Will he or won’t he?

Malcolm Turnbull has been announced as a panellist on the ABC’s Q&A next week.

Will he or won’t he?

Malcolm Turnbull has been announced as a panellist on Q&A next week. The announcement comes from the ABC, despite the Government banning its ministers to appear on the program until the outcome of a review into the show has been finalised.

Asked yesterday whether he would appear on the show, the Communications Minister said, “Well, we’ll see what the position is next Monday, but really I have nothing more to say about Q&A. There has perhaps been too much said about it already.”

However, the ABC is still promoting Mr Turnbull’s proposed appearance on next week’s episode, despite no guarantee that he will appear on the show.

Last week, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has decreed that his frontbenchers boycott Q&A whilst an independent review is being conducted, banned Barnaby Joyce from appearing on the show, in a move deemed by his own ministers as “over-reaching”.

And whilst, at this stage, Mr Turnbull’s appearance is still only speculation, it is believed he will withdraw if Mr Abbott makes a formal request, because, according to The Daily Telegraph, Mr Turnbull does not want the issue to become a power struggle between the two.

Would you like to see Mr Turnbull appear on Q&A? Answer our poll below and tell us what you think.

Read more at Mumbrella

Read more at The Daily Telegraph

Read more at www.abc.net.au

Do you think Malcolm Turnbull will appear on Q&A?
Yes
No
 




    COMMENTS

    To make a comment, please register or login
    Lescol
    10th Jul 2015
    10:14am
    Perhaps there should be an extra polling possibility? 'Not an issue'
    MICK
    10th Jul 2015
    4:38pm
    Who cares about polling. We want the head conspirators. We want Tony and we want Joe to face up to their crimes against the nation.
    Sceptic
    10th Jul 2015
    6:51pm
    And what crimes are they mick???
    MICK
    10th Jul 2015
    8:02pm
    Those that are committed between government and big business. Not disclosed but there to see through government policy. So lets have a close examination of the fundraiser Joe Hockey was pursued about by Fairfax.
    Kato
    11th Jul 2015
    10:17am
    Sceptic and what crimes are they not?
    wally
    11th Jul 2015
    5:56pm
    Kato, are you teaching mick how to develop paranoia? Or are you the gate keeper of the Twilight Zone?
    Kato
    11th Jul 2015
    7:17pm
    wally you have that domain sown up well and truly yourself.
    MICK
    11th Jul 2015
    10:10pm
    Thanks for the cudos Kato.
    Not Amused
    10th Jul 2015
    10:16am
    (a) The "independent review" is not independent because the person appointed by the ABC is an ABC appointee. The person appointed has already publicly spoken about the review so he's unfit to do an unbiased report. (b) Malcolm Turnbull loves the limelight and thinks he should be PM but I remember Utegate and why he lost the leadership job. He's an ABC stooge. Anyway while the review is under way, whether or not Ray Martin is intellectually capable or not, Q and A should stick to non-political topics with interesting guests that aren't hand-picked just to push the ALP Green agenda. The taxpayer funded ABC was supposed to be "ours" but it's been hijacked by some very aggressive overpaid people who thumb their noses at the wider community.
    Happy cyclist
    10th Jul 2015
    10:30am
    The ABC is also MY ABC and its where I get political coverage from, good coverage in my opinion. What all right-wing types must realise is that we are not a totalitarian state (yet) and we have freedome of speech (to a degree). Q&A is at its best when it gets a mix of people on the panel and they put forward their differing views for people to hear and assess and make up their own minds. Trying to shut the debate down but suggestion Q&A should not have political opinions is plain nonsense. What are all you people afraid of? Your last sentence 'not amused' has not amused me, its just typical of the name-calling people resort to when they really have no evidence for what they have said.
    PlanB
    10th Jul 2015
    10:30am
    FGS Not Amused the ABC is NOT biased in ANY way they take to the Lab 'and the Libs in the same way, you are talking rubbish.

    Ray Martin has more intellect than Abbott any day
    adbob
    10th Jul 2015
    11:35am
    "whether or not Ray Martin is intellectually capable"

    My impression is that he couldn't chew gum and fart at the same time without an idiot board telling him what to do.
    Wstaton
    10th Jul 2015
    12:00pm
    typical of those who are incapable of any intelligent comment adbob.
    And of course are obviously liberal biased. Makings of another Tony Abbott here who seems to be trying to turn the prime ministerialship into a dictatorship treating his ministers like naughty schoolboys or schoolgirls (when you can find any by digging through the boys first)

    I guess Ministers do not have any freedom of speech which obviously Tony Abbott wants to curtail.

