Katie Noonan Saves ‘Q&A’ From Student Protesters

Last night, Katie Noonan swooped in and saved the day when ABC’s Q&A was hijacked by student protestors, and she didn’t even know about it. As the program lost control of the show thanks to the loud protest in the studio, host Tony Jones was forced to cut to an old episode that featured Noonan’s soothing sounds.

Q&A home viewers were calmed by Noonan’s hypnotic cover of Gotye’s Hearts A Mess which she performed on the show in 2012 accompanied by classical guitarist Karin Schaupp, all whilst

the protesting students were carted out of the studio.

The student group were protesting against proposed higher education cuts, directing their chants at Q&A panellist and Education Minister Christopher Pyne. The students unfurled a banner behind the panel about an upcoming protest, chanting “no cuts, no fees, no corporate universities.”

So Q&A was forced to cut to an old episode as the protestors were evicted from the ABC studios. “We had a little musical interlude there while we get democracy back on track,” Jones began as the program resumed as normal.

Noonan meanwhile took to social media to express her delight at her surprise appearance on the show. “Wowsers… I am very flattered!,” she tweeted. “Yayyyyyy for people passion, yay for interesting discourse…… I was just strangely/ oddly flattered …but yeah unfortunately every day my sadness at proposed policy changes grows and grows…,” she later added on her Facebook page.

Watch: Student protesters interrupt Q&A

Watch: Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp – Heart’s a Mess

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