Q&A Tonight / Q&A Forum

Tonight provides further evidence of bias at the ABC. David Suzuki appears on Q&A without any other panelists. Normally Q&A consists of a panel of six people with Tony Jones. Occasionally there will be just two (and Tony Jones) – such as when Chris Bowen and Joe Hockey appeared on 19 August 2013.

Very rarely there will be just one panelist, like tonight’s show with David Suzuki. The previous examples are:

  • Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (2 September 2013 and 8 February 2010)
  • Prime Minister Julia Gillard (6 May 2013, 11 June 2012, 11 July 2011, 14 March 2011, 9 August 2010)
  • Former Prime Minister John Howard (25 October 2010)
  • Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott (16 August 2010)
  • Leader of the Opposition Malcolm Turnbull (13 October 2008)
  • Retiring Leader of the Greens Senator Bob Brown (23 April 2012)

With the exception of Bob Brown (who was at least leader of a minor party in the Parliament of Australia), all the others have been Prime Ministers or Opposition Leaders.

Now comes David Suzuki with no particular claim to fame except on the Q&A website as a

Renowned Environmental Scientist and Campaigner.

How much did the ABC pay David Suzuki to appear? Have they provided young ladies to accompany him as is his wont?

It is time to privatise the ABC.

Update: This thread can double up as the weekly Q&A thread.

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537 Responses to Q&A Tonight / Q&A Forum

  1. Tinta

    She is the daughter of Leo Schofield, and is an actor, writer, TV and radio presenter, print journalist, surfer, climate change campaigner and avid bike rider

    and, it appears almost exclusively employed by the ABC

    Close, she was the surfer chick in Kathy Lette’s movie Puberty Blues once upon a time.

    Ah there you go, Puberty Blues a pathetic movie based on a slurry of unreliable memoirs written by two 20-year olds, and it shows. Utter rubbish – reading it causes brain damage and should come with a warning.

    And just BTW CL will of course be aware Kathy ‘pun ’til you puke’ Lette is married to one of Nigella’s leftovers – another over-blown over-promoted gasbag.

    Can you tell I don’t have a high regard for Kathy Lette and Geoffrey Robertson?

  2. Huck

    From egg’s Nell Schofield link:

    Schofield, who was just ten years old when she marched with Germaine Greer at a Women’s Liberation demonstration,

    The stupid bint proved that she was susceptible to being gullible and easily led at an early age.
    Sadly for her, nought has changed as she aged (matured just doesn’t seem to fit)

  3. I just read that it was Turnbull who demanded the resignations of the board of the NBN. They did not offer it, as previously reported.

    It’ll be good to see a hard source on this one. Perhaps I misjudged him, or perhaps Abbott’s hand is holding his leash very taut and ensuring there is some definite action on this front.

  4. duncanm

    If the respondents to the twitter questions represent their viewing audience – then I’d say they’re on board all the way with Mr Miyagi.
    Q&A YEA OR NAY
    GMO FOODS
    Is there a place for genetically modified foods if it means saving lives?

    No = 30%, Yes=70%

  5. duncanm

    Suzuki seems to be trying to channel Pol Pot

  6. Old Salt

    David Suzuki has been thoroughly discredited in his native Canada. The fact that the ABC chose to feature him on Q&A is clear evidence of its left wing bias. I object to the use of my taxes to promote extreme left wing agendas and call on the Government to establish an enquiry into the ABC ASAP.

  7. Alfonso

    There’s going to be trouble at Their ABC.
    This has set their CAGW agitprop back years.
    Media Watch and other enquiring comrade minds are going to want to know how the low info guru Suz got so comprehensively slaughtered in public. Their ABC needs to cleanse its audiences of informed scientists and vet its questions better, something it usually excels at.

  8. Rabz

    Wow – Bolt’s summary of this charlatan’s staggering ignorance is enlightening, to say the least.

    Heads must roll at the ALPBC.

    No ifs, no buts.

    Enough.

  9. .

    Fuck off you rich flabby-arsed caaaahnt. Fuck right off, oblivious overprivileged bab yk iller. For real. Suzuki in effect hates the poor, even though he may not realise this due to his extreme cognitive dissonance. Everything he advocates, if put into practice, will result in a multitude of deaths for the bottom 10% who walk the line of subsistence. And he wants to jail the “climate deniers”. What a hypocrite.

    It’s alright. He’s a level 10 mega. He’s a really big wheel!

  10. manalive

    Suzuki’s nonchalance was probably due to his age — why should he care?
    The programme was a dead loss from whatever point of view, particularly taxpayers.

  11. Tinta

    The ABC is irrelevant.

    I agree, but it’s a very very expensive irrelevancy but then again so is the entire parliamentary Labor party, in and out of power.

  12. Honesty

    This is going to happen over and over it is going to be so much fun watching Leftards heads explode.
    Nick Cater in the Oz
    In March, the government backed away from legislation regulating the press not because it had come to its senses but because it had lost the argument.