    Except of course when it is a ploy like Barnaby Joyce who reckons he is speaking as a minister against the coal mining not as a representative of the people, who by the way elected him.

    Treating
    adbob
    10th Jul 2015
    1:38pm
    In reply to WStaton

    My comment below:

    "As an opponent it's not really for me to tell the so-called Liberal Party what to do"

    Suggest learn to read before you call me or anyone else unintelligent - pot - kettle.
    wally
    10th Jul 2015
    11:52pm
    So the question is how much light the "Little Ray of Sunshine" will reveal to us on the ABC's Question and Interjection show. I suspect that Mr Martin is going to get bucketed no matter what sort of conclusion he arrives at. As far as shutting the debate goes, Tony Jones does a pretty good job of interrupting and choking off debate himself when the speaker (usually a token conservative) starts making headway in a direction Tony Jones doesn't like.
    Kato
    11th Jul 2015
    10:20am
    Tony once said on the ABC we cannot take away the right to freedoms in a democratic and free Country such as Australia we cannot have a Jihad against free speech and the right to say what we feel. But of course he was in opposition then. pot kettle.
    wally
    11th Jul 2015
    6:08pm
    Tony and the matter of free speech and telling Barnaby and the "Wolf of Wentworth" not to go on Q & A appears to be a double edged sword. Does Tony fear to unleash Barnaby and the "Wolf" on Q & A.? If so, why? If he is trying to starve the program of oxygen, I think that will back fire on him as his action will give Q & A even more publicity.

    Maybe Tony should do the "Daniel in the Lions' Den" trick and go on Q & A himself. I doubt that he will produce a performance to rival that of Kerry Packer when Packer had been dragged up before a senate committee over tax matters, but at least he should have a go. To do nothing does nothing to improve his standing among the electorate.
    PlanB
    10th Jul 2015
    10:26am
    There should be a not sure on that --if Turnbull does NOT appear then he is as weak as the rest of them and is allowing DICTATOR Abbott to rule him
    MICK
    11th Jul 2015
    10:13pm
    You have hit on my biggest concern in re-electing Abbott, Hockey, Pyne , Bishop and a few others in this government. Dictatorships are born when government try to control all information and then put restrictions on freedoms. This is the way this government is going. Voters beware.

    10th Jul 2015
    10:28am
    As the alternative leader of the Liberian - sorry - Liberal Party he has to make a stand somewhere and appear to be both fearless and a man of the people prepared to stand by his statements and position.

    It's a sound political move. At the moment the LNP look like they are ducking for cover from a rather innocuous program that has the balls to ask questions, and I thought the idea of having a Mall Muj in to air his views was a good one - the people of this country are quite capable of deciding for themselves what they think without the media trying to lead us by the nose all the time with false stories, beat-ups and red herrings.

    The Minister bit the Muj - the Muj hit back in the same vein - screaming headlines about rabid Muj etc, when the Minister was just as rabid in his comment. Obviously it is perfectly in order to tell someone born here to get out - but if that person says the same to you, in your exalted position, that's a sin.

    Shows what's wrong with Australia - we follow form rather than fact too many times - anyone wearing a nice suit knows more about mining than a grubby miner, apparently.
    PlanB
    10th Jul 2015
    11:21am
    Agree with you fully TREBOR

    Also agree with you Tapper
    Hasbeen
    10th Jul 2015
    12:14pm
    The only party Turnbull could be an alternate leader of is the Labor party.

