Live updates and news from Senate budget estimates hearings

Sarah Basford Canales
Olivia Ireland
By Sarah Basford Canales, and Olivia Ireland
Updated February 16 2022 - 9:50pm, first published 12:00am

Senators continue their grilling of ministers and public service officials on day three of Senate estimates as the Foreign Affairs and Defence, Health, Treasury and Education portfolios appear for hearings.


Sarah Basford Canales

Sarah Basford Canales

Canberra Times journalist

I'm a federal politics and public sector reporter with an interest in national security, integrity and regulation. Contact me with general tips and thoughts at or confidential tips to

Olivia Ireland

Olivia is a reporter for the Canberra Times. She has covered local news, arts, education and business and is beginning her rotation with Federal Politics. Olivia started as an intern in August 2021 and began her career with the Times after completing her studies at the ANU in November 2021.

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