Host Barrie Cassidy leads Niki Savva, David Marr and Lenore Taylor through the political highs and lows of the year to date. Photographer Mike Bowers hosts a Talking Pictures segment with cartoonist Fiona Katauskas. The event includes video highlights of some of the nonsense that passes for politics, and the best gaffes that 2017 has produced so far.
Lenore Taylor (Australian)
Lenore Taylor has been the editor of Guardian Australia for almost two years. Before her appointment as editor she was the Guardian's political editor and worked as a political journalist and leading commentator for almost three decades. She has won two Walkley awards and has twice won the Paul Lyneham award for excellence in press gallery journalism. She was also a foreign correspondent in Europe for The Australian Financial Review. She co-authored a book, Shitstorm, on the Rudd government's response to the global economic crisis. She is a regular panelist on the ABC's Insiders program and serves as deputy chair of the Walkley advisory board.
Niki Savva (Australian)
Niki Savva is a regular columnist with The Australian, a panellist on Insiders, and regular political commentator on RN. She has written two books, the bestselling Road to Ruin, and So Greek. Niki was also recently awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Melbourne Press Club. She was twice political correspondent for The Australian, and National Political Editor in Canberra for both The Age and The Herald Sun.
Fiona Katauskas (Australian)
Fiona Katauskas is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines, websites, political cartoon anthologies and exhibitions. She has also designed greeting cards for the Ink Group and t-shirts for Mambo and produces Talking Pictures on ABC TV's Insiders program. Despite being a grown up, Fiona is also a passionate reader of children's and young adult literature. The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made, her first book, was shortlisted for the 2016 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards.
Barrie Cassidy (Australian)
Barrie Cassidy has been the host of Insiders since its inception in July 2001. Before that he worked as political correspondent for ABC News and 7.30 and as a foreign correspondent based in Washington and Brussels. He was also the senior press secretary and political adviser to Prime Minister Bob Hawke. Barrie is from Chiltern in North East Victoria and started his journalism career as a cadet at The Border Mail in Albury. In 2006 he created the sports discussion program Offsiders and was host for eight years.