Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Politics Live: May 26, 2014

Liberal Senator Bill Heffernan

Judith Ireland The budget debate continues keen as beans as parliament comes back for two weeks of sittings. In the lower house, the budget bills are debated and in the Senate, it is budget estimates! In the hot...

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Take any job, Kevin Andrews tells young facing no dole for six months

Kevin Andrews.

Judith Ireland Young unemployed people facing the prospect of receiving no dole for six months should simply take a job they do not really want or do a course, according to Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews.

Things get interesting for Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland Even Tony Abbott conceded on Friday it had been a Chinese curse of a week for his government.

Evidence does not back claims of a blow-out in numbers receiving disability support pension

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Judith Ireland The rhetoric around the disability support pension at the moment has suggested there are thousands of people receiving it who are not deserving.

Charities watchdog chairman Robert Fitzgerald says abolishing it would benefit those who 'don't want transparency'

Robert Fitzgerald

Judith Ireland Scrapping the charities watchdog will undermine the public's ability to track what not-for-profit organisations are doing, according to two senior officials in the sector.

Women significant victims of cuts: Macklin

Jenny Macklin.

Judith Ireland Women will be disproportionately hit by federal budget's changes to pensions and GP visits, according to Labor Party analysis.

Wink is no laughing matter for Prime Minister with a 'women problem'

Tony Abbott winks

Judith Ireland Did the Prime Minister wink while talking to a sex line worker because he was happy to take a question from her?

Canberra moves to make people wait a week for welfare

The Abbott government has moved to introduce a one-week wait for all working-age payments.

Judith Ireland More than 230,000 welfare recipients face a new delay to get their payments, with the Abbott government moving to introduce a one-week wait for all working age payments.

Budget cuts force Australian Youth Affairs group to close

Senator Scott Ryan is sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary for Education by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday 18 September 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland The national peak body for youth affairs will close its office doors at the end of June after its funding was stripped in the federal budget, with the Coalition government arguing a single body is...

Bill Shorten's post-budget reply high point all in the delivery

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Judith Ireland It would be fair to say that the budget address-in-reply is not exactly an event that stops the nation.

Politics Live: May 15, 2014

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Judith Ireland It's Labor's turn in the budget spotlight, with Bill Shorten to deliver the budget reply address tonight.

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Politics Live: May 14, 2014

Mal Brough offers a glass of water to Clive Palmer during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 14 May 2014.

Judith Ireland The hard sell of the Big B begins. The government hits the airwaves to sell its hardass budget and Joe Hockey prepares to address the National Press Club at lunch.

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Politics Live: May 12, 2014


Judith Ireland It's budget eve and MPs are descending on Canberra for the first sitting week since March. Parliament does not sit today, but there is a surplus of royal commissions in its place.

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Deficit levy on the cards as government talks of need for an 'immediate special effort' on debt


Judith Ireland, Lisa Cox The federal government appears poised to push ahead with a new tax on high earners, despite a backlash from Coalition backbenchers and senior Liberal figures.

Life's really tough for a foreign minister. Seriously.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop launches the Mid-Winter Ball in Canberra.

Judith Ireland Life is oh so tough for Australian foreign ministers in a post-Carr world. 

Malcolm Turnbull defends 'harsh' boats policy as necessary

Liberal frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull has defended the Abbott government's 'harsh' boats policy as necessary to stop people smugglers.

Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described the Coalition's measures to stop asylum seekers arriving by boat as "harsh" but necessary to combat people smuggling. 

Teresa Gambaro adds her voice to concern about debt levy


Judith Ireland Coalition MP Teresa Gambaro has fired a rocket at the idea of a new deficit levy, saying if one were introduced in next week's budget, it would be a "breach of promise" to voters. 

OECD finds Australians have good life but poor work-life balance

Stress at work.

Judith Ireland Australians may be bracing for tough news in next week's federal budget, but according to a new report by the OECD, when compared with 35 other countries, life in Australia is actually very good.

Q&A protesters didn't disrupt democracy, they disrupted a highly produced TV show

Q and A host Tony Jones.

Judith Ireland Expressing your opinion and expressing it where other people don't want to hear it, is exactly what democracy is about.

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Former treasurer Peter Costello says 'debt tax' would have 'no economic benefit'

Former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello has joined a chorus of conservative figures questioning a proposal for a 'deficit levy'.

Judith Ireland Former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello has hit out against the prospect of a deficit levy, describing it as a political idea that will have no economic benefit.