Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Double-standards let Jacqui Lambie off the hook for inappropriate 'well-hung' comments

Judith Ireland If a male politician offered a similar opinion to the PUP senator it would be a career-ending offence.

Australian military plane leaves for the Netherlands to return bodies of Australian MH17 victims home

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove after the signing of MH17 condolence book at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 22 July 2014.

David Wroe, Judith Ireland An Australian C-17 military plane is in the air on its way to the Netherlands in preparation to start returning the bodies of Australian victims of the MH17 crash.

Childcare report: Government dismisses Productivity Commission swipe at paid parental leave

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 22 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland The Coalition has dismissed a Productivity Commission suggestion that funds be redirected away from Tony Abbott's paid parental scheme and into childcare services, arguing that the two are "separate...

Tony Abbott hails UN backing for MH17 resolution

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government's push for a full independent investigation into the downing of MH17 over Ukraine has been backed by a unanimous vote UN Security Council, increasing pressure on Russia to...

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Tony Abbott says Ukraine crash site 'shambolic'


James Massola, David Wroe, Judith Ireland Prime Minster Tony Abbott has lashed the ''absolutely shambolic'' situation at the site of the downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, as he dispatched former defence force chief Angus Houston as his...

Russia will support Australia's UN resolution on MH17, if Russia is not blamed: report

Russian ambassador Vladimir Morozov

Judith Ireland Russia will support an Australian-sponsored United Nations Security Council resolution to provide unfettered access to the MH17 crash site and to set up an independent investigation into the...

MH17: Abbott government may declare downing of plane a terrorist attack, triggering payments to families

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland The federal government is considering declaring the MH17 disaster a terrorist attack, which would trigger payments of up to $75,000 to the families of Australian victims.

Tony Abbott's government srsly needs to get a handle on the Senate

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland It was Thursday evening and a weary Senate was deep in the throes of a debate on the mining tax.

Politics Live: July 18, 2014

New Senate

Judith Ireland The Senate and the House sit for a bonus day of Parliament, as the world wakes up to the news that a plane is believed to have been shot down over Ukraine.

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Politics Live: July 17, 2014

Christine Milne in Senate on Thursday.

Judith Ireland It's the last sitting day before a five week break ... or is it? The government is "hopeful" that the carbon tax will be repealed today.

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Politics Live: July 16, 2014

Immigration minister Scott Morrison offered an apology to the Indonesian government over incursions into their sovereign territory during an Operation Sovereign Borders briefing with Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell in Canberra on Friday 17 January 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland The Senate has a big to-do list and the House is thanking its lucky stars it hasn't had its hours extended too.

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Politics Live: July 15, 2014

Labor senator Sam Dastyari.

Judith Ireland The carbon tax is headed to the Senate and financial systems go to the Press Club. Meanwhile, the PM's dining room gets a makeover and public support for same-sex marriage is at an all-time high.

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Politics Live: July 14, 2014

Tony Abbott arrives for question time on Monday.

Judith Ireland It's the last week of Parliament before the winter break. Will the carbon tax repeal pass? Will Clive Palmer have any more last-minute requests? More importantly, what will happen to the price of a...

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Lessons from the new Senate


Judith Ireland I’m not sure about you, but I was looking forward to a laidback week.

Politics Live: July 10, 2014

Clive Palmer

Judith Ireland Is today the day? Is it really going to happen?? Stay tuned. We might not have a carbon tax by the end of the day.

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Focus on jobless need, Anglicare tells Abbott

Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland The Abbott government needs to focus on individuals and what is going on in their lives, rather than forcing them into intensive job searching, if it is to fix long-term unemployment, one of the...

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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