THE ABC has defended the decision by its Q & A chat program to invite little-known playwright and anarchist Van Badham on to Monday night’s show.
The ABC will also pay for her flights and accommodation.
Badham’s Twitter account features obscene attacks on various politicians, including Prime Minister Tony Abbott (‘‘a lying sexist c ...”), former PM Kevin Rudd (“the c ... that caused all these f ... ing problems”), Environment Minister Greg Hunt (“an insult to the word c ...”) and the entire 2013 Labor caucus (“let me into that caucus room to kick the mother...ing sh.. out of the dumb c ... rags in there”).
Q & A producer Peter McEvoy said his show “aims to provide a platform for as wide a variety of views as possible’’.
“The point ... is to generate an informed, civil discussion ... By necessity this means some guests will have views others might object to,” he said.