Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Which Game of Thrones character is Bill Shorten?

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten addresses the ANU Crawford Australia Leadership Forum, in Canberra on Tuesday 1 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland Bill Shorten is Cersei Lannister.

Senator Ricky Muir rebuilds office, says he's in it for the long haul

Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party Senator Ricky Muir, on his first week as Senator, at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 10 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen (Photo for Heath Aston's feature for Sunday papers)

Judith Ireland Australian Motoring Enthusiast senator Ricky Muir has been driving on a bumpy road, losing three staff members, including his most senior aide, in his first month in Parliament.

'La La land stuff': John Madigan denounces cross bench collgeaues plan to allow young people out of Fair Work system

Judith Ireland Democratic Labour Party Senator John Madigan has denounced fellow crossbencher Bob Day's idea that young people should be allowed to opt out of the Fair Work system as an ''unbridled social...

Kevin Andrews sweats it out for a charity that is not happy with government's plans for welfare

Tony Abbott on pollie pedal in 2013.

Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews is sweating it out in regional New South Wales raising money for Carers Australia in the annual Pollie Pedal bike ride.

Critics attack Joe Hockey's claim poorest don't drive cars as 'completely fallacious'

Treasurer Joe Hockey in question time the day after the budget.

James Massola, Judith Ireland Treasurer Joe Hockey is facing a fresh round of criticism for being out of touch and not understanding the impact of his budget on the less well off after suggesting “poorest people either...

Young people should be able to negotiate own pay and conditions, says Senator Bob Day

Senator Bob Day

Judith Ireland Young should be allowed to opt out of the Fair Work system and negotiate their own pay and conditions with employers, according to Family First Senator Bob Day.

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Mission Australia criticises McClure Welfare Review proposals

Patrick McClure.

Judith Ireland Charity once run by the man heading Coalition's welfare review challenges a key plank of his reforms.

Call for base-payment

Judith Ireland Australia's welfare system should be radically overhauled to replace all working age payments and pensions with a single basic payment that would cover ''life's essentials'', the peak welfare group...

ACOSS call for single welfare payment to cover 'life essentials'

BOSS.  Portraiit of Cassandra Goldie head of ACOSS.  Photographed outside the Waterloo towers housing commission.  Pic by Nic Walker.  Date 9th December 2013.

Judith Ireland The welfare system should be radically overhauled to replace all working-age payments and pensions with a single basic payment that would cover "life's essentials," according to the country's peak...

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Australia to send aid planes to northern Iraq after US request

This US Navy handout photo.

Judith Ireland and Latika Bourke Australian forces could be involved in a humanitarian mission to Iraq within days, providing food and water to thousands of refugees.

Same-sex poll to pressure Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Nearly 80 per cent of swing voters support same-sex marriage, according to the Liberal Party's in-house pollster - findings that will ratchet up pressure on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his...

Australian forces could help with America's Iraq mission: Tony Abbott

F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron.

Judith Ireland Australian forces could be involved in a humanitarian mission to Iraq within days, to provide food and water to the thousands of people stranded in the north of the country, Prime Minister Tony...

Tony Abbott to visit Netherlands about MH17 disaster

Heading to the Netherlands: Tony Abbott.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott will travel to the Netherlands to meet his Dutch counterpart, Mark Rutte, as the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 continue to be identified.

Abbott slaps down 'sheepish' Abetz over his abortion, breast cancer link

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

James Massola, Judith Ireland, Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has slapped down senior frontbencher Eric Abetz for suggesting a link exists between abortion and breast cancer, while Liberal MPs rounded on the Employment Minister's...

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Team Abbott rattled by loose cannon salvoes

Eric Abetz

James Massola Judith Ireland Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has slapped down senior frontbencher Eric Abetz for suggesting a link exists between abortion and breast cancer, while Liberal MPs rounded on the Employment Minister's...

Tony Abbott's lesson in persuasive writing falls off the page

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland Politicians are used to hard-hitting questions. But they don’t always have to come from puffy-chested journalists or indigno-charged  opposition MPs.  

Kevin Andrews moves to clear confusion over sex workers and waiting period for the dole

Sex worker

Judith Ireland Sex work will count as ''gainful'' employment when it comes to the federal government considering whether or not a young person should have to wait six months to get unemployment benefits.

Community groups fear retaliatory funding cuts for comments critical of Coalition policy, warns ACOSS

Cassandra Goldie.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been called on to pledge not to strip funding from community groups if they express views critical of the Coalition.

Church groups call for independent body to set welfare payment levels

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Judith Ireland The power to set the level of welfare payments should be taken from the federal government and given to an independent body, according to major church groups.

No rush to change surrogacy laws in Australia, says Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Gammy, a baby born with Down's Syndrome, is held by his surrogate mother Pattaramon Janbua at a hospital in Chonburi province August 3, 2014.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH POLITICS)

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has moved to hose down expectations about what the federal government can do in response to the case of baby Gammy, saying he will not rush to make changes to surrogacy...