Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Row erupts over asylum ad campaign

Immigration Minister Tony Burke.

Judith Ireland The Coalition is calling on the government to immediately pull a taxpayer-funded advertising campaign on its new asylum seeker policy, arguing it is a "scandal" and a breach of the caretaker...

Parties agree to Sunday night debate

Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd.

Judith Ireland, Mark Kenny Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Coalition Leader Tony Abbott will go head to head in an election debate on Sunday at the National Press Club in Canberra.

Labor agrees with Liberals' debate idea, on one condition


Judith Ireland The Labor Party has agreed to the Liberal Party's suggestion of a debate this Sunday at the National Press Club, but only on the condition that the Coalition then accepts the ALP's debate plans for...

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'Humble' Peter Beattie confirms his Labor candidacy for federal seat

Kevin Rudd and Peter Beattie

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has introduced Peter Beattie as the brand new candidate for the seat of Forde, riffing on his own catchphrase: "His name's Peter, he's from Queensland and he's here to help...

Pre-election economic statement out on Tuesday


Judith Ireland The Treasury and Finance Department plans to release the highly-anticipated pre-election economic statement on Tuesday.

Coalition scoffs at Rudd's Murdoch conspiracy theory

Rupert Murdoch,

Judith Ireland and Dan Harrison Opposition Leader Tony Abbott denies ever talking to Rupert Murdoch about the national broadband network.

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Liberal complaints see Labor parody ad removed from YouTube

Manager of Opposition Business Christopher Pyne during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 16 May 2013.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland The Liberal Party has made a copyright complaint against a Labor election video, which has seen the clip taken down by YouTube.

Debating the debate - Labor, Libs can't agree

Tony Abbot and Kevin Rudd

Judith Ireland The stalemate between the major parties over the election debates continues, with the Labor and Liberal camps still proposing different ideas on how the debates should be held.

Election blog - how the day unfolded

Politics live blog

Judith Ireland Buckle up for Day Two of the election campaign. Kevin Rudd starts Tuesday in his homestate of Queensland. Tony Abbott is on the NSW Central Coast.

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Rob Oakeshott regrets failure to make deal on debates

Rob Oakeshott in Port Macquarie. 20.07.2012 Pic by Peter Gleeson

Judith Ireland Outgoing Independent MP Rob Oakeshott has lamented the fact that the 43rd Parliament did not establish an independent body to organise election debates - and remove them from party politicking - as...

Government spends $450m on after hours school care

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd with Education minister Bill Shorten and the Minister for Early Childhood, Childcare and Youth Kate Ellis in Canberra on Monday 5 August 2013. Election 2013 Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland and Daniel Hurst Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced $450 million to improve before and after hours school care in one of his last acts before the Parliament is dissolved and the government goes into caretaker...

Tony Abbott in row over carbon costs at meat factory

Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland and Tony Moore Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has used a visit to a Queensland meatworks plant to outline his plan for scrapping the carbon tax, but Labor has hit back saying the Opposition Leader opposed a grant...

No deals to get power, Abbott says

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Sunday 4 August 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has pledged that he will never lead a minority government.

It's lion king or nothing

Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has pledged that he will never head a minority government should Australian voters deliver a hung parliament again, in a bid to get voters to make a definite choice for...

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Kevin Rudd calls election for September 7

Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called the federal election for September 7.

Rudd deals pave way for poll


Judith Ireland PM signs deal with WA on disability care and with Victoria on schools funding, clearing major hurdles as speculation continues about when he will call the federal election.

Budget deficit blows out to $30b

Treasurer Chris Bowen

Judith Ireland The federal budget deficit has leapt from $18 billion forecast in the May budget to $30.1 billion in 2013-14, as the government grapples with a new revenue write down of $33 billion over the next...

Treasurer confirms plan to balance budget with cigarette tax


Judith Ireland, Mark Kenny Treasurer Chris Bowen has confirmed that the federal government will increase the tax on cigarettes, arguing it will both help return the budget to surplus and stop thousands of Australian smoking.

Younger Rudd volunteers on campaign

 Kevin Rudd

Judith Ireland Work-life balance can be very hard to achieve if you're the Prime Minister. But Kevin Rudd appears to have come up with a solution: bringing his home life to the office.

First asylum seekers arrive in PNG under new plan

Tony Burke.

Bianca Hall, Judith Ireland About 40 people - all single men - have arrived on Manus Island as part of the Rudd Government's Papua New Guinea plan to process and resettle asylum seekers in that country.

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