naïve are you Frank?.
    Misty
    30th May 2015
    5:00pm
    How naïve are you Frank?.
    Adrianus
    31st May 2015
    10:36am
    Are you saying Labor whinged about Rupert for 6 years and did nothing but whinge?
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:18pm
    Funny Frank. Murdoch has no connection with the ABC from what I understand. But then if he did own the ABC it would then become another of his one sided propaganda outlets.
    I suspect that last year when there was talk from the government about selling the ABC the Murdoch empire would have been a buyer.
    mIKER
    29th May 2015
    4:03pm
    All coaches know that one way to get a bit of leeway from the umpires is to complain that their team is being unfairly penalised; whether consciously or sub consciously, it works most times.
    The LNP has made an art form of criticising commentators who ask challenging questions or fail to agree with their statements for exactly the same effect, to gain an advantage by winning the benefit of the doubt, however dubious that may be.
    Fortunately Sales and many others on the ABC and Fairfax Press ignore this tactic and press on in an attempt to extract the truth or cut through the rhetoric from all Parties. The ABC inquisitors display little bias, just ask Labor Pollies under the pump.
    It should be noted that Bolt, Devine, Jones etc. only get plaudits for their tenacity; same action but different response, that has everything to do with who pays them.
    Paulodapotter
    29th May 2015
    4:32pm
    Memories are short aren't they? Sociopaths hate being criticised especially when they get caught doing the immoral.
    PlanB
    30th May 2015
    7:05am
    Also Sales and others wouldn't have to insist IF the Pollies answered the bloody question and stopped the spin and Pollie talk
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:20pm
    I have to say mIKER that Sales let Abbott off before the last election. She asked him about his travel rorts and his response was "now come on Lee" and that was the end of it. Extraordinary. It looked like she was scared of him. Not good.
    newvogue
    29th May 2015
    4:12pm
    Q&A does lean left, that's obvious. So are a lots of the news reports on ABC leaning left or just trashing conservative view. I prefer to listen to Andrew Bolt.
    Paulodapotter
    29th May 2015
    4:30pm
    I can tell you what part of the curve your IQ is on then.
    Paulodapotter
    29th May 2015
    4:34pm
    Of course you are right. The ABC lean left, then they lean right - dammit!
    gilstamp
    29th May 2015
    7:32pm
    And where do facts and logic rank in your thinking?
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:21pm
    Not obvious at all newvogue. Not even correct. And you prefer to listen to Bolt? Ok, I understand....you are a robot.
    Paulodapotter
    29th May 2015
    4:29pm
    If it's too hot in the room, get out of the room is all I'll say to LNP flunkeys over ABC bias. I didn't hear the LNP complaining when Labor was being bashed by them.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:22pm
    They'll be getting out at the next election Paulodapotter.
    Gravox
    29th May 2015
    4:33pm
    I have watched q and a for most of its time on air.bias is definitely in the eye of the beholder. There is no perfect way to assemble a panel but q and a gets it pretty right as a diversity of views is always on display. left wing and right wing are outdated ways to describe politicians . Q and a is a fine program as it stimulates debate, offers widespread viewpoints and the host never displays his own views in any show that I have watched. Instead of shooting the messenger perhaps politicians of all persuasions should look at the inadequacy of their messages sometimes.
    Paulodapotter
    29th May 2015
    4:36pm
    Nice response. I know where your social IQ lies on the curve too :).
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:24pm
    Yes Gravox. Your post is what this government hates: the facts and honest appraisal.
    BundyGil
    29th May 2015
    4:41pm
    Q & A leans against the government of the day, especially if that government is drowning in deceit and hypocrisy, as this one is.
    The ABC tries to balance, but when people are really angry, as they are with this government, balance is impossible.
    Senator McGrath needs to look in his own party room for the answer.
    He won't, of course.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:26pm
    I agree to a certain extent but this belief probably comes about from the scrutiny any government is under rather than the ludicrous claims of bias that some posters keep crying about like wounded parrots.
    TwainAndHume
    29th May 2015
    4:42pm
    Just because you are presented with facts (or questions) that you don't like doesn't mean that the facts or questions are biased against you. Too many of the LNP get rather fluffy and supportive rides in the conservative organs that it becomes difficult for them to deal with questioners and presenters who aren't biased in their favor. The truth can hurt.
    Kato
    29th May 2015
    5:01pm
    I find it hard to believe that they are biased either way . They cant get an honest and full answer from anyside of politics.
    PlanB
    30th May 2015
    7:06am
    Dead right Kato
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:26pm
    Yes.
    brainstraina
    29th May 2015
    5:25pm
    Grumpy-- I read you! I see plenty of news and current affairs programs and cannot agree with you that the Coalition, quote 'makes daily, scurrilous personal attacks' unquote. on members of Opposition. I would say that it is quite the reverse and you have just re-enforced that opinion by calling our Prime Minister (elected by the majority) 'glass jaw Abbott & Co'. The name is childish rather than scurrilous. It is also quite mild and harmless compared to some others on this forum.

