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Student revolt on Q&A

By Canfan 5 May 2014 33

Anyone else watching the debacle on Q&A tonight?

I’m not a big fan of Christopher Pyne but wouldn’t have blamed him if he’d walked out, along with the rest of the panel.

I don’t feel like the behaviour does anything to benefit the cause of students, if anything would it perhaps be driving viewers to say ‘meh, increase the fees’?


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dungfungus 10:54 pm 08 May 14

switch said :

dungfungus said :

It’s the “in your face” way that they protest that irks me.
They should read up on what happened at Kent State University about 40 years ago.

“Tin soldiers and Nixon coming…”

I recall that incident was about students protesting Nixon ordering troops into Cambodia. The song Ohio, composed by David Crosby (probably stoned when he wrote it) was released by Crosby Stills Nash and Young only days after the Ohio National Guard shootings. I think it is on their second album – most baby boomers would have a vinyl of this in the garage. Some baby boomers who have yet to grow up probably still play it as a battle cry against anything that they don’t agree with.
Ironic that we are now seeking to send people displaced by wars in Western Asia to Cambodia for re-settlement.

switch 8:40 pm 08 May 14

dungfungus said :

It’s the “in your face” way that they protest that irks me.
They should read up on what happened at Kent State University about 40 years ago.

“Tin soldiers and Nixon coming…”

dungfungus 7:00 pm 08 May 14

54-11 said :

As a baby boomer, I am very pleased that the students stood up for what they believe in. I believe that Gen X students let go of activism and became far too complacent and institutionalised.

Hopefully these Gen Y students will encourage their future cohorts to again protest wherever they see things wrong, like my generation did during the Vietnam War, Apartheid, et al.

It’s the “in your face” way that they protest that irks me.
They should read up on what happened at Kent State University about 40 years ago.

bundah 6:07 pm 08 May 14

dungfungus said :

bundah said :

dungfungus said :

I think Q&A’s days under Jones’s stewardship are numbered.

Tony Jones is one of Australia’s most respected journalists so I think it’s highly unlikely that he’s going anywhere.

No one else appears to agree with you BTW.

To be honest I couldn’t care less whether peeps agree with me or not. The fact is that Jones is a Walkley Award winning TV journo and as I understand it respected by his peers. Personally I quite like the way he conducts interviews and I suspect he’ll be around Q&A for quite a while.

54-11 2:29 pm 08 May 14

As a baby boomer, I am very pleased that the students stood up for what they believe in. I believe that Gen X students let go of activism and became far too complacent and institutionalised.

Hopefully these Gen Y students will encourage their future cohorts to again protest wherever they see things wrong, like my generation did during the Vietnam War, Apartheid, et al.

dungfungus 2:11 pm 08 May 14

Grrrr said :

dungfungus said :

No one else appears to agree with you BTW.

I don’t hear anyone here agreeing with you. I’ll even bet you real money that he’s still got the job in 6 months.

I’ll take that as a comment.
Well, maybe he isn’t as respected as he used to be. His partner who dominates 7.30 appears very ambitious so maybe she will take over.

Grrrr 1:34 pm 08 May 14

dungfungus said :

No one else appears to agree with you BTW.

I don’t hear anyone here agreeing with you. I’ll even bet you real money that he’s still got the job in 6 months.

Maya123 1:24 pm 08 May 14

dungfungus said :

bundah said :

dungfungus said :

I think Q&A’s days under Jones’s stewardship are numbered.

Tony Jones is one of Australia’s most respected journalists so I think it’s highly unlikely that he’s going anywhere.

No one else appears to agree with you BTW.

“No one else” Sounds like the royal ‘we’.

dungfungus 11:53 am 08 May 14

bundah said :

dungfungus said :

I think Q&A’s days under Jones’s stewardship are numbered.

Tony Jones is one of Australia’s most respected journalists so I think it’s highly unlikely that he’s going anywhere.

No one else appears to agree with you BTW.

dungfungus 8:09 am 08 May 14

bundah said :

dungfungus said :

I think Q&A’s days under Jones’s stewardship are numbered.

Tony Jones is one of Australia’s most respected journalists so I think it’s highly unlikely that he’s going anywhere.

Clive Palmer used to tell Jones he was the greatest journalist in Australia.
Last time Jones was interviewing him Palmer told him to shut up (for constantly interrupting him).
Jones will always have his admirers but Q&A has become so predictable the only thing worth watching on it is the Tweets (which are more interesting than the Twits).
Also, Jones total acceptance of repeated foul language from a recent panelist has left a lot of people wondering about his values and standards.

