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Federal Politics

Breaking Politics

Queensland inquiry, budget and the burka debate.

CHRIS HAMMER 12:16pmLiberal Senator Scott Ryan and Labor MP Michelle Rowland join Chris Hammer in the Breaking Politics studio to discuss the news of the day.

Latest

Ebola Outbreak

Australia and Ebola

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3:43pm The government is exploring options to enable Australian health professionals to help fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Smoker's Rights

'Thank you for smoking'

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2:57pm Spending of tobacco tax revenue is a filthier habit than smoking says self described libertarian Senator David Leyonhjelm.

PM confirms support role for RAAF

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2:57pm Australian aircraft will start flying over Iraq in a support role says Prime Minister Tony Abbott, but a decision on committing combat forces has not been made.

PM stands by budget measures

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced AFP Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin will be recommended as the new AFP Commissioner at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 1 October 2014. Photo: Andrew MearesClick to play video

12:59pm The government won't walk away from unpopular budget measures says Tony Abbott, but some measures may have to be modified to pass the Senate.

PM wishes people wouldn't wear the burqa

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced AFP Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin will be recommended as the new AFP Commissioner at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 1 October 2014. Photo: Andrew MearesClick to play video

12:05pm Tony Abbott says he doesn't support banning the burqa, but admits he finds it "confronting" and wishes people wouldn't wear it.

PUP inquiry a 'bitch session': Abetz

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6:06pm The Senate will investigate the activities of Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, in an inquiry slammed as a "bitch session" by Senator Eric Abetz.

'The is only one law in Australia' says Palmer

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5:11pm In spite of Jacqui Lambie's anti-sharia, anti-burqa stance, the Palmer United Party supports religious freedom says Clive Palmer.

PM responds to terror raids

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Tony Abbott updates the House on Melbourne terror raids, urging Australians to continue going about their normal lives.

MH17 victims identified

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251 of the 298 victims on board MH17 have been identified, confirms Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop.

'I thought he was choking on his haggis'

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Rogue Senator Bill Heffernan takes on Doug Cameron in the chamber- but says he was just trying to help.

Senate debates gender-selective abortion

Treasurer Joe Hockey and Finance minister Senator Mathias Cormann during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 25 September 2014. Photo: Andrew MearesClick to play video

Natural miscarriage occurs because of an "innate capacity of the foetus to understand it won’t survive post-foetal life" says Liberal Senator Chris Black during a Senate debate on abortion.

Deficit $30b bigger than forecast: Hockey

Treasurer Joe Hockey and Finance minister Senator Mathias Cormann during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 25 September 2014. Photo: Andrew MearesClick to play video

At $48.5 billion the budget deficit for 2013-14 is $30 billion bigger than forecast by Labor says Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Politics in pictures

May 23rd 2014

The good, the bad and the ugly

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CHRIS HAMMER Politics as a spaghetti western - the week in music, photos, video and headlines.

May 16th 2014

Budget week montage

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CHRIS HAMMER The political contest hots up - budget week recounted through music, photos, videos, headlines and artworks.

May 9th 2014

Leak week

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CHRIS HAMMER It was a week of pre-budget leaks - told here through music, video, photographs and headlines..

May 2nd 2014

Political montage

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CHRIS HAMMER It was a week of budget leaks and political drama - as told through music, video, headlines and photographs.

April 25th 2014

Pomp, ceremony and politics

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CHRIS HAMMER There was Easter, royalty and Anzac Day, but also plenty of politics - the political week as told through music, photos and video.

April 17th 2014

The political week

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The week in politics - told through a montage of photos, music, and video.

April 11th 2014

The political week

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CHRIS HAMMER Tony Abbott's Asian trip and the politics of the week told through video, music and photographs.

April 4th 2014

The week that was

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CHRIS HAMMER The week in politics, told through photos, video and music.

March 28th 2014

The week in politics

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CHRIS HAMMER It was the week that knighthoods returned to Australia, as told through music, video and photographs.

March 21st 2014

The week in politics

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The political events of the week told through music, video and photographs.

