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.
Niki Savva (Australian)
Niki Savva is a journalist, author and political commentator. She has written a memoir, So Greek, and two bestselling books on historic events in Australian politics. The Road to Ruin chronicles the removal of Tony Abbott as prime minister, and Plots and Prayers details the bungled coup that overthrew Malcolm Turnbull. Niki has written a weekly column on federal politics for The Australian for 10 years, and has appeared regularly on the ABC's Insiders for almost a decade.
David Marr (Australian)
David Marr is a journalist and broadcaster who writes for The Guardian. He’s published a couple of biographies and a number of books about politics, censorship and immigration. Over the last 10 years he has written a number of Quarterly Essays. His latest is The White Queen: One Nation and the Politics of Race. He previously presented Media Watch and appears regularly on Insiders and The Drum. His most recent book is My Country, an anthology of essays.
Barrie Cassidy (Australian)
Barrie Cassidy started out in journalism as a cadet reporter with The Border Mail in Albury. In the 47 years since, he has been a court reporter and police roundsman, a political correspondent, program host, newsreader, radio broadcaster and foreign correspondent. For over 13 years, he was host of the ABC’s highly respected political discussion program Insiders, as well as long-time host of the sports equivalent, Offsiders. He’s also the author of three books: Private Bill, The Party Thieves and An Ocean of Cricket.