Q+A, which was formerly stylised as Q&A, is an Australian television panel discussion program broadcast by Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) and hosted by Australian journalist and news presenter Hamish McDonald. In general, each episode of the program features a panel of five public figures, usually including politicians, media personalities, academics, and celebrities, who answer questions asked by both the viewers, Twitter followers, and the live studio audience. On several occasions since the premier of the show in 2008, Q+A has been named as one of the great shows created by ABC. It is particularly lauded for the fact that it does not shy away from bringing certain topics to the table and accepting the unpredictability of its panellists' answers. As a result, Q+A has been at the centre of several controversial situations over the years, including a member of the audience throwing a pair of shoes at former Prime Minister John Howard and an in-studio university student protest while Minister for Education Christopher Pyne was talking about proposed higher education cuts.