Stephanie Peatling

Stephanie Peatling

Stephanie Peatling is a senior writer. She is a former Canberra Political Correspondent for the Sun-Herald.

Federal budget 2015: Wednesday May 13

Treasurer Joe Hockey in between breakfast tv interviews on the front lawn of Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 13 May 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Stephanie Peatling It's the morning after the night before. Let's wade into all the budget reaction.

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Federal budget 2015: Joe Hockey delivers the budget

Joe Hockey

Stephanie Peatling The big day is finally here - budget 2015.

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Federal budget 2015: Tuesday May 12

Treasurer Joe Hockey poses for a selfie with Anika Buining, during his Budget day press conference on the forecourt of Parliament House on Tuesday 12 May 2015.

Stephanie Peatling The big day is finally here - budget 2015.

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Federal budget 2015: Monday 11 May

Let's hope the treasurer was listening to the National Commission of Audit, writes Amanda Vanstone.

Stephanie Peatling Good morning and welcome to the final day before the budget. Are you excited?

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Christine Milne leaves a party striving to grow into one with broader appeal

The challenge for new Greens leader Richard Di Natale will be to progress Christine Milne's ambition for a broader party.

Stephanie Peatling Christine Milne will leave Federal Parliament at a time when momentum for action on climate change is building once again.

Budget 2015: Behind the art of the pre-budget photo opportunity

Prime Minister Tony Abbott poses with the Treasurer Joe Hockey as they look through the 2015 budget on Tuesday.

Stephanie Peatling Believe the pictures – these photo opportunities are as awkward as they look.

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Federal Budget 2015: Time to put the child in childcare

Tony Abbott has defended taxpayer subsidies for childcare against criticism that it is more middle-class welfare.

Stephanie Peatling It seems like a weird thing to have to point out but in the discussion about the federal government's changes to childcare, there is one significant group of people that hasn't had much of a say.

Royal Baby: Abbott government donates $10,000 to possums for princess

The Australian Mountain Pygmy-possum.

Stephanie Peatling The new royal princess will receive a cot blanket and a donation to a mountain pygmy possum sanctuary as her official gifts from the Australian people.

Bali 9: How Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop learnt of the executions

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Tony Abbott address the media after the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 29 April 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Stephanie Peatling Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrived in Canberra at about midnight on Tuesday knowing two Australians would soon be executed.

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Bali 9 executions: Why hope should be the final stage of Australia's grief

The executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran has triggered a rare reaction from the Australian public.

Stephanie Peatling National mourning is not really something we do. Today is different.

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Sacked Department of Parliamentary Services secretary Carol Mills accused of misleading parliamentary committee

Former Department of Parliamentary Services Secretary Carol Mills

Stephanie Peatling The sacked head of Parliament House has been accused of misleading a committee investigating her department's use of CCTV footage to spy on a public servant who was leaking material to Labor Senator...

Has Tanya Plibersek misread the Labor Party's mood for change?

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Stephanie Peatling Conscience votes are a wonderful thing. Anyone who has sat in Parliament and watched MPs grappling with difficult moral issues such as stem cell research, euthanasia and same-sex marriage has seen...

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Support for government push to withdraw welfare payments from anti vaccination parents

An anti-vaccination campaigner's group has lost charity status.

Stephanie Peatling Childcare and medical organisations have welcomed the federal government's decision to strip parents who are conscientious objectors to childhood vaccination of family tax and childcare payments.

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Abbott government withdraws childcare payments for anti-vaccination parents

Closing a loophole: Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Stephanie Peatling Parents who are "conscientious objectors" to childhood vaccination will have their childcare and family tax payments stopped from 1 January next year as the federal government attempts to crack down...

Corporate tax inquiry: Kerry Packer's infamous committee appearance serves as a cautionary tale


Stephanie Peatling A politician's career can be made – or not – with a successful committee interrogation.

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Access denied: Journalists lodge complaint about threats to freedom of the press amid Parliament security crackdown

Stephanie Peatling Media working in Parliament House have lodged a formal complaint about the increasing use of bollards.

Picture this: Why image is everything for our politicians

Unvarnished and strategic: Tony Abbott with US President Barack Obama.

Stephanie Peatling Australians are about to witness the Pete Souza effect when News Corp photographer Brad Hunter joins Prime Minister Tony Abbott's media staff later this month.

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NSW State election 2015: Federal ministers breathe collective sigh of relief

Stephanie Peatling Scott Morrison says NSW a win for policy over populism as the state Liberal government was returned.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott gives green light to $100 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Kept well away: Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Stephanie Peatling and Philip Wen Prime Minister Tony Abbott has cleared the way for Australia to join the new multi billion dollar China led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank but says some issues remain before Australia could...

Politics Live: March 26, 2015

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 25 March 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Stephanie Peatling It's the last parliamentary sitting day for quite some time. But before we up stumps there's metadata, Clive Palmer's birthday and one more question time.

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