Critics of Q & A have suggested the show show have recently posed a question via video not Live TV.
Last night the ABC did just that with a video question by schoolboy Ashton Platt from Highbury South Australia.
Platt said he had been watching World War II films during the holidays and that history teaches us much, including that dictators try to control public debate.
“I know I’m only 10 but Tony Abbott scares me when he attacks Q & A and the ABC and tries control what we see on it,” he said.
“Should we all be afraid of his attacks on Q & A and the ABC? Both things I love?”
With no sign of Malcolm Turnbull it took former Liberal Leader John Hewson to comment on the ABC, telling Tony Jones that Q & A had “made mistakes.” But he also said Tony Abbott went “over the top” on the issue.
“When you get to the bottom of a hole you stop digging,” he told Jones.
“You’re still digging.”
Hewson also said the ABC Board, some of whom were in the audience, had a responsibility to address the issue.
Filmmaker Michael Ware agreed there had been “ridiculous extremism” on both sides while Shadow Assistant Minister for Education, Amanda Rishworth, said Abbott had devoted “an inordinate amount of time micromanaging the appearances of his ministers” when there were more important issues to address.
John Hewson also noted that the opportunity for politicians to look at issues in detail in a one hour platform “you should grab it with both hands.”