    If he were in my electorate I would join the liberal party for no other reason than to get the slimy slob disendorsed. He could then try for labour party, his natural home, with the other slime ball Shorten.
    MICK
    10th Jul 2015
    4:51pm
    Hasbeen: come come now. Sounds like you are an Abbott stooge when you talk like that
    Like him or loath him Turnbull is one of the few LNP members who has a brain and somewhat of a moral code.
    I also have the feeling that unlike the current bunch of cronies now running the show Turnbull may not be as prone to doing deals with big business nor do I think him to be corrupt. Cannot say that I feel that way about the Abbott team which has sold out the country to the coal industry, a move which will hurt us all in the future.
    Tapper
    10th Jul 2015
    11:13am
    I hope Malcolm Turnbull will appear on Q and A on Monday as arranged. He is intelligent, democratic and honourable - three things Tony Abbott and Barnaby Joyce are not.
    bebby
    10th Jul 2015
    4:39pm
    Also agree with Trebor and Tapper
    MICK
    10th Jul 2015
    8:04pm
    That's stretching it Tapper. perhaps "more" honourable.
    adbob
    10th Jul 2015
    11:31am
    As an opponent it's not really for me to tell the so-called Liberal Party what to do but it's a matter of normal political procedure that if he appears he has defied his leader so Abbott should sack him.

    If he does that he risks that instead of cooling his heels on the back benches Turnbull will plot to overthrow him. Unlikely - they're desperately short of talent. In the process Abbott should promote someone (however creepy a sycophant that might be) - just to put a stamp of authority on the matter - which is where Abbot is deficient at the moment following too many backflips.

    If he doesn't he loses authority and Turnbull gains - he become to Abbott what Rudd was to Julia.

    Turnbull is an attention seeker. Abbott has already sidelined him by giving him a minor portfolio rather than a major one. He must surely resent that. He has to be dealt with one way or another.

    Another option would be (I might agree with this): sack Hockey for shafting age pensioners and appoint Turnbull as treasurer. As #2 he will *have* to respect party discipline. If he declines the offer denounce him as a pointless windbag - all talk no action - all cowboy hat no cattle - which I rather think is what he is.
    Wstaton
    10th Jul 2015
    12:29pm
    You have left a few things out here adbob. First Abbott did what a lot of leaders do who cannot stay there on there own merits.. "Who is my competition?" Bury them (or try).

    You should also remember that Abbott became leader by one vote.

    You should also remember that The LNP got in by making false promises and in fact lied.

    This in itself makes his call that he has a mandate for everything he does worthless as he has not followed the will of the people in many respects.

    This is a big problem with our political system. Politicians are not made responsible for the spoken word in law. Anything similar in business and there would be consequences.

    It is about time this changed. If a party said it will do this and don't even make a reasonable try at doing it then they should be responsible in law. If they say they are not going to do something then the same applies.

    After all they were elected to, power to do the things (or not do) they said they would. Anything less is deception too thwart the will of the people.
    Grateful
    10th Jul 2015
    11:44am
    Tony has just received his $81 million political donation from the Australian tax payer, so he doesn't need to use Q&A any more and you'll see Malcolm appear. If not, start counting down Tony's days as leader.
    MICK
    10th Jul 2015
    8:06pm
    It is utterly disgraceful. If nothing of substance is found Abbott's overly generous retirement should be put towards repaying this scandal to the Australian people.
    wally
    11th Jul 2015
    12:00am
    The operative word, mick, is IF.
    Kato
    11th Jul 2015
    10:26am
    Wally Australia has more royal commissions with no result costing the taxpayer hundreds of millions a year. It is about time we had a royal commission as to why cronies from each political persuasion are paid so much so for so little.
    All this shows the public is another witch hunt going nowhere. And further adds to Politicians lack of credibility.
    wally
    11th Jul 2015
    6:14pm
    Surprise Kato. I agree with you abut a Royal Commission into why the politicians give such poor value for money. I would extend the scope of the commission's powers into investigating the public service as well. Especially the Mandarins and the Sir Humphries that head the ministries. Education would be a good place to start, considering the declining standard of literacy and numeracy our school leavers display.
    Kato
    11th Jul 2015
    7:18pm
    cannot disagree with that wally.
    MICK
    11th Jul 2015
    10:18pm
    wally: I am coming from the point of the previous 2 Royal Commissions. Tell me what came out of them? Tell me who was found to have a case to answer.
    It is utterly disgraceful that the Liberal side of politics is permitted to instigate a Royal Commission every time an election is about to happen.
    You don't have to be too bright to see what the Royal Commission is all about: SMEAR ..... with the intention of getting feeble minded voters to change the way they were intending to vote. The real issue is that those who instigate these expensive taxpayer funded witch hunts should have to pay, not the public.

