Alex Ellinghausen and Andrew Meares.
JUDITH IRELAND 9:01am ASIO powers are in the lower house and welfare changes are in the Senate. George Brandis is down at the National Press Club and the government is up in arms about PUP's inquiry into the Newman government.
JUDITH IRELAND As police carry out counter-terror raids in Melbourne, Parliament sits in Canberra. But first: party rooms meet. Meanwhile, Tony Abbott is back from New York and he is here to help.
JUDITH IRELAND Tony Abbott's in New York, New York as rain clouds form on a Canberran Thursday. Is the Racial Discrimination Act coming back to Parliament? Bob Day is on the case.
JUDITH IRELAND Tony Abbott is in New York, the national security legislation is in the Senate and Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd are in the boxing ring. Oh, and Peter Slipper is in court and due to be sentenced.
JUDITH IRELAND Polls abound as party rooms meet. It is a classic Tuesday in Canberra. But with a large side-serving of national security. Islamic State have urged its supporters to kill Western civilians as Tony Abbott prepares to fly to the United Nations meeting in New York.
JUDITH IRELAND Alert, alarmed and totally confused. What's going on with the government's terror bills? And their social services measures while we're at it. Meanwhile, Julia Gillard is having a fight with Bob Carr. Plus ca change, people ..
JUDITH IRELAND Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Attorney-General George Brandis and outgoing ASIO head David Irvine hold a press conference in Melbourne. What will they have to say about the terror alert level?
JUDITH IRELAND Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard fronts the royal commission into union governance in Sydney.
JUDITH IRELAND Tony Abbott is in Mumbai and Julie Bishop is in Wales ... which means Warren Truss is left with the keys to the national ute. (Metaphorically speaking.)
JUDITH IRELAND Ding dong, the mining tax is gone! But what does this mean for superannuation? And what does Clive Palmer have against ice buckets? Hmm?
JUDITH IRELAND Apparently Iraq is a dangerous place. Who knew? There is confusion over whether an Aussie transport aircraft came under fire from militants in Iraq as Parliament sits. Elsewhere, the parties have their regular Tuesday meetings and wrangling over budget measures continues.
JUDITH IRELAND What is it good for? Australia is poised to airlift "military equipment" to the Kurds as Parliament sits. It's Monday in Canberra.
JUDITH IRELAND How noodle-y is the nation? What will we do about Iraq? And are the PUPs one big happy litter? These are the questions dominating play at the big P today.
JUDITH IRELAND Was Tony Abbott's visit to a cancer centre all that it seemed? How much of a bargain is Malcolm Turnbull's broadband scheme? And who is Joe Hockey's new speech writer? These are just some of the questions dominating play on this sitting Wednesday.
JUDITH IRELAND Dry clean your suit and charge your mobile! Federal parliament is back and sitting in Canberra after the winter break. Everyone is rested, rejuvenated and still stuck in that rut they call the budget.
JUDITH IRELAND The Senate and the House sit for a bonus day of Parliament, as the world wakes up to the news that a plane is believed to have been shot down over Ukraine. And Israel announces the start of a Gaza ground campaign.
JUDITH IRELAND It's the last sitting day before a five week break ... or is it? The government is "hopeful" that the carbon tax will be repealed today. But the Senate can sit tomorrow and at the weekend if it doesn't.
JUDITH IRELAND The Senate has a big to-do list and the House is thanking its lucky stars it hasn't had its hours extended too. The government and Clive Palmer have reached a deal on FoFA as the government and Labor reach a deal on Qantas. It's just another day in the 44th Parliament.
JUDITH IRELAND The carbon tax is headed to the Senate and financial systems go to the Press Club. Meanwhile, the PM's dining room gets a makeover and public support for same-sex marriage is at an all-time high.
JUDITH IRELAND It's the last week of Parliament before the winter break. Will the carbon tax repeal pass? Will Clive Palmer have any more last-minute requests? More importantly, what will happen to the price of a lamb roast?
JUDITH IRELAND Is today the day? Is it really going to happen?? Stay tuned. We might not have a carbon tax by the end of the day.
JUDITH IRELAND Tony Abbott and Shinzo Abe go west as their spouses stay in Canberra to go to the gallery. The carbon tax debate continues in the Senate as the architect of the NDIS fronts the Press Club. And 153 asylum seekers live in limbo on the high seas.
JUDITH IRELAND Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is here for a big day at Parliament House. The guns are out the front to welcome him. Meanwhile, the carbon tax is still to be repealed. And the High Court has issued an interim injunction over that boat of 153 Sri Lankan asylum seekers that the government won't talk about ...
