The live show was disrupted for several minutes after protesters unfurled a banner about university cuts and began chanting at Education Minister, Christopher Pyne.
Host Tony Jones, who could not hear directives in his earpiece, apologised after the show had to cut to an earlier episode with Katie Noonan singing.
While the show has previously endured a shoe-throwing incident, thankfully it is yet to face anything too serious.
“Over the last 6 years Q&A has become an important platform for Australians to discuss issues of national importance and a valuable opportunity for Australian citizens to question the politicians and others whose decisions affect their lives.
“It does that by bringing Australian citizens and our political leaders together and creating a forum for intelligent discussion and debate.
“Inevitably that creates the risk that someone will try and hijack Q&A to make a point. This happened on Monday’s program, despite a clear conversation with the audience prior to broadcast insisting on courteous and polite debate, respectful of others views.
“When the program was disrupted, host Tony Jones condemned the protestor’s actions before the decision was made to suspend the live telecast.
“We are now reviewing our procedures to make sure we reduce that risk and the program does what it should do – provide an opportunity for citizens to ask tough questions and get answers from our politicians. Illegible banners and chants aren’t a substitute for intelligent debate.
“Q&A already identifies all audience members and puts together a representative audience based on voting intention but as we saw it only takes a small group to disrupt the discussion.
“We have already apologised on-air and after last night’s program to the panellists and we will be making a further apology to education minister Christopher Pyne today.”