    I don't care who may be elected to the Prime Ministership; but I do care that she or he be given
    due respect and shown common courtesy and the good manners with which we've been brought up by our parents.
    Paulodapotter
    29th May 2015
    5:31pm
    Especially when they show great respect towards one another as Abbott did to Julia while she was Prime Minister.
    brainstraina
    29th May 2015
    6:09pm
    Paulodapotter. And vise versa. However, I was referring to our behaviour towards our chosen 'leaders' and not their's to one another; but it would be great if we could all be kind and thoughtful to one another.
    I wish you a pleasant evening.
    bookwyrm
    30th May 2015
    4:33am
    Pinocchio Abbott doesn‘t deserve my respect!
    PlanB
    30th May 2015
    7:09am
    Oh yes like Abbott showed Gillard NOT !

    Bookworm I agree I can NOT respect Abbott of any of his lot
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:31pm
    Just like Julia Gillard received from Abbott brainstorm? Oh by the way the current opposition has given this government bipartisan support on some of its legislation. When Abbott was in opposition he voted AGAINST EVERYTHING other than a payrise for politicians.
    The current government was elected by Rupert Murdoch from what I can recall. The electorate is easily controlled by the media and it comes as no surprise to thinking Australians that what happened was a national disgrace. What we got was an election run by an American citizen (Rupert Murdoch). This was wrong.
    cockyhockey
    29th May 2015
    5:28pm
    The Murdoch mafia demonstrated again in the UK how they control and misrepresent. The journalist who work for this mob have very little control of what they can write. What about the reporting in the Telegraph and the Australian. Poor Senator
    Paulodapotter
    29th May 2015
    5:37pm
    Unfortunately there are many people in this country, especially among the supposedly more mature and wise, who actually believe that journalists speak and write with authority. However, their expertise is in writing, not in the subjects they write about. This is why one should always read between the lines for the truth in newspaper articles. As a journalist myself, having workded for the ABC, I speak with some authority, but with little expertise. The truth is only found through diligent research ane even then it can remain elusive.
    Irishwolfhound
    29th May 2015
    5:32pm
    I mostly voted Labor ( till Rudd & Gillard ) & I'd say they are very biased to the left now.
    Paulodapotter
    29th May 2015
    5:39pm
    Does that mean they will be biased to the right later?
    DaveL
    29th May 2015
    8:09pm
    To the Editor
    Please refrain with all second, third and more attempts at comments. It is just repetitive. A complete bore. And does not enlighten anyone. Commercial press wouldn't print most of this crap.
    Misty
    29th May 2015
    9:56pm
    Don't read it then, simple.
    jeansievers
    29th May 2015
    8:39pm
    The conservative or 'right' side of politics is very well represented by private media, particularly the media owned by Rupert Murdoch. Can the critics of the ABC seriously believe that Murdoch's media is really balanced? If the ABC is biased to the left this provides a balance to predominately right wing media. However, there are some who believe the ABC is biased to the 'right' and is often seen as the mouth piece of the government.
    When you have a such a conservative government which continually is attacking the most vulnerable people in our society surely it is reasonable to expect vigorous debate which discusses the concerns of ordinary Australian people.
    Paulodapotter
    30th May 2015
    11:42am
    Good on yer, Jeansievers
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:33pm
    That is at the heart of the problem: we can have propaganda campaigns because media ownership laws have been relaxed. Now the Murdoch big business interest organisation can behave like criminals by distorting the voting system.
    fairgo
    29th May 2015
    9:40pm
    Perhaps a moderator (?) who does not make snide comments and speak over the top of some of the panelists with his own views would be an improvement.
    Paulodapotter
    30th May 2015
    11:43am
    Oh come on!
    Adrianus
    1st Jun 2015
    7:56am
    I've also noticed that fairgo. When a government minister begins to gain some traction with the audience Jones moves quickly to shut it down with a premature interruption.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:35pm
    Perhaps politicians need to ANSWER THE QUESTION which they intentionally avoid. That way there would be no need to butt in.
    Misty
    29th May 2015
    9:59pm
    This topic and the comments here reminds me very much of Question Time in the Parliament, need I say more.
    Paulodapotter
    30th May 2015
    11:44am
    Entertaining eh?
    P$cript
    29th May 2015
    10:04pm
    The ABC is to intellectual for most on the right to understand, so they call it Left biased.
    brainstraina
    1st Jun 2015
    2:53pm
    Yeah. Right!
    Sandman
    29th May 2015
    11:42pm
    The reason the Libs want to privatise the ABC is so that one 100% of the media is in favour of them. They cant stand balanced criticism. They are the government of the day, it is their policies that are being put to parliament so it stands to reason that they will be scrutinised.
    After the next election it could be Labors turn, only they will not only have to put up with balanced criticism from the ABC but they will have to put up with the right wing media of Commercial TV and of course Rupert Murdochs empire.
    brainstraina
    29th May 2015
    11:55pm
    Except for The Bolt Report there is very little 'right wing media' on commercial tv.
    You mention 'balanced criticism' from the ABC.

