Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Politics Live: September 4, 2014

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott is in Mumbai and Julie Bishop is in Wales ... which means Warren Truss is left with the keys to the national ute. (Metaphorically speaking.)

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Politics Live: September 3, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives for Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 3 September 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland Ding dong, the mining tax is gone! But what does this mean for superannuation? And what does Clive Palmer have against ice buckets? Hmm?

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Politics Live: September 2, 2014

Clive Palmer

Judith Ireland Apparently Iraq is a dangerous place. Who knew? There is confusion over whether an Aussie transport aircraft came under fire from militants in Iraq as Parliament sits.

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Politics Live: September 1, 2014

'Nothing like' 2003: Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the involvement in Iraq is different to Australia's intervention a decade ago.

Judith Ireland What is it good for? Australia is poised to airlift "military equipment" to the Kurds as Parliament sits. It's Monday in Canberra.

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Politics Live: August 28, 2014

PUP Senator Glenn Lazarus and PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie ham it up for the cameras as they depart their meeting at the PUP office at the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on Thursday.

Judith Ireland How noodle-y is the nation? What will we do about Iraq? And are the PUPs one big happy litter? These are the questions dominating play at the big P today.

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'Complete rethink' urged on mental health and welfare

Frank Quinlan

Judith Ireland The nation's peak mental heath body has called for a "complete rethink" of the way the welfare system treats people with mental illness, while rejecting a proposal that only people with "permanent...

Politics Live: August 27, 2014

Treasurer Joe Hockey receives a pat on the back from Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek following a division on the Fair Work Amendment Bill at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 27 August 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Was Tony Abbott's visit to a cancer centre all that it seemed? How much of a bargain is Malcolm Turnbull's broadband scheme? And who is Joe Hockey's new speech writer? These are just some of the...

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Politics Live: August 26, 2014

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer

Judith Ireland Dry clean your suit and charge your mobile! Federal parliament is back and sitting in Canberra after the winter break. Everyone is rested, rejuvenated and still stuck in that rut they call the budget.

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Parents want childcare workers to be highly qualified, says group The Parenthood

One parent survey presented to the Productivity Commission backs claims parents prioritise qualifications over savings when it comes to childcare.

Judith Ireland Australian parents are adament they do not want want the qualification requirements for child care workers looking after small children to be watered down, according to a survey by a leading parents...

Julie Bishop warns Clive Palmer of 'mongrel' ramifications

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Judith Ireland Foreign Minister says Clive Palmer should ''reflect'' on his actions in the wake of his comments about the Chinese.

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Psychiatrists reject plan for mental health curbs on disability support pension

Kevin Andrews

Judith Ireland The peak body representing Australian psychiatrists has rejected the proposal that only people with a ''permanent impairment'' should get the disability support pension, saying the plan fails to...

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Palmer rules out delay for dole

Clive Palmer.

Judith Ireland Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer says he would consider voting for a waiting period for young people to qualify for the dole, but only if it is no longer than 60 seconds.

Extremism warning on Coalition's move to cut welfare payments


Judith Ireland Australian terrorism experts have questioned the Coalition's move to cut welfare payments to people involved in extremist conduct, saying it could push potential extremists into the arms of terror...

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NDIS rollout on track as costs 'trending downwards at all trial sites': NDIA report


Judith Ireland The National Disability Insurance Scheme is being rolled out under budget, according to a report from agency implementing the scheme.

Union pushes for paid leave for all victims of domestic violence

Ged Kearney

Judith Ireland Australian workers should be able to take specific paid leave for domestic violence: ACTU.

Payment cuts for job seekers attacked for hurting vulnerable

Julie Collins MP
Federal Labor Member for Franklin

Judith Ireland Labor and welfare groups have rounded on the Abbott government for its plan to temporarily cut payments for job seekers who refuse work offers without a good excuse, arguing the policy is unnecessary...

Domestic violence victims should have paid leave, says ACTU

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21:  ACTU president Ged Kearney posing for a photo outside her office, for an AFR story on successful women lobbyists,  on July 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Luis Ascui/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Judith Ireland Australian workers should be able to take specific paid leave for domestic violence, unions have demanded.

Julie Bishop urges Liberal Party to compromise on budget

Julie Bishop

James Massola, Matthew Knott and Judith Ireland Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop has urged compromise with the Senate crossbench to repeal the mining tax and pass contentious budget measures, citing John Howard's GST compromise.

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Sorry Joe, your apology is out of touch

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland There are few labels more vexed in Australian politics than being "out of touch".

First identified Australian victims of MH17 are returning home

Gerry and Mary Menke, MH17 victims. Photo supplied

Judith Ireland The family of the first Australian victims of the MH17 tragedy to be publicly identified say they are relieved Mary and Gerry Menke are coming home.