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Q and A - Line up Dec 2


Sunday 2 December 2012

On Q+A this Sunday, a special event for our final programme of the year. Q+A: Ideas for NZ.

We’ll be broadcasting from The Cloud on Auckland’s waterfront, debating the pros and cons of eight big ideas to change New Zealand.

In a fast-paced programme hosted by Greg Boyed and designed to spark conversation, we feature eight of the country’s top thinkers offering their ideas to make our country better.

Federated Farmers Chief Executive Conor English, Otorohanga mayor Dale Williams, Massey masters student and former advertising exec Tracey Lee, PowerbyProxi entrepreneur Fady Mishriki, Tourism Industry Association boss Martin Snedden, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Franceska Banga, Lanzatech co-founder Sean Simpson, and Mainfreight Managing Director Don Braid all have diverse ideas that will make you think.

To turn our usual format on its head, the politicians will make up this week’s panel to debate and dissect the eight ideas. We’ll be joined by National’s Judith Collins, United Future’s Peter Dunne, Metiria Turei of the Greens, New Zealand First’s Winston Peters and Auckland mayor Len Brown.

Q+A, 9-10am Sundays on TV ONE and one hour later on TV ONE plus 1.

Thanks to the support from NZ ON Air.

Q+A is on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/NZQandA#!/NZQandA and on Twitter, http://twitter.com/#!/NZQandA

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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)

For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.

One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:

As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.

But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>

 

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