Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Politics Live: August 27, 2014

Treasurer Joe Hockey receives a pat on the back from Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek following a division on the Fair Work Amendment Bill at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 27 August 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Was Tony Abbott's visit to a cancer centre all that it seemed? How much of a bargain is Malcolm Turnbull's broadband scheme? And who is Joe Hockey's new speech writer? These are just some of the...

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Politics Live: August 26, 2014

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer

Judith Ireland Dry clean your suit and charge your mobile! Federal parliament is back and sitting in Canberra after the winter break. Everyone is rested, rejuvenated and still stuck in that rut they call the budget.

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Parents want childcare workers to be highly qualified, says group The Parenthood

One parent survey presented to the Productivity Commission backs claims parents prioritise qualifications over savings when it comes to childcare.

Judith Ireland Australian parents are adament they do not want want the qualification requirements for child care workers looking after small children to be watered down, according to a survey by a leading parents...

Julie Bishop warns Clive Palmer of 'mongrel' ramifications

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Judith Ireland Foreign Minister says Clive Palmer should ''reflect'' on his actions in the wake of his comments about the Chinese.

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Psychiatrists reject plan for mental health curbs on disability support pension

Kevin Andrews

Judith Ireland The peak body representing Australian psychiatrists has rejected the proposal that only people with a ''permanent impairment'' should get the disability support pension, saying the plan fails to...

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Palmer rules out delay for dole

Clive Palmer.

Judith Ireland Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer says he would consider voting for a waiting period for young people to qualify for the dole, but only if it is no longer than 60 seconds.

Extremism warning on Coalition's move to cut welfare payments


Judith Ireland Australian terrorism experts have questioned the Coalition's move to cut welfare payments to people involved in extremist conduct, saying it could push potential extremists into the arms of terror...

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NDIS rollout on track as costs 'trending downwards at all trial sites': NDIA report


Judith Ireland The National Disability Insurance Scheme is being rolled out under budget, according to a report from agency implementing the scheme.

Union pushes for paid leave for all victims of domestic violence

Ged Kearney

Judith Ireland Australian workers should be able to take specific paid leave for domestic violence: ACTU.

Payment cuts for job seekers attacked for hurting vulnerable

Julie Collins MP
Federal Labor Member for Franklin

Judith Ireland Labor and welfare groups have rounded on the Abbott government for its plan to temporarily cut payments for job seekers who refuse work offers without a good excuse, arguing the policy is unnecessary...

Domestic violence victims should have paid leave, says ACTU

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21:  ACTU president Ged Kearney posing for a photo outside her office, for an AFR story on successful women lobbyists,  on July 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Luis Ascui/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Judith Ireland Australian workers should be able to take specific paid leave for domestic violence, unions have demanded.

Julie Bishop urges Liberal Party to compromise on budget

Julie Bishop

James Massola, Matthew Knott and Judith Ireland Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop has urged compromise with the Senate crossbench to repeal the mining tax and pass contentious budget measures, citing John Howard's GST compromise.

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Sorry Joe, your apology is out of touch

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland There are few labels more vexed in Australian politics than being "out of touch".

First identified Australian victims of MH17 are returning home

Gerry and Mary Menke, MH17 victims. Photo supplied

Judith Ireland The family of the first Australian victims of the MH17 tragedy to be publicly identified say they are relieved Mary and Gerry Menke are coming home.

Overseas surrogacies at risk of 'no secure legal' standing, report warns


Judith Ireland The federal government's advisory council on family law has found that children born in overseas surrogacy arrangements are at risk of having "no secure legal relationship" to their Australian...

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...