Q+A discusses how we stay united in a time of border closures

This pandemic has fast turned this nation into two countries- the states opening up and those locking down. With border closures in place, how do we stay united?

Also, in the time of COVID it is vital we trust our sources of news and information.

Conspiracy theories, fake news and the influence of big tech are all under the microscope. The government is looking to introduce a new code to force tech giants to pay traditional media for news content. Will it help level the playing field and hold digital giants to account?

And we look at a scathing new report on the lack of diversity on Australian TV screens.

Joining Hamish on the panel live:

Barnaby Joyce, Nationals Member for New England
Michelle Rowland, Shadow Communications Minister
Antoinette Lattouf, Journalist and diversity advocate
Niki Savva, Columnist and author
Ziggy Ramo, Musician 
Sinead Boucher, Chief executive and owner of Stuff Ltd

Read more about our panelists here

Q+A is simulcast LIVE around the country on ABC TV, ABC iview and ABC NEWS on radio.  ABC Australia also broadcasts Q+A into Asia and the Pacific.

Members of the public can:

Register to be part of the Q+A LIVE studio audience at: abc.net.au/qanda

Submit questions for the panel, also at: abc.net.au/qanda

Contribute to the discussion via Q+A’s Twitter highlights feed, using #qanda

Submit live questions via Twitter using #qanda and @qanda

Follow @qanda on Twitter to receive first-hand updates about the program and panel members.

Q+A is also live streamed on FacebookPeriscopeYouTube and available on the Q+A website.  Viewers can watch the program on Periscope through Twitter while following or joining the Twitter conversation.

*live streaming locally at:

SA 8.05pm; NT 8.05pm; WA 6.35pm

Q+A:  Monday 17 August at 9.35pm AEST on ABC and iview

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