The Pulse Stephanie Peatling brings you politics live from the halls of federal parliament, and beyond, with
Alex Ellinghausen and Andrew Meares.

Federal Politics Live: 28 January, 2015

Tony Abbott

Stephanie Peatling   Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media.

Australian of the Year winner announced


Stephanie Peatling   Welcome to our coverage of the announcement of the Australian of the Year.

Federal Politics Live: 4 December, 2014

Treasurer Joe Hockey at Parliament House on Thursday.

Stephanie Peatling   It's the last day of the parliamentary year and everyone is staggering towards the finish line.

Federal Politics Live: December 3, 2014

Education Minister Christopher Pyne in Question Time on Tuesday.

Stephanie Peatling   The government's higher education reforms are down but not out.

Federal Politics Live: 2 December, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Question Time on Monday.

Stephanie Peatling   Welcome to another day in federal politics.

Federal Politics Live: 1 December, 2014

ABC Managing Director Mark Scott during a Senate estimates hearing on Monday.

Stephanie Peatling   Welcome to the first day of the last week of sitting of Parliament for the year.

Federal Politics Live: November 27, 2014

Health Minister Peter Dutton in Canberra on Thursday.

Stephanie Peatling   Welcome to another day in federal politics.

Federal Politics Live: November 26, 2014

"I wouldn't trust them to build a canoe": Defence Minister David Johnston.

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

Federal Politics Live: November 25, 2014


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 managed the cuts.

Politics Live: July 16, 2014

Penny Wong in the Senate on Thursday.

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.

Politics Live: June 26, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is greeted by AFP Commissioner Tony Negus on his arrival for the swearing-in ceremony of new AFP officers at the AFP College in Canberra on Thursday 26 June 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

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.

Politics Live: June 25, 2014

Rainbow over Canberra

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?

Politics Live: June 24, 2014

Sherif Bedeir from the Egyptian embassy departs DFAT after his meeting

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.

Politics Live: June 23, 2014

Wayne Swan in question time.

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.

The Pulse: June 19, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Immigration minister Scott Morrison during a press conference in Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 19 June  2014.

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.

Politics Live: June 18, 2014

Senator Sue Boyce has not ruled out crossing the floor to vote for the gay marriage bill.

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.

Politics Live: June 17, 2014

Health Minister Peter Dutton

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.

Politics Live: June 16, 2014

PM Abbott in question time on Monday.

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.

Politics Live: June 5, 2014

Mathias Cormann and Barnaby Joyce's encounter at the doors.

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.

Politics Live: June 4, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott plane is delayed.

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.

Politics Live: June 3, 2014

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 3 June 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

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.

Politics Live: June 2, 2014

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston and Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley

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.

Politics Live: May 29, 2014

ASIO Director-General David Irvine appears before a Senate committee hearing for Budget Estimates at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 29 May 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

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.

Politics Live: May 28, 2014

Foreign minister Julie Bishop during question time at Parliament House Canberra on Wednesday 28 May 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

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.

Politics Live: May 27, 2014

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

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.

Politics Live: May 26, 2014

Madam Speaker Bronwyn Bishop listens to an Opposition motion to refer her to the Privileges Committee at Parliament House Canberra on Monday 26 May 2014.

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.