    However, I do realize that you must be joking. If not; then perhaps it's a case of vision and hearing impairment.
    Misty
    30th May 2015
    10:38am
    Just tune in to Sky News political programs to see what bias consists of Sandman.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:36pm
    That about covers it Sandman. I remember last year the talk was about selling off the ABC. Tells a story doesn't it.
    Sandman
    30th May 2015
    12:56am
    I think you must have supped form the cup of "vision and hearing impairment" to say that Rupert Murdoch has Foxtel his son Lachlan is a non-executive chairman of Ten Network Holdings Limited, with TV stations in five State capital cities and as far as the other commercial stations some only hear what they want to hear.
    brainstraina
    30th May 2015
    1:59am
    Let'[s agree to disagree. Perhaps we all have 'supped from the cup of vision and hearing impairment'.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:39pm
    I for one cannot wait for Rupert to pass on. Whilst I hold no personal grudges with Rupert, apart from his attempt to rob Australians of their own future, Newscorp needs to be run by somebody who understands that it is not ethical to meddle in the politics of a nation. This is the responsibility of elected representatives.....who also should not be under the control of whatever company.
    bookwyrm
    30th May 2015
    4:30am
    The LNP want ALL the media on their fascist side. The truth must not escape, that we are being taken for a ride by the worst government ever in Australian history. Lies got them elected, such as there will be no cuts to the ABC! And they just keep on lying and bullying their way along. That‘s why they don‘t like media that is intelligent, global, ethical, truthful! Everything this gawdawful govmint ain‘t!
    bookwyrm
    30th May 2015
    4:30am
    The LNP want ALL the media on their fascist side. The truth must not escape, that we are being taken for a ride by the worst government ever in Australian history. Lies got them elected, such as there will be no cuts to the ABC! And they just keep on lying and bullying their way along. That‘s why they don‘t like media that is intelligent, global, ethical, truthful! Everything this gawdawful govmint ain‘t!
    PlanB
    30th May 2015
    7:14am
    Yes they sure are the worst Government ever bookworm, with the most idiotic PM ever, I am sure he is mentally deficient
    Oars
    30th May 2015
    7:10am
    This sudden outcry is a bit late- "the horse bolted" years ago. Anyone with a clear outlook takes no notice of this "trendy lefty" forum. It helps labor to do what they do best- SH** stir ! Wot a joke ?
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:40pm
    Keep trotting out the government line Oars....or is it Frank???
    Not Senile Yet!
    30th May 2015
    10:12am
    To all the Right & Left Whingers......you are right (correct) in your own Point of View!!!!
    When you do not want the light on you...... it is a Political Tactic to shine the light (by accusation) elsewhere....BOTH sides do this all the time!!!
    The real suckers are the fools who are blinded by their own biased views (be they left or right) in the form of Blinkers....not unlike a racehorse.....striding for the finish line....which the Liberal view is to Flog Off the ABC to anyone.....just to eliminate the expense of it!!!! Any win in eliminating the biased broadcasting would just be a bonus!
    The over 50's Magazine currently publishes a retired Right Wing Politicians' view, stating they do so because their Policy is to give a voice to whoever is in Government......and did so for the Left when they were in Parliament!
    The fact remains that this is out-dated Policy from the 80's and 90's and needs to be changed so a voice is heard from not only the Right or Left....but also from the Independants!!!
    The ABC does have a responsibility to be UN-BIASED simply because it is Tax Payer Funded......however, the complaint in Parliament is a Party Line tactic employed by the Liberal Party to counter ABC's attacks on their Policies!!!!
    No one should disagree with their entitlement....to voice their view)......unless you are a Lefty!!!
    The actual reality is that Most Australians do not agree with attacking and slashing the Pensioners or the Less Privileged as a short term budget Fix.....when I say most....I mean both Left & Right sides of the Debate!
    The Government is short sighted in that it has not addressed the Millions of Tax dodged by Multi-Nationals by operating outside of Australia......and needs to close those Loop-Holes!!!!
    No ABN Number without minimum 20% Tax on income generated within Australia!!! No ABN....No can sell anything....Quite Simple!
    Why should Singapore Registered Companies pay only 18.5% tax to Singapore???? Make it illegal to trade on Oz without an ABN and minimum tax to be paid as a condition of the ABN being issued by OUR Taxation Department!!!!
    No need then to make savage cutbacks on the underprivileged to balance the budget!!!
    This Neo fascist Right Wing extreme Liberal Government are Completely off their cotton picking minds to think cutbacks are the ONE and Only solution!!!
    They refuse to listen to any Solid Economic Advice from outside their Party Room.....if they did.....maybe the ABC would not be so biased or attacking!!!
    It is their Policies that Stink!!! It is their Lies that get up ones nose!!!
    But worse still....it is their refusal to become creative .....that frustrates even their own followers.
    As for the Left being a viable alternative.....PLEASE!!!
    Most Voters World Wide are now voting more and more for the Independants.....simply because they are sick to death of the POV that only the Left or the Right......have a satisfactory Solution!!!
    I for one.....think they both stink of corruption behind closed doors.....in their respective Caucuses!!!!
    Far too much selling out to the Party Policy for my liking.....and far too many Party Puppets on strings pretending to be MP's!!!!
    Paulodapotter
    30th May 2015
    11:59am
    Hence the rise of the hung parliament. I hope to see more of them.
    Misty
    30th May 2015
    5:23pm
    Paulpdpotter I could word your sentence another way, as I am sure many other people would like to see happen too, but I have to be careful in my comments as I don't want to get into trouble with the powers that be.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:45pm
    As I keep crying in the wilderness the only way to fix both sides of politics is to VOTE FOR INDEPENDENTS. Doesn't matter if it is Billy the Blacksmith as they are advised by the best public servants money can buy.
    The result will be that the big two will understand that the electorate has had enough and will have to either change or die. THAT IS HOW THE BALLOT BOX NEEDS TO BE USED. Sadly voters believe what they hear and are too scared to take the medicine which will fix the problem.
    Paulodapotter
    30th May 2015
    11:51am
    When you hear people carping about left bias on the ABC, it's because they see and understand that their side of politics are not looking too good. This isn't because of bias. It's a result of their own recognition that the political party they support is on the nose and that their decisions are not in the best interest of the country. If the bias was so obvious then people would see through it and give as much credence to the program as it diserves. However, when you see that your own side of politics is being shown in a poor light, you should take this on board and support that side of politics which is doing the right thing, whether it be the ones in power, the ones seeking power or the independent voices of reason. Simples :)
    Capn Dan
    30th May 2015
    11:57am
    Left and Right are old and boring terms that explain nothing. Q&A is a boring aggressive television show best avoided. It explains nothing so is a waste of time and money. A turn off.
    Paulodapotter
    30th May 2015
    12:02pm
    Absolutely agree with your assessment of left and right terms - too simplistic and out of date. Don't agree entirely with your assessment of Q&A. It often depends on who is on the program. Some boring as you say and some quite entertaining, but each to their own, Capn.
    Misty
    30th May 2015
    1:56pm
    Capn Dan if you find it boring why watch it?, and if you don't watch it how do you know it is boring?.
    Capn Dan
    31st May 2015
    1:35pm
    I have watched it until I turn it off because it turns me off. It seems aimed at aggression, plenty of fire, but no light. Agree, to each their own.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:46pm
    So vote for Independents and shake up the game. Nothing to lose!
    Justsane
    30th May 2015
    12:30pm
    Q&A can ask anyone they like to be on the panel. Whether a person accepts or not is up to them. Tony Abbott does not seem to ever want to go on shows like Q&A and the Insiders, and Andrew Bolt is always criticising the ABC on his program. How likely is it that he would accept to go on Q&A?

