Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Politics Live: September 30, 2014

PUP Senator Glenn Lazarus during the debate on the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) Repeal Bill in the Senate, Parliament House in Canberra.

Judith Ireland As police carry out counter-terror raids in Melbourne, Parliament sits in Canberra. But first: party rooms meet. Meanwhile, Tony Abbott is back from New York and he is here to help.

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Explainer: does investment in childcare quality risk pricing parents out of the market?

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Judith Ireland The debates about childcare - its cost and availability, workers' qualifications, its relationship to kids' development and parents staying in work - have all the qualities of a toddler.

Real feminism comes in many forms

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Judith Ireland Here in Canberra this week, there has been excitement about the fact that Australia was starring at the United Nations. 

Politics Live: September 25, 2014

Liberal senator Bill Heffernan handles Labor senator Doug Cameron in question time on Thursday.

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott's in New York, New York as rain clouds form on a Canberran Thursday. Is the Racial Discrimination Act coming back to Parliament? Bob Day is on the case.

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Politics Live: September 24, 2014

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott is in New York, the national security legislation is in the Senate and Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd are in the boxing ring. Oh, and Peter Slipper is in court and due to be sentenced.

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Politics Live: September 23, 2014

Shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon was the 200th MP asked to leave the House under 94a or named by Speaker Bronwyn Bishop during question time in Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday.

Judith Ireland Polls abound as party rooms meet. It is a classic Tuesday in Canberra. But with a large side-serving of national security.

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Politics Live: September 22, 2014

Senator Jacqui Lambie addresses the Senate on national security at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 22 September 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Alert, alarmed and totally confused. What's going on with the government's terror bills? And their social services measures while we're at it. Meanwhile, Julia Gillard is having a fight with Bob Carr.

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Same-sex marriage: Liberal MP Craig Laundy changes stance on free vote

Change of heart: Liberal MP Craig Laundy, who says his first year in Parliament has been an education in reality versus idealism.

Judith Ireland Liberal MP Craig Laundy has had a change of heart when it comes to the same-sex marriage debate, dealing a blow to advocates of marriage equality.

Julia Gillard: Giving Kevin Rudd hope on night of knifing was a mistake

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Judith Ireland Julia Gillard says she fed Kevin Rudd "hope" on the night that she deposed him as prime minister in June 2010 and that she "shouldn't have done that".

Australian Defence Force personnel advised to wear civvies due to terror threats


Julieanne Strachan, David Wroe, Judith Ireland The Abbott government has said it is prepared to extend police powers even further if law enforcement agencies say they are needed.

Clive Palmer says PUP will oppose all budget measures on social services

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Judith Ireland Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer has declared his party will oppose "everything" in the government's social security budget bills that are due to be debated this week, setting his party on...

Scotland independence vote and a tale of two referenda

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Judith Ireland Indie politics have shown us how a cultural groundswell of change should be effected.

Older workers need 'career check-ups', says Age Discrimination Commissioner

Check-up: Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan has said older employees should have routine career check-ups much like they have health check-ups.

Judith Ireland Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan says Australians approaching 50 years of age should have scheduled "career check-ups" just as they would have a regular health check-up, to prevent...

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Julia Gillard battles for ownership of her contested legacy

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Judith Ireland If you had faced 20 years of public cross-examination about your ex-boyfriend, wouldn't you wish to have done some things differently?

Terror alert: Tony Abbott addresses the media

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Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Attorney-General George Brandis and outgoing ASIO head David Irvine hold a press conference in Melbourne. What will they have to say about the terror alert level?

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Preventing youth unemployment starts at school, UK expert says

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Judith Ireland If Australia wants to help young people into jobs, it should focus on giving them career advice and work experience while they are still at school, an international expert on the prevention of youth...

Civil celebrants to have right to say 'I won't' under same-sex marriage bill

Senator David Leyonhjelm

Heath Aston and Judith Ireland Civil celebrants would for the first time be empowered to refuse to marry couples under changes to the same-sex marriage bill of crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm.

Au pairs should have more visa options and minimum payment level, says industry group

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Judith Ireland Au pairs coming to Australia should have more visa options and a minimum payment level, the peak body representing au pairs has argued. 

Union royal commission live: Julia Gillard appears

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Judith Ireland Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard fronts the royal commission into union governance in Sydney.

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More attention needed for before and after-school care: National Foundation for Australian Women


Judith Ireland An increase in before and after school programs and holiday programs could be the most efficient and effective way of helping more women re-enter the workforce, the National Foundation for Australian...