Q and A dream panel?

Much discussion today about the disappointing Q and A last night.

Was it disappointing?

Who is your Q and A dream panel?


  1. John Butler says

    One without ANY politicians.

    They just drag any conversation down with ‘talking points’ and self-serving partisan dribble.

  2. I’d have to go with Michael Scott from the US version of “The Office” who said: “People I respect, heroes of mine, would be: Bob Hope, Abraham Lincoln, definitely, Bono… uh, and probably God would be the fourth one”. That would be a pretty interesting Q&A, though perhaps not a lot of arguments.

  3. Greg Mallory says

    I didn’t mind it so much, I generally try & follow the twitter feeds as it happens. I thought that Austen Tayshus was not going to have much to say for 3/4 of the show, but was surprised when he came out in support of Israel as I had seen him in action at an ETU function, opposing uranium mining. Austen & Pyne tended to talk over others. Maybe not the best Q&A, not sure why Austen was on?

    Get back to you on the dream panel

  4. Agree with JB. The show is infinitely better without pollies.

  5. John Butler says

    John Stewart, John Ralston Saul, Thomas Franks, Patrick Dodson and Andrew Bolt.

    Many won’t know a couple of those, but they’d collectively make Bolt earn his money for once.

  6. John Butler says


    Lemmy , Keith Richards, Tom Waits, George Clinton & Leonard Cohen.

    Don’t know what they’d talk about, but it would be fun watching. :)

  7. Rick Kane says

    Rocky Balboa, Terry Malloy, Jake La Motta, Jack Jefferson, Stoker Thompson, and Maggie Fitzgerald


  8. Mulcaster says

    Me, Bill Clinton, Bob Hawke and three pole dancers

  9. Greg Mallory says

    Frank Hardy, Germaine Greer, Jack Mundey, BA Santamaria, Noam Chomsky, Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Wally Lewis

  10. John Butler says

    Bloody hell GM

    How would you get a word in? :)

  11. Kevin Rudd says

    Hey Mulcaster, what about me, can I come too?

  12. I like the John Ralston Saul idea, JB. And my Dad would love to see BA Santamaria one more time, Greg. I’d add in RD Barassi, John Kennedy Toole, Marieke Hardy, Judith Lucy, Tony Martin (the NZ D-Gen version, not the singer) and the Jon Pertwee version of Dr. Who.

  13. John Butler says


    It’s a pity Ignatius J Reilly can’t make it.

  14. Greg Mallory says

    yes JB it would be hard to get a word in, need to drop off the Americans Chomsky, Mailer, Vidal. If we had Wally we would need to have Barassi

  15. Rick Kane says

    Could Julian Assange replace one of the Yanks?

  16. Phil Dimitriadis says

    Johnny Cash, Blighty, Toni Morrison, Umberto Eco, Morrissey, Ian Chappell. Now that I’d like to see!

  17. Ian Syson says

    I’d love to see Barassi on the panel. I’d nail him down as to whether he really did get a career-ending injury playing a game of soccer!

  18. Sarah Palin, Jesus Christ, The Pope, Eddie Maguire, Mother Teresa.

    Topic: truth, fair play and justice.

  19. Dave Nadel says

    Love Greg’s suggestions although if we are going to have deceased panelists why noy include Karl Marx, Big Bill Hayward and (from the Right) Winston Churchill?

    Amongst the living, and restricting myself to Australians (given the ABC’s budget), Paul Keating, John Hewson, Natasha Stott Despojia, Germaine Greer and Humphrey McQueen. I don’t agree with any of them completely (although I agree with quite a lot of Humphrey’s positions) but they are all articulate representatives of their positions and Keating, Germaine and Humphrey have never been shy of categorising ideas and individuals they disapprove of.

  20. Damo Balassone says

    Bob Dylan, Germaine Greer, Sir Les Paterson, David Gulpilil, Christos Tsiolkas and Rex Mossop.

  21. Marcel Marceau, Chauncey Gardener, Sylvester Stallone, the Soup Nazi, and the Lobotomy Indian from ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’.
    Sorry – they’ve already been on Monday night.

  22. smokie88 says

    Sandra Sulley, gaffer tape, video camera……er, sorry, wrong dream !!

  23. Greg Mallory says

    like Dave’s suggestion, could also include Jack Reed (from ‘Reds, Ten Days that shook the World)

  24. Greg Mallory says

    James Connolly, James Larkin,

  25. Dave Nadel says

    James Connolly would be good, possibly John Maclean as well.

  26. smokie88 says

    Billy Connolly, Barry Humphries, John Doyle, Gideon Haigh, Marieke Hardy (previously mentioned, but essential), Peter Temple, Graham Norton, Michael Stipe,

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