Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Labor MP Mark Butler argues for 15% emissions cut


Lisa Cox, James Massola, Judith Ireland Labor leader Bill Shorten has distanced himself from remarks made by opposition environment spokesman Mark Butler who said the case has been made for Australia to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by...

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PM plays down impact of whaling verdict on Australia's relationship with Japan

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has played down the impact of the International Court of Justice's whaling decision on Australia-Japan relations, saying the relationship between the two countries, was...

Tony Abbott a fool on climate change says Greens leader Christine Milne

Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne

Judith Ireland Greens leader Christine Milne has turned to a line from The Castle to critique the Abbott government ahead of the West Australian Senate election.

Governor-General Live: March 28, 2014

General Peter Cosgrove

Judith Ireland Arise, Sir Peter. General Peter Cosgrove is sworn-in as Australia's 26th Governor-General. It is a gloomy Friday, weather-wise. But that won't stop the pomp.

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Politics Live: March 27, 2014

Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke seeks to move a no confidence motion against Madam Speaker Bronwyn Bishop Speaker Bronwyn Bishop during question time in Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 27 March 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland It's the last sitting day before the May budget! So pack a calculator and some sandwiches as we take a peek at parliament.

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Politics Live: March 26, 2014

Outgoing Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce and her husband Michael attended a ceremonial farewell with Prime Minister Tony Abbott at RAAF Fairbairn in Canberra on Wednesday 26 March 2014.

Judith Ireland The shandies are on us! Tony Abbott celebrates 20 years as a federal MP today, as Dame Quentin flies out of Canberra.

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Politics Live: March 25, 2014

Governor-General Quentin Bryce

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott calls on the G-G to say sayonara as Labor leads the government in the latest poll. Craig Thomson is due to be sentenced in Melbourne as Canberra debates something called FOFA.

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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

Generic image woman at work

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.