Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Out of touch: Liberal MP Sharman Stone hits back at Coalition colleagues over paid parental leave criticism

Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland, James Massola Liberal MP Sharman Stone has hit back at male Coalition colleagues who have criticised Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme, accusing them of being out of touch with the challenges women face in...

TV networks push for ownership reform as Tony Abbott pays a call on Rupert Murdoch

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his chief-of-staff Peta Credlin arrive in the lobby of Rupert Murdoch's Hyde Park West apartment in New York.

Matthew Knott, Judith Ireland Commercial television networks have leapt on the release of a Department of Communications research paper into Australian media ownership to renew calls for a relaxation of laws on media mergers and...

Media ownership reform call comes as Tony Abbott dines with Rupert Murdoch

Matthew Knott and Judith Ireland Commercial television networks leap on release of a Department of Communications research paper into Australian media ownership to renew calls for a relaxation of laws on media mergers and...

Nationals leader Warren Truss admits PPL details not final

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss

Judith Ireland, James Massola Nationals leader Warren Truss says details of Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme have not been finalised, revealing the government is talking to rural groups about how to ensure farmers can...

Tony Abbott fulfils wish to dine with Rupert Murdoch in New York

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his chief-of-staff Peta Credlin emerge at 10.19pm from the lobby of Rupert Murdoch's apartment in Central Park West, New York after private dinner on Tuesday 10 June 2014.

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott has jogged with firefighters, met Ban Ki-moon and visited the 9/11 memorial.

Malcolm Turnbull saga no Rudd-Gillard situation: period, full stop

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland Last September, the election gave Australia a spanking new government. But nine months on, there is still quite a focus on the last one.

Politics Live: June 5, 2014

Mathias Cormann and Barnaby Joyce's encounter at the doors.

Judith Ireland There's nothing to see here. Malcolm does another radio interview to declare he's best mates with Tony, as the Prime Minister smokes the pipe of peace with SBY.

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Politics Live: June 4, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott plane is delayed.

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott flies out to Indonesia to meet SBY leaving Warren T in charge of Australia. Bob Hawke and John Howard address the press club (re-union!) and Social Services, Education, Foreign Affairs...

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Politics Live: June 3, 2014

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 3 June 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland Canberra thunders with missives from Clive as the fallout from the Turnbolt battle continues. The US steps up its response to climate change ahead of Tony Abbott's meeting with Barack Obama (hmm?).

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Politics Live: June 2, 2014

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston and Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley

Judith Ireland Parliament sits and estimates quizzes. The Department of Health, CSIRO, Fair Work Ombudsman and Defence are all before Senate committees today.

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Tamil refugee dies from petrol burns

Immigration minister Scott Morrison

Patrick Hatch, David Wroe, Judith Ireland A Tamil asylum seeker on a bridging visa has died with burns to 90 per cent of his body after apparently dousing himself in petrol and setting himself on fire in Geelong.

Melbourne University vice-chancellor warns of higher fees impact on poorer students

Professor Glyn Davis

Judith Ireland One of Australia's most senior academics has warned that the federal government's proposed changes to higher education would result in a ''social experiment without precedent in Australia'' as...

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Education Minister Christopher Pyne gets in a muddle over student loans

Christopher Pyne

Judith Ireland Education Minister Christopher Pyne has confused the debate about proposed increases to university fees by appearing to contradict the government's own website over who will be affected by the budget...

Tony Abbott says he is open to 'refining' the GP co-payment policy

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time at Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 29 May 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

David Wroe, Judith Ireland Tony Abbott's hint he is open to "refinement" of his GP co-payment has failed to impress key cross-benchers amid further signs the government will struggle to pass major planks of its budget.

Asylum seeker dies after suffering burns to 90 per cent of his body

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Patrick Hatch, David Wroe, Judith Ireland An asylum seeker on a bridging visa has died after suffering burns to 90 per cent to his body.

Tony Abbott says Malcolm Turnbull isn't after his job

Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott has dismissed the idea that Malcolm Turnbull is going after his job, following a dinner Mr Turnbull shared with Clive Palmer last week that the Prime Minister described as "perfectly...

Bill Shorten wants Frances Abbott, Margie Abbott left out of politics

Judith Ireland "It goes without saying that families should be off limits," Bill Shorten told caucus this week.

Politics Live: May 29, 2014

ASIO Director-General David Irvine appears before a Senate committee hearing for Budget Estimates at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 29 May 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland The Human Rights Commission, SBS, ASIO, NBN Co and the Agriculture Department all front Senate estimates in a fiesta of scrutiny.

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Politics Live: May 28, 2014

Foreign minister Julie Bishop during question time at Parliament House Canberra on Wednesday 28 May 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Estimates rages with the ABC, the Finance Department and the Attorney-General's Department. Meanwhile, the Coalition's Dennis Jensen has had a crack over science funding and is there a change to...

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Politics Live: May 27, 2014

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

Judith Ireland Flys on the wall get ready. Coalition MPs gather for their first party room meeting post-budget. Labor MPs gather also. It's a bumper edition as budget estimates continue.

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