    10th Jul 2015
    11:56am
    Whether Turnbull appears or not makes no difference to me as whatever he says cannot be believed anyway, nor can his reason to to accept or decline the invitation. Les Patterson has more credibility. Ray Martin is a self-opinionated person who calls things as HE sees them - much like George Negus - Aunty Jack could make fairer, more intelligent comment.
    Tom Tank
    10th Jul 2015
    12:00pm
    This boycott is silly and childish. One of the strengths of Conservative Parties was their believe in free speech along with the Rule of Law.
    These have both gone out the window with our current Government who are starting to sound almost Fascist in the desire to smother any contrary viewpoint and to conduct Government activities under a cloak of secrecy.
    Perhaps the statement appearing in quite a few media outlets that the LNP have no plans for the future but are desperately trying to stay in office by confusing the electorate with diversionary tactics especially trying to deflect attention away from the economy.
    MICK
    10th Jul 2015
    8:13pm
    Lets face it Tom Abbott and his cronies are used to dishing it out. One sided attacks. Now that the issues are being properly aired and the government is being called to account Abbott does not want to play.
    Despite calls from the Abbott camp of "lefties" the reality is that the ABC gives both sides a go. The fact that the audience is not managed as Abbott would prefer means nothing other than that AUstralians DO NOT APPROVE OF THIS GOVERNMENT AND ITS WOEFUL AND EMBARRASSING PM. That's life. Get used to it or create a dictatorship....my greatest fear.
    Ny19
    11th Jul 2015
    2:13pm
    "....almost fascist..." ????? Forget the "almost". Our current government IS fascist.
    Polly Esther
    10th Jul 2015
    12:20pm
    "Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black".
    Henry Ford. Imagine him compering Q&A
    MICK
    10th Jul 2015
    8:15pm
    Was that line from Tony Abbott or is it really from Henry?
    stake
    10th Jul 2015
    1:28pm
    GET RID OF JUGHEAD
    pate
    10th Jul 2015
    1:42pm
    If Malcolm Turnbull has any gutz he will tell Tony Abbott to get real and shut his blabber up.
    Smee
    10th Jul 2015
    1:53pm
    C'mon folks. In your narrative you asked; "Would you like to see Mr Turnbull appear on Q&A?" Then the poll question was; "Do you think Malcolm Turnbull will appear on Q&A?" What a set up. If he appears, the leftoids will scream; "disunity in the LNP", and if he doesn't appear the same rabble will accuse Abbott of some sort of standover tactics. Personally I hope he does not appear and I would not like to see him appear. When the ABC and in particular Q&A can balance their panel and get rid of that Jones ALP puppet I might start watching the show again. The ABC has turned into a waste of tax payer money as evidenced by the all the Gillard appointed hierarchy. As for Ray Martin heading the "internal investigation"; what a farce. He gets a nose bleed every time he has to make a right hand turn. I agree with Lescol basically.
    EELS
    11th Jul 2015
    7:04pm
    Got it right there Smee.
    doggone
    10th Jul 2015
    3:37pm
    its like a kids school, tony the headmaster and malcolm a kid in the school.

    please sir can i go on q and a?
    please sir may i use proper toilet paper instead of the telephone book?
    please sir, etc, etc.
    bebby
    10th Jul 2015
    5:15pm
    I have just seen early news and Malcolm will NOT be appearing on Q and A.
    Looks like the boss Tony has given the order to stifle free speech. Rupert will send Tony to top of the class, for a task well done. I despair
    MICK
    10th Jul 2015
    8:16pm
    Sort of like Masterchef. And Bill Shorten is being cooked?
    wally
    10th Jul 2015
    11:59pm
    Deservedly so, mick. The trials and tribulations that Bill Shorten is presently going through is like a Greek Tragedy where the ambition and lust for power of the protagonist combine with fate to torment and ultimately bring about his ruin.
    MICK
    11th Jul 2015
    10:22pm
    "Deservedly"???
    So what punishment do you dole out to a leader who has sold the nation out to his buddies in the coal and mining industries or who has tried to scuttle legislation against a banking system which has routinely cannibalised its investors?
    And you have the unabated hide to talk about "lust for power"?
    YOUR MAN ABBOTT IS THE CLOSEST CANDIDATE for the award I have ever seen. A pity you do not have the honesty to ignore your own bias and political affiliations. Sad!