March 7th 2014

The week that was

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CHRIS HAMMER The past week in politics, told through photography, sound bites and music.

February 28th 2014

The week that was

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CHRIS HAMMER The political week told though a montage of video and photos.

February 21st 2014

The political narrative

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A montage of photographs and video tells the story of the week in federal politics.

February 14th 2014

The week that was

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The past week in Canberra, told through a montage of video and the photography.

Interviews

Breaking Politics

Asylum seekers and national security laws

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CHRIS HAMMER Joining Breaking Politics via broadband, Liberal MP Wyatt Roy talks through the issues of the day with Chris Hammer.

Breaking Politics

University deregulation, Cambodia and national security

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CHRIS HAMMER Labor MP Amanda Rishworth joins Chris Hammer via broadband to discuss the political issues of the day.

Asylum Seekers

'We will do everything we can to defeat new visas': Greens

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CHRIS HAMMER The new visas announced on Thursday by the Immigration Minister will keep refugees 'living in limbo' says Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Breaking Politics

Terrorism and global climate negotiations

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CHRIS HAMMER Senators Sam Dastyari and Scott Ryan join Chris Hammer in the Breaking Politics studio to discuss the news of the day.

Breaking Politics

National security, competition and coal.

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CHRIS HAMMER National Party Senator John 'Wacka' Williams and Labor MP Terri Butler joins Chris Hammer in the studio to discuss the news of the day.

Breaking Politics

National security and budget negotiations

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CHRIS HAMMER Labor MP Ed Husic and Liberal Andrew Laming join Chris Hammer in the studio as Parliament begins its first sitting day of the fortnight.

Breaking Politics

Terror laws and Parliament House

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CHRIS HAMMER Liberal MP Wyatt Roy joins Breaking Politics to discuss the latest on the Terror raids across Brisbane and Sydney.

Breaking Politics

Terror raids, parliament house and expanded security laws.

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CHRIS HAMMER Labor MP Amanda Rishworth joins Chris Hammer via broadband to discuss the latest national news.

Breaking Politics

Terror raids, Iraq and stopping the boats

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CHRIS HAMMER Greens Senator Larissa Waters and National Party MP Andrew Broad join Chris Hammer to debate the news of the day.

Breaking Politics

Indigenous recognition, Iraq and same sex marriage

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CHRIS HAMMER Liberal Senator Scott Ryan joins Chris Hammer via broadband to discuss the political issues of the day.

Breaking Politics

Sarah Hanson-Young joins Breaking Politics

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CHRIS HAMMER Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young joins the show to discuss indigenous recognition in the constitution, Iraq and the latest news on same sex marriage.

Breaking Politics

Matt Canavan joins Breaking Politics

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CHRIS HAMMER National Party Senator Matt Canavan joins the show to discuss, Iraq, climate change and the PPL.

Breaking Politics

Iraq and climate change

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CHRIS HAMMER Labor MP Terri Butler joins Breaking Politics to discuss the news of the day.

Breaking Politics

TPVs national security, ICAC and submarines.

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CHRIS HAMMER Labor MP Amanda Rishworth joins Breaking Politics to discuss the news of the day.

Breaking Politics

Breaking Politics with Larissa Waters

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CHRIS HAMMER Greens Senator Larissa Waters joins the show to discuss the latest political news: TPV's, a new study on the budget's impact on women and the Parliamentary Budget Office.

Breaking Politics

Terri Butler joins Breaking Politics

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CHRIS HAMMER Labor MP Terri Butler joins Chris Hammer to discuss ICAC and the RET

Breaking Politics

ICAC and the renewable energy target

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CHRIS HAMMER Senator John 'Wacka' Williams joins the show via broadband to discuss the news of the day.

Question Time

Question time

Terror-free question time

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Terrorism may be dominating the news agenda, but neither the government nor the opposition raise it during question time on Monday.

Question Time

Question time: 'Palmer's piggy bank'

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Labor attempts to exploit the government's deal with Clive Palmer to repeal the mining tax during Thursday's question time.

