Sean Plunket hopes to stir debate

SARAH NEALON
Last updated 05:00 02/08/2014
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HOPES TO STIR DEBATE: Sean Plunket

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Which political party should get your vote? Do you understand the various parties' stance on things like social welfare, education and health care?

If you don't know the answer to any or even all of the above, then you might want to tune into Prime's new Friday night show Prime Time With Sean Plunket.

A panel show fronted by veteran journalist Sean Plunket, the nine-week series will feature a mix of experts, analysts and MPs discussing a range of topics.

Plunket, who viewers may remember from TV shows like Fair Go and The Nation, says the idea is not to have a forum for politicians to, "Say everything they want but to say." Nor is the show set up to generate news headlines. And don't expect to see, "Media analysts talking to each other or politicians just slagging each other off."

"We primarily want to inform people so that if they vote they make a more informed or a smarter decision for what's good for their lives and what might change in their lives."

In terms of the topics up for discussion, Plunket says as well as issues like immigration and housing, the show will also touch on the role of social media in elections.

And while viewers should expect some lively discussions, Plunket believes the show isn't necessarily designed to shock or thrill.

"This is not about getting someone to storm out of the studio and rip their microphone off," he says. "I hope we have intelligent, detailed and understandable debates and discussions for the people who are watching. It is not about sensation. It is about information."

Clearly interested in politics, you have to wonder if Plunket would consider throwing his hat into the political ring.

But he dismisses the idea. "To be honest I don't think I could take a one-eyed philosophical view and say everything that one party does is good and everything another party does is bad," he says.

Prime Time With Sean Plunket
Prime, Friday, 9.35pm

-TV Guide

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