    10th Jul 2015
    5:26pm
    thanks for having some intelligent persons in this discussion, Fast Eddy, Not Amused, Adbob, Hasbeen and Smee, good luck for trrying to get some sense, I doubt if this is possible, with those rusted on ABC believers as even the labor party saw through turnbull's quest for being the prime minister and rejected his application to become a member of the labor party, I wish the liberals had done the same.
    Tom Tank
    11th Jul 2015
    3:26pm
    You appear to have some difficulty with the meaning of the word "intelligent".
    MICK
    11th Jul 2015
    10:26pm
    On a bit of a downer there heemsker.
    Turnbull would be the best thing since sliced cheese if he were the leader of this government. I dare say it could possibly be re-elected in that case.
    The big business owners of this government just don't get it: you can lie, deceive, twist the truth and behave like a dictator.....but you cannot make people do something they do not want no matter how many of the propaganda rags, better known as the free Press, you own.
    particolor
    10th Jul 2015
    5:46pm
    Just about everything we once owned has been Bargain Basement Sold !!
    There's nothing left to be the Minister of ??
    They are all Ministers of Bubble and Squeek ! :-)
    MICK
    10th Jul 2015
    8:17pm
    Where can I get it before it goes?
    wally
    11th Jul 2015
    12:03am
    Do you suppose Rupert would be interested in buying the ABC?
    Kato
    11th Jul 2015
    10:27am
    What no Porridge.
    MICK
    11th Jul 2015
    10:29pm
    Rupert would love to buy the ABC, stifle free speech and turn the ABC into another one of his propaganda rags.
    Surely News of the World would have told this American that his behaviour was not to be tolerated.
    bartpcb
    11th Jul 2015
    12:37am
    Here we are led to believe that we live in a democratic country which supports 'freedom of speech', and yet we have a Prime Minister who behaves more like a dictorial overlord when it comes to his own party. If he's like that with his friends and associates banning them from who they can talk to, what is he going to be like if he's returned to government?
    Strummer
    11th Jul 2015
    9:38am
    My dictionary defines "liberal" as "open minded, wide in sympathy, opposite of narrow minded". Must be a misprint.
    PlanB
    11th Jul 2015
    10:16am
    Sure must be
    MICK
    11th Jul 2015
    10:31pm
    Doesn't sound even a bit like the current crop.
    mangomick
    11th Jul 2015
    10:25am
    It will be interesting to see if he does or not. Regardless of whether he does or not though, it is a sad indictment on our current Prime Minister , his style of leadership and the quality of this Government as a whole.It's a behaviour not unlike a school boy brat. Any Government that tries to lead by stifling information, disbanding boards that offer a view that differ to there own, or bring in Legislation that stymies freedom of the press and dummy spit like this Minister ban placed on QandA is a Government that a modern society does not need. The Action of "sending QandA to Coventry" is similar to Cromwell in the mid 1600s . Perhaps Abbott sees himself as a modern day Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector...... Boy have i got news for him....He's nothing more than an immature ass.
    MICK
    11th Jul 2015
    10:33pm
    My greatest fear is that Abbott is a dictator at the beginning of his reign of terror.
    Gypsyfeet
    11th Jul 2015
    4:20pm
    Agree with Tappa & Trebor, never wanted to see the back of a Prime Minister more than I do Abbott, Has anyone ever noticed that every thing he says he feels the need to repeat it twice, quickly. The sign of someone with no confidence, no conviction & certainly no common sense. His remoteness from the everyday person when dishing out 'on the road to nowhere policies' to his silly talk, walk, laugh, all irritate the crap out of me. One cannot possibly listen to him & take him seriously.
    Anonymous
    11th Jul 2015
    5:01pm
    I am not, as I have said on a number of occasions, a lover of Tony Abbott. Yes, he does have a funny walk, etc...but so did Julia Gillard and Rudd...Julia with her big backside, nasal drawl,and Rudd with his narcissistic personality who constantly needed gratification from the public and carried on like a rock star.

