ABC News Breakfast in Queanbeyan

ABC-portraits 22671On Monday ABC News Breakfast‘s Michael Rowland will co-host from Queanbeyan, in the seat of Eden-Monaro.

Michael will speak the current Member for Eden Monaro Mike Kelly – who could be the next Defence Minister, if Labor wins office. We will also be joined by Liberal candidate Peter Hendy.

ABC News Breakfast will gauge voters views on public service job cuts and look at the issues that matter to older voters and local producers.

6am-9:30pm AEST on ABC1 and ABC News 24.


  1. The reason the show is being hosted in Queanbeyan is that it is in the bell weather seat of Eden Monaro, a marginal seat which decides the election result by being won by the winner of the election as a whole.

    Unlike Eden Monaro, the ACT electorates just over the border are all rock solid Labor, in fact the Liberals’ only representation in the ACT – the second Senate seat – always goes to preferences and last election The Greens almost won it.

    Queanbeyan has always been fiercely independent and prides itself on the fact that it was established almost 100 years before Canberra and the creation of the ACT.

  2. I will just add another reason to have two options is if one of the transmitters is knocked off-air then there is a second back-up. Unless both are affected at the same time. But again why would there be sense in emergency planning this century? They turned off the sirens in many towns south of Kinglake before 2009. So on the day they were silent. Competent emergency plans are last century. Just look up the history of Strathewen in 1962 they had town sirens and an evacuation. In 2009 they had something else happen.

  3. @ Kenny

    Thank you although I do know about analogue radio. Also I know they want to allocate frequencies. To me digital technology is like the watertight compartments on the Titanic. They work up to a point but then it fails. It includes the internet, digital radio, mobile phones, and digital TV.

    Ten years ago my town had three competent technologies on bushfire day. The town siren, analogue TV, and analogue radio. Next year there will be only one competent technology left. But I guess at least digital looks good. Who cares that it is useless in an emergency. It just would be nice to have more than one option. Oh well.

  4. @A- The analogue frequencies will be used for something else, not TV. Local ABC Radio is always the best source in fires and floods. Don’t rely on “local” commercial radio and their centralised newsroom.
    @Nick-Canberra (ACT) is where people from Queanbeyan (NSW) go to get their XXX DVDs, visit hookers and engage in other “recreations” that are legal and more prolific in Canberra, but not in Queanbeyan.

  5. I’ll admit I’ve thought of an impossible idea for ABC News 24. Which is that when they get rid of ABC1 on analogue they replace it with ABC News 24. So people can still receive it on analogue and digital.

    That way when the power gets knocked out in country towns or other places due to bushfire or flood. People can still get ABC News 24 on battery operated analogue TV. Whereas the digital will be dead and as useless as a dodo. By the way I happen to have a battery operated analogue TV. I wouldn’t be surprised that the wind and/or rain would render portable digital TVs if there are any as useless because digital can’t handle the interference. I know again it’s impossible.

  6. Queanbeyan isn’t even in the ACT, it’s good to see a national Television Program going beyond the metro cities and focusing a little on regional Australia, especially in election time.

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