Bringing the latest news from the halls of power to Carriageworks, a line-up of Australia’s best political commentators come together for a live edition of ABC’s Insiders. Host David Speers joins ABC’s Annabel Crabb, David Marr, Guardian Australia’s Katharine Murphy and The Australian’s Niki Savva as they rake over the highs and lows of the year in politics and reveal their predictions for election day. Photographer Mike Bowers also hosts the Talking Pictures segment with The Australian’s Jack the Insider and Fiona Katauskas.
Supported by the University of Sydney.
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.
Katharine Murphy (Australian)
Katharine Murphy is Guardian Australia’s political editor. She’s worked in the parliamentary press gallery since 1996 for The Australian Financial Review, The Australian and The Age. A winner of the Paul Lyneham Award for Excellence in Press Gallery Journalism, and a two-time Walkley finalist, she is also a director of the National Press Club, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Canberra and Deakin University. Katharine pioneered live blogging in the Australian parliament, and is the host of a weekly political podcast for Guardian Australia. She is the author of On Disruption.
Peter van Onselen (Australian)
Peter van Onselen is an Australian political academic, activist, author, and political journalist and commentator. He is currently Network Ten's political editor and the contributing editor at The Australian newspaper. Between 2010 and 2017, he hosted several programs at Sky News Australia.
Annabel Crabb (Australian)
Annabel Crabb is a writer and presenter for the ABC. She's also a keen amateur podcaster and co-hosts the inexplicably popular Chat 10, Looks 3 podcast with her colleague Leigh Sales, who lends credibility to the exercise. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and TV as a political journalist and won a Walkley Award for Stop At Nothing: The Life And Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull. She published a bestselling book about gender and work, The Wife Drought, in 2014 and has published two cookbooks with childhood friend Wendy Sharpe, the latest of which is Special Guest. Her most recent Quarterly Essay is Men at Work.
Mike Bowers (Australian)
Mike Bowers is a photographer, a regular commentator on ABC Radio and host of Talking Pictures on ABC TV’s Insiders. Mike spent 26 years in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery working for a number of publications. He has covered nine federal election campaigns and has accompanied eight prime ministers on assignments both around Australia and overseas. Mike has covered conflicts in Cambodia, Kosovo, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea and the Middle East. He has published four books and is the photographer-at-large at Guardian Australia.
Jack the Insider (Australian)
Peter Hoysted is a writer, columnist and television producer. He writes for The Australian under the nom de plume 'Jack The Insider'.
Fiona Katauskas (Australian)
Fiona Katauskas is a cartoonist, illustrator, author and television producer based in Sydney. Her cartoons have appeared in a wide range of newspapers, magazines, anthologies and exhibitions, and she is the author and illustrator of the bestselling children's book, The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made. Fiona is also the producer of Talking Pictures on ABC TV's Insiders program.
David Speers (Australian)
David Speers is the host of ABC TV's Insiders, Australia’s premier political program. He joined the ABC in 2020 after 19 years as the political editor of Sky News Australia. David has won two Walkley Awards for political interviewing, along with several Kennedy, AACTA and other awards for his journalism. In 2019, he was named Press Gallery Journalist of the Year.