Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland is an online political reporter for The National Times, and a columnist for The Canberra Times.

Travel warning upgraded after volatile elections in Bangladesh

Judith Ireland The Foreign Affairs Department has stepped up its travel advice to Bangladesh, warning Australians to ''reconsider'' their need to travel in the wake of volatile elections in the country.

A calm, methodical tribute to the other winners of 2013

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Judith Ireland The High-Waisted Pants Award for an idea that seemed like a good one at the time.

Disability pension crackdown draws criticism from welfare advocates

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Judith Ireland Disability and welfare advocates have questioned the Abbott government's plans to tighten up the disability support pension, arguing the Coalition is pulling the ''wrong levers'' to get more people...

Disability groups oppose tighter pension rules

Mathias Cormann

Judith Ireland Disability advocates argue Coalition is pulling 'wrong levers' to get more people into jobs.

Gay marriage advocates draw up hit list of MPs

Julie Bishop

Judith Ireland Same-sex marriage advocates have drawn up a hit list of about 70 federal politicians.

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Tim Wilson's appointment as Human Rights Commissioner could see cuts to a program on school bullying

Tim Wilson

Judith Ireland Mr Wilson's salary would have to come out of the commission's current annual $25m budget.

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Julie Bishop says MP group told to stay away from parts of Nauru detention centre to 'maintain calm'

'We stand by our view': Julie Bishop in Beijing.

Judith Ireland Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she did not visit sites where single male asylum seekers are held on Nauru because she was advised it could disrupt the peace.

Tony Abbott disbanded expert adopt advisory group weeks before pledging action on the issue

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with actor Deborra-Lee Furness.

Judith Ireland An adoption expert has questioned why Prime Minister Tony Abbott has set up a new group to report on intercountry adoptions just weeks after he disbanded another advisory body on the issue.

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Former governor-general calls for more compassion for asylum seekers who risk their lives

Sir William Deane

Judith Ireland Former governor-general William Deane has called on Australians to have more understanding and compassion for asylum seekers who risk their lives to come to Australia.

Mid-year economic outlook projects $123 billion worth of deficits over four years

Joe Hockey

Mark Kenny, Gareth Hutchens, Judith Ireland Joe Hockey has abandoned the federal government's commitment to achieve a budget surplus by 2016/17 arguing it would never have been achieved because spending was racing out of control.

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Tony Abbott hoses down claims of split in Liberal ranks over same-sex marriage

Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended the right of his MPs to speak out on same-sex marriage, describing the Liberal Party as a ''broad church''.

Tony Abbott announces last Australian troops leave Oruzgan

Afghanistan

Judith Ireland Australia's war in Afghanistan is over, with Australian Defence Force combat troops in the air on their way home.

Tony Abbott celebrates 100 days in power with roads reannouncement

Tony Abbott in Anglesea.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has celebrated his first 100 days of government with a trip to the Great Ocean Road where he reannounced an election promise.

Former Democrats senator Natasha Stott Despoja Australia's new ambassador for women and girls

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Judith Ireland Australia's new ambassador for women and girls will be former Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja, in a surprise appointment by the Abbott government.

Abbott suggests truancy officers to get indigenous kids back to school

Gareth Hutchens and Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suggested using ''truancy officers'' to ensure that all indigenous children go to school and his paid parental leave scheme will be extended to cover all state public...

As umpire, Bronwyn Bishop is often not getting it Wright

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Judith Ireland For a spell, just before the House rose for the summer holidays, it genuinely managed to rise above politics.

Environmental approval 'one-stop shops' get COAG green light

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland All states and territories have agreed to start the process towards "one-stop shops" for environmental approvals at the Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra, in a move that was...

Politics live: December 12, 2013

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 12 December 2013.

Judith Ireland What do same-sex marriage, car making and Paul Keating all having in common? They are all on the menu in Canberra today. It is the last day of sittings for 2013.

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Politics Wrap: December 11, 2013

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne pretends to cry during a point of order during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 11 December 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland It's the second last (planned) sitting day of the year! But don't break out that eggnog just yet. The lineup of issues is just like John Wayne: tall and complex.

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Politics live: December 10, 2013

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 10 December 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland It's a nail-biter. What exactly is the deal with Holden? Government support does not appear imminent as Holden boss Mike Devereux fronts the Productivity Commission in Melbourne.

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