JUDITH IRELAND The new Senate is here! It's brand, it's spanking and it's finally sitting. Also today, Clive Palmer is at the Press Club (again).
JUDITH IRELAND The current Senate sits for its last day as Canberra experiences a collective whoa over Palmer, Gore and what Parliament will do about climate change.
JUDITH IRELAND The US Ambassador is at the Press Club as the budget debate continues in earnest up at Parliament. Did you know there is $25 billion hole in the big B?
JUDITH IRELAND Canberra reels as Peter Greste gets seven years and Australia's "feeble" bid to wind back protection of Tasmanian forests is knocked back. Meanwhile, party rooms meet ahead of question time and the great budget debate continues in Parliament.
JUDITH IRELAND The government is stopping the boats AND the jihadists as another poll lands in Canberra. Meanwhile, the carbon tax is re-introduced to Parliament as the current Senate has its last ever sitting week.
JUDITH IRELAND School chaplains are up at the High Court and Arab ambassadors meet Julie Bishop over the East Jerusalem situation. It's Thursday in Canberra where it is still super foggy.
JUDITH IRELAND It's Julie Bishop day in Canberra. The Foreign Minister is due to give not one, but three speeches. Meanwhile, Canberra is so foggy we can barely see the keyboard as we type.
JUDITH IRELAND Party rooms meet, a fresh poll flings more numbers at politics and a court case looms over the Christmas Island disaster. It's Tuesday in Canberra.
JUDITH IRELAND The Prime Minister is back and so is parliament! Tony Abbott has touched down in Canberra as the Senate begins its last sitting fortnight before the big changeover on July 1. It's demo-crazy.
JUDITH IRELAND There's nothing to see here. Malcolm does another radio interview to declare he's best mates with Tony, as the Prime Minister smokes the pipe of peace with SBY. It's Thursday in Canberra and estimates is *still* going: with Foreign Affairs, Social Services, Education and Treasury all up for a chat.
JUDITH IRELAND Tony Abbott flies out to Indonesia to meet SBY leaving Warren T in charge of Australia. Bob Hawke and John Howard address the press club (re-union!) and Social Services, Education, Foreign Affairs and the Treasury face estimates.
JUDITH IRELAND Canberra thunders with missives from Clive as the fallout from the Turnbolt battle continues. The US steps up its response to climate change ahead of Tony Abbott's meeting with Barack Obama (hmm?). And in the Senate wing, estimates bubbles on with Health, Defence and Employment among the line-up.
JUDITH IRELAND Parliament sits and estimates quizzes. The Department of Health, CSIRO, Fair Work Ombudsman and Defence are all before Senate committees today. Meanwhile, debate rumbles about drug tests for welfare and what the Prime Minister said in his D-Day video. It's just another manic Monday.
JUDITH IRELAND The Human Rights Commission, SBS, ASIO, NBN Co and the Agriculture Department all front Senate estimates in a fiesta of scrutiny. It's the last sitting day of the week, but that won't stop the worry about Peppa Pig. Or what Clive Palmer was doing having dinner with Malcolm Turnbull.
JUDITH IRELAND Estimates rages with the ABC, the Finance Department and the Attorney-General's Department. Meanwhile, the Coalition's Dennis Jensen has had a crack over science funding and is there a change to race-hate laws in the offing? The Press Club also gets a work out, this time with Health Minister Peter Dutton.
JUDITH IRELAND Flys on the wall get ready. Coalition MPs gather for their first party room meeting post-budget. Labor MPs gather also. It's a bumper edition as budget estimates continue. The PM's department, immigration, infrastructure and national parks are up. You want more? Richard Marles is at the press club.
JUDITH IRELAND The budget debate continues keen as beans as parliament comes back for two weeks of sittings. In the lower house, the budget bills are debated and in the Senate, it is budget estimates! In the hot chair today are the Prime Minister's department, environment, immigration and infrastructure. It's demo-crazy.
JUDITH IRELAND It's Labor's turn in the budget spotlight, with Bill Shorten to deliver the budget reply address tonight. Before that, up in Queensland, Kevin Rudd fronts the royal commission into his home insulation scheme. In the meantime the rubix cube discussion continues over what bits of the budget might get through the Senate and what won't. Say it with me: "horse-trading".
