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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Interviewing an empty chair

It's a grand tradition.

But the those in charge of last night's Q&A could have gone further... (Hi Peter, Hi Amanda) did the BBC game show Have I Got News For You after a Labour MP cancelled on them for the third time:

It'd never be allowed in Brazil. Or Fiji.

HT: Mumbrella

Here's the correspondence

"We cannot accept your request that you choose a substitute panel member for tonight’s Q&A since this would be a clear breach of the ABC’s editorial independence. Mr Arbib will be represented by an empty chair at the Q&A desk.

I hope that the Prime Minister and Mr Arbib might still be responsive to the obligations that all Australian politicians have to face Australian citizens and the media on matters of national significance such as the future government of Australia."

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