1. Tony Abbott has ordered Liberal frontbenchers to boycott Q&A.
Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has withdrawn from a scheduled appearance on ABC’s panel show Q&A tonight, saying that Prime Minister Tony Abbott has instructed his frontbenchers to boycott the show.
“The Prime Minister has communicated that he does not want any frontbencher to appear on Q&A,” a spokesperson for Mr. Joyce said. “Barnaby was told this tonight and apologised to Q&A that he would not be able to appear.”
ABC News reports Mr Joyce’s withdrawal from Q&A came just hours after he confirmed on the ABC’s Insiders that he would be appearing.
The decision follows fallout from controversial audience member Zaky Mallah’s appearance on the program two weeks ago.