    For all this, I do not agree that Q&A is left leaning. But perhaps it is composed of people who like discussing issues and are prepared to listen to and consider the opinions of others with an open mind.

    Also, one person can have opinions about many things. Some of their opinions could be seen as left leaning, some of them right leaning. A person can also hold two diametrically opposite opinions about an issue at the same time, because they can see both sides of the question.

    I am glad that in Australia there is so much opportunity to have discussions about many topics of interest and importance. This is a safeguard against extremism. In part, we have the ABC to thank for this.
    Misty
    30th May 2015
    1:42pm
    Best common sense comment so far on this subject Justsane.
    Adrianus
    30th May 2015
    3:40pm
    I think it is only a matter of time until neuroscience confirms that we are born left or right. As we become more in control of our destiny and develop our analytical skills we can change that, but very few of us bother. Some occupations will attract either left or right minded individuals. Which leads me to the question at hand.
    How would you classify those who enter the field of journalism?
    Conducted between May 2012 and March 2013, the University of the Sunshine Coast’s representative survey of 605 journalists around Australia found that more than half (51.0%) describe themselves as holding left-of-centre political views, compared with only 12.9% who consider themselves right-of-centre.
    The reasons for this are obvious. And the chances of Q & A having a right of centre view are quite remote even given the ABC charter. Sure they try to balance by giving the other side a free kick but it rarely hides the truth.
    The ABC is as left as Andrew Bolt is right of centre. Andrew Bolt admits his bias but strives for honesty. While some on the ABC such as The Drum panel and Q & A adopt a one sided political game using blunt propaganda. They really need to restrain from the emotional outpourings if they are to regain some credibility.
    miss aisle
    1st Jun 2015
    8:53am
    The wisdom of the owl - simple facts but, outstanding!
    Misty
    1st Jun 2015
    10:00am
    Rubbish.
    Adrianus
    1st Jun 2015
    10:37am
    Yes miss aisle, most in the media start out as lefties. I guess with good intentions they see the job as a way they can stand up for the rights of the little guy. What I find interesting is that quite a few change to a right of centre view once they become experienced. :)
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:48pm
    Frank = miss aisle. You are the same posters. Caught you out some time ago Frank when you slipped up.
    I guess you have to do something when nobody listens.
    Sandman
    30th May 2015
    4:09pm
    Some of the people on Q&A are judged as being left or right but with some, it might not be their politics that is influencing their comments. It might be what they perceive as right or wrong and giving a fair go. They might have right wing views but they could see the injustice lies and broken promises of this government. I know some might come back with "what about Labor when they promised this or that" but any level headed person would have to admit that Tony Abbott's government where it comes to injustice lies and broken promises, has it in spades!
    PlanB
    31st May 2015
    6:29am
    Abbott sure has broken most all of his promises
    Adrianus
    31st May 2015
    10:05am
    While Labor has worked hard to make sure Abbott cant keep his promises, even the ABC cannot hold that view.
    Misty
    31st May 2015
    4:20pm
    Frank Labor is only doing to Tony Abbott what he did to them in Opposition, blame Tony as he taught them well didn't he.
    brainstraina
    1st Jun 2015
    3:42pm
    The Opposition won't allow the Government to keep promises; therefore it is not Mr. Abbott's fault for 'another broken promise' (Billy's favorite three little words.) Doesn't he enjoy using them on a daily basis!
    Misty
    1st Jun 2015
    4:12pm
    Like I said brainstraina, Labor learned from an expert at blocking everything, but there are other lies and broken promises from this government that have nothing to do with Labor, what happened to Stable Government?, already been one big hiccup there, Tony was Lucky he didn't get rolled and is still walking the tightrope by all accounts, not to mention the rumbles still going on in the party about Citizenship.
    DennD
    30th May 2015
    10:32pm
    I totally agree with "Not Amused" Q&A are definitely biased as is the 7:30 Report where you never hear a good report from either of the shows regarding the Coalition; I switch off now as they are not worth watching.
