Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Australian of the Year 2016 finalist Elizabeth Broderick's plan for gender equality

Judith Ireland Elizabeth Broderick has stormed the boardrooms of Australia asking them to take gender equality seriously.

Joe Hockey says G'day to the USA with a 'snelfie'

Joe Hockey was announced as ambassador to the US in December.

Judith Ireland Joe Hockey has had a very chilly reception in Washington as he starts his new job as Australia's Ambassador to the United States.

Moves to limit overseas travel for pensioners 'discriminatory' say migrant, refugee groups

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Judith Ireland The Coalition government is under fire from migrant and refugee groups who say a plan to limit the time pensioners can travel overseas before their pension is cut discriminates against Australians...

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There's never been a less exciting public holiday than Australia Day

Is Australia Day the least exciting public holiday?

Judith Ireland Australia Day is our annual festival of cliches and lamb chops. It's also the least exciting public holiday of the year.

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ICAC and Arthur Sinodinos silent on claims he has been 'cleared'

Arthur Sinodinos outside ICAC during its investigation into his dealings with the Australian Water Holdings.

Michaela Whitbourn and Judith Ireland The NSW corruption watchdog says its high-profile inquiry into a company linked to Arthur Sinodinos and other political figures has not yet been completed, amid reports he has been "cleared" of...

Claims Tony Abbott plans to return as prime minister are 'fanciful'

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James Massola, Judith Ireland Tony Abbott is not plotting a return to the prime ministership and suggestions to the contrary are "fanciful", according to his spokesman.

Low-earning Australians to be kicked out of Britain under new visa rules

Australians at a pub in London.

Judith Ireland Australians working in the United Kingdom may not be able to stay there indefinitely if they are on a lower income, under new rules due to kick in this year.

Should we have a time limit on MPs' careers?

Philip Ruddock has spent more than 40 years in Parliament and may decide to carry on.

Judith Ireland Being an MP in a safe seat should not be the same as gaining tenure. Maybe we need restrictions on the time people can stay in Parliament.

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'Pick up' instructor Jeff 'Jeffy' Allen has Australian visa cancelled

Banned: 'Pick up artist' Jeff Allen.

Judith Ireland A US man who had come to Australia to hold seminars on how to pick up women has had his visa cancelled on character grounds. 

Treasurer Scott Morrison calls cool heads over volatile Chinese economy

Mr Morrison promises a sharp focus on youth unemployment and welfare dependency in 2016.

Judith Ireland Treasurer Scott Morrison has broken his holiday silence to call on people to keep a "cool head" about the Chinese economy, saying Australia's economy was in a solid position, despite recent global...

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When Malcolm Turnbull tried to give Ashraf Ghani a pen...

Mr Turnbull and Dr Ghani during a ceremonial welcome at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.

Judith Ireland Presentation is of huge importance when it comes to gift-giving but sometimes it becomes an exquisite pain in the neck.

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HSC Results 2015: Now the hard work begins for the girls

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Judith Ireland They may outperform their male counterparts in the exams, but jump forward a decade or three and the situation is nowhere near as peachy for the ladies.

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Heigh ho, ho, ho. Malcolm Turnbull works through Christmas

Malcolm Turnbull plans to work through Christmas, basing himself in Sydney with some time at his family farm in the Hunter Valley.

Judith Ireland The Christmas holidays are the one true time of the year when politics takes a break. But one MP is working through.

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Paid parental leave compromise to face crossbench test

Judith Ireland The Coalition's compromise plan to cut paid parental leave entitlements will hinge on crossbench support,

MYEFO budget update: Welfare crackdown raises concerns

Cassandra Goldie

Judith Ireland It's one of the headline savings measures in the mid-year budget update, tipped to generate more than $2 billion from the welfare sector.

Vulnerability is the new strength in politics

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Judith Ireland Politicians hate showing weakness. But it's time they realised there's a power that comes with vulnerability.

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COAG meeting: Tax reform deadline set for March as terror laws tightened

Malcolm Turnbull with Victorian Daniel Premier Andrews and WA Premier Colin Barnett after the COAG meeting.

Mark Kenny, Matt Wade, Judith Ireland. State and commonwealth governments have set an ambitious March deadline for nailing down elusive tax and revenue changes aimed at reducing taxes overall, while increasing revenue for health services...

Government seeks advice on new sex discrimination commissioner

Former sex discrimination commissioner Liz Broderick.

Judith Ireland The Turnbull government will use a selection panel to pick a new sex discrimination commissioner, in a move that follows concerns the high profile position would be filled by a "captain's pick".

Preschool funded like private or public schools under COAG proposal

Judith Ireland The federal government is considering funding preschools like it funds schools, with different amounts for private and public organisations, under a model to be discussed by the Council of Australian...

The 'Tony Rudd' phenomenon: How Tony Abbott is turning into Kevin Rudd

GW.  Portrait of Kevin Rudd former Australian Prime Minister photographed for a feature story by James Massola.  Photographed at his daughters Queenslander in Brisbane.  Pic by Nic Walker.  Date 15th Feb 2015.

Judith Ireland On paper, Abbott could not be further from Rudd. And yet Abbott is displaying so many Rudd-like attributes it is eerie.

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