It's about time we headed for the homestead to enjoy re-reading the week's Hansard with a glass of something grapey.
But before that, what did we learn?
- The vibe of the chaplaincy program is unconstitutional;
- Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten are wittier than you might have come to think (based on their question time performances);
- It is six months since an asylum seeker boat "successfully" arrived in Australia;
- But the government is not declaring victory. It is only holding victorious press conferences.
Many thanks from Andrew Meares and I. The Pulse will be back next Monday for the last sitting week before the new Senate gets here.
The House has risen for the week.
The Senate chats on.
It is debating paid parental leave under "general business".
The exhibition of Anne's behind-the-scenes photos is open until August 10 (free entry).
Tomorrow, she will participate in a panel discussion about the inspiration behind her work (10.30am in the Parliament House theatre).
Parliament turned 25 last year, but the celebrations continue.
Australian photographer Anne Zahalka has been commissioned to take a beautiful series of photos documenting the people who work in one of the largest buildings in the southern hemisphere.
When Parliament sits, there are more than 5000 people who work here.
And they are not just MPs and staffers and journos.
The Jordanian ambassador, Rima Ahmad Aladeen, spoke at the ministerial doors this afternoon.
She said that the ambassadors had been reassured that "there was no change in Australia's position".
"We consider that it was a positive meeting and we are encouraged by this clarification."
The ambassadors also met with Labor leader Bill Shorten, Tanya Plibersek and Penny Wong.
And were similarly reassured that there is no policy change there.
What about any trade - or other - implications for Australia?
There is an Organisation of Islamic Co-operation meeting this evening in Saudi Arabia.
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Julie Bishop described her meeting with the Arab ambassadors today as "constructive".
What do the ambassadors have to say?
Just before question time, the Green Army Bill passed the Senate.
This is good (if unsurprising) news for Environment Minister Greg Hunt.
He has released an up tempo statement, telling the world that the government has "delivered on its key election commitment".
"The first round of Green Army projects will soon roll out across the country with 250 projects and 2500 young people beginning on-the-ground environmental activities," he said.
School leavers, gap-year students, graduates and job seekers will all be able to get involved.
Up in Sydney, Health Services Union official Kathy Jackson has again appeared at the royal commission into trade union governance.
Anna Patty and Ben Schneiders report that Jackson has been unable to explain how a string of large withdrawals from a union slush fund were spent.
This comes after Jackson's ally, Marco Bolano, has been accused of threatening, harassing and spitting at an opponent outside the HSU hearing.
All that dividing (voting) meant that MPs had to get up and shuffle around the chamber.
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No more question time till next Monday.
Which means no more dixers about the carbon tax or questions about lies for a good four days.
And at 3.08pm, Tony Abbott asks that further questions are placed on the notice paper.
He can relax now.
The House then votes on the move to suspend standing orders.
It is voted down, 50 to 87.
And so, we are back to QT.
Liberal MP Fiona Scott asks Christopher Pyne to outline how government reforms will "increase the opportunity for all to undertake higher education".
The House votes to gag Shorten.
Tony Burke then gets up to second the motion.
He too is gagged.
And guess what?
Now we have a move to suspend standing orders and a gag motion. It is all happening.
It all started with BS asking TA, "why has the Prime Minister lied and why is he lying about lying?"
This question was not allowed.
Instead of rephrasing it, Shorten said: "enough is enough".
He sought leave to move that the House censures the Prime Minister for "repeatedly and deliberately misleading the Parliament and the Australian people" over the budget.
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Julie Bishop is asked - via dixer - to advise the house on the government's response to the situation in Iraq.
She again "strongly" urges Australians in Iraq to leave immediately.
She repeats her concerns about Australian citizens travelling to Syria "and we believe Iraq" to fight with or support terrorist groups.
"This is against Australian law and if they return to Australia, they will face the full force of our law."
I make that 5 Labor MPs who have been kicked out in this session (thus far).
As Etta James might say: at last.
We have a dixer to Warren Truss on the impact of the carbon tax on the road transport sector.
To the sweet sounds of the Deputy PM's answer, Albo is kicked out.
We have a dixer to the Treasurer on the tax they call carbon and then BS comes back to TA on cuts to schools and hospitals in the budget.
The PM says that he will expose Labor's "lies" this week and next.
"I'll keep doing it, week in, week out."
Madam Speaker asks him to rephrase this.
Bill Shorten has just gotten in troubs with Madam Speaker for "answering back to the chair".
He has not been happy with the way Tony Abbott is answering his question about cuts to a national respite for carers program and has been making his feelings known at the despatch box and from the comfort of his chair.
In the ensuing hubbubble, Mark Dreyfus is sent out under 94a and Shorten is warned.
The PM finishes his answer by declaring, "this government is the best friend that the carers of Australia ever had".
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