On Monday 16 April, NCV residents Hayley Pollock and Ahmed Zafar Iqbal attended the studio filming of Q&A, with host Virginia Trioli and panellists Ken Roth (international executive director of Human Rights Watch), Mitch Fifield (Minister for Communications and the Arts), Missy Higgins (Australian singer-songwriter), Grahame Morris (Liberal Party strategist and former Chief of Staff to John Howard), and Amanda Rishworth (Labor Party frontbencher).
Both Hayley and Ahmed had the opportunity to put questions regarding Syria forward to the panel, which can be found here.
Ahmed shares “Being on Q&A was an amazing experience and my family back home in Pakistan was especially pleased after seeing me on the show. I was really pleased by Ken Roth's response to my question, and his response to Grahame Morris, and I agreed with him 100%. Missy Higgins came through on the answer in a very emotional and impactful way. I was disappointed with Grahame Morris' response and wonder how he would feel if, through an accident of birth, he was the one fleeing bombs and war, and an Australian politician accused him of wanting to come in 'through the backdoor' for wanting safety for himself and his loved ones?”