Grab Your Popcorn, Malcolm Turnbull Is Going Solo On Q&A
The former Prime Minister will make his first proper public comments after being dumped as Liberal Party leader, in a Q&A special next week.
Fresh from returning from New York and still facing criticism for not barracking for the Liberals in the Wentworth by-election, Malcolm Turnbull will be the sole guest on Q&A on Thursday November 8.
"Politics. Parties. Leadership. Disruption. Growth. Climate. Gender. Prices. Innovation. Conservatism. Entitlement. Compassion," ABC said in a statement announcing the surprise guest.
"So many questions left unanswered. What will you ask Malcolm Turnbull?"
Q&A usually airs on Mondays with a panel of politicians and other public figures.
Turnbull's appearance on Thursday, as the only guest, is a rare departure from the show's usual format.
"Malcolm Turnbull has been inundated with media requests since he was removed as Australia’s 29th Prime Minister by his parliamentary colleagues," ABC said.
"Now he has decided his first major media appearance will be to answer questions from the people of Australia on Q&A."
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Turnbull crafted his initial popularity and moderate image on the back of regular appearances on Q&A -- often wearing his famous leather jacket.
His last appearance on the show came in December last year, in the wake of the marriage equality postal vote.
Turnbull has been criticised in recent weeks on a number of fronts. First, for quitting the parliament after being ousted by colleagues in a party room spill; then, for leaving for New York soon after and not supporting Liberal candidate Dave Sharma in the by-election for the seat of Wentworth left vacant by his own departure.
The decision to send Turnbull to Bali as Australia's representative for a global conference on oceans was also slammed by former colleagues Tony Abbott and Barnaby Joyce.
The announcement of Turnbull's impending Q&A session set off an instant reaction, with people looking forward to his forthcoming ruminations about the leadership spill and those who destabilised and replaced him in the top job.