    Shorten is definitely NOT prime ministerial material either and I still predict he will fall on his sword.
    mangomick
    11th Jul 2015
    7:22pm
    yeah,It's kind of sad, isn't it. Abbott the best the Libs can offer and Shorten the ALPs messiah. Both Parties need to look further into their ranks otherwise Di Natale is going to be taking more and more of the vote off them.
    MICK
    11th Jul 2015
    10:36pm
    I agree that Shorten is not exactly charismatic. The issue is that Abbott appears to be a dictator in the making. So who would you rather have.
    Personally I'd suggest people vote for the best INDEPENDENT in their electorate making sure that his/her preference does not flow to this government.
    PlanB
    12th Jul 2015
    8:06am
    Gypsy, I could not agree more

    11th Jul 2015
    4:58pm
    I do not watch Q and A....but Turnbull, in my opinion, straddles both sides of the political fence...maybe he should be an Independent.
    mangomick
    11th Jul 2015
    7:19pm
    Or better still Prime Minister. An actual Liberal and not an ultra conservative with a bit of a social conscience and actually understands finance. Geez how rare is that.
    MICK
    11th Jul 2015
    10:37pm
    And not a brain dead puppet of big business. After all why vote at all if the government is little more than big business representatives with their puppets doing what they are told.

    11th Jul 2015
    6:42pm
    Turnbull crossed the floor to vote with Labor on the ETS . Liberals are allowed to cross the floor without getting de selected . Labor MPs are not ..
    MICK
    11th Jul 2015
    10:39pm
    You've got me on that one Pete. I have to respect Turnbull if he did that. Shows that he is unpredictable....and maybe has a conscience.
    Anonymous
    14th Jul 2015
    9:29am
    He was left looking pretty stupid when his fellow multi millionaire dumped the ETS
    Kaz
    13th Jul 2015
    12:56pm
    There was the email scandal with Malcolm, which disappointed me and others & methinks his crossing the floor caused his current position. Still he is the best they have. Perhaps he should wait for Tony to lose the next election (as I am sure Australia does not want a wannabe teacher at the head of the class) so he has a chance to lead...
    Anonymous
    14th Jul 2015
    9:30am
    He has already been the leader of the Libs and failed ..,
    Not Senile Yet!
    13th Jul 2015
    11:09pm
    Lets get something straight.....isn't it the Taliban that bans or prohibits people from free speech.....and isn't that what we as a democratic nation OPPOSE????
    What the hell is Slimey Tony and his Party Machine thinking???
    Even if the ABC Program Q & A is biased to the Left it does not give the Government the Legal Right to interfere!!!!
    The ABC is supposed to be Independent is it not????
    How can it be so if the Government over rides it's freedom of choice about what to present????
    This is ludicrous and a direct indication of how FAR RIGHT WING Policies and Parties want to DICTATE to the people through their own Policy & Beliefs!!!!
    It reminds me a little too much of the Neo-facist Right Wing Hitler Nazi-Party!!!!!
    In fact if it looks like a Nazi extreme Policy and Smells like one.....then surely it is one!!!!
    Do we then bann ALL Right Wing Extremist Views via any media based on the same precedent?????
    Surely this is plain and simple discrimination by this Party....nothing more and nothing less!!!!!
    Let's vote these morons out of OUR Government next election....just on this simple undemocratic view alone!!!!
    The Liberal Party Machine is simply OWNED by Big Business who want to control ALL media!!!!
    Too stupid for Words.....and so disgusting......that they could be so stupid!!!!
    Not Senile Yet!
    13th Jul 2015
    11:22pm
    Just hanging out to see this Party Machine voted into OBLIVION next election by a MASSIVE SWING AGAINST it and it's Puppets who have SOLD us ALL down the River by telling Lies and more lies.....and that was BEFORE they even won the last election!!!!!!
    Who the hell would rightly vote for such an EXTREME RIGHT WING NEO-FACIST NAZI PARTY Machine ever again.??????
    If all the over 50's don't vote them out.....then their Children and Grandchildren will.....all they have done is lie, lie, lie and take away from the very people who are unable to stick up for themselves.......what are the poor and disabled the NEW JEWS to this MOB or What????
    Vote them into Oblivion Next Election.......use their Donkey Cards in Reverse (numerically) and send them where they belong.....into Obscurity!!!!!!
    What a waste of taxpayers wages these mob are!!!!!
    Misty
    14th Jul 2015
    10:38am
