Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Tony Abbott names his new ministry

Judith Ireland Prime minister-elect Tony Abbott has named his first ministry, with promotions for Mathias Cormann, Michaelia Cash, Fiona Nash and Marise Payne, but few big surprises.

Leadership rivals heap love on one another

Albanese

Judith Ireland If there's one thing that every Labor MP agreed on in the wake of last week's mega fail of an election campaign, it was that they had to stop talking about themselves.

Tony Abbott tells Coalition MPs to savour win 'briefly' with challenges ahead

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott during the coalition joint party meeting, at Parliament House in Canberra, on Friday 13 September 2013.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister elect Tony Abbott has addressed Coalition MPs in Canberra for the first time since winning the federal election, telling colleagues to only ''briefly'' savour the moment before getting...

Liberals on course in four close seats

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Daniel Hurst, Judith Ireland The Liberals are edging ahead in four out of five close seats - all Labor-held - as counting in the federal election continues.

Bill Shorten nominates for Labor leadership

Bill Shorten

Jonathan Swan and Judith Ireland Bill Shorten has confirmed he will nominate himself for the leadership of the federal parliamentary Labor Party.

Sophie Mirabella withdraws from frontbench contention

Sophie Mirabella

Judith Ireland Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella has pulled herself out of contention for a frontbench spot in Tony Abbott's new government as her future in Indi remains unclear.

Let Coalition hang on 'bad' policies, says backbencher

Labor backbencher Nick Champion

Judith Ireland Federal Labor should allow the Abbott government to scrap the carbon tax and implement other ''bad policies'' it has in order to expose them as disasters, Labor MP Nick Champion says, in a move that...

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Let's ditch the paper ballots and go electric: Malcolm Turnbull

Ballot paper.

Judith Ireland The man likely to be the new communications minister has suggested Australia should consider a switch to electronic voting at federal elections in order to cut down on informal and fraudulent voting.

Labor MPs at odds over Kevin Rudd's future

Kevin Rudd with wife Therese Rein.

Judith Ireland Outgoing Labor frontbencher Brendan O’Connor has ensured that the flames of acrimony continue to burn in the Labor camp, as he called on Kevin Rudd to leave federal parliament.

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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.

We withstood the conservative tide, despite swing, says Greens leader

Greens Party, Leader Christine Milne.

Judith Ireland, Bianca Hall Greens leader Christine Milne says some of the Labor leadership ''shenanigans'' of the past three years have rubbed off on the Greens, as her party assesses a nationwide swing against it of more than...

We withstood the conservative tide, despite swing, says Greens leader

Judith Ireland Greens Leader Christine Milne says some of the Labor leadership ''shenanigans'' of the past three years have rubbed off on the Greens, as her party assesses a nationwide swing against it of more than...

Now search begins for leader to guide lost in the wilderness

Bill Shorten

Mark Kenny, Michael Gordon, Judith Ireland Bill Shorten could become Labor's new leader within days.

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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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