One only needs to have watched last night's Q&A to see that liberal democracy is unwell.
If you're wondering if Monday nights have changed, it's just business as usual: "A group of people fresh from the Qantas Club Lounge think about themselves, and the medium they inhabit in that moment, as democracy itself," writes Helen Razer.
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The audience members continued to standout across Q&A's 2017 season, often outshining the panelists themselves. Here are Crikey's look back at the most memorable five.
This week's Q&A episode on marriage equality was billed as a “debate” and was boiled down to its noisome essence. Which is to say, it said things that have been already said and said.
Amanda Vanstone's Monday column in The Age manages to be the worst thing in the paper, a ramble about Yassmin Abdel-Magied.
It's an endlessly fascinating question as to whether Oriel, Planet and the leader writers are hypocritical or simply stupid and confused, unable to accept the real contradictions of the right's liberal-conservative fusion.
We could get 15,000 signatures to ban Gerard Henderson from Insiders. Easy.
For some reason, Caroline Overington, in her attacks on Yassmin Abdel-Magied in The Australian, cannot seem to understand this whole idea of soft diplomacy.
The current infatuation with free speech has very little to do with political belief, and everything to do with protecting the interests of the knowledge class.