Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

ABC cuts: Malcolm Turnbull announces budget reduction of $250 million

Malcolm Turnbull

Stephanie Peatling and Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has detailed a $254 million funding cut to the ABC in a move that could result in job losses and the closure of foreign bureaux.

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How Narendra Modi turned Parliament House into a rock star's stage

Mr Modi's visit is the first to Australia by a serving Indian leader for 28 years.

Judith Ireland You got the sense there was something about Narendra Modi when world leaders had their official handshakes with Tony Abbott at the G20 summit.

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There's something about Modi

Good rapport: Narendra Modi and Tony Abbott in Parliament House on Tuesday morning.

Judith Ireland Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a master communicator and his warm messages were received positively in Australia.

Indian PM Narendra Modi addresses Australian Parliament Live: November 18, 2014

Modi arrival

Judith Ireland Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Canberra to address Federal Parliament.

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Politics Live: November 17, 2014


Judith Ireland G20 is dusted and done but world leaders are still in Australia. Angela Merkel and Narendra Modi are in Sydney and Xi Jinping is in Canberra, where he will address Parliament.

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Kevin Rudd in the Middle East as the G20 comes to his backyard

Kevin Rudd.

Judith Ireland He is credited as being one of the key figures involved in turning the G20 into a leaders-level summit in 2008.

More is more when it comes to the G20's gender agenda

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Judith Ireland What does Kim Kardashian's derriere have in common with the G20?

Federal Politics and G20 Live: November 14, 2014


Stephanie Peatling and Judith Ireland Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of one of the biggest events on the political circuit - the G20.

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Y20 head Holly Ransom on mission to ease youth unemployment

Crusade: Y20 co-chair Holly Ransom will talk to as many world leaders as she can.

Judith Ireland Holly Ransom runs her own consultancy firm teaching people about public speaking, so addressing a room full of strangers is not usually a problem.

Campaigns against halal are anti-Islamic bullying: race commissioner

Tim Soutphommasane says there has been a recent rise in anti-Muslim sentiment.

Judith Ireland Campaigns against Australian companies that make halal products are "little more than anti-Islamic bullying", according to Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane.

World is dismayed about Australia's climate stance: Wayne Swan

Wayne Swan says the G20 should put climate change back at the core of its agenda.

Judith Ireland The man who was once hailed as the world's best finance minister has called on the G20 to put climate change back at the core of its agenda, arguing Australia is using its privileged position as...

Pope Francis writes to Tony Abbott, calls for G20 not to forget poor

Pope Francis has written to Tony Abbott, calling for the G20 to not forget the world's poor.

Judith Ireland, Tom Allard Inequality has grown significantly among G20 nations in the past year, with the richest 1 per cent of people enjoying an extraordinary $US6.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop runs rings around her Beijing security entourage

Julie Bishop minister for Foreign Affairs on an early morning run with her security entourage at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing on Monday 10 September 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Some people get up in the morning and check their phones and emails. Others have a bowl of muesli. For Julie Bishop, it begins with a run.

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Kevin Andrews finds fan in UK MP Iain Duncan Smith

Social Services minister Kevin Andrews.

Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has backed a British government move to ensure all its policies support stable family life, even joking that its Work and Pensions Secretary got the idea from...

Pearson's brilliant speech is fitting farewell for Whitlam

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland Australians' natural suspicious of grandiose talk may have cost us a wealth of such speeches as we revelled in this week.

'Junk science' behind criticism of quality childcare, experts claim


Judith Ireland Academics and childcare experts have rejected a report by a free market think tank that found there is little evidence that improving the quality of childcare will create improved outcomes for...

Kevin Andrews branded 'pasty faced and pooncy' by NT MP Kezia Purick

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews.

Judith Ireland A Northern Territory Coalition MP has launched an extraordinary attack on Kevin Andrews' pro-marriage stance, labelling the federal Social Services Minister "pooncy" and "pasty faced" and suggesting...

Little evidence childcare quality boosts outcomes: report

The report questions the quality reforms that were implemented under the Gillard government in 2012.

Judith Ireland Money spent on a program to improve childcare for all children would have more impact if it went to helping disadvantaged children only, a report says.

Kevin Andrews is becoming the Minister for Readiness

Framework: Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews is a quiet reformist.

Judith Ireland Kevin Andrews wants to change the way social policy is delivered in Australia. The challenge will be in the detail.

Child ready, life ready: Kevin Andrews argues for early intervention

Minister Kevin Andrews

Judith Ireland Kevin Andrews wants his department to develop a framework to embed early intervention and prevention into Social Services' policies and program.