• Mark Scott and Liz McGrath

    Mark Scott and Liz McGrath

  • Kate Lundy, her son Ben Forman and Stephanie Brantz

    Kate Lundy, her son Ben Forman and Stephanie Brantz

  • Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins, Lachy Gillespie and Anthony Field

    Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins, Lachy Gillespie and Anthony Field

  • Lee Kernaghan, Shandra Baker and Elysia Ruttley

    Lee Kernaghan, Shandra Baker and Elysia Ruttley

  • Virginia Trioli and Gai Brodtmann

    Virginia Trioli and Gai Brodtmann

  • Lynley Marshall and Geraldine Doogue

    Lynley Marshall and Geraldine Doogue

  • Julia Zemiro, Michael Rowland and Barrie Cassidy

    Julia Zemiro, Michael Rowland and Barrie Cassidy

  • Christine Milne, Heather Ewart and Jeremy Hernandez

    Christine Milne, Heather Ewart and Jeremy Hernandez

  • Fran Kelly and Clive Palmer

    Fran Kelly and Clive Palmer

  • Penny Wong with B1 and B2

    Penny Wong with B1 and B2

If there’s a Wiggle or a Banana to be photographed with, pollies are quick to be front and centre, with the “just one for the kids” line bandied about as staffers manned the iPhones at the annual ABC Showcase at Parliament House to capture a memorable moment.

Meanwhile, our favourite ABC luminaries worked the room with Fran Kelly lining up Clive Palmer for the next day’s radio, Virginia Trioli catching up with former schoolmate Gai Brodtmann, Lee Kernaghan charming the girls from Dalby and Roma and Simon Pryce, aka the Red Wiggle, keen to say hi to his Aunty Jenny in Canberra via me.

Of course, the main game at this showcase is to reinforce how important our ABC is to all facets of broadcasting in Australia with a look back at the successes and forward to programming for the 2015 commemoration of the Gallipoli centenary. All guests leaving with the first episode of ANZAC Girls to watch. It’s based on the letters and diaries of five real Australian and New Zealand nurses in a six part series from the Middle East then to Gallipoli and on to the Western Front.

Our ABC is in good hands.