Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Tony Abbott assures homeless charities 'we won't let people down'

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has sent a calming message to states and charities worried about funding for homelessness programs, insisting "we aren't going to let people down".

Prime Minister Tony Abbott treads cautiously on media ownership rules

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 6 March 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Jonathan Swan and Judith Ireland Tony Abbott has added weight to speculation that the Coalition is planning to relax media ownership rules, which would allow big media companies to increase their dominance in regional Australia.

Coalition MP Andrew Laming tells seniors to voice their concerns about any changes to health cards

MP Andrew Laming

Judith Ireland Queensland Coalition MP Andrew Laming has suggested that seniors health card holders who "value'' their entitlements should lobby the government against any changes to eligibility criteria for the...

Rupert Murdoch the most normal media tycoon I know, says Malcolm Turnbull

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Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed further deregulation of the media industry as he praised media mogul Rupert Murdoch as the ''most normal'' proprietor he knows.

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SA and Tasmania brace for blue victory at March 15 elections

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Judith Ireland This time next week, Australians could be waking up to a blue new world.

Tony Abbott asked to outline proposed seniors card changes

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has re-affirmed the Coalition's commitment to increasing the income threshold for the seniors health card, but will not be drawn on other changes to the card's eligibility...

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Tony Abbott advocates Steven Marshall plan at South Australia campaign launch

Judith Ireland This time next week, Australians could be waking up to a blue new world.

Tony Abbott won't rule out changes to seniors health card eligibility

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Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reaffirmed the Coalition's commitment to increasing the income threshold for the seniors health card, but will not be drawn on other changes to the card's eligibility...

Budget savings should not be found at the 'expense' of Australians will disabilities

Judith Ireland Disability and welfare advocates have met at Parliament House in Canberra amid fears that May budget will see cuts to people receiving disability support.

Minister for women doesn't have to identify as feminist, says Senator Michaelia Cash

Senator Michaelia Cash minister assisting the Prime Minister for Women.

Judith Ireland The federal minister responsible for women says it is "ridiculous" that identifying as a feminist should be a prerequisite for her job.

Politics Live: March 6, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 6 March 2014. Photo:

Judith Ireland It's still Qantas, stupid. Legislation to change the Sale Act is introduced in the House as parliament ponies up for its last sitting day for a week.

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Politics Live: March 5, 2014

Stainislav Stashevskyi Ukrainian Charge D'Affaires to Australia at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 5 March 2014.

Judith Ireland The Qantas debate keeps on trucking as Tony Abbott tips his hat to the forestry industry. The Senate has a public hearing about those lost WA votes amid plans for an inquiry into the violence at...

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Politics Live: March 4, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott greets Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop

Judith Ireland It's the flying marsupial, stupid. Cabinet makes a decision about Qantas. But what will it actually mean? Every MP and their roo is out to offer an opinion.

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Politics Live: March 3, 2014

Vladimir Morozov Russian Ambassador

Judith Ireland Amid global fears for what will happen in Ukraine, the federal cabinet meets to discuss the fate of Qantas.

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Politics Live: February 27, 2014

Treasurer Joe Hockey during question time.

Judith Ireland Questions and concerns fly around parliament house this Thursday. What will happen to Qantas? What can and can't you say to a general? What do you do if you're a lobbyist and then become a political...

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Politics Live: February 26, 2014

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten defends his Shadow Defence spokesman Senatot Stephen Conroy at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 26 February 2014.

Judith Ireland It's grey and rainy in Canberra. So a perfect day to snuggle up with a drought-assistance package. And to grab the doona and head down to estimates, where the departments of Health, Education,...

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Tanya Plibersek looks for Coalition MP to co-sponsor same-sex marriage bill

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek

Jonathan Swan and Judith Ireland Same-sex marriage is back on the political agenda in Canberra, with Labor's federal party room endorsing Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek's proposal to bring a new bill to Parliament.

Politics Live: February 25, 2014

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 13 February 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland Estimates! Estimates! Operation Sovereign Borders, Finance and the Communications Department all face Senate scrutiny today.

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Politics Live: February 24, 2014

Craig Thomson

Judith Ireland Parliament is back and sitting, with the treatment of asylum seekers once more in the spotlight. The Greens and refugee advocates want Immigration Minister Scott Morrison sacked but Tony Abbott...

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In asylum failings the Coalition is hardly an island

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Judith Ireland If this is calm and methodical government, you'd hate to think what the agitated, haphazard kind looks like.