Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Kevin Andrews to release an interim report on Patrick McClure's welfare review before the federal budget

Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews will have some heavy reading to do over the Easter holiday, with an interim report on the governmnet's review into the welfare system due before the end of next...

Charities commission to get Senate lifeline: hopes

The Opposition has slammed the lack of transparency in the Senate.

Judith Ireland The charities watchdog could be thrown a lifeline in the new Senate, with the Palmer United Party and other crossbench senators yet to make up their mind over how to vote on the Australian Charities...

Japanese Free Trade Agreement gets a mixed reaction in Australia

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Teething problems do not justify cutbacks to NDIS, says peak body

The federal government has rejected calls for targets to raise the number of people with a disability in the public service after they dropped to a 20-year low.

Judith Ireland The head of the country's peak body for non-government disability services says it is "too early" to call for delays to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. 

WA election to create a brave new Senate

Judith Ireland Like it or not, the Senate is seen as the poor cousin of the parliamentary world.

Upper house a 'bloody circus': DLP Senator John Madigan sprays his colleagues

John Madigan

Judith Ireland Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan has hit out at the current Senate on the eve of the West Australian by-election, describing it as a "bloody circus" and a "twilight zone".

Fears National Disability Insurance Scheme will be delayed


Judith Ireland Labor and the Greens are convinced that the Coalition is setting the scene to tinker with the "most fundamental social policy reform since Medicare".

ALP divided on rate of greenhouse cuts

Mark Butler.

Lisa Cox, James Massola and Judith Ireland Opposition environment spokesman says case has been made for Australia to make deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, but Labor leader Bill Shorten has distanced his party from the remarks.

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

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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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