Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Thousands to lose Disability Support Pension under changes flagged by government

Judith Ireland The first stage of a major federal government overhaul of welfare payments has suggested that only people with a permanent disability receive the Disability Support Pension and has questioned the age...

How do you solve a problem like Clive Palmer?

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Judith Ireland As Clive Palmer waltzed off the stage in the Great Hall, refusing to take questions, there was only one word to describe the feeling: dirty.

Liberals celebrate as carbon tax repeal passes lower house

Environment Minister Greg Hunt congratulated by colleagues after Carbon Tax Repeal Bills pass the lower House at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 26 June 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mark Kenny, Judith Ireland The most politically costly reform in politics in decades is to end with the Senate preparing to wind up Labor's carbon tax and scrap the automatic move to a market-based trading scheme from next...

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Politics Live: June 26, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is greeted by AFP Commissioner Tony Negus on his arrival for the swearing-in ceremony of new AFP officers at the AFP College in Canberra on Thursday 26 June 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland The current Senate sits for its last day as Canberra experiences a collective whoa over Palmer, Gore and what Parliament will do about climate change.

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Politics Live: June 25, 2014

Rainbow over Canberra

Judith Ireland The US Ambassador is at the Press Club as the budget debate continues in earnest up at Parliament. Did you know there is $25 billion hole in the big B?

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Politics Live: June 24, 2014

Sherif Bedeir from the Egyptian embassy departs DFAT after his meeting

Judith Ireland Canberra reels as Peter Greste gets seven years and Australia's "feeble" bid to wind back protection of Tasmanian forests is knocked back.

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Politics Live: June 23, 2014

Wayne Swan in question time.

Judith Ireland The government is stopping the boats AND the jihadists as another poll lands in Canberra. Meanwhile, the carbon tax is re-introduced to Parliament as the current Senate has its last ever sitting week.

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Get the ball rolling out of the ball and into question time

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Judith Ireland The Press Gallery’s Mid Winter Ball has bit of a habit for making headlines for the wrong reasons.

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


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...