Kate Miller Heidke.
Kate Miller Heidke.

Kate in a qanda-ry

IT'S been an interesting week for singer Kate Miller-Heidke.

Her appearance on ABC TV panel show Q&A on Monday - representing 'Gen Y' - drew mixed reactions on social networking platforms.

The show asked some very political questions throughout, debating issues like the upcoming Federal Bugdet and current interest rates.

It was clear Kate wasn't necessarily interested in the topics of discussion, telling host Tony Jones she didn't really care about the carbon tax or the budget.

Later in the show Tony asked her what the argument about banks and mortgages meant to her.

"I just tuned out for a little while," she replied.

But she did rally with an opinion - one which may sound familiar to people in the arts industries.

"I have to say, the thing is that, like, we hear all the time about interest rates and I am a musician," Kate said.

"Nearly all my friends are musicians and the truth is that they couldn't even get a mortgage if they wanted one… I think there's a lot of people out there that couldn't even imagine the day where they could afford a deposit for a house, let alone bitching about mortgage interest rates."

People took to Twitter and Facebook to comment on her TV appearance, with comments both supporting and condemning her stand.

Today she responded on her own Facebook page, with a post called 'A Fish Called Qanda: Spewin', Hey."

"I'm a musician.  I want people to hear the songs I write and sing.  Opportunities to play songs on TV in Australia are scarce.  It's pretty much morning television or Gordon St Tonight (which has finished for the year).  Or Q and A.

"Then, a few days ago, I found out that the theme of the show was the upcoming budget.  There would also be discussion about interest rates and Craig Thomson. I asked my manager to call the show's producers, to ask them WTF.  What meaningful contribution did they expect me to make, exactly?  They assured us that the budget would be just one component of the discussion, and that there would still be opportunities for me to talk about social issues and the arts.

"The budget stuff, well, I didn't know anything about it and I wasn't going to pretend I did.  Should I have bluffed my way into some half-baked stance about why the major banks don't pass on interest rate cuts?  Maybe, but I felt weary and dishonest just thinking about it.  Why would anyone care what I think about that shit anyway?"

With hundreds of comments and replies across multiple social networking sites, it seems people definitely care what she thinks.