Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Politics Live: June 5, 2014

Mathias Cormann and Barnaby Joyce's encounter at the doors.

Judith Ireland There's nothing to see here. Malcolm does another radio interview to declare he's best mates with Tony, as the Prime Minister smokes the pipe of peace with SBY.

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Politics Live: June 4, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott plane is delayed.

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott flies out to Indonesia to meet SBY leaving Warren T in charge of Australia. Bob Hawke and John Howard address the press club (re-union!) and Social Services, Education, Foreign Affairs...

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Politics Live: June 3, 2014

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 3 June 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland Canberra thunders with missives from Clive as the fallout from the Turnbolt battle continues. The US steps up its response to climate change ahead of Tony Abbott's meeting with Barack Obama (hmm?).

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Politics Live: June 2, 2014

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston and Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley

Judith Ireland Parliament sits and estimates quizzes. The Department of Health, CSIRO, Fair Work Ombudsman and Defence are all before Senate committees today.

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Melbourne University vice-chancellor warns of higher fees impact on poorer students

Professor Glyn Davis

Judith Ireland One of Australia's most senior academics has warned that the federal government's proposed changes to higher education would result in a ''social experiment without precedent in Australia'' as...

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Tony Abbott says he is open to 'refining' the GP co-payment policy

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time at Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 29 May 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

David Wroe, Judith Ireland Tony Abbott's hint he is open to "refinement" of his GP co-payment has failed to impress key cross-benchers amid further signs the government will struggle to pass major planks of its budget.

Tamil refugee dies from petrol burns

Immigration minister Scott Morrison

Patrick Hatch, David Wroe, Judith Ireland A Tamil asylum seeker on a bridging visa has died with burns to 90 per cent of his body after apparently dousing himself in petrol and setting himself on fire in Geelong.

Education Minister Christopher Pyne gets in a muddle over student loans

Christopher Pyne

Judith Ireland Education Minister Christopher Pyne has confused the debate about proposed increases to university fees by appearing to contradict the government's own website over who will be affected by the budget...

Asylum seeker dies after suffering burns to 90 per cent of his body


Patrick Hatch, David Wroe, Judith Ireland An asylum seeker on a bridging visa has died after suffering burns to 90 per cent to his body.

Tony Abbott says Malcolm Turnbull isn't after his job

Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott has dismissed the idea that Malcolm Turnbull is going after his job, following a dinner Mr Turnbull shared with Clive Palmer last week that the Prime Minister described as "perfectly...

Bill Shorten wants Frances Abbott, Margie Abbott left out of politics

Judith Ireland "It goes without saying that families should be off limits," Bill Shorten told caucus this week.

Politics Live: May 29, 2014

ASIO Director-General David Irvine appears before a Senate committee hearing for Budget Estimates at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 29 May 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland The Human Rights Commission, SBS, ASIO, NBN Co and the Agriculture Department all front Senate estimates in a fiesta of scrutiny.

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Politics Live: May 28, 2014

Foreign minister Julie Bishop during question time at Parliament House Canberra on Wednesday 28 May 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Estimates rages with the ABC, the Finance Department and the Attorney-General's Department. Meanwhile, the Coalition's Dennis Jensen has had a crack over science funding and is there a change to...

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Politics Live: May 27, 2014

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

Judith Ireland Flys on the wall get ready. Coalition MPs gather for their first party room meeting post-budget. Labor MPs gather also. It's a bumper edition as budget estimates continue.

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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

Judith Ireland

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.