Stephanie Peatling

Stephanie Peatling

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

Federal Politics Live: November 26, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey arrive for Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 26 November 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Stephanie Peatling Good morning and welcome to another day in federal politics.

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Federal Politics Live: November 25, 2014

Treasurer Joe Hockey arrives for question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 25 November 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Stephanie Peatling Good morning and welcome to another day in federal politics. The ABC rallies come to Parliament House which means we can expect to hear more about when a cut isn't a cut and how MPs would have...

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ABC managing director Mark Scott admits many jobs will go in cuts

Cuts protested.

Bevan Shields and Stephanie Peatling The $254 million to be slashed from the ABC's budget dwarfs the $59 million in savings identified in a recent efficiency review, Mark Scott has revealed during an impassioned defence of the public...

Government calls ABC 'cowardly' in 'broken election promise' funding cut row

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Stephanie Peatling and Judith Ireland Some are calling the $254-million funding reduction a broken election promise.

ABC cuts: Malcolm Turnbull announces budget reduction of $250 million

Malcolm Turnbull

Stephanie Peatling and Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has detailed a $254 million funding cut to the ABC in a move that could result in job losses and the closure of foreign bureaux.

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Federal Politics and G20 Live: November 14, 2014

Cameron

Stephanie Peatling and Judith Ireland Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of one of the biggest events on the political circuit - the G20.

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We can cut adoption wait times from five years to one year: Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with families during a morning tea ahead of Adoption Awareness Week.

Stephanie Peatling The time it takes to adopt children could be dramatically quicker from next year, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said.

Federal Politics Live: October 30, 2014

Peris

Stephanie Peatling Good morning and welcome to another day in federal politics. Surely it can't be like yesterday? The government has agreed to fund an inquiry into something it is completely opposed to leaving it open...

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Federal Politics Live: October 29, 2014

Clive Palmer and Environment minister Greg Hunt

Stephanie Peatling Good morning and welcome to another day in federal politics. The government will get its foreign fighters legislation through Parliament despite concerns about the potential for human rights...

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Federal Politics Live: October 28, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 28 October 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Stephanie Peatling Good morning and welcome to another day in federal politics. Debate will begin on the so called foreign fighters laws, a bundle of changes the government is very keen to get through Parliament as...

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Federal Politics Wrap: October 27, 2014

Parliament House protest.

Stephanie Peatling Good morning and welcome to the start of another week in federal politics. Have you had your breakfast? I hope it wasn't a dog's breakfast a la the federation and tax reform.

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Federal Politics Live: October 23, 2014

An AFP officer armed with an SR-16 stands guard to the front of Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 23 October 2014.

Stephanie Peatling Good morning and welcome to another day in federal politics. Already the day has taken on a sombre tone following the shooting at the National War Memorial and the Parliament building in the Canadian...

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Federal Politics Live: October 22, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 22 October 2014.

Stephanie Peatling Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the day's events in federal politics. Respect continues to be paid to former Labor prime minister Gough Whitlam but slowly, slowly the usual cut and...

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Former prime minister Gough Whitlam dead at 98

Gough Whitlam

Stephanie Peatling Former prime minister died Tuesday morning

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Federal Politics Live: October 20, 2014

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during question time in Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 20 October 2014.

Stephanie Peatling Good morning and welcome to the first day of another sitting week.

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Bronwyn Bishop v Tony Abbott: the showdown to watch

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop won't want to back down on new restrictions on facial coverings being worn in Parliament House.

Stephanie Peatling Tony Abbott is Prime Minister but Bishop as Speaker of the House of Representatives and Senate President Stephen Parry run the Parliament.

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'Ashamed to be Australian': 2014 Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan hits out at Abbott government's environment policies

2014 Man Booker prizewinner Richard Flanagan told the BBC after his win:

Stephanie Peatling The winner of the Man Booker Prize for literature, Richard Flanagan, has criticised the federal government’s environmental policies saying they have made him “ashamed to be an...

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Overseas commercial surrogacy: what price are we prepared to pay to allow it to continue?

News of the abandoned Indian baby boy follows the story of Gammy, pictured, who his Thai surrogate mother claims was left behind by an Australian couple.

Stephanie Peatling The calls for a national inquiry into overseas commercial surrogacy are well founded. But of those making the calls none are suggesting an inquiry look at the basic issue of whether we should allow...

Tony Abbott rejects calls for national laws on overseas surrogacy

Prime minister Tony Abbott

Stephanie Peatling Prime Minister Tony Abbott has rejected calls for national laws on overseas surrogacy saying it should remain a matter for the states.

Tony Abbott rules out national laws on overseas surrogacy

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says surrogacy is a matter for the state governments.

Stephanie Peatling Prime Minister Tony Abbott has rejected calls for national laws on overseas surrogacy saying it should remain a matter for the states.