Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Former governor-general calls for more compassion for asylum seekers who risk their lives

Judith Ireland Former governor-general William Deane has called on Australians to have more understanding and compassion for asylum seekers who risk their lives to come to Australia.

Mid-year economic outlook projects $123 billion worth of deficits over four years

Joe Hockey

Mark Kenny, Gareth Hutchens, Judith Ireland Joe Hockey has abandoned the federal government's commitment to achieve a budget surplus by 2016/17 arguing it would never have been achieved because spending was racing out of control.

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Tony Abbott hoses down claims of split in Liberal ranks over same-sex marriage

Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended the right of his MPs to speak out on same-sex marriage, describing the Liberal Party as a ''broad church''.

Tony Abbott announces last Australian troops leave Oruzgan

Afghanistan

Judith Ireland Australia's war in Afghanistan is over, with Australian Defence Force combat troops in the air on their way home.

Tony Abbott celebrates 100 days in power with roads reannouncement

Tony Abbott in Anglesea.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has celebrated his first 100 days of government with a trip to the Great Ocean Road where he reannounced an election promise.

Former Democrats senator Natasha Stott Despoja Australia's new ambassador for women and girls

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Judith Ireland Australia's new ambassador for women and girls will be former Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja, in a surprise appointment by the Abbott government.

Abbott suggests truancy officers to get indigenous kids back to school

Gareth Hutchens and Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suggested using ''truancy officers'' to ensure that all indigenous children go to school and his paid parental leave scheme will be extended to cover all state public...

As umpire, Bronwyn Bishop is often not getting it Wright

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Judith Ireland For a spell, just before the House rose for the summer holidays, it genuinely managed to rise above politics.

Environmental approval 'one-stop shops' get COAG green light

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland All states and territories have agreed to start the process towards "one-stop shops" for environmental approvals at the Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra, in a move that was...

Politics live: December 12, 2013

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 12 December 2013.

Judith Ireland What do same-sex marriage, car making and Paul Keating all having in common? They are all on the menu in Canberra today. It is the last day of sittings for 2013.

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Politics Wrap: December 11, 2013

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne pretends to cry during a point of order during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 11 December 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland It's the second last (planned) sitting day of the year! But don't break out that eggnog just yet. The lineup of issues is just like John Wayne: tall and complex.

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Politics live: December 10, 2013

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 10 December 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland It's a nail-biter. What exactly is the deal with Holden? Government support does not appear imminent as Holden boss Mike Devereux fronts the Productivity Commission in Melbourne.

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Let's get physical: strange moves the order of the day in House's cat and mouse game

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Judith Ireland There's an old saying: while the cat's away the mice will scamper about and make a bucket of mischief.

Politics live: December 9, 2013

Acting Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek, Chris Bowen and Kate Ellis remonstrate with Leader of the House Christopher Pyne during question time in Parliament House, Canberra on Monday 9 December 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Hold on, Holden! The debate continues in earnest about what to do about Australian car manufacturing.

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Politics Wrap: December 5, 2013

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowrn displays an altered election pledge with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during question time in Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 5 December 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland The debate about debt rages. Is it cool for the Greens to see other parties? The Coalition says "of course it is" as Labor carries on like a disgruntled ex.

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Politics wrap: December 4, 2013

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a press conference in the Prime Minister's courtyard at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 3 December 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland It's spies, schoolkids and the ABC. Australia's espionage history with another neighbour - East Timor - is in the squinty spotlight today.

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Politics wrap: December 3, 2013

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison

Judith Ireland Are you feeling gymnastic? As the Coalition bends this way and that on schools funding, Labor and the Greens have joined forces to hold a stop sign up to temporary protection visas (and Scott...

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Politics live: December 2, 2013

Education Minister Christopher Pyne

Judith Ireland Federal parliament is back for the final sitting fortnight of 2013. But the festive summer spirit is dampened by an overcrowded battle list, with the carbon tax, mining tax, debt ceiling and school...

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Clive Palmer safe as LNP withdraws High Court threat

Clive Palmer

Judith Ireland Federal MP Clive Palmer will be able to relax when he gives his maiden speech to Parliament on Monday - safe in the knowledge that the Liberal National Party will not challenge the Fairfax result in...

ACT Education Minister slams federal government over school funding

Joy Burch has joined the state and territory education minister in voicing her anger at the lack of funding certainty.

Judith Ireland, Peter Jean ACT Education Minister Joy Burch has slammed the federal government for leaving Canberra's schools with a lack of funding certainty, as state and territory ministers band together to voice their...

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