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Australia's Alt-Right Is Using Q&A As A Megaphone For Its Agenda

Four tweets from the alt-right have appeared on screen in the last two weeks.

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Over the past fortnight the far right trolls have been sending tweets with the #QandA hashtag in an effort to spread their message via the national broadcaster.

Members have been offered their "weight in beer" if they succeed.

Alroight #DingoTwitter time to tune in to ABC. If ya don't mind a bevvy or three get involved

In the first two shows of the season four alt-right tweets have made it on screen. One claimed it was a "myth" that refugees "are a financial benefit". Another linked immigration to carbon emissions.

"We try to have a range of views expressed – the fact that some of them are extreme is not all that surprising."

Prominent members of "Dingo Twitter" claimed to have a "mole on the inside" allowing their tweets to appear on screen.

McEvoy laughed at the suggestion: "I’m not aware of any members of the [tweet] moderation team being a part of the alt-right."

Australia's far right was also represented in the Q&A audience last night. This bearded questioner, Damien Ferri from the "United Conservative Party", asked about the Liberal party moving too far to the left.

Q&A has come under intense scrutiny in the last few years, with media outlets spending days (and sometimes weeks) hounding audience members who've put confronting questioners to right wing politicians.

But McEvoy said Ferri did identify himself and his fledgling far right political movement to the producers before being selected to ask a question on last night's program.

"He identified himself, and as a member of the party. But we didn’t seek him out."

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Brad Esposito at bradley.esposito@buzzfeed.com.

Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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