Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Tony Abbott has no plan for the economy: Kevin Rudd

Jonathan Swan and Judith Ireland Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will tell the National Press Club on Thursday that Australia's challenges are ''entirely manageable'' and that a debate with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott about economic...

Close to ramming speed as election looms

Julia Gillard

Mark Kenny, Judith Ireland, Heath Aston Labor has placed its organisational wing on a formal campaign footing in preparation for an election as early as next month.

Labor coterie to meet again on preselections

Kevin Rudd

Richard Willingham, Judith Ireland Labor's National Executive will meet again on Thursday to discuss how to handle preselections in key Labor seats, after a raft of Labor MPs announced they would quit politics following the change to...

Batts deaths: Rudd urged to open wallet

Jonathan Swan, Judith Ireland Families of the young men electrocuted in the government's disastrous home insulation scheme have called on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to personally apologise and "open his wallet" to compensate the...

Victims' families call on Rudd to open his wallet

left to right: Justin, Wendy, Brendan and Mitchell.

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Jonathan Swan, Judith Ireland Families of the young men electrocuted in insulation scheme call for compensation.

Rudd's apology on insulation program deaths not enough: Abbott

Kevin Rudd.

Judith Ireland, Tony Moore Kevin Rudd's apology to the families of those killed in the home insulation scandal is not enough, according to the Coalition, who say they will keep pushing the Prime Minister to disclose the...

Evidence is lacking for crackdown on boat arrivals: commissioner

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Judith Ireland and David Wroe Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs has cast doubt on Foreign Minister Bob Carr's claim that a large proportion of recent boat arrivals in Australia are economic migrants.

Rudd rewards backers, Crean departs

Judith Ireland New Prime Minister unveils his new team, as former Labor leader Simon Crean announces he won't be contesting the upcoming election.

Rudd rewards backers, Crean departs

Simon Crean

Judith Ireland New Prime Minister unveils his new team, as former Labor leader Simon Crean announces he won't be contesting the upcoming election.

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Labor facing growing MP exodus

Labor MP Stephen Smith in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 27 June 2013.

Judith Ireland Defence Minister Stephen Smith has announced he will leave politics at the upcoming election, adding to the growing number of senior MPs who are leaving the new-look Labor team under Kevin Rudd.

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Rudd returns as Labor leader, Gillard quits politics

Kevin Rudd

Judith Ireland Kevin Rudd has been re-elected leader of the Labor Party almost three years to the day since he was deposed by Julia Gillard.

Shorten to back Rudd in leadership ballot

Kevin Rudd announces he will challenge Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a leadership ballot on Wednesday night.

Judith Ireland Kevin Rudd has accepted Julia Gillard's challenge to stand for the Labor leadership, paving the way for a showdown on Wednesday night.

Abbott's chief of staff accused of drink-driving

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Judith Ireland Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's chief of staff has been booked for drink-driving.

Calibre of policy tainted by the same old pair of specs

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Judith Ireland The venture was ostensibly about the Coalition’s good deeds and efforts towards the national disability insurance scheme.

Glory be to Gotye, product of our Parliament's largesse

Judith Ireland Gotye's triple Grammy triumph in Los Angeles was what Bob Carr might call a ''big, juicy, decisive win''.

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Not exactly bubbling over at the dreamers' idea of north

Judith Ireland The Coalition's leak-released ''discussion paper'' on moving Australia north, north, north may have been put in the box marked ''crazy'' by the government, but in its defence, a good whacko of ''2030...

Going the distance shaky after a day of northern exposure

Judith Ireland The government has been hassling the opposition to ''show us your policies'' for yonks - a call that is growing only more raucous as September 14 approaches.

Silvered presence of old Bodgie can't ward off the chill in Labor

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke with his personal assistant Jill Saunders at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 6 February 2013 Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland It never rains but it snows. Until this week, federal Labor had been doing an excellent impression of limping into the election year with one hand tied behind its back, but at the least all the...

Lights, curtain, action. They're back to the future, frisky and fiddle fit

Judith Ireland dinkus

Judith Ireland For nine long weeks, the House of Representatives had stood dormant. Just a big, empty theatre, with only the odd inquisitive tourist or disgruntled ghost for company.

Take a leaf out of Julia's book and make so as not to react

Judith Ireland Politicians are experts at reacting to things. If something has happened, they will have an opinion at the very least, maybe even some outrage. Or better still; an actual practical response.