Question Time

Palmer deal dominates question time

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The government taunts Labor during an impassioned question time on Tuesday after striking a deal with Palmer United to abolish the mining tax and delay superannuation increases.

Question Time

One minute question time

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Labor's Monday question time assault and Tony Abbott's response distilled to just over a minute.

Question Time

A khaki question time

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Labor attempts to wrong foot the government on national security during Thursday's question time, focusing on cuts to the Australian War Memorial. Chris Hammer reports.

Question Time

Going the niggle

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Labor tries to get under Joe Hockey's skin during question time on Wednesday.

Question Time

Is Joe Hockey the weak link?

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CHRIS HAMMER Labor switches its question time attack on Tuesday from Tony Abbott to Joe Hockey.

Question Time

Question time: talk to the budget

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CHRIS HAMMER The opposition goads the government with its own budget papers during Wednesday's question time.

Question Time

Target acquired, ammunition primed

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CHRIS HAMMER Fairfax polling reveals voters remain unconvinced by the budget and the Prime Minister - Labor uses one to target the other in Monday's question time.

Question Time

Beating the budget drum

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CHRIS HAMMER The opposition digs deeper into the budget in its attempts to discredit Tony Abbott during Thursday's question time.

From left field

Sleepy times in the Senate?

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Did Defence Minister David Johnston nod off in the Senate on Thursday? You be the judge...

Fund the ABC, or the pig goes

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In an animated senate estimates hearing, ABC Managing Director Mark Scott said he couldn't guarantee Peppa Pig would be safe from budget cuts.

Tony Abbott visits the DMZ

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Raw vision: during his trip to South Korea Prime Minister Tony Abbott takes time to see the border with North Korea.

Turnbull pokes fun at the knights and dames

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The knighthood honours system isn't a throwback to imperial times, but in line with many great republics like Guatemala, Turnbull jokes at a Free TV event on Wednesday.

Parliament

Laughter crackdown in Parliament

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Labor MP Julie Collins is thrown out of Parliament for laughing as the Speaker, Bronwyn Bishop accuses the opposition of employing a new parliamentary tactic.

Knights and Dames: Tony Abbott mocked

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'Winter is coming' warns labor's Sam Dastyari, invoking medieval drama Game of Thrones in mockery of Tony Abbott's decision to reinstate knighthoods.

WA Senate Election

A most polite spray

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Greens Senator Scott Ludlam invites Tony Abbott to visit Western Australia - and then unloads on the Prime Minister in a Senate speech earlier this week that has since gone viral.

Featured

'Narrow' national security laws: Freedom Commissioner

The current national security legislation before Parliament is 'too broad' says Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson.

Jobless should 'get off their backsides'

Tougher dole requirements for young people makes unemployment less attractive, says Senator John 'Wacka' Williams, but Labor's Terri Butler argues the policy is unfair.

Rules of engagement

Federal cabinet is expected this week to approve the Australian military joining the fight against ISIL in Iraq. David Wroe explains what this means.

Profit shifting: is the government doing enough?

There are calls for the government to do more to crack down on corporate tax avoidance. Liberal MP Andrew Laming and Labor's Andrew Leigh debate the issue.

Liberal MP wants refugee intake lifted

Now the boats are stopping it's time to consider letting more refugees into Australia says Wyatt Roy.

Gallipoli security concerns

ISIL's call for indiscriminate violence and the porous Syrian-Turkish border could pose danger for those travelling to ANZAC centenary celebrations at Gallipoli next April.

Obama and Abbott grow closer

Events are pulling Barack Obama and Tony Abbott ever closer together, says chief political correspondent Mark Kenny from New York.

News visas will allow 'intergration'

National Party MP Andrew Broad says the new visas announced by the Immigration Minister will fill a skill shortage in rural areas.

How much will students pay?

Labor challenges the government's claim students will soon pay 50% of the cost of their university education compared to the existing 40%.

Disunity 'plays into the hands of ISIL'

A Senate debate on National Security Legislation prompts an appeal for tolerance from Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells amid calls to ban the burqa and sharia law.

