Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Abbott government likely to reject Andrew Forrest proposal to expand income management

Judith Ireland The Coalition appears likely to reject a radical proposal that would control how all Australians who receive a working age welfare payment spend their benefits.

Moves to 'sublet' childcare places

Unions say the childcare shortage in the territory is

Judith Ireland and Rachel Browne Parents would be able to sublet their precious childcare places while they are on holiday or on maternity leave under a Productivity Commission idea that has been backed by the Abbott government.

Australian soldiers to back up police in securing Ukrainian site of MH17 crash

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media during a joint press conference with AFP Commissioner Tony Negus after receiving an update on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, at the incident coordination centre at the AFP headquarters in Canberra on Friday 25 July 2014. Photo:

David Wroe and Judith Ireland A small number of Australian soldiers will be deployed to back up police charged with securing the crash site of MH-17 in Ukraine.

Tony Abbott in disaster mode

In short, Tony Abbott has had his first good week for months and months.

Judith Ireland There has been the sense this week that we have been seeing a different side of Tony Abbott.

Eyes betray sombre duty as Tony Abbott focuses energies on MH17 tragedy

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media.

Judith Ireland In another lengthy press conference about the MH17, Tony Abbott's bloodshot eyes betrayed the effort of the days following the disaster.

Governor-General Peter Cosgrove travels to the Netherlands to meet aircraft carrying MH17 victims

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove

Judith Ireland Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is travelling to the Netherlands where he will meet aircraft bringing the victims of the MH17 disaster back from Ukraine.

'I won't be scripted': Jacqui Lambie defends comments about her ideal man

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie

Judith Ireland Palmer United's Jacqui Lambie has declared she ''won't be scripted'' and that being a senator will not change her in the wake of controversy over comments she made about her ideal man.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott dismisses childcare funding advice


Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed a Productivity Commission suggestion that funds be redirected away from his signature paid parental leave scheme and into childcare services, arguing the two...

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Double-standards let Jacqui Lambie off the hook for inappropriate 'well-hung' comments

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie arrives for an interview in the press gallery at Parliament House as a Senator, in Canberra on Thursday 3 July 2014. Photo:

Judith Ireland If a male politician offered a similar opinion to the PUP senator it would be a career-ending offence.

Australian military plane leaves for the Netherlands to return bodies of Australian MH17 victims home

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove after the signing of MH17 condolence book at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 22 July 2014.

David Wroe, Judith Ireland An Australian C-17 military plane is in the air on its way to the Netherlands in preparation to start returning the bodies of Australian victims of the MH17 crash.

Childcare report: Government dismisses Productivity Commission swipe at paid parental leave

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 22 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland The Coalition has dismissed a Productivity Commission suggestion that funds be redirected away from Tony Abbott's paid parental scheme and into childcare services, arguing that the two are "separate...

Tony Abbott hails UN backing for MH17 resolution

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government's push for a full independent investigation into the downing of MH17 over Ukraine has been backed by a unanimous vote UN Security Council, increasing pressure on Russia to...

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Tony Abbott says Ukraine crash site 'shambolic'


James Massola, David Wroe, Judith Ireland Prime Minster Tony Abbott has lashed the ''absolutely shambolic'' situation at the site of the downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, as he dispatched former defence force chief Angus Houston as his...

Russia will support Australia's UN resolution on MH17, if Russia is not blamed: report

Russian ambassador Vladimir Morozov

Judith Ireland Russia will support an Australian-sponsored United Nations Security Council resolution to provide unfettered access to the MH17 crash site and to set up an independent investigation into the...

MH17: Abbott government may declare downing of plane a terrorist attack, triggering payments to families

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland The federal government is considering declaring the MH17 disaster a terrorist attack, which would trigger payments of up to $75,000 to the families of Australian victims.

Tony Abbott's government srsly needs to get a handle on the Senate

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland It was Thursday evening and a weary Senate was deep in the throes of a debate on the mining tax.

Politics Live: July 18, 2014

New Senate

Judith Ireland The Senate and the House sit for a bonus day of Parliament, as the world wakes up to the news that a plane is believed to have been shot down over Ukraine.

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Politics Live: July 17, 2014

Christine Milne in Senate on Thursday.

Judith Ireland It's the last sitting day before a five week break ... or is it? The government is "hopeful" that the carbon tax will be repealed today.

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Politics Live: July 16, 2014

Immigration minister Scott Morrison offered an apology to the Indonesian government over incursions into their sovereign territory during an Operation Sovereign Borders briefing with Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell in Canberra on Friday 17 January 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland The Senate has a big to-do list and the House is thanking its lucky stars it hasn't had its hours extended too.

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Politics Live: July 15, 2014

Labor senator Sam Dastyari.

Judith Ireland The carbon tax is headed to the Senate and financial systems go to the Press Club. Meanwhile, the PM's dining room gets a makeover and public support for same-sex marriage is at an all-time high.

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