Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Politics Live: March 24, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time in Parliament House in Canberra on Monday.

Judith Ireland What happens when a faceless man resigns? It is speculation a-go-go after Paul Howes announced his resignation as AWU head from Perth.

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Steaking a claim in the battle to banish greens


Judith Ireland With issues like missing planes and possible European war afoot, a free meat v meat-free debate may seem like a mere side dish.

Politics Live: March 20, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott kisses  Senator Concetta Anna Fierravanti-Wells

Judith Ireland What now for Arthur Sinodinos and the government? Canberra ponders this as Qantas workers are in town and everyone worries about Ukraine and Russia.

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Government plan to wind back gender laws put on ice

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Jonathan Swan and Judith Ireland In news that will comfort gender equality advocates, Tony Abbott will not be touching gender reporting requirements for businesses - at least not in the first red tape "repeal day".

Politics Live: March 19, 2014

Tony Abbott in question time on Wednesday.

Judith Ireland It's a deregulation bonfire! Thousands of regulations are on the chopping block as debate continues about Arthur Sinodinos. Should he stay or should he go now?

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Charities beg to save their regulator from the chop

Tim Costello.

Gareth Hutchens, Judith Ireland The heads of Australia's biggest charities - including Father Chris Riley, Tim Costello and Dr Caroline Lambert - have written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott pleading with him to not shut down the...

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Diverse groups join to lobby government to keep gender reporting rules

Claire Braund, Executive Director of Women on Boards

Judith Ireland A coalition of business, government and community organisations have banded together to try and preserve the federal government's gender reporting requirements.

Politics Live: March 18, 2014

Liberal MP Josh Frydenberg during the Pollies vs Press Gallery Swim Relay

Judith Ireland It's Tuesday in Canberra. That means party room meetings in the morning before the usual question-off at 2pm. In the meantime, Operation Sovereign Borders and Arthur Sinodinos dominate debate.

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Politics Live: March 17, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Josh Frydenberg Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister

Judith Ireland Parliament returns for its final sitting fortnight before the May budget. And there are polls aplenty! Meanwhile, anti-Coalition protesters are gathering outside on the parliamentary lawns and the...

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Charities watchdog faces the chop

A charity collector

Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews is poised to try and abolish the national charities watchdog, despite overwhelming support within the charity sector to keep the Australian Charities and...

Tony Abbott points to compromise on paid parental leave scheme

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has again hinted that there may need to be some changes to his "signature" paid parental leave scheme for it to get through Parliament.

Disabled not rorting the support pension, Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes hits back

Judith Ireland Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes has hit back at the idea that there are too many people on the disability support pension, slamming claims that the system is being rorted as...

Kevin Andrews says any changes to disability support pension will be in 'medium to long term'

Kevin Andrews

Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews moves to reassure disability support pension recipients that potential changes to payments will not be made in the upcoming May budget.

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

Tony Abbott in question time

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


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


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.