Stan Grant is slammed for brutally shutting down internationally respected barrister on Q+A: ‘Always talking over the top of him’
- Top lawyer Geoffrey Robertson appeared on Q+A
- Stan Grant was accused of talking over the lawyer
- Viewers took to Twitter to voice their anger at host
ABC Q+A host Stan Grant has been slammed for repeatedly talking over a respected barrister who appeared on his show.
Geoffrey Robertson, a world renowned Australian human rights lawyer, appeared on Q+A on Monday night alongside several other guests to discuss topics ranging from the appearance of Neo-Nazis in Melbourne to Australia’s gambling laws.
However, viewers were quick to note how Mr Grant appeared to cut across and interrupt Mr Robertson on several occasions.
At one point, he even appeared to point his finger at the lawyer while talking over the top of him.
One angry watcher said: ‘When I saw Geoffrey Robertson was on #qanda, I decided to watch. But then realised he wasn’t allowed to finish his responses. Kept getting cut off. So I turned it off.’
There appeared to be several interruptions throughout the episode.
The most obvious example was when the barrister – best known to Australians through his Hypotheticals TV shows – was answering a question about the new Australian submarine deal.
He acknowledged Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s pride in securing the deal but also noted how AUKUS was the brainchild of ex-PM Scott Morrison.
Appearing to set-up a punchline, he said: ‘It was a proud moment for Albo standing there with Britain and America, taking this stand against authoritarianism.
‘But then you read that it was actually the brainchild of Scott Morrison and given what we know about Scott Morrison’s brain…’
The rest of his joke was cut off by Mr Grant, who interrupted to point out how Anthony Albanese supported the AUKUS plan.
He then raised his finger, talking over the lawyer as they both tried to make points.
Viewers were quick to note how Stan Grant appeared to cut across and interrupt Geoffrey Robertson on several occasions
The most obvious example was when the barrister was answering a question about the new Australian submarine deal
Taking to Twitter, viewers slammed Stan Grant for talking over the human rights lawyer
On another occasion, Mr Robertson spoke about ex-PM Paul Keating’s comments on the AUKUS deal.
However, his final point on the subject was drowned out by Mr Grant, who appeared to be attempting to steer the conversation in a different direction.
Reacting to the interruption, viewers blasted Mr Grant.
One said: ‘This Q+A advertises that everyone has a voice. Stan Grant just takes over & talks over.
‘He just cut off the wonderful Geoffrey Robertson in mid sentence… Seriously there is NO point in watching!!!
‘Once a decent show, now a Stan Grant s***show.’
Another raged: ‘Oh FFS, When will Stan Grant realise we don’t watch #QandA to hear him talking over the top of every bloody guest, ESPECIALLY Geoffrey Robertson.’
And a third said: ‘Stan Grant is an ignoramus and a terrible host! When Geoffrey Robertson speaks, people stop and listen intently. They know Robertson speaks sense. Stan needs to go! Please ABC.’
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