JUDITH IRELAND The hard sell of the Big B begins. The government hits the airwaves to sell its hardass budget and Joe Hockey prepares to address the National Press Club at lunch. Meanwhile, up in Queensland, Kevin Rudd fronts the royal commission on home insulation. Timing or what?
JUDITH IRELAND Treasurer Joe Hockey will hand down his first budget this evening. But first, the Coalition party room meets for a power wow, as Mark Arbib and Peter Garrett face the home insulation royal commission. Question time is back at 2pm.
JUDITH IRELAND It's the day after the day of the Audit Commission report. As premiers arrive in Canberra for the first COAG of the year, the head of the Audit Commission fronts a Senate committee for questioning ...
JUDITH IRELAND It’s Commission of Audit Day! After months of speculation about what might be in the report and calls aplenty for the report to be released, the great day has finally come.
JUDITH IRELAND Arise, Sir Peter. General Peter Cosgrove is sworn-in as Australia's 26th Governor-General. It is a gloomy Friday, weather-wise. But that won't stop the pomp. Expect gunfire, saluting, parading and a brand new G-G.
JUDITH IRELAND It's the last sitting day before the May budget! So pack a calculator and some sandwiches as we take a peek at parliament. Expect chat about knights and dames, racial discrimination, climate change and Medibank Private. And seriously, don't forget those sandwiches.
JUDITH IRELAND The shandies are on us! Tony Abbott celebrates 20 years as a federal MP today, as Dame Quentin flies out of Canberra. Bill Shorten addresses the National Press Club and the lower house rolls around in Repeal Day.
JUDITH IRELAND Tony Abbott calls on the G-G to say sayonara as Labor leads the government in the latest poll. Craig Thomson is due to be sentenced in Melbourne as Canberra debates something called FOFA. Meanwhile, Coalition MP George Christensen fires up the barbies for a Free Meat Week lunch. I'll have mine medium rare, thanks.
JUDITH IRELAND What happens when a faceless man resigns? It is speculation a-go-go after Paul Howes announced his resignation as AWU head from Perth. Back in Canberra, Tony Abbott is back from PNG for the last sitting week of parliament before the May budget. Cowabunga, dudes!
JUDITH IRELAND What now for Arthur Sinodinos and the government? Canberra ponders this as Qantas workers are in town and everyone worries about Ukraine and Russia. Thank goodness there's also a morning tea to remind people about Harmony Day.
JUDITH IRELAND It's a deregulation bonfire! Thousands of regulations are on the chopping block as debate continues about Arthur Sinodinos. Should he stay or should he go now?
JUDITH IRELAND It's Tuesday in Canberra. That means party room meetings in the morning before the usual question-off at 2pm. In the meantime, Operation Sovereign Borders and Arthur Sinodinos dominate debate. What a pairing!
JUDITH IRELAND Parliament returns for its final sitting fortnight before the May budget. And there are polls aplenty! Meanwhile, anti-Coalition protesters are gathering outside on the parliamentary lawns and the royal commission into the Rudd government's home insulation scheme begins in Brisbane.
JUDITH IRELAND It's still Qantas, stupid. Legislation to change the Sale Act is introduced in the House as parliament ponies up for its last sitting day for a week. What are Labor and the Greens doing in response? A Senate inquiry is in the offing.
JUDITH IRELAND The Qantas debate keeps on trucking as Tony Abbott tips his hat to the forestry industry. The Senate has a public hearing about those lost WA votes amid plans for an inquiry into the violence at Manus Island. International Women's Day goes to the National Press Club as Kevin Rudd heads to Moscow. Truly, he is only there to help.
JUDITH IRELAND It's the flying marsupial, stupid. Cabinet makes a decision about Qantas. But what will it actually mean? Every MP and their roo is out to offer an opinion. Meanwhile, international judges are not happy with George Brandis. And then, there's Ukraine ...
JUDITH IRELAND Amid global fears for what will happen in Ukraine, the federal cabinet meets to discuss the fate of Qantas. Both houses of parliament are back and sitting as celebrations begin for International Women's Day ...
JUDITH IRELAND Questions and concerns fly around parliament house this Thursday. What will happen to Qantas? What can and can't you say to a general? What do you do if you're a lobbyist and then become a political staffer? Meanwhile, over in the committees wing, the departments of Foreign Affairs, Social Services and Employment face Senate estimates.
JUDITH IRELAND It's grey and rainy in Canberra. So a perfect day to snuggle up with a drought-assistance package. And to grab the doona and head down to estimates, where the departments of Health, Education, Treasury and Defence face the lineup of grumpy senators. Sounds cosy, no?