Out reach or zero tolerance?

What's the best approach for dealing with disaffected middle-eastern youth? Senators Sam Dastyari and Scott Ryan offer their opinions.

Pressure grows for new carbon targets

Major countries will reveal new greenhouse targets by early next year, but Australia is resisting, according to The Climate Institute's John Connor in New York.

Bishop boots 200th pollie from question time

Three Labor members were booted on Tuesday, bringing the total number of politicians ejected from question time to 200.

Does coal have a future?

A UN-sponsored report says Australia can do without coal. Labor's Terri Butler and Nationals Senator John 'Wacka' Williams disagree.

Pharmacy fight looms

A new report recommends deregulating pharmacies, but National Party Senator John 'Wacka' Williams warns his Liberal colleagues against adopting the recommendations.

The truth about sharia

The condemnation of sharia by Jacqui Lambie is naive, insensitive and dangerous, according to Islamic law expert Professor Tim Lindsey.

How credible is parliament threat?

What is the risk of a terror attack on parliament house and how does it compare to the threat targeted in raids in Sydney and Brisbane? Analysis with David Wroe.

Are new terror laws justified?

The government will introduce expanded terror laws to parliament next week. Labor MP Amanda Rishworth and Liberal MP Wyatt Roy explain their parties' positions.

Let Australians fight for ISIL?

Australia might be safer if the authorities let would-be ISIL fighters go to Iraq and Syria instead of keeping them here, according to terrorism expert Professor Clive Williams.

Greens: Iraq deployment increases terror risk

A fiery debate on the politics of war, terrorism and national security between Greens Senator Larissa Waters and National Party MP Andrew Broad.

Fiji turns democratic - but for how long?

Fiji has a democratic government for the first time in eight years, but another coup cannot be ruled out, says Professor Brij Lal.

New same-sex marriage push

Norfolk Island is moving towards legalising same-sex marriage, with supporters hoping the move will survive high court scrutiny.

Indigenous referendum when?

There's bipartisan support for changing the constitution to recognise indigenous Australians but disagreement about the timing and scope of a referendum.

Wilkie: Shorten 'scared stiff' on Iraq

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie castigates Labor's uncritical support for the government on Iraq, saying Bill Shorten appears scared stiff of voicing any differences on national security.

Iraq: boots on the ground?

The PM says SAS troops deployed to Iraq won't engage in combat- a claim independent MP Andrew Wilkie finds hard to believe.

PM's Iraq media blitz

Tony Abbott blitzes the airwave, assuring the public that Australia has clear military objectives and won't repeat the mistakes of the 2003 Iraq war.

Bipartisan push for military action

Australia's commitment to deploying a 600-strong military team to Iraq has firm bipartisan support. With Liberal Andrew Laming and Labor's Andrew Leigh.

What is the SAS mission in Iraq?

Australian special forces soldiers may see combat in Iraq, says Defence correspondent David Wroe.

Chance of success in Syria 'slim'

There is only a 'slim' chance that an American-led coalition can defeat ISIL within Syria, according to Professor Amin Saikal.

Morrison 'mismanaging' portfolio: Labor MP

A High Court slap down and a backdown on re-settling refugees in Australia shows Scott Morrison isn't capable of managing his portfolio says Amanda Rishworth.

Obama's strategy explained

The US President has outlined plans to defeat the Islamic State- Chief political correspondent Mark Kenny and ASPI's Peter Jennings explain the implications.

Greens resist temporary protection push

A major policy shift could see asylum seekers on Christmas Island moved to the mainland on Temporary Protection Visas, but the Greens remain opposed to the plan.

Why do Australians pay more online?

Content creators must address pricing issues if they want to address piracy in Australia says Labor's Ed Husic.

'The federal system is wide open'

There are calls to reform rules governing federal political donations, following revelations in ICAC. Labor's Terri Butler and Nationals Senator John 'Wacka' Williams say change is needed.

100 days in photographs

The first 100 days of the Abbott government seen through the lens of Fairfax Canberra photographers Andrew Meares and Alex Ellinghausen.