Queen_of_the_Bun 12:38 am 08 May 14

Jivrashia said :

Alf said :

It’s such a highly scripted show, the panel may as well have the questions in advance.

Correct me if I’m wrong but I was lead to believe that ALL interviews conducted on radios and TVs have the questions forwarded to the interviewee days in advance before recording (or live in case of Q&A).

Why you want to assault people with guerrilla questions?

You are wrong.

Yes, programs like Q&A will forward proposed topics to guests, usually by the Friday before the program.

But unless things have changed greatly under the Abbott government, it is just not possible (or desirable) to provide questions days or even hours in advance. The vast majority of interviews are lined up on the day in reaction to breaking news.

bundah 10:55 pm 07 May 14

dungfungus said :

I think Q&A’s days under Jones’s stewardship are numbered.

Tony Jones is one of Australia’s most respected journalists so I think it’s highly unlikely that he’s going anywhere.

dungfungus 3:36 pm 07 May 14

Jivrashia said :

Alf said :

It’s such a highly scripted show, the panel may as well have the questions in advance.

Correct me if I’m wrong but I was lead to believe that ALL interviews conducted on radios and TVs have the questions forwarded to the interviewee days in advance before recording (or live in case of Q&A).

Why you want to assault people with guerrilla questions?

I think that you are correct about content of the interview being known beforehand. This does not apply to the “doorstop” chats where journalists often get a scoop or the interviewee drops a faux pas.
Tony Jones says in the introduction of Q&A “…..where you ask the questions….” and then he proceeds to interupt a person being interviewed with an ambush question which hasn’t been put on notice. This is to make Jones look good (some of his peers admire him for this). He also asks some hypothetical questions that he seeks applause for the audience from but before the hapless interviewee has a chance to answer he says “we’ll move on now”.
Jones also dismisses ad hoc questions he doesn’t want to answer or refer to the panel by saying “I’ll take that as a comment”.
I think Q&A’s days under Jones’s stewardship are numbered.

Jivrashia 2:43 pm 07 May 14

Alf said :

It’s such a highly scripted show, the panel may as well have the questions in advance.

Correct me if I’m wrong but I was lead to believe that ALL interviews conducted on radios and TVs have the questions forwarded to the interviewee days in advance before recording (or live in case of Q&A).

Why you want to assault people with guerrilla questions?

Alf 6:39 am 07 May 14

It’s such a highly scripted show, the panel may as well have the questions in advance. Pyne showed he couldn’t handle it when the first or second questioner in the audience started calling out his c$#p during an answer. If it is just going to be a chance for answerers to regurgitate press releases then what’s the point? Our politicians, especially on the conservative side, are so feted by the media these days, I doubt many of them could hold a sensible conversation with a person in the street. They would be too scared. You may be right about their cause though. There was only one or two mainstream media stories before the show about the ridiculous suggestion from Pyne a US style tertiary education system was a good idea for Australia, but none after. More sympathy for their cause? Maybe not, but at least some extra attention to what the real issue might be.

milkman 6:04 pm 06 May 14

Roksteddy said :

theword said :

Speaks volumes for our education system doesn’t it. Obviously civility isn’t in the curriculum these days.

Would you rather apathy?
Good on them for caring about their future, I say.

People as stupid as this have no future.

Masquara 5:39 pm 06 May 14

Every Q&A mentions at the beginning across the bottom of the screen how many of the audience are of what persuasion. Supposedly. I noticed that 80 per cent of the audience clapped the protestors. An inside job?

AaronS 5:03 pm 06 May 14

least it was interesting for once.

Henry82 4:01 pm 06 May 14

Clearly education cuts are already in place…their banner was backwards.

dungfungus 3:21 pm 06 May 14

Eloise said :

Actually the thing I found most disturbing was John Roskam from the IPA using “we” when speaking about the government. The IPA is not part of our representative democracy yet their wish list from last years IPA dinner seems to have manifested into reality. For those who haven’t read it here it is. Feel free to tick them off as you go.

1 Repeal the carbon tax, and don’t replace it. It will be one thing to remove the burden of the carbon tax from the Australian economy. But if it is just replaced by another costly scheme, most of the benefits will be undone.

2 Abolish the Department of Climate Change

3 Abolish the Clean Energy Fund

4 Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act

View remaining 71 wish list items here

Obviously you never watch Insiders where the panel (usually Fairfax Media jounalists) not surprisingly include themselves as part of the Labor Party regularly.

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