    miss aisle
    1st Jun 2015
    9:10am
    Exactly, DennD, The Coalition is constantly being downtrodden by ABC,
    Hope the lefties are just as blindsighted when/if there are further cuts to
    the station. These shows unfairly influence voters who do not take a deep
    interest in politics.
    Misty
    1st Jun 2015
    9:57am
    DennD maybe that's because the Coalition are doing such a terrible job running the country at the moment, I know Labor were not perfect but people expected a lot better from this government, not lies and broken promises, backflips and party infighting, trying to get rid of Tony Abbott as leader, not what they voted for at all. Each side has to be held accountable for the way they govern even if we don't like it that is not BIAS just telling it as it is .
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:50pm
    I know.....any media outlet which does not run the government propaganda is biased. But the Courier Mail, Australian and all the other Murdoch outlets are not. Very funny DennD.
    maxchugg
    30th May 2015
    11:07pm
    On Q & A, and everywhere else, when someone comes out with something that the left don't like the argument is ignored and the person is viciously attacked, the first step is to attach the "racist" tag from which there is no defence.
    One good example is what was done to discredit Geoffrey Blainey where one of his opponents bragged about how his former colleagues had taken a jackhammer to his work. Another example of the tactics of the left was on the "Sunday" program of 21/8/2002 where a person, unfairly labelled right wing, criticized his opponents, one of them heavily involved in the personal attack on Blainey for supporting their controversial arguments with "false citations, misrepresentations, deceit and outright fabrications."
    All of the evidence he produced was ignored and countered by a long, hectoring lecture in extremely sarcastic tone full of nonsensical personal criticism concluded by a vicious personal attack unsupported and unsupportable by evidence because it was untrue.
    After the debate a reporter interviewed one of the "racist's" critics and a response left no room for doubt in the mind of any reasonable parson about who was credible and who was not .
    Full details are available at:
    http://www.kooriweb.org/foley/resources/history/winddebatehr03.html
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:54pm
    We know the form of this government. It began with Pyne and Kennett on what the 7 media called Election Night Telecast. Both the above creatures spent the evening running the most vile attacks on Labor. Sickening...and Chris Bath did nothing to control it.
    Now we just have to listen to parliament and the same sort of (mis)conduct occurs. Vile gutter attacks from the government.
    And the coalition is crying foul? Amusing but sad that some simple minded folk did not believe the spiel.
    eggles01
    30th May 2015
    11:21pm
    LETS FACE IT THE ENTIRE ABC ESPECIALLY THEIR ON TV INTERVIEWERS (SOMEONE SHOULD TELL THEM THAT THEY CANNOT GROW A SET OF WHAT THEY WERE NOT BORN WITH JUST BY ATTEMPTING TO BE A BIG BRAVE BULLY) IS BIASED AGAINST EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE RED FLAGGED LABOR PARTY AND THEIR CRONY LITTLE INDEPENDENTS HANGER ONERS
    Misty
    30th May 2015
    11:32pm
    Why do you bother watching it then eggles01 if you feel so strongly about this so called bias?, if you have read all the comments here you would realise that you and the rest of your like minded commentators are in the minority here.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:56pm
    Bully??? You must be talking about the PM or Joe Hockey. Now there you have bullies which bring meaning to the word.
    eggles01
    31st May 2015
    1:29am
    hey mistie,i do not watch it i watch the drum,insight and the bolt report and that is where i saw both of the real bully girls having a go i assume you are another one of them so i will educate you by telling you that if you were not born with them give up trying to grow a set it wont happen
    Misty
    31st May 2015
    4:24pm
    Eggles01 I wouldn't want it too, I am old and wise enough to make up my own mind without the need for a set of you know what.
    eggles01
    31st May 2015
    1:29am
    hey mistie,i do not watch it i watch the drum,insight and the bolt report and that is where i saw both of the real bully girls having a go i assume you are another one of them so i will educate you by telling you that if you were not born with them give up trying to grow a set it wont happen

