On Monday night, the Q&A panel came bearing a first: a stuffed monkey who has never been elected to the federal parliament - but possibly should be. His name was Mr H, and he was in the company of his keeper, anthropologist Jane Goodall, and about Mr H and Jane Goodall not enough good things can be said. But it was a night for star turns. In addition to Goodall and friend, there was audience member Tyne Jones, 11, who came close to stealing the show with his question towards the end.
Australians fancy themselves as a brave and hardy bunch, famously home to more things that can kill you than any other land on earth. But as we were reminded on Monday's Q&A, there are limits. Consider the most frightening words in the Australian vernacular: "a price on carbon". Q&A's panel - focused on the new Finkel report on national energy policy - did consider those words, but getting people to actually say them was not always easy.
On Monday night's Q&A, a debut panellist stole the show - and along the way delivered perhaps the pithiest quote of the year in summing up a variety of issues. "I want to quote my father, which will absolutely delight him," declared actress and disability activist Kiruna Stamell. "My dad said, 'You can't take a dump in the living room and not expect it to affect the ambience of the house'." What was she talking about?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".