Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Rudd camp crosses the floor to greet the Abbotts

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.

Cheers every half hour on a relaxed kind of gig

Kevin Rudd

Judith Ireland Election campaigning is by its very nature a demanding business, unless you're Rudd.

Littlies take a famous face in their stride

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Judith Ireland ''He's coming, he's coming! Kevin Rudd is coming!" shouted a childcare worker, as the Prime Minister negotiated his way through the safety gates at the Mascot long-day care centre in Sydney.

Kevin Rudd up before dawn on the campaign trail, as polls still point to loss


Judith Ireland Kevin Rudd has stepped up his campaign media appearances as a new round of polling shows Labor is in serious trouble in Western Sydney, with another suggesting the Prime Minister could even lose his...

WikiLeaks candidate says there was 'no skulduggery' in party schism

Julian Assange

Deborah Snow, Judith Ireland and Daniel Hurst The number two Senate candidate for the WikiLeaks Party in New South Wales, Dr Alison Broinowski, says she will remain on the ticket despite a dramatic schism that opened inside the party late on...

Coalition's parental policy will take its toll

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland, Peter Martin, Daniel Hurst Coalition Leader Tony Abbott has confirmed that his ''signature'' paid parental leave policy will see some shareholders lose money under the 1.

Tony Abbott admits parental leave scheme levy will cost some shareholders

ELECTION 2013: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott addresses the media during a doorstop interview during his visit to the Volvo plant in Wacol, Queensland, on Wednesday 21 August 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland Coalition Leader Tony Abbott has confirmed that his "signature" paid parental leave policy will see some shareholders lose money under the 1.

First families sent to Nauru under Labor's hardline asylum seeker policy

Asylum seekers depart for Nauru.

Judith Ireland The first group of asylum seekers, including the first family group, has been sent to Nauru under Labor's new resettlement arrangement.

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PNG policy working despite more boats: Burke

The sinking of the SIEV 358 asylum seeker boat last year.

James Robertson, Judith Ireland Immigration Minister Tony Burke says the government's PNG resettlement policy is working, despite recent boat arrivals including one in which five people are believed to have drowned on Tuesday.

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Five drown as asylum boat capsizes


Judith Ireland and James Robertson Up to five asylum seekers are believed to have drowned after their boat capsized off Christmas Island on Tuesday.

Pro-choice Lib candidate says she and Tony Abbott 'at one' on abortion rights

ELECTION 2013: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott greets Liberal candidate Sarah Henderson during his visit to a disability services business, in Corio, Victoria, on Tuesday 20 August 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has declared that abortion should not be politicised as he campaigned with a Liberal candidate who has previously criticised his views on the issue.

'Good reasons' to support paid parental leave, says Barnaby Joyce

Senator Barnaby Joyce

Judith Ireland Nationals candidate Barnaby Joyce has dismissed questions about his party's commitment to the Coalition's paid parental leave scheme, saying he had ''good reasons'' to support it.

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Our asylum seeker policy is cruel: Malcolm Turnbull

Local political forum for the federal seat of Wentworth held at Paddington RSL.
Pictured Malcolm Turnbull.
12th August 2013.
Photo: Steven Siewert

Jacqueline Maley, Judith Ireland The Coalition's asylum seeker policy is ''cruel'' and ''harsh'' but so are all asylum seeker policies, according to opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull.

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All asylum policies are cruel, ours too - Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull

Jacqueline Maley, Judith Ireland The Coalition's asylum-seeker policy is ''cruel'' and ''harsh'', but so are all asylum-seeker policies, the Opposition's communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull says.

Kevin Rudd dismisses legal challenge to PNG deal

Manus Island

Judith Ireland, Michael Gordon and Daniel Flitton Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has brushed off news of a legal challenge to his Papua New Guinea plan for asylum seekers, saying he foreshadowed a challenge to the policy when he announced it in July.

Kevin Rudd's PNG plan is being swamped, says Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Occupants of an asylum seeker boat carrying about 209 people, the first boat with more than 200 asylum seekers to arrive in Australian waters since June, are to be transferred to Christmas Island.

'Not just a pretty face': Tony Abbott steps in to avert YouTube moment

Tony Abbott

David Wroe and Judith Ireland Following Jaymes Diaz's infamous interview and another Liberal candidate's admission he does not know how the Coalition's Direct Action policy works, Fiona Scott might have made a hat-trick, had Tony...