    31st May 2015
    8:59am
    Why are the taxpayers spending 1.5 billion on Govt television stations all seven of them when we are well served already. If the small minority who watch State provided TV want it they should do it by subscription ..
    Adrianus
    31st May 2015
    9:59am
    Because during the Rudd, Gillard, Rudd government they had a strategy of "competing" with privately controlled media for the hearts and minds of voters. Gillard called in the press and demanded they call the Abbott opposition to account. That's political jargon meaning "make sure Abbott's ducks aren't lined up."
    Anonymous
    1st Jun 2015
    5:47pm
    Know that Greens leader Bob Brown has already suggested this punishment for what he calls the “the hate media” - the Murdoch newspapers he says have been too critical of him and the Gillard Government he props up.

    Here’s his threat, earlier this month, when calling for an inquiry into newspapers: “I think there’s quite a bit of concern I’m being fed from within the media ... about the narrow range of media opinion and the intrusion of opinion into news columns in sections of Australian media.”

    Know also that Prime Minister Julia Gillard has already agreed to consider this inquiry: “I anticipate we’ll have a discussion amongst parliamentarians about this, about the best review and the best way of dealing with all of this.”

    Know that none of these politicians is talking about the Left-wing bias of, say, the ABC, The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald.

    Know also that the Greens have huge sway over this hapless Prime Minister, this month erecting billboards boasting how it had made her hand over $10 billion for its pet renewable energy projects.

    And, finally, know that the Government has claimed since October that Murdoch newspapers are campaigning for “regime change”, and has searched since for ways to intimidate it.

    Let’s now be very clear about what Milne, on behalf of Brown, is demanding.

    Newspapers that criticise her global warming agenda or her political allies must face a government inquiry into “bias”, which in fact means their coverage of issues on which the Greens want little debate.

    Those newspapers could then be set new rules to be more “balanced”, as defined by the Greens and Labor.

    Their owners, if their name is “Rupert Murdoch”, may also be forced to sell their newspapers to someone else, or shut them if there is no buyer.

    People wanting to buy those newspapers or start their own may have to get, effectively, a licence from the Government, provided they can persuade it or its agents that they are “fit and proper” people - under a definition drawn up by the Greens and Labor.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/column_how_the_greens_plan_to_silence_the_press/
    Misty
    1st Jun 2015
    6:17pm
    No longer relevant Pete, old old news.
    Anonymous
    1st Jun 2015
    6:52pm
    Is that a comment on my first post or second
    Misty
    1st Jun 2015
    7:08pm
    I thought my comment was self explanatory Pete but if you really want to know it was the second one.
    Anonymous
    2nd Jun 2015
    12:45am
    Glad you agree on my first point ..?regarding my second it is entirely relevant as it shows what the far left are capable of .
    When in power as the greens were in coalition with labor they wanted to censor the press,,
    Misty
    2nd Jun 2015
    2:21pm
    You got that wrong Pete, I don't agree with either of your comments and your opinion is just that, your opinion coloured by your political views, just as everyone else's is on this site, some will agree with you and some won't, depending on their political leanings.
    Adrianus
    2nd Jun 2015
    2:30pm
    Misty, would you say you lean to the left?
    Misty
    2nd Jun 2015
    6:19pm
    Depends which way the wind is blowing Frank as to where I lean.
    Anonymous
    2nd Jun 2015
    10:13pm
    Misty isn't that the point of the forum to put our point of view..
    IMO forums such as this are dominated by the left .. The silent majority just gets on with life and paying tneir tax for all the leaners.,
    We now have more voters than taxpayers so therefore everyone will vote with their pocket.. No change for Australia...
    Adrianus
    2nd Jun 2015
    10:20pm
    Pete, its a terrible situation. I would like to see the windsocks and leaners not given a vote. Only taxpayers should have the privilege of helping a government redistribute the nation's wealth.
    Anonymous
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:17pm
    Why are the taxpayers spending 1.5 billion on Govt television stations all seven of them when we are well served already. If the small minority who watch State provided TV want it they should do it by subscription ..

