Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland is an online political reporter for The National Times, and a columnist for The Canberra Times.

Politics live: November 13, 2013

Madam Speaker Bishop listens as the Opposition attempt to move a dissent motion against the Speaker at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 13 November 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland It's business time in Canberra. The carbon tax is on the parliamentary chopping block. The government is pumped for a big fat repeal party, but Labor and the Greens have hidden all the balloons and...

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Politics live: November 12, 2013

Clive Palmer MP for Fairfax arrives at the House of Representatives.

Judith Ireland The great day came at last. Federal Parliament number 44 is here and so are all the players. Tony Abbott returns to parliament for the first time as Prime Minister and Bill Shorten's mother-in-law is...

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New MP Clive Palmer skips Parliamentary briefing arranged just for him

Judith Ireland New MP Clive Palmer did not turn up for a Parliament House induction briefing organised just for him. He sent a staff member to take notes in his place.

Scott Morrison twice rebuffed by Jakarta over asylum seeker boats

Scott Morrison

Judith Ireland and Michael Bachelard Jakarta has rejected Australian requests to send asylum seekers back to Indonesia on two occasions since the start of Operation Sovereign Borders, the Abbott government has revealed.

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MP Clive Palmer sends staff member to Parliamentary briefing

Clive Palmer

Judith Ireland Brand-new MP Clive Palmer was a no-show at a Parliament House induction briefing organised just for him, sending a staff member to take notes in his place.

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'Jury's out' on travel rort reforms, says Bill Shorten

Bill Shorten

Judith Ireland Labor leader Bill Shorten says the ''jury's out'' on whether the Coalition's changes to MPs' expense claims go far enough, but argues it is up to the Abbott government to drive reform on travel rorts.

Jakarta rejects requests to accept asylum seekers

Scott Morrison.

Judith Ireland, Michael Bachelard Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has been forced to reveal that Indonesia has twice rejected requests from the Abbott government to accept asylum seekers rescued by Australian authorities.

'Jury's out' on expense reforms: Shorten

Bill Shorten.

Judith Ireland Labor leader Bill Shorten says the 'jury’s out’ on whether the Coalition’s changes to MPs expense claims go far enough, but argues it is up to the Abbott government to drive reform on travel rorts.

AEC considers High Court intervention in WA Senate furore

Portrait of Antony Green.

Judith Ireland New details of the missing votes in the West Australian Senate election support the result of the first count, which saw the Palmer United Party and Labor elected ahead of the Australian Sports Party...

Another parliamentary session? Give us a break

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Judith Ireland Is there anyone out there looking forward to the return of the 44th Parliament?

Missing votes would have reversed WA result in Senate: Antony Green

Ballot box election vote

Judith Ireland New details of the missing votes in the Western Australian senate election support the result of the first count, which saw the Palmer United Party and Labor elected ahead of the Australian Sports...

Parliament seating plan puts Cathy McGowan next to Clive Palmer

Cathy McGowan

Judith Ireland Clive Palmer and Cathy McGowan may be relative strangers, but they are about to get to know each other really well.

Joe Hockey says Tony Abbott too 'flat out' to talk to media

South Pole Trek. Prime Minister Tony Abbott departs after farewelling two Australian soldiers Pvte Heath Jamieson and Crp Seamus Donaghue by signing their sleds who will race other wounded soldiers to the South Pole.
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Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

Judith Ireland, Jonathan Swan Treasurer Joe Hockey defends Tony Abbott's low profile since the September election, saying the Prime Minister is "flat out" running the country.

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Barnaby Joyce won't pay back NRL expenses

Barnaby Joyce.

Judith Ireland Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has defended charging taxpayers more than $5300 for attending three NRL games last year, declaring he will not pay back the funds because the trips were a...

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Joyce won't pay funds back

Barnaby Joyce said his attendance at rugby league games was official business.

Judith Ireland Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has defended charging the taxpayer more than $5300 for attending three NRL games in 2012, declaring he will not be paying the funds back as the trips were a...

Despite industry doubts, Joe Hockey promises power prices will fall

The Treasurer Joe Hockey

Judith Ireland Treasurer Joe Hockey has emphatically declared that electricity prices will drop when the carbon tax is abolished, despite doubts raised by the Australian Industry Group.

Lost votes have 'left doubt' about WA senate result, AEC head admits

Ed Killesteyn

Judith Ireland, Peter Martin The loss of votes in the West Australian senate election had left people with a ''nagging and almost irreconcilable doubt'' about the outcome and damaged the reputation of the Australian Electoral...

Australian ambassador summoned by Indonesia over embassy spy claims

Australian's ambassador to Indonesia, Greg Moriarty

Judith Ireland and Michael Bachelard Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has said that reports the Australian embassy was used to spy on Indonesia were "not cricket," after Australia's ambassador to Indonesia was summonsed by...

Tony Abbott rules out change to Huawei ban

Prime Minster Tony Abbott.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has stamped out speculation that Huawei might be allowed to participate in the National Broadband Network, saying the Coalition has no intention of lifting the government's...

WA Senate recount in turmoil as 1375 votes go missing

Canberra: Senator Eric Abetz and Senator Michael Ronaldson comment on Fair Work Australia and the Craig Thomson credit card scandal, at a press conference at Parliament House today Monday 12 March 2012. ?Photo by Penny Bradfield.


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Dan Harrison, Daniel Hurst, Judith Ireland An inquiry has been called after the Australian Electoral Commission revealed 1375 ballot papers are missing from the West Australian Senate recount.

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