Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Canberra moves to make people wait a week for welfare

The Abbott government has moved to introduce a one-week wait for all working-age payments.

Judith Ireland More than 230,000 welfare recipients face a new delay to get their payments, with the Abbott government moving to introduce a one-week wait for all working age payments.

Budget cuts force Australian Youth Affairs group to close

Senator Scott Ryan is sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary for Education by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday 18 September 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland The national peak body for youth affairs will close its office doors at the end of June after its funding was stripped in the federal budget, with the Coalition government arguing a single body is...

Bill Shorten's post-budget reply high point all in the delivery

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Judith Ireland It would be fair to say that the budget address-in-reply is not exactly an event that stops the nation.

Politics Live: May 15, 2014

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Judith Ireland It's Labor's turn in the budget spotlight, with Bill Shorten to deliver the budget reply address tonight.

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Politics Live: May 14, 2014

Mal Brough offers a glass of water to Clive Palmer during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 14 May 2014.

Judith Ireland The hard sell of the Big B begins. The government hits the airwaves to sell its hardass budget and Joe Hockey prepares to address the National Press Club at lunch.

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Politics Live: May 12, 2014


Judith Ireland It's budget eve and MPs are descending on Canberra for the first sitting week since March. Parliament does not sit today, but there is a surplus of royal commissions in its place.

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Deficit levy on the cards as government talks of need for an 'immediate special effort' on debt


Judith Ireland, Lisa Cox The federal government appears poised to push ahead with a new tax on high earners, despite a backlash from Coalition backbenchers and senior Liberal figures.

Life's really tough for a foreign minister. Seriously.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop launches the Mid-Winter Ball in Canberra.

Judith Ireland Life is oh so tough for Australian foreign ministers in a post-Carr world. 

Malcolm Turnbull defends 'harsh' boats policy as necessary

Liberal frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull has defended the Abbott government's 'harsh' boats policy as necessary to stop people smugglers.

Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described the Coalition's measures to stop asylum seekers arriving by boat as "harsh" but necessary to combat people smuggling. 

Teresa Gambaro adds her voice to concern about debt levy


Judith Ireland Coalition MP Teresa Gambaro has fired a rocket at the idea of a new deficit levy, saying if one were introduced in next week's budget, it would be a "breach of promise" to voters. 

OECD finds Australians have good life but poor work-life balance

Stress at work.

Judith Ireland Australians may be bracing for tough news in next week's federal budget, but according to a new report by the OECD, when compared with 35 other countries, life in Australia is actually very good.

Q&A protesters didn't disrupt democracy, they disrupted a highly produced TV show

Q and A host Tony Jones.

Judith Ireland Expressing your opinion and expressing it where other people don't want to hear it, is exactly what democracy is about.

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Former treasurer Peter Costello says 'debt tax' would have 'no economic benefit'

Former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello has joined a chorus of conservative figures questioning a proposal for a 'deficit levy'.

Judith Ireland Former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello has hit out against the prospect of a deficit levy, describing it as a political idea that will have no economic benefit.

Q&A hijacked by protesters, Anna Burke praises Christopher Pyne

Tony Jones Q&A

Judith Ireland, Rachel Browne Former speaker Anna Burke has praised Christopher Pyne's composure on the ABC's Q&A, saying the Education Minister handled a protest from university students "brilliantly", while the show's crew were...

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Report questions audit commission plan to make job seekers move to high employment areas

A Productivity Commission report questions the effectiveness of making people with work move to high employment areas.

Judith Ireland The Productivity Commission has put a big question mark over an Audit Commission's recommendation that young unemployed people should be forced to move in order to keep their beneifts, finding in a...

Government paving way for adopting more sick children from overseas

The Abbott government has opened up an adoption program with South Africa.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government has opened up an overseas adoption program with South Africa as it paves the way for more sick and disabled children to be adopted to Australia from overseas.

PM Tony Abbott defends Joe Hockey's fund-raising activities

Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended his Treasurer's fund-raising techniques, arguing that raising money through granting access to senior party members is preferable to tax payers footing the...

Tony Abbott says voters will 'thank' the Coalition in the 'long run' as deficit levy speculation grows

Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended the prospect of his government introducing a deficit levy in next week's federal budget, arguing that "in the long run" voters will thank the Coalition for...

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Tony Abbott orders new national boost to overseas adoption

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott will release a report on Monday, which finds that Australians who want to adopt children from overseas face long waiting times and a costly and confused process. 

Government welfare report to be delayed until after budget

Sunday Times.  Kevin Andrews MP speaks during the Canberra Liberals Federal Campaign launch at the Southern Cross Yacht Club in Yarralumla.   24 August 2013. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Judith Ireland The missing piece of the federal government's thinking on welfare will stay missing until after the federal budget, with Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews delaying the release of the first stage...