    I see misty disagrees with my first point , another case of leaners wanting their preference paid for by taxpayers...
    Anonymous
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:23pm
    For the few political tragics there are I prefer the commentary programmes on Sky News that has commentators from both left and right .. but I pay for it .
    Adrianus
    3rd Jun 2015
    2:08pm
    A lot of that $1.5b goes on wages.
    CEO Mr Scott $773,787, earns more than the Prime Minister.
    Tony Jones $355,789.
    Annabel Crabb is on $217,426.
    Fran Kelly is on $255,000.
    Chris Uhlmann earns $255,400 a year.
    Virginia Trioli earns $235,664.
    Michael Rowland $151,006.
    Barrie Cassidy earns $243,478.
    Jon Faine $300,000.
    Quentin Dempster $291,505.
    Seems to me we taxpayers are paying too much to our public servants.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    3:00pm
    Maybe you need to comment on the huge cost of promoting elections and who pays. And then why not fix the superannuation tax shelter for the rich which cost us all much more than the ABC.
    Australia needs ALL VIEWS covered, not just those from big business whose only interest is electing any government which gives it more money. The ABC is untouchable by the rich. That is what they cannot accept and what they are trying their best to destroy.
    Misty
    3rd Jun 2015
    5:47pm
    Frank how wrong you are, some SKY NEWS political programs have their fair share of Coalition/Labor/Indept/Greens but not Paul Murray, last night his panel consisted of Janine Perrett and Derryn Hinch, votyh dyed in the wool Libs and Paul Murray never has a good word to say about the Opposition regardless of what happens his bias is blatant. I too pay for Foxtel.
    Adrianus
    3rd Jun 2015
    5:57pm
    Misty, I haven't seen the weather report for tomorrow but it's possible you could warm to the idea when the afternoon sea breeze kicks in.
    Misty
    3rd Jun 2015
    6:03pm
    Sorry that word above should read both not votyh.
    Misty
    3rd Jun 2015
    8:15pm
    Frank I live klms away from the sea, mountain breeze here, -6 now so I don't think it will do much warming.
    Adrianus
    3rd Jun 2015
    8:42pm
    Misty, Your next warm day will not be until the weekend :) But somehow I don't think you will lean to far to the right at 7 degrees. he he he.
    Anonymous
    4th Jun 2015
    7:20am
    Actualy Misty it was me that said I prefer sky News which I pay for rather than the AbC for political discussions I find the Insiders progrmme must a platform for the ALP and the drum the majority of the time also left slant .
    All the other imported British serials I can watch elsewhere and the BBC is ending its tie up to the ABC anyway.. So I see nothing unique about the Government TV .
    For its main channel Channel 2 it attracts an average audience of 10 per cent . So for this elite few we are spending 1.5 billion .
    Misty
    4th Jun 2015
    10:54am
    You are right there Frank, I will be smack bang in the middle, neither left or right.
    Misty
    4th Jun 2015
    11:04am
    My apology Pete my old brain gets a bit tired sometimes deciding if I will lean to the left or right.
    FrankC
    31st May 2015
    11:49am
    It would be interesting to have the show broadcast from different states, that way we could all see how political views are reflected from those states by the populace within them.
    Keeping it in Sydney is making it parochial.
    Misty
    31st May 2015
    4:06pm
    FrankC they do broadcast from different states, a few times each year.
    Misty
    31st May 2015
    4:26pm
    They do FrankC, broadcast from other states a few times a year.
    Willfish
    31st May 2015
    4:06pm
    Biased? In politics? Well go on?. I cannot think of any opinion - particularly one on any area of politics - which doesn't come with some form of bias. If you don't like the opinion, or the bias that comes with it - switch channels, or read a different newspaper. Hopefully you will find the bias you are more comfortable with. Whether or not the opinion or bias is paid for by the taxpayer is irrelevant. Taxpayer? Customer? Advertiser? These are the people who pay the piper in the media. Same source, different avenue for revenue. I don't remember the Murdoch press having to answer to it's customers or advertisers for it's bias, so why should the ABC? I'm glad the ABC journalists have enough backbone to have an opinion. I don't always have to agree with them. But that is my bias!!
    Willfish
    31st May 2015
    4:06pm
    Biased? In politics? Well go on?. I cannot think of any opinion - particularly one on any area of politics - which doesn't come with some form of bias. If you don't like the opinion, or the bias that comes with it - switch channels, or read a different newspaper. Hopefully you will find the bias you are more comfortable with. Whether or not the opinion or bias is paid for by the taxpayer is irrelevant. Taxpayer? Customer? Advertiser? These are the people who pay the piper in the media. Same source, different avenue for revenue. I don't remember the Murdoch press having to answer to it's customers or advertisers for it's bias, so why should the ABC? I'm glad the ABC journalists have enough backbone to have an opinion. I don't always have to agree with them. But that is my bias!!
    Pardelope
    1st Jun 2015
    2:46am
    Hear hear!
    Ruby
    1st Jun 2015
    10:48am
    The ABC has always been left wing bias since it was taken over by the whitlem labor government in the early 1970s. Before that it was independent. Whitlem of course didn't believe in and independent ABC. That is why he stopped the license charge. And then Fraser was that frightened of loosing the subsequent election that when whitlem said that the liberals would reintroduce the license fee. Fraser panicked and gave in. That is the reason why the ABC has now to go cap in hand to the government of the day for funds to carry on broadcasting. The ABC is more frightened of a labor government than it is of a liberal one.
    Misty
