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The ABC has, in general, been able to withstand the pressures and (less common) interventions of governments or media barons. AAP/Joel Carrett

Cost of Q&A compromise to ABC independence remains to be seen

The history of the ABC reveals battles lost and won around censorship, concessions made in times of crisis and independence compromised or overturned.
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ABC, BBC and the future of public service media

If one didn’t know better, one might think that right-of-centre governments in both Australia and the United Kingdom are working in lockstep to undermine the long-established and hugely popular public…
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Managing the Mallah fallout: Q&A under scrutiny

There have been hints these last few days of a limited truce in the war of words and inquiries launched by the Coalition against the ABC’s Q&A. An apparent readiness to move the program to the news…
The ban on government frontbenchers appearing on Q&A will be lifted by the Prime Minister when the program is transferred into the news and current affairs department. ABC

Abbott to ABC: put Q&A under news division and ministers will return

Tony Abbott on Friday told the ABC that ministers will appear again on Q&A if and when the program is brought under its news and current affairs umbrella.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is still unsure if he will be able to appear as scheduled on Q&A next Monday. AAP/Stefan Postles

Q&A affair has become theatre of the absurd

Has Q&A put some spell of madness over the government and their media mates?
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Boycotting Q&A, boycotting democracy

Politicians who boycott media organisations with whom they disagree politically rarely come out looking good. UK Labour leader Neil Kinnock tried it with News Corp in Britain 25 years ago, and never won…
Calm before the storm – preparing for Q&A. Photo by the author

Making sense of Zaky Mallah

Under wraps with my annual winter cold much of this week, I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on the Q&A/Zaky Mallah affair. I’ve read the angry columns and editorials, heard politicians declare their…
ABC managing director Mark Scott said that the ABC was ‘on the side of Australia’. AAP/Alan Porritt

Government adds its own review to two others on Q&A

The government has ordered its own inquiry and Tony Abbott has declared "heads should roll" as the row over Q&A escalated after the program was rebroadcast.
In Tony Abbott’s worldview, it seems, a person’s freedom of speech depends whose side they are on. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Abbott spins tangled web of free speech and editorial judgement

In all the politicking and government attacks on the ABC for giving a platform to former terror suspect Zaky Mallah, the free speech debate has become confused.
Malcolm Turnbull talks about the government’s new anti-online piracy measures, Zaky Mallah on Q&A, and much more. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics podcast: Malcolm Turnbull on Zaky Mallah and Q&A

Malcolm Turnbull.
Michelle Grattan talks to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull about the government's new anti-online piracy measures, Zaky Mallah on ABC's Q&A, gay marriage and much more.
Zaky Mallah’s inclusion on Q&A has received high criticism from members of the government. ABC

Mallah caught the ABC bus to Q&A

Zaky Mallah, the former terrorism suspect at the centre of the Q&A storm, travelled to the studio in a free bus the program puts on to take audience members from Sydney's western suburbs
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Don’t fear difficult debates on Q&A

Q&A is in trouble again, following an unscripted intervention by a certain Zaky Mallah. In response to a comment by Coalition MP Steven Ciobo, Mallah – convicted of threatening to kill ASIO officials…
Kevin Rudd was portrayed as interfering, micro-managing and bullying in his first stint as prime minister – but some painted a different picture. AAP/ABC

The Killing Season exposes multiple truths, but little honesty

Whose "truth" best explains the implosion of the Rudd-Gillard Labor governments? Multiple "truths" are presented in the ABC's The Killing Season as we continue to pick over that era's debris.

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