Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Tasmania election: Greens, Tony Abbott attacked as Labor announces poll for March 15

Judith Ireland Tasmanians are set to go to the polls, after Labor Premier Lara Giddings announced a state election for March 15.

Too early to call Operation Sovereign Borders a success: General Angus Campbell

Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell

Judith Ireland The commander of the federal government's border protection operation says he will not be able to call Operation Sovereign Borders a success until the monsoon season ends in late March.

Treasurer Joe Hockey says inquiry into government's Commission of Audit is a 'stunt'

Joe Hockey

Judith Ireland The federal government is playing down a Senate inquiry into its Commission of Audit, labelling it a ''stunt'' and a ''waste of time'' before it has even begun.

Scott Morrison stops weekly briefings on asylum seekers

Minister for immigration and border protection Scott Morrisson

Judith Ireland Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has stopped his weekly press conferences updating the media on the federal government's border protection efforts.

Time to scrap Lord's Prayer in Parliament: Greens

The Age NEWS The Greens announcing initiative to restrict alcohol advertising on TV. Pic shows Greens Sen Richard Di Natale . Pic by James Boddington

Judith Ireland The Lord's Prayer in Federal Parliament is an anachronism, according to Greens senator Richard di Natale, who is calling to have the prayer scrapped.

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Departments of Human Services and Social Services could merge

Liberal backbencher Kevin Andrews

Judith Ireland The federal departments of Human Services and Social Services could be merged into a mega department as part of the Coalition's review of government spending.

Cory Bernardi book The Conservative Revolution earns second printing

Cory Bernardi

Judith Ireland Controversy surrounding Liberal senator Cory Bernardi's new book has spurred it into another print run.

Christopher Pyne appoints critics of school curriculum to review system

Education minister Christopher Pyne

Judith Ireland Education Minister Christopher Pyne has taken the first step towards reforming the national school curriculum, by appointing two staunch critics of the current system to head up a government review.

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Kevin Rudd laughs off tale of sending US dignitary Robert Gates to sleep


Judith Ireland Kevin Rudd can give as good as he gets when it comes to writing history.

David Hurley denies Defence mistreated asylum seekers in boat 'turn back'

L-R: Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley comment on the Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force, during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 22 August 2012.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland, Amilia Rosa Australia's Defence chief has hit back at claims that Navy personnel have mistreated asylum seekers.

Kevin Rudd speech put defence secretary Robert Gates to sleep

US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates delivers a speech on the third day of the Munich conference on Security Policy at Hotel Bayerischer Hof on February 10, 2008 in Munich, Germany. Gates said that Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces in the Pakistan's northwest frontier region pose a direct threat to the Islamabad government. The 44th Munich Conference on Security Policy running from February 8 to 10, 2008 is themed

Judith Ireland Kevin Rudd is famous for his love of a good speech. But it appears not everyone on the world stage is a fan of his addresses.

Tony Abbott defends government's 'closed book' approach to asylum seeker policy

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the Australian cricket team as they celebrate their Ashes Series win with fans at the Sydney Opera House.

Judith Ireland, David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott remains unapologetic about his government's approach to information about asylum seeker boats, saying he would rather be criticised for being ''a bit of a closed book'' and...

Ridicule of detainee who swallowed nail clippers 'completely unacceptable': Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison

Judith Ireland Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has described the actions of guards who reportedly mocked an asylum seeker who self-harmed as ''completely unacceptable''.

Travel warning upgraded after volatile elections in Bangladesh

Bangladesh elections marred by violence (Thumbnail)

Judith Ireland The Foreign Affairs Department has stepped up its travel advice to Bangladesh, warning Australians to ''reconsider'' their need to travel in the wake of volatile elections in the country.

A calm, methodical tribute to the other winners of 2013

Judith Ireland dinkus

Judith Ireland The High-Waisted Pants Award for an idea that seemed like a good one at the time.

Disability pension crackdown draws criticism from welfare advocates


Judith Ireland Disability and welfare advocates have questioned the Abbott government's plans to tighten up the disability support pension, arguing the Coalition is pulling the ''wrong levers'' to get more people...

Disability groups oppose tighter pension rules

Mathias Cormann

Judith Ireland Disability advocates argue Coalition is pulling 'wrong levers' to get more people into jobs.

Gay marriage advocates draw up hit list of MPs

Julie Bishop

Judith Ireland Same-sex marriage advocates have drawn up a hit list of about 70 federal politicians.

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Tim Wilson's appointment as Human Rights Commissioner could see cuts to a program on school bullying

Tim Wilson

Judith Ireland Mr Wilson's salary would have to come out of the commission's current annual $25m budget.

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Julie Bishop says MP group told to stay away from parts of Nauru detention centre to 'maintain calm'

'We stand by our view': Julie Bishop in Beijing.

Judith Ireland Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she did not visit sites where single male asylum seekers are held on Nauru because she was advised it could disrupt the peace.