Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

SA and Tasmania brace for blue victory at March 15 elections

Judith Ireland This time next week, Australians could be waking up to a blue new world.

Tony Abbott won't rule out changes to seniors health card eligibility

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Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reaffirmed the Coalition's commitment to increasing the income threshold for the seniors health card, but will not be drawn on other changes to the card's eligibility...

Rupert Murdoch the most normal media tycoon I know, says Malcolm Turnbull

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Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed further deregulation of the media industry as he praised media mogul Rupert Murdoch as the ''most normal'' proprietor he knows.

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Tony Abbott asked to outline proposed seniors card changes

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has re-affirmed the Coalition's commitment to increasing the income threshold for the seniors health card, but will not be drawn on other changes to the card's eligibility...

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Budget savings should not be found at the 'expense' of Australians will disabilities

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Judith Ireland Disability and welfare advocates have met at Parliament House in Canberra amid fears that May budget will see cuts to people receiving disability support.

Minister for women doesn't have to identify as feminist, says Senator Michaelia Cash

Senator Michaelia Cash minister assisting the Prime Minister for Women.

Judith Ireland The federal minister responsible for women says it is "ridiculous" that identifying as a feminist should be a prerequisite for her job.

Politics Live: March 6, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 6 March 2014. Photo:

Judith Ireland It's still Qantas, stupid. Legislation to change the Sale Act is introduced in the House as parliament ponies up for its last sitting day for a week.

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Politics Live: March 5, 2014

Stainislav Stashevskyi Ukrainian Charge D'Affaires to Australia at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 5 March 2014.

Judith Ireland The Qantas debate keeps on trucking as Tony Abbott tips his hat to the forestry industry. The Senate has a public hearing about those lost WA votes amid plans for an inquiry into the violence at...

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Politics Live: March 4, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott greets Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop

Judith Ireland It's the flying marsupial, stupid. Cabinet makes a decision about Qantas. But what will it actually mean? Every MP and their roo is out to offer an opinion.

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Politics Live: March 3, 2014

Vladimir Morozov Russian Ambassador

Judith Ireland Amid global fears for what will happen in Ukraine, the federal cabinet meets to discuss the fate of Qantas.

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Politics Live: February 27, 2014

Treasurer Joe Hockey during question time.

Judith Ireland Questions and concerns fly around parliament house this Thursday. What will happen to Qantas? What can and can't you say to a general? What do you do if you're a lobbyist and then become a political...

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Politics Live: February 26, 2014

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten defends his Shadow Defence spokesman Senatot Stephen Conroy at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 26 February 2014.

Judith Ireland It's grey and rainy in Canberra. So a perfect day to snuggle up with a drought-assistance package. And to grab the doona and head down to estimates, where the departments of Health, Education,...

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Tanya Plibersek looks for Coalition MP to co-sponsor same-sex marriage bill

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek

Jonathan Swan and Judith Ireland Same-sex marriage is back on the political agenda in Canberra, with Labor's federal party room endorsing Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek's proposal to bring a new bill to Parliament.

Politics Live: February 25, 2014

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 13 February 2014.
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Judith Ireland Estimates! Estimates! Operation Sovereign Borders, Finance and the Communications Department all face Senate scrutiny today.

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Politics Live: February 24, 2014

Craig Thomson

Judith Ireland Parliament is back and sitting, with the treatment of asylum seekers once more in the spotlight. The Greens and refugee advocates want Immigration Minister Scott Morrison sacked but Tony Abbott...

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Neck of asylum seeker killed on Manus Island 'had been cut'

Reza Berati.

Michael Gordon and Judith Ireland Iranian man who died during violent clashes on Manus Island this week suffered a cut to the neck and head injuries, according to an employee at the detention centre who was with him before he died.

In asylum failings the Coalition is hardly an island

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Judith Ireland If this is calm and methodical government, you'd hate to think what the agitated, haphazard kind looks like.

Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn resigns after bungled WA Senate vote

Ed Killesteyn

Judith ireland, James Massola The head of the Australian Electoral Commission, Ed Killesteyn, and his most senior colleague in Western Australia have quit in the wake of the state’s bungled Senate election.

Iranian asylum seeker killed on Manus Island named Reza Barati

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison addresses the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday 21 February 2014

Judith Ireland The Iranian man who died during violent clashes on Manus Island earlier this week was a 23-year-old named Reza Barati, who arrived on Christmas Island last July.

Senator Nick Xenophon calls for tougher scalping laws

Nick Xenophon

Judith Ireland Nick Xenophon admits that ticket scalping is not a problem in his own life.