Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.

Epidemic, but no domestic violence royal commission

Judith Ireland The national peak body for victims of domestic violence is calling on the Abbott government to establish a royal commission into domestic violence, arguing a national inquiry is needed to focus on...

Minister downplays idea of national royal commission into domestic violence

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Judith Ireland Abbott government minister Michaelia Cash has downplayed the idea of holding a national royal commission into domestic violence, arguing that the government has already "accepted" that it was a...

Work for the dole a waste of money: Australian Council of Social Service

ACOSS chief executive Cassandra Goldie.

Judith Ireland The country's peak community body is calling on the government to use the May budget to divert funds from the work for the dole scheme and into a fund that helps long-term unemployed people. 

'They're like us now. They weren't': Pastors befriend Bali Nine pair on death row

Andrew Chan singing praise during mass.

Judith Ireland The day the Bali Nine were arrested in Denpasar in 2005, Christie Buckingham wrote in her prayer diary, "How dumb can you get and still breathe? Nevertheless Lord, show your mercy". 

Joe Hockey's comments on living to 150 a Sarah Palin moment, says Bill Shorten

People will be living to 150: Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Judith Ireland, Mark Kenny, Matthew Knott The head of one of the country's most prestigious medical schools has described Joe Hockey's comment that children born today could live to 150 years of age as a "reasonable assumption", while Labor...

Australia will keep diplomats in Indonesia for now: Julie Bishop

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Judith Ireland Australia has no plans to withdraw its diplomats from Indonesia but Foreign Minister Julie Bishop would not speculate on what might happen "should the Indonesian government carry through its threat...

The Feds: The 2014 federal politics awards

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Judith Ireland Everyone was predicting that this year in politics was going to be humdrum, business as usual and DULL.

Kevin Andrews' relationship vouchers are still looking for love

Judith Ireland More than 90 per cent of Kevin Andrews' free relationship vouchers are still in want of a couple and a couch, even though the trial period for the scheme is almost half over.

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Ray Hadley attacks Tony Abbott's response to Martin Place siege during interview

2GB host Ray Hadley attacked Tony Abbott during a live radio interview.

Judith Ireland One of Tony Abbott's biggest supporters has rated the Prime Minister's performance with a D-minus.

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Tony Abbott questions gun laws as he announces inquiry into Martin Place siege

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suggested that gun laws may need to be changed as he announced an urgent review into the Martin Place siege that took the lives of two hostages, saying he wanted...

Paid parental leave could be delayed: Kevin Andrews

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews says it's not yet possible to tell whether six months is enough time for the government to come up with a revamped paid parental leave package.

Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has cast doubt over whether the federal government will have the new paid parental leave scheme ready in time for its scheduled July 2015 start date.

MYEFO: Student debts to double

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Matthew Knott, Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland Student debts are expected to double to over $50 billion in four years if the federal government achieves its goal of deregulating university fees and expanding federal funding.

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Joe Hockey's blue MYEFO, and a message to Australians not to be intimidated

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Judith Ireland When it was revealed last week that the mid-year budget papers would be handed to journalists as the press conference started, the accusations began to fly that Joe Hockey was avoiding scrutiny.

Tony Abbott's chief of staff Peta Credlin gets mixed reviews from government insiders

Peta Credlin and Julie Bishop

Judith Ireland As speculation flies about Tony Abbott's increasingly visible chief of staff Peta Credlin, there are grave dangers for the Coalition.

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Andrew Forrest welfare card would create sub-class of millions: community groups

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Judith Ireland Income management schemes have previously failed to create long term changes, critics argue.

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Will Abbott's summer of PPL be too hot to handle?

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Judith Ireland If I was looking for a relaxing summer holiday activity, I'd nominate some with an aquatic theme. A beach, or a pool at the very least. 

Kevin Andrews calls on colleagues to unite

Not moving: Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews.

Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has described speculation that he will retire next year to make way for the Prime Minister's chief-of-staff Peta Credlin as "baseless," while urging his...

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'Professional and close': Julie Bishop denies rift with Peta Credlin

It has been suggested that Peta Credlin could take the place of stood aside Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos or Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews in the event either retired.

Judith Ireland, Marcus Priest Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has denied there is any friction between her and the Prime Minister Tony Abbott's chief of staff Peta Credlin, describing their relationship as "very...

'Shirtfront' wins Australian National Dictionary Centre's word of the year award

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Judith Ireland It was the empty threat that launched a thousand jokes.

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Adoptions at lowest levels ever

Nearly 99 per cent of parents who adopted Australian local children were older than 30.

Judith Ireland Adoptions in Australia have fallen to the lowest level on record, down almost 80 per cent on the number 25 years ago.