Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Tony Abbott faces another Senate headache over David Leyonhjelm threat

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces opening up a new battle front in the Senate, with Liberal Democratic senator David Leyonhjelm pledging to block government legislation if MPs are not allowed to...

Crazy brave? The strategy behind Tony Abbott's epic press conference

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Judith Ireland Will this lead to a lasting change in prime ministerial strategy?

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You can't hurry same-sex marriage

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Judith Ireland When David Leyonhjelm announced he would introduce his same-sex marriage bill into the Senate he argued "the time is right" for the reform.

Nothing is more potent than Bronwyn Bishop armed with a 94a

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Judith Ireland Julie Bishop has her freaky death stare and Tony Abbott has his scary swimmers, but nothing is more potent in Parliament than Bronwyn Bishop armed with a 94a. 

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Same-sex free vote would lead to chaos: Liberal MPs

Same-sex marriage back in the spotlight.

Latika Bourke and Judith Ireland Liberal MP Alex Hawke does not support same-sex marriage, but he wants his party to have a free vote on the issues, declaring it is the "only way" to resolve the issue. 

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Tony Abbott not happy about gay marriage bill, says senator

Rights: Gay pride.

Judith Ireland Same-sex marriage advocates are rejoicing that Senator David Leyonhjelm introduced his same-sex marriage bill to Parliament on Wednesday.

Liberal Party faces dilemma as same-sex marriage bill arrives in Senate

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Lisa Cox and Judith Ireland Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm is poised to introduce his long-awaited same-sex marriage bill to the Senate, in a move that will increase the pressure on the Liberal Party to allow its MPs a...

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It's a man's world...and it shouldn't work that way: Army chief David Morrison

Judith Ireland Army chief David Morrison has warned that the Anzac legend should not be restricted to white males because it compounds the idea that Australia is a "man's country". 

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ABC's Mark Scott will stay the course despite bumpy ride

Staying: The head of the ABC Mark Scott.

Judith Ireland The head of the ABC Mark Scott has committed to sticking around for the remaining 18 months of his contract to oversee a tumultous period at the broadcaster.

ABC to lose up to 10% of staff, axe shows and close five regional radio posts as cuts bite

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Judith Ireland Close to 10 per cent of the ABC's permanent work force could lose their jobs as the broadcaster grapples with a $254 million funding cut.

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ABC budget cuts: The fallout for programs and people

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Judith Ireland and Rick Feneley ABC managing director Mark Scott will announce on Monday cuts to the service that the ABC provides in response to the $254 million budget cuts announced by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

We can deal with dinky politics, but not parboiled policies

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Judith Ireland Brisbane's G20 Summit was Australia's chance to assert itself as a global player. Judith Ireland assesses its success.

Government calls ABC 'cowardly' in 'broken election promise' funding cut row

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Stephanie Peatling and Judith Ireland Some are calling the $254-million funding reduction a broken election promise.

ABC cuts: Malcolm Turnbull announces budget reduction of $250 million

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Stephanie Peatling and Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has detailed a $254 million funding cut to the ABC in a move that could result in job losses and the closure of foreign bureaux.

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How Narendra Modi turned Parliament House into a rock star's stage

Mr Modi's visit is the first to Australia by a serving Indian leader for 28 years.

Judith Ireland You got the sense there was something about Narendra Modi when world leaders had their official handshakes with Tony Abbott at the G20 summit.

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There's something about Modi

Good rapport: Narendra Modi and Tony Abbott in Parliament House on Tuesday morning.

Judith Ireland Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a master communicator and his warm messages were received positively in Australia.

Indian PM Narendra Modi addresses Australian Parliament Live: November 18, 2014

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Judith Ireland Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Canberra to address Federal Parliament.

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Politics Live: November 17, 2014


Judith Ireland G20 is dusted and done but world leaders are still in Australia. Angela Merkel and Narendra Modi are in Sydney and Xi Jinping is in Canberra, where he will address Parliament.

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Kevin Rudd in the Middle East as the G20 comes to his backyard

Kevin Rudd.

Judith Ireland He is credited as being one of the key figures involved in turning the G20 into a leaders-level summit in 2008.

More is more when it comes to the G20's gender agenda

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Judith Ireland What does Kim Kardashian's derriere have in common with the G20?