Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Greens senators rally around Christine Milne

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Judith Ireland Greens senators have come out in support of Greens leader Christine Milne, backing her leadership and saying it is understandable for staff to leave following an election.

Anthony Albanese is an 'intellectual lightweight': Mark Latham


Judith Ireland Labor may be insisting that its days of personal attacks and bitter infighting over leadership are behind it, but it appears that Mark Latham did not get the memo.

Button up: Abbott to keep ministers in check

Tony Abbott.

Heath Aston, Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott admits that he has ordered all ministers contact his office before speaking to the media, saying his government needs to speak with a ‘‘united voice’’.

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Labor hits out at Coalition secrecy as reports emerge of boat arrival in Darwin

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Judith Ireland Labor has seized upon reports of a boat arriving in Darwin, accusing Immigration Minister Scott Morrison of going into hiding on the issue of asylum seekers.

Julia Gillard says she'll pursue education and women's issues in life after politics

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Judith Ireland Julia Gillard has given her first known interview since losing the Labor leadership in June, in which she says she will be pursuing education and women's issues on the global stage.

Gillard's first interview: says she'll pursue education and women's issues in life after politics

Judith Ireland Julia Gillard has given her first known interview since losing the Labor leadership in June, in which she says she will be pursuing education and women's issues on the global stage.

Greens push to use Senate powers to reveal boat arrival secrets

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 31 July 2013.

Judith Ireland The Greens will seek to force the Coalition government to reveal timely information about boat arrivals and boats turned back when Parliament resumes, arguing Australians have a right to know what is...

Christmas Island residents 'will tell the world' about asylum seeker arrivals: union leader

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Judith Ireland, Peter Martin, Daniel Hurst New Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has refused to commit to telling Australians how successful the Coalition government is in implementing its key election pledge to safely turn asylum seeker...

No surprise Abbott's crew is light on women


Judith Ireland There was something genteel about the ceremony that took place at Yarralumla on Wednesday.

Abbott criticised by both sides over lack of senior women in government

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Judith Ireland Former Labor minister Tanya Plibersek has dismissed Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision to move the Office for Women into his own department, saying it does not matter where the office is located...

Union leader Paul Howes steps away from any Senate vacancy

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Judith Ireland Union boss Paul Howes has removed himself from the running for a NSW senate spot that Labor expects will be made vacant by former foreign minister Bob Carr, saying he does not want a destructive and...

Electoral council urges preparation for 'inevitable' end to paper ballots

Senate ballot paper at 2013 election booths.

Judith Ireland The Electoral Council of Australia and New Zealand has recommended that Australian electoral commissions increase their focus on electronic and internet voting, in preparation for the day when paper...

'Not a selfie among us': Tony Abbott and his team are sworn-in

Tony Abbott is sworn in as Australia's 28th Prime Minister by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Judith Ireland He may have waited more than a week, but Tony Abbott is now officially Australia's 28th Prime Minister.

ALP gives new members a say in leadership

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Heath Aston, Judith Ireland Labor has moved to ensure the largest possible pool of rank and file members gets a say.

Labor leader to be announced on October 13

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Judith Ireland The Labor Party will be without an official leader until October 13.

Tony Abbott names his new ministry


Judith Ireland Prime minister-elect Tony Abbott has named his first ministry, with promotions for Mathias Cormann, Michaelia Cash, Fiona Nash and Marise Payne, but few big surprises.

Leadership rivals heap love on one another


Judith Ireland If there's one thing that every Labor MP agreed on in the wake of last week's mega fail of an election campaign, it was that they had to stop talking about themselves.

Tony Abbott tells Coalition MPs to savour win 'briefly' with challenges ahead

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott during the coalition joint party meeting, at Parliament House in Canberra, on Friday 13 September 2013.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister elect Tony Abbott has addressed Coalition MPs in Canberra for the first time since winning the federal election, telling colleagues to only ''briefly'' savour the moment before getting...

Liberals on course in four close seats

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Daniel Hurst, Judith Ireland The Liberals are edging ahead in four out of five close seats - all Labor-held - as counting in the federal election continues.

Bill Shorten nominates for Labor leadership

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Jonathan Swan and Judith Ireland Bill Shorten has confirmed he will nominate himself for the leadership of the federal parliamentary Labor Party.