Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Missing votes would have reversed WA result in Senate: Antony Green

Ballot box election vote

Judith Ireland New details of the missing votes in the Western Australian senate election support the result of the first count, which saw the Palmer United Party and Labor elected ahead of the Australian Sports...

Parliament seating plan puts Cathy McGowan next to Clive Palmer

Cathy McGowan

Judith Ireland Clive Palmer and Cathy McGowan may be relative strangers, but they are about to get to know each other really well.

Joe Hockey says Tony Abbott too 'flat out' to talk to media

South Pole Trek. Prime Minister Tony Abbott departs after farewelling two Australian soldiers Pvte Heath Jamieson and Crp Seamus Donaghue by signing their sleds who will race other wounded soldiers to the South Pole.
6th November 2013
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

Judith Ireland, Jonathan Swan Treasurer Joe Hockey defends Tony Abbott's low profile since the September election, saying the Prime Minister is "flat out" running the country.

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Barnaby Joyce won't pay back NRL expenses

Barnaby Joyce.

Judith Ireland Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has defended charging taxpayers more than $5300 for attending three NRL games last year, declaring he will not pay back the funds because the trips were a...

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Joyce won't pay funds back

Barnaby Joyce said his attendance at rugby league games was official business.

Judith Ireland Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has defended charging the taxpayer more than $5300 for attending three NRL games in 2012, declaring he will not be paying the funds back as the trips were a...

Despite industry doubts, Joe Hockey promises power prices will fall

The Treasurer Joe Hockey

Judith Ireland Treasurer Joe Hockey has emphatically declared that electricity prices will drop when the carbon tax is abolished, despite doubts raised by the Australian Industry Group.

Lost votes have 'left doubt' about WA senate result, AEC head admits

Ed Killesteyn

Judith Ireland, Peter Martin The loss of votes in the West Australian senate election had left people with a ''nagging and almost irreconcilable doubt'' about the outcome and damaged the reputation of the Australian Electoral...

Australian ambassador summoned by Indonesia over embassy spy claims

Australian's ambassador to Indonesia, Greg Moriarty

Judith Ireland and Michael Bachelard Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has said that reports the Australian embassy was used to spy on Indonesia were "not cricket," after Australia's ambassador to Indonesia was summonsed by...

Tony Abbott rules out change to Huawei ban

Prime Minster Tony Abbott.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has stamped out speculation that Huawei might be allowed to participate in the National Broadband Network, saying the Coalition has no intention of lifting the government's...

WA Senate recount in turmoil as 1375 votes go missing

Canberra: Senator Eric Abetz and Senator Michael Ronaldson comment on Fair Work Australia and the Craig Thomson credit card scandal, at a press conference at Parliament House today Monday 12 March 2012. ?Photo by Penny Bradfield.


Dan Harrison, Daniel Hurst, Judith Ireland An inquiry has been called after the Australian Electoral Commission revealed 1375 ballot papers are missing from the West Australian Senate recount.

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Clive Palmer wins Fairfax after marathon recount

Clive Palmer

Judith Ireland Clive Palmer has won the hotly contested Queensland seat of Fairfax after a marathon recount was finalised on Thursday.

Coalition election campaign had discipline and we didn't: Labor

George Wright

Judith Ireland A key difference between Labor and the Liberals during the federal election was that the Coalition had discipline in "spades" and the Liberal federal director Brian Loughnane was able to keep Tony...

Power before the future: Greens point finger at Labor over carbon tax repeal reversal

Greens MP Adam Bandt and Greens leader Senator Christine Milne comment on the dental health bill during a doorstop interview at Parliament House in Canberra on  Wednesday 12 September 2012. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland The Greens have accused Labor of coveting power ahead of the wellbeing of future generations as the opposition positions itself to support the repeal of the carbon tax.

Post offices 'not capable' of taking on Centrelink services: Doug Cameron

Australia Post

Judith Ireland Australia Post office would not be up to the task of taking on Centrelink work, according to the opposition, arguing that there was more to the welfare agency's job than simply receiving forms or...

Bill Shorten urges Tony Abbott to expand fire relief payments

A difficult and challenging day (Thumbnail)

Judith Ireland Labor leader Bill Shorten has written to Tony Abbott, calling for the eligibility requirement for relief payments to bushfire victims to be ''urgently'' expanded.

'It's not as if I got the keys': Don Randall justifies Cairns trip

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Tel:    9390 1211 
Fax:    9390 1255 
Email:  joanne.webber@aph.gov.au 
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Jonathan Swan, Judith Ireland Don Randall says he can "sleep well at night" about his taxpayer-funded trip to Cairns, adding that while he visited his investment property "it wasn't as if I got the keys or anything".

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ABC journalist Barrie Cassidy bows to Coalition pressure over unpaid role at Old Parliament House

Barrie Cassidy

Judith Ireland ABC journalist Barrie Cassidy has resigned as chair of the Old Parliament House advisory board, following a call from the Coalition for him to step down from the voluntary position.

Medibank sale process takes first step towards possible budget deal


Judith Ireland The Abbott government has taken the first step towards selling Medibank.

Coalition moves on Medibank sale

Medibank Private

Judith Ireland The Abbott government has taken the first step towards selling Medibank, announcing a scoping study for the sale of the private health insurance company will report back by February next year.

Greg Hunt uses Wikipedia research to dismiss links between climate change and bushfires

al gore

Esther Han, Judith Ireland Environment Minister Greg Hunt has hosed down suggestions of a link between climate change and increased bushfire intensity, saying he had ''looked up what Wikipedia'' said and it was clear that...

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