Mallah met with ABC producers prior to Q&A

The controversy surrounding Monday night鈥檚 Q&A episode is continuing after it was revealed former terrorism suspect Zaky Mallah met with five senior producers prior to the show.

The revelations contradict claims by ABC management that Q&A producers could not have foreseen the events that unfolded.

It's also alleged taxpayer funds were used to transport the convicted criminal to the ABC studios in Ultimo.


In Monday night's episode, Mallah was allowed to ask a question of junior minister Steve Ciobo about the government's changes to citizenship laws.

After a heated exchange between the pair, the convicted criminal said "the Liberals have just justified to many Australian Muslims in the community tonight to leave and go to Syria and join ISIL because of ministers like him."

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced a government review into the program and called for "heads to roll" at the public broadcaster.

鈥淗ere we had the ABC admitting a gross error of judgment and then compounding that terrible mistake, that betrayal, if you like, of our country," he told reporters.

Mr Abbott also criticised the ABC for airing an unedited repeat of the episode on Wednesday.

"They compounded the mistake by re-broadcasting the program."

The ABC is conducting an internal review into the incident.

"We've announced that we're not satisfied with an internal ABC inquiry because so often we've seen virtual whitewashes when that sort of thing happens," Mr Abbott said.

Mallah was the first person to be charged in NSW under new anti-terrorism laws in 2003.

He was found guilty of threatening to kill ASIO officers and held in Goulburn's 'Supermax' prison for two years.

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