Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Grandparents raising grandchildren 'falling through the gaps' on services: Human Rights Commission

Judith Ireland Grandparents who are raising their grandchildren need greater help to access government payments, legal aid and other support services, says the Human Rights Commission, who fears that the group is...

I am a conservationist: Tony Abbott says no friction with Barack Obama on climate change action


Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described himself as as ''conservationist'' who has no disagreement with US President Barack Obama on the subject of climate change.

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Tony Abbott won't rule out following US military into Iraq as civil war threatens

Prime Minister Tony Abbott trained with Wounded Warriors veterans on the Mall in Washington.

Judith Ireland, David Wroe and Nick O'Malley Prime Minister Tony Abbott has not ruled out potential Australian military action in Iraq describing the situation there as "disastrous".

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Minister Kevin Andrews pledges no gags on welfare payment changes

Kevin Andrews

Peter Martin and Judith Ireland The government has promised not to gag the welfare sector as it has outlined plans to shrink the number of payments and supplements from 75 to as few as four.

Human Rights Commission to spread extra load after Disability Commissioner's departure

Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes.

Judith Ireland There will be a group effort at the Human Rights Commission to compensate for the loss of its disability commissioner, with the remaining commissioners all taking on disability work when Graeme Innes...

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews flags move to streamline welfare payments

Kevin Andrews

Judith Ireland Australia's welfare system could be radically overhauled to cut down the number of payments and supplements from 75 to as few as four, Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has said.

Out of touch: Liberal MP Sharman Stone hits back at Coalition colleagues over paid parental leave criticism

Liberal MP Sharman Stone

Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland, James Massola Liberal MP Sharman Stone has hit back at male Coalition colleagues who have criticised Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme, accusing them of being out of touch with the challenges women face in...

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TV networks push for ownership reform as Tony Abbott pays a call on Rupert Murdoch

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his chief-of-staff Peta Credlin arrive in the lobby of Rupert Murdoch's Hyde Park West apartment in New York.

Matthew Knott, Judith Ireland Commercial television networks have leapt on the release of a Department of Communications research paper into Australian media ownership to renew calls for a relaxation of laws on media mergers and...

Media ownership reform call comes as Tony Abbott dines with Rupert Murdoch

Matthew Knott and Judith Ireland Commercial television networks leap on release of a Department of Communications research paper into Australian media ownership to renew calls for a relaxation of laws on media mergers and...

Nationals leader Warren Truss admits PPL details not final

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss

Judith Ireland, James Massola Nationals leader Warren Truss says details of Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme have not been finalised, revealing the government is talking to rural groups about how to ensure farmers can...

Tony Abbott fulfils wish to dine with Rupert Murdoch in New York

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his chief-of-staff Peta Credlin emerge at 10.19pm from the lobby of Rupert Murdoch's apartment in Central Park West, New York after private dinner on Tuesday 10 June 2014.

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott has jogged with firefighters, met Ban Ki-moon and visited the 9/11 memorial.

Malcolm Turnbull saga no Rudd-Gillard situation: period, full stop

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland Last September, the election gave Australia a spanking new government. But nine months on, there is still quite a focus on the last one.

Politics Live: June 5, 2014

Mathias Cormann and Barnaby Joyce's encounter at the doors.

Judith Ireland There's nothing to see here. Malcolm does another radio interview to declare he's best mates with Tony, as the Prime Minister smokes the pipe of peace with SBY.

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Politics Live: June 4, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott plane is delayed.

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott flies out to Indonesia to meet SBY leaving Warren T in charge of Australia. Bob Hawke and John Howard address the press club (re-union!) and Social Services, Education, Foreign Affairs...

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Politics Live: June 3, 2014

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 3 June 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland Canberra thunders with missives from Clive as the fallout from the Turnbolt battle continues. The US steps up its response to climate change ahead of Tony Abbott's meeting with Barack Obama (hmm?).

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Politics Live: June 2, 2014

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston and Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley

Judith Ireland Parliament sits and estimates quizzes. The Department of Health, CSIRO, Fair Work Ombudsman and Defence are all before Senate committees today.

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Tamil refugee dies from petrol burns

Immigration minister Scott Morrison

Patrick Hatch, David Wroe, Judith Ireland A Tamil asylum seeker on a bridging visa has died with burns to 90 per cent of his body after apparently dousing himself in petrol and setting himself on fire in Geelong.

Melbourne University vice-chancellor warns of higher fees impact on poorer students

Professor Glyn Davis

Judith Ireland One of Australia's most senior academics has warned that the federal government's proposed changes to higher education would result in a ''social experiment without precedent in Australia'' as...

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Education Minister Christopher Pyne gets in a muddle over student loans

Christopher Pyne

Judith Ireland Education Minister Christopher Pyne has confused the debate about proposed increases to university fees by appearing to contradict the government's own website over who will be affected by the budget...

Tony Abbott says he is open to 'refining' the GP co-payment policy

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time at Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 29 May 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

David Wroe, Judith Ireland Tony Abbott's hint he is open to "refinement" of his GP co-payment has failed to impress key cross-benchers amid further signs the government will struggle to pass major planks of its budget.