Host Barrie Cassidy leads Niki Savva, David Marr and Lenore Taylor through the political highs and lows of the year to date. Photographer Mike Bowers hosts a Talking Pictures segment with cartoonist Fiona Katauskas. The event includes video highlights of some of the nonsense that passes for politics, and the best gaffes that 2017 has produced so far.

Lenore Taylor (Australian)

Lenore Taylor

Lenore Taylor is editor-in-chief of Guardian Australia. She was previously a political editor and commentator for almost three decades and a foreign correspondent. She has won two Walkley awards and twice won the Paul Lyneham award for excellence in press gallery journalism. She co-authored Shitstorm – an account of the Labor government's response to the global economic crisis.

Niki Savva (Australian)

Niki Savva

Niki Savva writes a weekly political column for The Australian, and is a regular panellist on Insiders. She has written two books, So Greek, confessions of a conservative leftie, and The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin destroyed their own government, which won the ABIA award for best non-fiction book 2017. She is now writing a third book, Highway to Hell, on the demise of Malcolm Turnbull, which is scheduled for release in July.

David Marr (Australian)

David Marr

David Marr is a journalist and broadcaster who now writes for Guardian Australia. He’s published a couple of biographies and a number of books about politics, censorship and immigration. Over the last ten years he has written a number of Quarterly Essays. His latest is The White Queen: One Nation and the Politics of Race. He previously presented Media Watch and appears regularly on Insiders and The Drum. His latest book is My Country, an anthology of essays.

Barrie Cassidy (Australian)

Barrie Cassidy

Barrie Cassidy has been the host of Insiders since its inception in July 2001. Before that he worked as political correspondent for ABC News and 7.30 and as a foreign correspondent based in Washington and Brussels. He was also the senior press secretary and political adviser to Prime Minister Bob Hawke. Barrie is from Chiltern in North East Victoria and started his journalism as a cadet at The Border Mail in Albury. In 2006 he created the sports discussion program Offsiders and was host for eight years.