    – See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/abbott-muscling-up-in-fight-for-ideas/story-fnhulhjj-1226725507254#sthash.E2qgNoar.dpuf In March, the government backed away from legislation regulating the press not because it had come to its senses but because it had lost the argument.

    – See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/abbott-muscling-up-in-fight-for-ideas/story-fnhulhjj-1226725507254#sthash.E2qgNoar.dpuf

  13. Pete of Perth

    Poor Tone, ordered a high class prostitute…. got a low rent ladyboy.

  14. mct

    What’s she wearing?

    Spandex, legwarmers and a headband.

    Sven, you owe me a new keyboard!

    Gold.

  15. Armadillo

    Did I miss the denial Lotto results? Or did the motor bike man think up a new term to use?

    I see Moonshine is still a fucking idiot. “It” started off arguing that the ABC is good because it balances out the right wing media thus providing an alternative view. By that reckoning, considering that 97% of scientist believe in man made climate change, shouldn’t Sunshine have been arguing that Andrew Bolt should have been the sole guest (and getting paid handsomely) to argue the “alternative view” in order to provide a balanced perspective on their ABC. Of course fucking not the leftie twat.

  16. egg_

    Suzuki in effect hates the poor, even though he may not realise this due to his extreme cognitive dissonance. Everything he advocates, if put into practice, will result in a multitude of deaths for the bottom 10% who walk the line of subsistence. And he wants to jail the “climate deniers”. What a hypocrite.

    David Suzuki On The Alberta Tar Sands

    Yup, confused messages from this nutter.

  17. egg_

    Suzuki’s nonchalance was probably due to his age — why should he care?

    Agreed and only useful in preaching to the converted, hopeless as an advocate – own goal by the Snowcone drone…

  18. Fibro

    Plenty of websites indicating that the troll gets $30K to $50K for sprouting crap. Take his other costs and it was probably $100K all up.
    http://www.speaking.com/speakers/david-suzuki.php

    My biggest concern is that this is not just a couple of noggins in this rort, but we have a new multi billion dollar industry built around thsi crap, supported by governments who earn votes on this crap, supporterd by public servants who’s jobs depend on this crap.

  19. Aynsley Kellow at (101).

    Group Think is an interesting enough topic for a guest post here – or somewhere. I was thinking of the institutional contest. Peter Ludlow had an article in The NY Times: The Banality of Systematic Evil. In the article he mentions Robert Jackall’s Moral Mazes and the five fundamental rules of corporate life.

  20. Fisky

    No, wmmb, we aren’t canvassing Leftist ideas or ways they might be legitimised around here. Sorry.

  21. Fisky

    David Suzuki calls for the jailing of sceptic politicians!

  22. stackja

    I must have slept through the whole thing. Doubt I missed anything.

  23. Carpe Jugulum

    For those interested Denver Lotto came in at 6.

    Better luck next week troops

  24. Carpe Jugulum

    Oops – denier

    Stupid galaxy tab

  25. Oh come on

    Have we just passed Peak AGW? Even the luvvies will start abandoning ship soon.

  26. So what is so Libertarian about that, Frisky? It is a contradiction in terms for an individualist to have a conformist mindset, is it not? Libertarians and group think, one imagines, would not coexist. If that is not true, why is that?

  27. Rebel with cause

    Hehe, transcript is up for those keen to relive the madness of Suzuki.

    My favourite bit:

    DAVID SUZUKI: In Canada. I’m afraid we’re leading the way now in the world in the – we now have a government that is increasing – making a major commitment to increasing the number of prisons at a time when the rate of crime has been dropping steadily over the last 10 years. So I’m wondering – you know, I’m not a guy that thinks about conspiracies but I’m wondering whether our Prime Minister thinks he is going to be creating new categories of crime, like eco terrorism or, as he calls us, environmental radicals, radical extremists. Anyway, there is a very strong…

    TONY JONES: With all due respect, that does sound like a conspiracy theory.

    DAVID SUZUKI: In my moments I do kind of wonder

  28. Rebel with cause

    Typical illogical thinking too – ‘the crime rate is falling but there is more people in prison than ever! How can this be?’

  29. Rob

    “The prisons are full and the crime rate is falling” suggests to me that all the criminals are in jail (or headed there).

