Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Cautious Rudd cool on election call

Judith Ireland, Mark Kenny Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has hinted that he is not about to call an election off the back of the latest poll, which puts Labor on equal footing with the Coalition.

Greens' tax policies would raise $43b: budget office

Greens party logo.

Judith Ireland As Christine Milne launches the party's national policy platform, the budget office costs the party's figures.

Slipper gets some federal funds for costs


Judith Ireland The federal government has agreed to pay some of the legal costs incurred by former Speaker Peter Slipper's defence of civil proceedings brought by his former staffer James Ashby.

Preselection pow-wow delayed

Kevin Rudd

Judith Ireland Labor's national executive has put off its meeting to discuss how to handle the pre-selections for key Labor seats.

Absent Abbott fair game for PM

Tony Abbott tour the  Jeld- Wen factory in Rowville.  10th of July 2013 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Jonathan Swan, Judith Ireland Rudd uses his first major speech since returning as PM to frame Abbott as a doomsday prophesier.

Rudd casts doubt on diplomat's Lalor bid

The Age News
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Potential Labor preselection candidate for Julia Gillards seat, Lisa Clutterham.

Judith Ireland and Clay Lucas Prime Minister Kevin Rudd appears to have cast doubt on the candidacy of diplomat Lisa Clutterham for preselection in Julia Gillard's safe Labor seat of Lalor, in Melbourne south-western suburbs.

Tony Abbott has no plan for the economy: Kevin Rudd

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd during a press conference with Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

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.

Wendy.  Story by Thomas Arup.  pic supplied.  THE AGE 11th February 2010

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

Peta Credlin

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

Judith Ireland dinkus

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