    1st Jun 2015
    11:06am
    Rubbish.
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    3:01pm
    Says who? Tony Abbott? Rupert Murdoch? Gina Rhinehart?
    wally
    1st Jun 2015
    10:05pm
    It would appear that when Labor has been in power, they have placed people sympathetic to the Labor point of view in the ABC bureaucracy. So like good little Labor luvvies, they take every opportunity to bag the LNP and praise Labor or try to cover upl Labor mistakes. After all, bending the media to parrot government policy, point of view and propaganda have worked well for Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Mao and their ilk in the 20th Century and the ALP in the 21st.
    Sandman
    2nd Jun 2015
    12:36am
    And what about the Liberal Party appointments to the panel overseeing appointments to the boards of the ABC and SBS. Quote The Abbott government has appointed conservative commentator Janet Albrechtsen and former deputy Liberal Party leader Neil Brown to the panel overseeing appointments to the boards of the ABC and SBS. End Quote from the here http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/janet-albrechtsen-appointed-to-abc-and-sbs-board-appointments-panel-20140702-3b8rs.html
    Adrianus
    2nd Jun 2015
    6:28am
    Good to see the change is underway.
    Oldie84
    3rd Jun 2015
    1:27pm
    About time too....
    MICK
    3rd Jun 2015
    3:04pm
    I also remember that when Rudd came to power he SHARED political posts between government and coalition members. What did Abbott do? Every position to his party.
    A bit unfair branding the previous government with the same brand wally. Chalk and cheese from what I can see. You might not have liked either the Rudd or Gillard governments but both were not servants of big business and policies generally reflected what was good for the nation. Not what was good for the bottom line of vested interests in big business.
    Oldie84
    3rd Jun 2015
    3:40pm
    Pie-eyed Mick????
    Adrianus
    3rd Jun 2015
    4:41pm
    Yes mick, Rudd and Gillard were perfect Prime Minister material in your eyes but the rest of us have a higher passmark than provided by these two stars of "The Killing Season."
    This 3 part series is the ABC at its lefty best.
    Misty
    3rd Jun 2015
    5:34pm
    How do you know that Frank?, have you watched all 3 parts enabling you to make this informed decision as stated above?.
    Adrianus
    4th Jun 2015
    12:27pm
    Misty, I don't need to watch all 3 episodes to form an opinion. They are going after someone as is usually the case. Gillard gave too much money to the ABC so she would be safe. Perhaps it is Rudd they are not finished with or could it be someone else? I am not interested to know really. When all the dust settles on the Labor "he said she said" nonsense it will most probably be either Tony Abbott or Bill Shorten.
    Abbott is usually responsible in the end.
    Misty
    4th Jun 2015
    3:02pm
    Frank finally you are seeing the light, we all know Tony Abbott has been responsible for the debacle going on in his cabinet at the moment as he obviously didn't learn anything from the last time, another broken promise, didn't he say " No more Captain's picks "?
    Adrianus
    4th Jun 2015
    3:40pm
    The ABC took credit for bringing down Rudd. Nobody should take credit for toppling Rudd unless his name is Kevin Michael Rudd. It was a mistake to agree with the unions to step down during his first 12 months in office.
    Now let me see, who was it Julia Gillard called immediately after leaving the PM's office and said "he wont go"?
    OK let's say they toppled Rudd and they are now going after Shorten, does that mean the ABC is not leaning to the left? Does that mean they have a new found fondness for Tony Abbott?
    No!
    Misty
    4th Jun 2015
    7:54pm
    Frank where did you get the idea that the ABC took credit for bringing down Kevin Rudd?, first I heard of it.
    Adrianus
    4th Jun 2015
    8:01pm
    Barry Cassidy during an episode of the Insiders.
    socrates
    3rd Jun 2015
    6:05pm
    If you are politically to the right of Attila the Hun even objective and factual comments will be seen by you to represent left wing bias (what ever that is). Just lay off the ABC. I used to be a rusted on die hard Liberal until it turned into a Neo-Conservative party. Does that make me a lefty? I think the Liberal party has lost its way and Abbott is too limited a man to be the prime minister of the country let alone a leader of the Liberal party.
    Adrianus
    3rd Jun 2015
    9:02pm
    Those who are hardest to love need it the most.
    Fazed Cynic
    4th Jun 2015
    12:05pm
    Q&A does lean a bit to the left, but at least it is not so biased like Andrew Bolt, Sydney Morning Herald and everything else that is controlled by Murdoch! Unfair that it was taken off ABC24! Not everyone can stay up until after 9.30pm when it is finally shown in Western Australia time. It is also too biased towards Western Sydney. We don't all live in Sydney! And I think it should have a different host, not Tony Jones. Tony Jones is an overpaid blowhard. Someone like Ben Elton would be much better at grilling the panelists, or possibly John Hewson they should feature more. People couldn't accuse John Hewson of being too leftist, and he doesn't involve himself in smoke and mirror spin tactics like other politicians!
    Misty
    5th Jun 2015
    10:36am
    You forgot to mention the Daily Telegraph Fazed Cynic, one of the most biased newspapers in our country but of course what else would you expect from a Murdoch paper also the SMH is owned, or was by Fairfax, has it been sold to Murdoch?. I do agree that John Hewson would make a good host, he calls it like it is no favours to either side he certainly gets stuck in to the Coalition, especially on Climate Change.
    Adrianus
    27th Jun 2015
    7:21am
    Mark Scott needs to resign. The more he attacks the government the more people are realising he is pushing his left political view through our ABC. This is just wrong on so many levels.