  30. tony thomas

    QandA showed me asking Suzuki a question about, does he continue to want climate ‘deniers’ jailed.
    The background, you can see below. The ABC had no desire at all for their star guest to be asked about Suzuki’s need for nubile bodyguards:

    Hi Amanda, couple of questions for David Suzuki, as requested. If you don’t like the first, I hope you will permit me to ask the second one. Of course, I’d also be happy to ask both.
    Thanks for the opportunity, Cheers Tony 0407 305 757

    First-preference question: David, when you visited the small and junior John Abbott College in Montreal last October 24, your staff requested the college, according to emails released under FOI, to supply you with two nicely-dressed and hand-picked female students as your bodyguards for the day, and they offered these two female students the chance to meet and chat with you in your hotel penthouse suite afterwards.*** The College staff sought to comply with these requests but apparently within five days of the event, changed their mind and supplied both male and female student escorts. Why did you make that bizarre request for two female student bodyguards?
    Second-preference question: David, you’ve urged at least twice (7/2/2008, 25/6/2012) that legal ways should be found to gaol politicians for denying what you call the science of climate change. Do you still hold that view? *^

  31. davey street

    Look, the solution to Labor/Green agitprop a.k.a. Q&A is simple. Start another one on a commercial network. If Kerry Packer was still running Nine, there would be no way the ABC would get away with owning Q&A. He would have a balanced version produced by the Sixty Minutes team or at the very least, a regular audience participation segment on Sixty Minutes mimicking Q&A, and I don’t mean taking the piss because that’s what the ABC yearns for. Nine is now more Labor than Liberal but that’s only because pro-Labor Stefanovic is seen as the face of the network. Another opportunity for TEN moderated by the Bolta ? Tony Jones is as interesting as watching paint dry and Bolt or anyone else would run rings around him before too long if TEN stuck with the show. I don’t think the Abbott government would be too concerned about TEN stealing the ABC’s show concept.

  32. John Labaj

    This is my first post.
    I just finished watching Suzuki on Q&A. I believe that I have reasonable understanding and comprehension of English language. I was listening and concentrating on what the great man was trying to say. I did not understood one think he was saying. The hands waving was a great spectacle. His lips were moving, there was a stream of wards coming out of his lips – very easy – these words did not connect. I could not detect one sentence or statement that had a meaning or any sense.
    Tony Windsor was great at talking a lot and saying nothing but this guy is much much better. This guy is the master.
    This guy is a fraud!
    There should be urgent investigation to who at ABC had authorized to pay this fraud an appearance money (and provide him with girls) and this person should be charged with misappropriation of public funds.

  33. Congratulations on your first post John.

    Contrary to the the opinion here, I thought the format was interesting, perhaps innovative with the two expert protagonists in the audience. The questions were directed to Dr Sukuki. Again in a contrary way, I thought his responses particularly related to genetic modification were interesting.

    The advantage of print is that it is more logical in a linear fashion and provides a more definitive common reference than the visual environment of the TV studio. Anyway, it may be interesting to read David Sukuki’s article in The Guardian.

  34. Gab

    After watching Suzuki show himself to be an ignoramus on matters pertaining to climate and GMO I think I’ll give his article in the Guardian – ha, where else – a miss.

  35. John Labaj

    Dear wmmb,
    a few points in reply:
    1) Contrary to the the opinion here, I thought the format was interesting, perhaps innovative with the two expert protagonists in the audience.
    Yeas it was. Why were these expert protagonist (obviously only expert in the mob) not payed 30 000+?
    More over, why were these expert not siting at the panel table and debated the great charlatan?

    2) The questions were directed to Dr Suzuki
    Why did Dr. Suzuki not answered any questions? It was supposed to be Q&A, not question time in parliament. Suzuki is not politician, only politicians are allowed not to answer questions. (By the way, what is the great charlatan a doctor of?

    3) The advantage of print is that it is more logical in a linear fashion and provides a more definitive common reference than the visual environment of the TV studio.
    I thought that the great man was hired (for 30,00+) as public speaker and visual artist not to write an essay on Q&A. If the bloke cant express himself verbally why are we paying him 30,000+?

    4)I have red the David Suzuki’s article . This make less sense then his tripe on Q&A – if that is at all possible.

    However, you missed my point. My comment was not about Suzuki. My time is too valuable to waste on this ageing hippy. My comment was about ABC negligently misappropriating public money, and some there should be held responsible.

  36. That is a brave call Gab – perhaps you are qualified to make it. A text, or a transcript, enables close analysis, whereas it is, I find, hard to remember all that is said in a TV program.

    I thought the format was innovative, but whether it worked well is open to question. The role of the moderator is important, since the questions were addressed to Dr Sukuki. He has a Ph.D in Zoology.

    John, your issue goes to “the Charter of the ABC”, otherwise Section 6, Broadcasting Act, 1983, in which the ABC has a duty ” broadcasting programs that educate, inform, entertain, and reflect and contribute to our sense of national identity”.

    Perhaps the argument can be made in the terms you suggest, but whether it would pass the court of public opinion is more problematic. For example, I learnt something about genetics. Selected people got the opportunity to ask questions.

    Your real criticism is that your opinions and beliefs were given a full run. Have they on other programs? I don’t know. Perhaps someone such as Sinclair might volunteer as a panelist to take questions and present his case as a Climate Change “denialist”.

  37. PittBull X

    What has happened to the education system. You are all a bunch of idiots. The world is doomed if you lot take charge. Fuck off yourselves. There actually are people on the ‘right’ who believe that humans are responsible for Climate Change so I don’t know where you get your information that it is all a bunch of ‘lefties’. Grow up and get a life, you uneducated low life pieces of shit.

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