Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Julie Bishop awaits Syria briefing

Julie Bishop

Judith Ireland The woman set to be Australia's new foreign minister says she has not yet been briefed whether the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against its own citizens.

Shorten likely to take up the baton as party licks its wounds

Bill Shorten

Mark Kenny, Michael Gordon, Judith Ireland Bill Shorten could become Labor's new leader within days after the Rudd government's humiliating defeat.

Punters pass the nuts, await end to spectacular flop

Judith Ireland dinkus

Judith Ireland When the polls close today and the counting begins (the counting begins!) the election campaign will recede into the mists of time.

Singing Liberals in Kevin Rudd's seat celebrate just One Day More

LNP Candidate for Griffith Bill Glasson (left) and Shadow Minister for youth and Sport Luke Hartsuyker (right) annouce funding for Easts rugby Club in Brisbane. 24th of August 2013. Photo: Harrison Saragossi.

Judith Ireland The battle for Griffith just got a whole lot more musical.

Coalition slashes foreign aid as part of $9b savings measures

Joe Hockey.

Judith Ireland and Bianca Hall Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has announced a further $9 billion in savings when releasing the Coalition's final budget costings ahead of the federal election.

'Fearful' Kevin Rudd warns Coalition win would damage economy

Kevin Rudd

Judith Ireland and Bianca Hall Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has said he "genuinely fears" what a Coalition government would be like and has told Australians that if they have any doubts about what Tony Abbott would do in government,...

Federal Election 2013 Live: September 4, 2013

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd inspects optical fibre cable when he visited Corning Cable Systems in Clayton, Melbourne on Wednesday 4 September 2013. Election 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Election day 31 is upon us. Kevin Rudd is campaigning in Victoria and Tony Abbott is in his hometown of Sydney.

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Labor's comeback kid says don't rule me out just yet

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his wife Therese Rein at the ALP campaign launch in Brisbane on Sunday 1 September 2013. Election 2013.

Judith Ireland Outside the Brisbane Convention Centre, the wheels are said to be coming off Kampaign Kevin. Inside the centre, the air conditioning blasting a cooling breeze, the Labor family gathered for the...

Cuddles and critics as Kevin Rudd tours the Top End

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd hugs Virginia Rudd

Judith Ireland ''Get out of here!'' an angry man, dressed for the tropics in shorts and a T-shirt, bellowed at Kevin Rudd.

Cuddles and critics as Kevin Rudd tours the Top End

Judith Ireland ''Get out of here!'' an angry man, dressed for the tropics in shorts and a T-shirt, bellowed at Kevin Rudd.

Glistening Rudd promises shiny future amid hiccups

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has so many plans for the future it is a surprise he does not get about in a cape and a shiny silver suit.

Rudd talks a good fight, but can he go the distance?

Judith Ireland dinkus

Judith Ireland For a man who promised to bring peace and civility back to politics, Kevin Rudd talks a lot about fighting.

'He started it!' Kevin Rudd feels the heat on costings

Kevin Rudd in a lift.

Judith Ireland A crying baby, a fainting girl and a Prime Minister in the spotlight as the Labor campaign touches down in Perth.

Kev's confident his ship will come in

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Judith Ireland ''Now can you hear me out there?'' Kevin Rudd's voice boomed around the module hall at the Williamstown shipyard in Melbourne.

The Valley of Death will be crossed, proclaims PM Kevin Rudd

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Senator Kim Carr visited BAE Systems Williamstown ship yards in Melbourne on Thursday 29 August 2013. Election 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland "Now can you hear me out there?" Kevin Rudd's voice boomed around the cavernous module hall at the Williamstown shipyard in Melbourne.

Rudd camp crosses the floor to greet the Abbotts

Therese Rein and Jessica Rudd.

Judith Ireland Outside the Rooty Hill RSL, rival gangs in rival t -shirts shouted angry slogans at one another.

The early bird gets the selfie with Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd addresses the high-vis crowd.

Judith Ireland "Just line up for your selfies," came the call over the loudspeaker.

'Morning Kevin ...a phone call would have been helpful'

Kevin Rudd & Premier Barry O'Farrell.

Judith Ireland Kevin Rudd is a man who likes to make big calls. Big calls, he argues, saved the country from the economic outhouse during the global financial crisis.

Sharing is caring, Barry O'Farrell reminds Kevin Rudd

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was confronted by NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott says he has a plan to stop the boats, now Kevin Rudd has a plan to move them.