Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Politics Live: July 9, 2014

Senator David Leyonhjelm

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott and Shinzo Abe go west as their spouses stay in Canberra to go to the gallery. The carbon tax debate continues in the Senate as the architect of the NDIS fronts the Press Club.

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Politics Live: July 8, 2014

High Court

Judith Ireland Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is here for a big day at Parliament House. The guns are out the front to welcome him. Meanwhile, the carbon tax is still to be repealed.

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Politics live: July, 7 2014

New senator Ricky Muir and his son.

Judith Ireland The new Senate is here! It's brand, it's spanking and it's finally sitting. Also today, Clive Palmer is at the Press Club (again).

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HECS-style loan flagged as an alternative to paid parental leave scheme


Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme looks unlikely to pass the Senate in its current form, but a prominent free market think tank has come up with a compromise: give parents a...

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Behind the labels: who is really on the disability support pension and why





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Judith Ireland, Conrad Walters We dig into the much-criticised benefit.

New senate reality now showing in a parliament near you

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Judith Ireland If you were casting a new reality TV series, you would be hard pressed to improve upon the group that has assembled in Canberra this week.

'I don't see much sleeping going on in the next 72 hours': new senator Jacqui Lambie arrives at Parliament House

Jacqui Lambie on her first day at Parliament House as a senator.

Judith Ireland Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie, who spent ten years in the army, has come a long way since she was first elected in the sixth spot for Tasmania in September.

School's in for the nation's new senators


Judith Ireland They have been waiting for months, but Australia's newest senators face one more hurdle before they officially take their places in the upper house: Senate boot camp.

Ready and raring to go, new kids play nice at Senate school

Senator David Leyonhjelm.

Judith Ireland Australia's newest senators face one more hurdle before they officially take their places in the upper house: Senate boot camp.

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Mental illness does not mean a lifetime on welfare, says Jeff Kennett

Ex Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett at the Melbourne Grand Prix. Sunday 16th March 2014. Photo by Jesse Marlow.

Judith Ireland Having a mental illness should not be an ''automatic entry'' to a lifetime of welfare support Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett has said, embracing a federal government proposal to shift more people...

Online registration opens for relationship counselling vouchers

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Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews is encouraging Australian lovers to be quick.

Spending controls a waste, say welfare groups

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Judith Ireland Welfare groups have warned the government that increasing controls around how people spend their welfare payments could backfire, arguing existing controls have already cost the Commonwealth $1...

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Six weeks not enough time to consult on radical review of $110-billion-a-year welfare system, say groups

Kevin Andrews

Judith Ireland Welfare groups have called on the government to extend the consultation period for the McClure review, arguing that six weeks is not long enough for public consultation into such a wide-ranging and...

Pension crackdown: Welfare overhaul to hit thousands

Judith Ireland, Anna Patty, Jacqueline Maley Tens of thousands of people could be moved off pension payments, and young people would have their spending supervised while on the dole, under changes foreshadowed by a federal government review.

Fear for jobs growing at ABC's international arm

ABC News in a staff overhaul.

Judith Ireland There are growing fears that the ABC's international arm in Victoria will be decimated as the national broadcaster grapples with the axing of Australia Network.

Call for radical pension change for disabled


Judith Ireland An Abbott government review has suggested that only people with a permanent disability should receive the Disability Support Pension and flagged greater government control over how people spend their...

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Thousands to lose Disability Support Pension under changes flagged by government

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews

Judith Ireland The first stage of a major federal government overhaul of welfare payments has suggested that only people with a permanent disability receive the Disability Support Pension and has questioned the age...

How do you solve a problem like Clive Palmer?

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Judith Ireland As Clive Palmer waltzed off the stage in the Great Hall, refusing to take questions, there was only one word to describe the feeling: dirty.

Liberals celebrate as carbon tax repeal passes lower house

Environment Minister Greg Hunt congratulated by colleagues after Carbon Tax Repeal Bills pass the lower House at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 26 June 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mark Kenny, Judith Ireland The most politically costly reform in politics in decades is to end with the Senate preparing to wind up Labor's carbon tax and scrap the automatic move to a market-based trading scheme from next...

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Politics Live: June 26, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is greeted by AFP Commissioner Tony Negus on his arrival for the swearing-in ceremony of new AFP officers at the AFP College in Canberra on Thursday 26 June 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland The current Senate sits for its last day as Canberra experiences a collective whoa over Palmer, Gore and what Parliament will do about climate change.

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