Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

The Pulse: June 19, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Immigration minister Scott Morrison during a press conference in Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 19 June  2014.

Judith Ireland School chaplains are up at the High Court and Arab ambassadors meet Julie Bishop over the East Jerusalem situation. It's Thursday in Canberra where it is still super foggy.

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Politics Live: June 18, 2014

Julie Bishop unveils foreign aid shake-up (Thumbnail)

Judith Ireland It's Julie Bishop day in Canberra. The Foreign Minister is due to give not one, but three speeches. Meanwhile, Canberra is so foggy we can barely see the keyboard as we type.

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Politics Live: June 17, 2014

Health Minister Peter Dutton

Judith Ireland Party rooms meet, a fresh poll flings more numbers at politics and a court case looms over the Christmas Island disaster. It's Tuesday in Canberra.

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Senator threatens to cross the floor on debt levy vote

Senator Ian Macdonald

James Massola, Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces parliamentary dissent on a new front after two senior Liberal senators signalled they will not support the government's new deficit levy in the Senate.

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Politics Live: June 16, 2014

PM Abbott in question time on Monday.

Judith Ireland The Prime Minister is back and so is parliament! Tony Abbott has touched down in Canberra as the Senate begins its last sitting fortnight before the big changeover on July 1. It's demo-crazy.

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'Conservationist' Abbott links himself with Obama on climate change

Prime Minister Tony Abbott met with President Barack Obama.

Mark Kenny, Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described himself as a ''conservationist'' who has no disagreement with President Barack Obama on climate change.

Budget anniversary is not a happy one

Judith Ireland The budget celebrated a significant milestone on Friday. It turned one month old.

Grandparents raising grandchildren 'falling through the gaps' on services: Human Rights Commission

Judith Ireland Grandparents who are raising their grandchildren need greater help to access government payments, legal aid and other support services, says the Human Rights Commission, who fears that the group is...

I am a conservationist: Tony Abbott says no friction with Barack Obama on climate change action

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Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described himself as as ''conservationist'' who has no disagreement with US President Barack Obama on the subject of climate change.

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Tony Abbott won't rule out following US military into Iraq as civil war threatens

Prime Minister Tony Abbott trained with Wounded Warriors veterans on the Mall in Washington.

Judith Ireland, David Wroe and Nick O'Malley Prime Minister Tony Abbott has not ruled out potential Australian military action in Iraq describing the situation there as "disastrous".

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Minister Kevin Andrews pledges no gags on welfare payment changes

Kevin Andrews

Peter Martin and Judith Ireland The government has promised not to gag the welfare sector as it has outlined plans to shrink the number of payments and supplements from 75 to as few as four.

Human Rights Commission to spread extra load after Disability Commissioner's departure

Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes.

Judith Ireland There will be a group effort at the Human Rights Commission to compensate for the loss of its disability commissioner, with the remaining commissioners all taking on disability work when Graeme Innes...

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews flags move to streamline welfare payments

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Judith Ireland Australia's welfare system could be radically overhauled to cut down the number of payments and supplements from 75 to as few as four, Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has said.

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

Liberal MP Sharman Stone

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...

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Media ownership reform call comes as Tony Abbott dines with 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 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...

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

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...

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

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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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