The controlled chaos that is a live Q&A broadcast, forever teetering on the brink of utter pandemonium, are usually grand exercises in the sheer depths of human restraint. With only Tony Jones and a small team of ABC staff standing between disgruntled and passionate members of the public and the political figures they have major bones to pick with, it’s something of a miracle the hugely watched Monday night show hasn’t degenerated into screaming matches in previous episodes. Naturally, that’s all changed now. Last night’s live broadcast was briefly ground to a halt as a group of student protesters took aim at panelist, Education Minister Christopher Pyne over proposed cuts to higher education.
Give me the students protesting for all on #qanda over the self absorbed, entitled Young Libs.
— MsTracey (@traceyr) May 5, 2014
People calling what happened on #qanda “radical” “a riot” & “undemocratic” need lessons in all three.
— Chris Hagen (@chris_hagen) May 5, 2014
Last nights #QandA was not some form of voter backlash, it was just some form of stupidity. Disgusting really.
— Jackson Calverley (@1995Jacko) May 5, 2014
Its been a long time since a protest has made me cringe! #qanda
— Adam Ferrier (@adamferrier) May 5, 2014
Live television! Here’s one we prepared earlier… #qanda
— ABC News Intern (@ABCnewsIntern) May 5, 2014
Whether it was a waste of time, or whether it was a brave, bold step to get a collective voice heard on a live, nationally broadcasted forum remains a subjective matter. But one thing we know for sure is that it’s going to take a lot to rid our brains of the tunnelling tapeworm that is Christopher Pyne’s nervous laughter.