    So many questions the Coalition could have answered if they had a representative on the Q&A panel last night, but NO still acting like a bunch of spoiled kindergarten kids who can't get their own way. TA is using a form of bullying telling the ABC how to run the show and I thought the ABC was meant to be free of political interference. Another nail in the Coalition coffin every time one of the members cancels a Q&A invite, who cares anyway, the longer they stay away the better, this is another Captain's Pick that will make TA look foolish and not go down well with the public.
    Anonymous
    14th Jul 2015
    12:32pm
    Abbott has agreed to Turnbulls suggestion that The Board consider putting Q&A under the News division where it will have stricter standards for Bias ...It is the boards decision ...
    PlanB
    14th Jul 2015
    12:34pm
    And what does that mean--- is it that questions can not be asked by the public ????
    mangomick
    14th Jul 2015
    6:00pm
    What that means is that Abbott is being seen more and more by any reasonable person other than the most rusted on LNP supporters to be a clown who tries to muzzle free speech and anyone who has a view different to his own. It shows that the allegations that he tries to bully his way into what he wants is true . Hopefully he is shown the door at the next election then the Libs will place a more Liberal leader at the helm. His only saving grace is , the ALP have just as much work to do in the Leadership stakes.
    Gigi
    15th Jul 2015
    2:54pm
    Truely, some comments on this website are just ridiculous! Talking about 'crimes' is just plain stupid. Same can reasonably be said about ALL political parties but its the voters who put them there so its the voters, each & every one of us that have to take responbility for the good, bad & the ugly!
    The ABC on the other hand is a recipient of taxpayer monies & therefore can't continue to pass off blantant bias as newsworthy rapped in staged managed 'news programs'. The fiasco that has led to this discussion needs to remain the central focus. Reliance on any one source for reliable political discussion is folly. If a news agency proports to provide NEWS then that's what it should be doing not inventing the news
    mangomick
    15th Jul 2015
    5:28pm
    QandA isn't a News program. it is a community interest program. It is only a few dyed in the wool Liberals who believe ABC is biased towards the LNP except when labor is in power then it is only the dyed in the wool Labor extremists who hold that opinion.
    Abbott through his petty little juvenile tantrum is trying to force QandA into ABCs News division. That is the act of a fascist or someone pandering to Commercial Interests by any reasonable persons view.
    Personally I would prefer to see the ABC carry on without any LNP Minister on their show. Come election time it will hurt Abbott more than it will hurt the
    ABC or QandA.
    Gigi
    15th Jul 2015
    5:47pm
    Mangomick your response is emotive & not based in fact! The ABC is publically funded, Q&A IS a political 'news' program, its guests are a clear indication of that, the audiance doesn't even get to the venue without ABC financial assistance. ABC irrespective of who is in Government needs to spend time & effort focusing on its own truth & intregity because its sadly lacking
    mangomick
    15th Jul 2015
    7:11pm
    It is not a News program it is a current affairs or Community Interest program. if it is a News Program why would Tony Abbotts terms be for the ABC to shift QandA to be under the News Umbrella before he will allow his Ministers to appear again.
    You are obviously one of those dyed in the wool. narrow minded thinkers that I was referring to. QandA present issues and opinions in and across our society they do not present not News. Only a fool would think it presents News . Sorry to break the sad News.
    PlanB
    16th Jul 2015
    7:42am
    I like to hear the other's opinions on Q&A and this is supposed to be a free country!?

    It is becoming a dictatorship under this Abbott Government
    mangomick
    16th Jul 2015
    10:22am
    Most people who watch it do want to hear the opinion of both sides and I didn't see anything wrong with having that young idiot who went over to fight overseas with ISIL on to give his view. As far as I know this is still a democracy and I happen to believe that everyone should have the right to be judged by his or her peers not by some Loony left or Right wing politician who is going to be grandstanding for Publicity , Votes and popularity. In reality there are plenty of Liberals around who aren't Ministers on Abbotts Government who QandA can get on to give an Alternative view. Leave Abbott's Ministers out altogether. It will hurt Abbott and any of his Ministers without the Gonads to tell him otherwise come election day.This is just Abbott trying to make himself look good in front of Murdoch and shooting himself in the foot at the same time. Don't back down ABC, Abbott's wrong and a big percentage of fair minded Australians know it.


    Join YOURLifeChoices, it’s free

    • Receive our daily enewsletter
    • Enter competitions
    • Comment on articles

    You May Like