I have said for some time that Q&A should be required viewing for anyone over 15. However, it seems that the power of the 'lowest common denominator' talk show is starting to take over from intelligence. Tony, on Lateline I thought you were a trifle arrogant and self serving but you positively shined on Q&A. No joke. As a host and moderator you were great. But now it seems that your personal biases and perhaps Q&A's producers are letting the side down.
You have an opportunity to delve into and debate real issues of national strategic importance yet you succumb to drivel such as the $1k Prime Minister Abbot repaid. Unfortunately, it took an international guest to tell you the story was and is unimportant.
Tony, you and Australia are better than this.
It is up to you to steer the discussion away from minutia and curb most of your guests predication to talk forever, but in a manner showing respect and one which befits a moderator in Australia’s most important ‘discussion’ show [as distinct from talk].
Tony, please remove your personal labour predilection and indeed the labour parties mandate to focus on simple minded issues AND remove both parties desire to air 5 second cheap shots. Last Monday you were rude to MP Hunt accusing him of ‘political diatribe’ yet when Ms Ellis and Ms Benjamin rattled on about very little and without focusing on the point you said nothing. Why? It also was indeed obvious that Mr Sheridan had lost it with both you and Ms Ellis because she was virtually out of control and you did nothing. His was the voice of reason where, as moderator, you should have stopped Ms Ellis.
Indeed, Mr Shorten was also the voice of reason a couple of weeks ago. He had to put you in your place when you tried to involve his mother in law. I have a lot of respect for Mr Shorten and his ability to focus on important issues without distraction on minutia.
Mr Jones I am a liberal voter who worries about Prime Minister Abbot as our representative on the world stage but as a country we must support both him to move into his ‘statesman’ role and his /our government to succeed. It IS NOT your role to either try to create news or to give voice to stupidity or to create sedition through unrest and biased coverage.
It IS your role to bring Q&A back to THE pre-eminent ‘discussion’ show focusing on matters of national importance rather than ‘talk show’ minutia. Sure, address the current issues but leave the unimportant to commercial channels.
You decide the questions which will be asked and answered - so please let’s raise the bar.