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On Q and A next week…

August 8th, 2008 by marcus

Talk about a hiding to nothing. I’m going to be on ABC TV’s interactive political panel discussion show Q and A next week. I will confidently predict that the show will have amongst its worst ratings for the year. Hopefully this will be more to do with it going head to head against the Beijing Olympics than to do with people switching off in droves due to my own performance.

The other panelists include deputy Federal opposition leader Julie Bishop, former NSW premier Bob Carr, the Australian Foriegn Affairs editor Greg Sheridan and apparently some woman whose been living in England for years who I’ve vaguely heard of. I hope she can get the hang of the TV panel show format ok…

On Q&A this week the writers dominate. The show features author and academic, Germaine Greer, writer and artistic director, Marcus Westbury and The Australian newspaper’s foreign editor, Greg Sheridan. Joining them from the domain of politics are Deputy Opposition Leader, Julie Bishop and the former Premier of NSW, Bob Carr.

See the show’s page here for more information.

It will be interesting. Q and A is broadcast live and features a heavy amount of viewer and audience input in the questions. If you have any burning questions for the panel you can have your say on the web site or even sign up for the studio audience if you are in Sydney.

Suggestions on how to handle the show and the fellow panelists?

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  • 1 kirsten Aug 8, 2008 at 9:34 am

    jeez louise! I suggest you sit way back in your chair, with your legs spread, with no underwear on… it worked for germaine once during an interview with an archbishop?

    Mind you, she had a skirt on… cannot imagine the effect would be the same in spats…

  • 2 feargus Aug 8, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I’ve been really enjoying watching the way this show has developed. They seem to have found a way to produce a more relaxed atmosphere of discussion, dialogue and inquiry than anywhere else within the news/CA genre – serious discussion panel that’a also entertaing – whodda thought. The politicians especially, but not in all cases, and not at all times, seem to be able to give far more genuine answers to questions than they deliver elsewhere, and engage in more nuanced debate.

    I have noticed that the “other” guest” (ie non politician, non professional commenator) have often come across a little overwhelmed. Not sure why that has happened. So, Marcus, keep your chin up, be prepared for Tony to ask you to answer questions completely outside of your area of speciallist knowledge, and shoot from the hip. I’m sure Germaine will back you up ;-)

  • 3 marcus Aug 8, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    I don’t think freeballing it is what i would call a strategy.

    I actually think they do have the mix pretty right with Q and A. The fact that there is enough time to allow a nuanced response and it isn’t directly adversarial appeals to me.

    Will be interesting to see if i can get by without feeling (or looking) overwhelmed – i’m rarely a shrinking violet when it comes to these things but if anyone can toast me, i’m sure it will be Germaine.

  • 4 barry Aug 8, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    i’d recommend reading everything Germaine has ever written or said, and memorizing it so if she disagrees, you’ll have ready access to a quote of hers where she said the exact opposite.

    Barring that, call her out for being transphobic.

  • 5 melz Aug 8, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    stick in the tongue

  • 6 aaron Aug 16, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    I watched that episode of Q&A and your performance was nowhere near as disastrous as you predicted. You had some insightful comments to add to the discussion.

    Although, admittedly, it would have spiced things up a bit if you stuck your tongue down Germaine’s throat as the others on here had suggested.

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