Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Politics live: November 20, 2013

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne pose for photos with the wishing tree in the Prime Ministerial Suite, at Parliament House in Canberra

Judith Ireland SBY so angry? Tony Abbott will not apologise for Australia's phone snooping and Jakarta says his explanation to parliament is not good enough.

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Politics live: November 19, 2013

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 19 November 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland Spying comes in from the cold and the Indonesians are not happy. Ambassadors are being recalled, apologies are being demanded and the Abbott government is trying to cover its eyes and hope it all...

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Politics live: November 18, 2013

Dr Who tragics and MPs  Graham Perrett, Dr Andrew Leigh, George Christensen and Alex Hawke with a blow up darlek spoke in Parliament on the 50th anniversary of Dr Who in Canberra on 18 November 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has flown back from CHOGM and right into questions about a couple of patrol boats he gave to Sri Lanka.

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Missing votes: AEC asks High Court to void WA Senate election

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Judith Ireland Western Australia is another step closer to another election, after the Australian Electoral Commission announced it had lodged a petition with the High Court, asking it to declare the outcome of the...

Politics live: November 14, 2013

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Treasurer Joe Hockey and Prime Minister Tony Abbott in discussion in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 14 November 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland Kevin Rudd is no longer here to help. Gracious words are flowing for the former prime minister - yes, even from the Labor Party - as parliament says farewell.

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Politics live: November 13, 2013

Madam Speaker Bishop listens as the Opposition attempt to move a dissent motion against the Speaker at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 13 November 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland It's business time in Canberra. The carbon tax is on the parliamentary chopping block. The government is pumped for a big fat repeal party, but Labor and the Greens have hidden all the balloons and...

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Politics live: November 12, 2013

Clive Palmer MP for Fairfax arrives at the House of Representatives.

Judith Ireland The great day came at last. Federal Parliament number 44 is here and so are all the players. Tony Abbott returns to parliament for the first time as Prime Minister and Bill Shorten's mother-in-law is...

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Scott Morrison twice rebuffed by Jakarta over asylum seeker boats

Scott Morrison

Judith Ireland and Michael Bachelard Jakarta has rejected Australian requests to send asylum seekers back to Indonesia on two occasions since the start of Operation Sovereign Borders, the Abbott government has revealed.

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MP Clive Palmer sends staff member to Parliamentary briefing

Clive Palmer

Judith Ireland Brand-new MP Clive Palmer was a no-show at a Parliament House induction briefing organised just for him, sending a staff member to take notes in his place.

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'Jury's out' on travel rort reforms, says Bill Shorten

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Judith Ireland Labor leader Bill Shorten says the ''jury's out'' on whether the Coalition's changes to MPs' expense claims go far enough, but argues it is up to the Abbott government to drive reform on travel rorts.

New MP Clive Palmer skips Parliamentary briefing arranged just for him

Judith Ireland New MP Clive Palmer did not turn up for a Parliament House induction briefing organised just for him. He sent a staff member to take notes in his place.

Jakarta rejects requests to accept asylum seekers

Scott Morrison.

Judith Ireland, Michael Bachelard Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has been forced to reveal that Indonesia has twice rejected requests from the Abbott government to accept asylum seekers rescued by Australian authorities.

'Jury's out' on expense reforms: Shorten

Bill Shorten.

Judith Ireland Labor leader Bill Shorten says the 'jury’s out’ on whether the Coalition’s changes to MPs expense claims go far enough, but argues it is up to the Abbott government to drive reform on travel rorts.

Another parliamentary session? Give us a break

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Judith Ireland Is there anyone out there looking forward to the return of the 44th Parliament?

AEC considers High Court intervention in WA Senate furore

Portrait of Antony Green.

Judith Ireland New details of the missing votes in the West Australian Senate election support the result of the first count, which saw the Palmer United Party and Labor elected ahead of the Australian Sports Party...

Missing votes would have reversed WA result in Senate: Antony Green

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Judith Ireland New details of the missing votes in the Western Australian senate election support the result of the first count, which saw the Palmer United Party and Labor elected ahead of the Australian Sports...

Parliament seating plan puts Cathy McGowan next to Clive Palmer

Cathy McGowan

Judith Ireland Clive Palmer and Cathy McGowan may be relative strangers, but they are about to get to know each other really well.

Joe Hockey says Tony Abbott too 'flat out' to talk to media

South Pole Trek. Prime Minister Tony Abbott departs after farewelling two Australian soldiers Pvte Heath Jamieson and Crp Seamus Donaghue by signing their sleds who will race other wounded soldiers to the South Pole.
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The Sydney Morning Herald

Judith Ireland, Jonathan Swan Treasurer Joe Hockey defends Tony Abbott's low profile since the September election, saying the Prime Minister is "flat out" running the country.

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Barnaby Joyce won't pay back NRL expenses

Barnaby Joyce.

Judith Ireland Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has defended charging taxpayers more than $5300 for attending three NRL games last year, declaring he will not pay back the funds because the trips were a...

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Joyce won't pay funds back

Barnaby Joyce said his attendance at rugby league games was official business.

Judith Ireland Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has defended charging the taxpayer more than $5300 for attending three NRL games in 2012, declaring he will not be paying the funds back as the trips were a...