Alex Ellinghausen and Andrew Meares.
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 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 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.