Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Sussan Ley: Childcare fees up 50% under Labor

Judith Ireland The Coalition has seized on new figures that show the hourly cost of long day care has increased by 50 per cent since 2007, blaming the rise on the Rudd-Gillard governments.

Aid and Abetz: Coalition defends taxpayer funding of Cadbury

ELECTION 2013: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott during his visit to the Cadbury factory in Hobart, Tasmania, on Wednesday 28 August 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland Employment Minister Eric Abetz has defended the Coalition's decision to provide chocolate company Cadbury with $16 million of taxpayers' money in the wake of its rejection of SPC Ardmona's bid for...

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There's no harm in Andrew Laming's handstand beer stunt


Judith Ireland Andrew Laming is many things. He's a former GP, ophthalmologist, Harvard graduate and qualified personal trainer.

Politics live: Scott Morrison and top brass face Senate inquiry

Scott Morrison minister for Immigration and Border Protection appeared before a Senate Committee hearing with Chief Of The Defence Force General David Hurley and Joint Agency Taskforce Lieutenant General Angus Campbell at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday 31 January 2014 Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Hell hath no fury like a Senate scorned. Operation Sovereign Borders faces off with a Senate committee over just how much information should be released about the federal government's "stop the...

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Scott Morrison to appear before Senate inquiry, but refuses to budge on asylum seeker policy

Scott Morrison.

Judith Ireland, Jonathan Swan Immigration Minister Scott Morrison will appear before a Senate inquiry on Friday, as he continues to defend the federal government's approach towards asylum seeker boats.

SPC Ardmona: PM rejects request for help

James Massola, Judith Ireland, Jonathan Swan Prime Minister Tony Abbott hardened his stance on government assistance to business, rejecting SPC Ardmona's request for a $25 million co-investment in the fruit grower and calling on the company to...

3000 jobs at risk as Abbott cans SPC aid

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

James Massola, Judith Ireland and Jonathan Swan Prime Minister hardens stance on government assistance to business, rejecting SPC Ardmona's request for a $25m co-investment in the fruit processor.

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Cabinet rejects SPC Ardmona's bid for $25 million assistance

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James Massola, Jonathan Swan, Judith Ireland, Georgia Wilkins SPC Ardmona's bid for $25 million in federal government assistance has been rejected by the federal cabinet.

'What goes around comes around': Kevin Andrews says ABC should be open to criticism

Kevin Andrews

Judith Ireland, Heath Aston Coalition frontbencher Kevin Andrews has defended the Prime Minister's comments about the ABC, arguing the national broadcaster should be open to ''constructive criticism'' about its performance.

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Barnaby Joyce pledges to fight for SPC assistance

Dr Sharman Stone at SPC/Ardmona plant Shepparton

James Massola, Judith Ireland Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce has vowed to fight for a $25 million lifeline to be thrown to food producer SPC Ardmona in Tony Abbott’s first full cabinet meeting of 2014.

Malcolm Turnbull defends ABC after Tony Abbott's attack


Heath Aston, Rick Feneley, Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has strongly defended the ABC's editorial independence in the face of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's attack on the national broadcaster, which he says...

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Tony Abbott blasts national broadcaster: ABC takes 'everyone's side but Australia's'

Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has berated ABC News, arguing that it is taking ''everyone's side but Australia's'' and that journalists should give the Navy the ''benefit of the doubt'' when it comes to...

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John Howard says Tony Abbott's team not a carry-over from his years: He is his 'own man'

Tony Abbott and John Howard

Judith Ireland Former prime minister John Howard has defended his successor, Tony Abbott, arguing that the new Coalition government is ''not some carry-over'' of the Howard years.

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Abbott swoops on union graft


James Massola, Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott is poised to announce a royal commission with sweeping powers to examine slush funds, corruption and malfeasance in the union movement.

PM signals powerful union probe

Peter Cosgrove is announced as the next Governor-General by Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 28 January 2014.
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James Massola, Josh Gordon and Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott is poised to announce a royal commission with sweeping powers to examine corruption and other crime in the union movement.

General Peter Cosgrove named Australia’s next governor-general

General Peter Cosgrove was announced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as the next Governor-General of Australia.

Judith Ireland Former Defence chief Peter Cosgrove has been named as Australia's next governor-general.

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Tony Abbott flags royal commission into union corruption

Amin Fakhri.

James Massola, Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given the clearest signal yet his government will launch a royal commission and broaden the scope of the inquiry to examine union malfeasance and corruption.

Employment ACTU attacks ‘extreme plans’

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James Massola and Judith Ireland Australia’s peak union group will launch a national campaign on Tuesday targeting the Abbott government’s ‘extreme’ plans to privatise government services and assets, cut public sector jobs and its...

Focus on young jobless in Abbott government's 'enhanced' work for the dole

ACTU president Ged Kearney.

Judith Ireland, James Massola The ACTU has lashed the federal government for planning an “enhanced” work-for-the-dole program, warning Holden workers facing the loss of their job could end up picking garbage.

'We will determine who comes to our nation': Nauru President Baron Waqa echoes John Howard in defending judicial decisions

President of the Republicof Nauru Baron Waqa

Judith Ireland Nauru President Baron Waqa has issued a fierce rebuttal against claims his country has abandoned the rule of law, saying ''we will determine who comes to our nation''.