Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Politics Live: September 22, 2014

Senator Jacqui Lambie addresses the Senate on national security at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 22 September 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Alert, alarmed and totally confused. What's going on with the government's terror bills? And their social services measures while we're at it. Meanwhile, Julia Gillard is having a fight with Bob Carr.

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Same-sex marriage: Liberal MP Craig Laundy changes stance on free vote

Change of heart: Liberal MP Craig Laundy, who says his first year in Parliament has been an education in reality versus idealism.

Judith Ireland Liberal MP Craig Laundy has had a change of heart when it comes to the same-sex marriage debate, dealing a blow to advocates of marriage equality.

Julia Gillard: Giving Kevin Rudd hope on night of knifing was a mistake

Julia Gillard.

Judith Ireland Julia Gillard says she fed Kevin Rudd "hope" on the night that she deposed him as prime minister in June 2010 and that she "shouldn't have done that".

Australian Defence Force personnel advised to wear civvies due to terror threats


Julieanne Strachan, David Wroe, Judith Ireland The Abbott government has said it is prepared to extend police powers even further if law enforcement agencies say they are needed.

Clive Palmer says PUP will oppose all budget measures on social services

Clive Palmer

Judith Ireland Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer has declared his party will oppose "everything" in the government's social security budget bills that are due to be debated this week, setting his party on...

Scotland independence vote and a tale of two referenda

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland Indie politics have shown us how a cultural groundswell of change should be effected.

Older workers need 'career check-ups', says Age Discrimination Commissioner

Check-up: Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan has said older employees should have routine career check-ups much like they have health check-ups.

Judith Ireland Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan says Australians approaching 50 years of age should have scheduled "career check-ups" just as they would have a regular health check-up, to prevent...

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Julia Gillard battles for ownership of her contested legacy

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Judith Ireland If you had faced 20 years of public cross-examination about your ex-boyfriend, wouldn't you wish to have done some things differently?

Terror alert: Tony Abbott addresses the media

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Attorney-General George Brandis and outgoing ASIO head David Irvine hold a press conference in Melbourne. What will they have to say about the terror alert level?

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Preventing youth unemployment starts at school, UK expert says

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Judith Ireland If Australia wants to help young people into jobs, it should focus on giving them career advice and work experience while they are still at school, an international expert on the prevention of youth...

Civil celebrants to have right to say 'I won't' under same-sex marriage bill

Senator David Leyonhjelm

Heath Aston and Judith Ireland Civil celebrants would for the first time be empowered to refuse to marry couples under changes to the same-sex marriage bill of crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm.

Au pairs should have more visa options and minimum payment level, says industry group

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Judith Ireland Au pairs coming to Australia should have more visa options and a minimum payment level, the peak body representing au pairs has argued. 

Union royal commission live: Julia Gillard appears

Julie Gillard on her way to the unions royal commission.

Judith Ireland Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard fronts the royal commission into union governance in Sydney.

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More attention needed for before and after-school care: National Foundation for Australian Women


Judith Ireland An increase in before and after school programs and holiday programs could be the most efficient and effective way of helping more women re-enter the workforce, the National Foundation for Australian...

Charity sector says the government has it wrong on charities watchdog

Mr Costello, with Jan Owen and Toby Hall, at the press club.

Judith Ireland The charity sector "overwhelmingly" believes that the Abbott government has got it wrong in its attempt to abolish the national charities watchdog, World Vision chief executive Reverend Tim Costello...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott government's year of promises, promises

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Judith Ireland The sheer number of broken promises has somewhat lessened their individual impact.

Politics Live: September 4, 2014

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott is in Mumbai and Julie Bishop is in Wales ... which means Warren Truss is left with the keys to the national ute. (Metaphorically speaking.)

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Politics Live: September 3, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives for Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 3 September 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland Ding dong, the mining tax is gone! But what does this mean for superannuation? And what does Clive Palmer have against ice buckets? Hmm?

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Politics Live: September 2, 2014

Clive Palmer

Judith Ireland Apparently Iraq is a dangerous place. Who knew? There is confusion over whether an Aussie transport aircraft came under fire from militants in Iraq as Parliament sits.

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Politics Live: September 1, 2014

'Nothing like' 2003: Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the involvement in Iraq is different to Australia's intervention a decade ago.

Judith Ireland What is it good for? Australia is poised to airlift "military equipment" to the Kurds as Parliament sits. It's Monday in Canberra.

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