Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Julie Bishop urges Liberal Party to compromise on budget

James Massola, Matthew Knott and Judith Ireland Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop has urged compromise with the Senate crossbench to repeal the mining tax and pass contentious budget measures, citing John Howard's GST compromise.

Domestic violence victims should have paid leave, says ACTU

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21:  ACTU president Ged Kearney posing for a photo outside her office, for an AFR story on successful women lobbyists,  on July 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Luis Ascui/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Judith Ireland Australian workers should be able to take specific paid leave for domestic violence, unions have demanded.

U-turn on marriage a vote-winner

Two of us. Surry Hills. November 5th, 2013. Photo Sahlan Hayes.GW. Same sex couple (left to right) Virginia Edwards and Christine Forster. They met when their sons attended the same pre-school, left their respective husbands to be together and are now engaged.

Judith Ireland Nearly 80 per cent of swing voters support same-sex marriage, according to the Liberal Party's in-house pollster, in findings that will ratchet up pressure on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his...

Advice service fails to woo couples

Kevin Andrews.

Judith Ireland Kevin Andrews' love revolution is a slow burner.

Rupert Murdoch is no 'demented plutocrat', says Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull in question time.

Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has hosed down suggestions he has described Rupert Murdoch as a ‘‘demented plutocrat,’’ arguing the News Corp head is the ‘‘most normal’’ media mogul he knows.

Rupert Murdoch the most normal media tycoon I know, says Malcolm Turnbull

Turnbull

Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed further deregulation of the media industry as he praised media mogul Rupert Murdoch as the ''most normal'' proprietor he knows.

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Tony Abbott accused of breaking promise on pension age

Abbott

James Massola, Anna Patty, Matthew Knott, Judith Ireland The Abbott government is actively considering raising the pension age to 70 and changing indexation arrangements for the payments in the budget.

Women significant victims of cuts: Macklin

Judith Ireland Women will be disproportionately hit by the federal budget's changes to pensions and GP visits, according to Labor Party analysis.

PM proposes truancy officers for indigenous communities

Gareth Hutchens, Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suggested using ''truancy officers'' to ensure that all indigenous children go to school.

Gay marriage advocates draw up hit list of MPs

Judith Ireland Same-sex marriage advocates have drawn up a hit list of about 70 federal politicians.

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PM signals powerful union probe

Peter Cosgrove is announced as the next Governor-General by Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 28 January 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

James Massola Josh Gordon Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott is poised to announce a royal commission with sweeping powers to examine corruption and other crime in the union movement.

Abbott swoops on union graft

Abbott

James Massola, Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott is poised to announce a royal commission with sweeping powers to examine slush funds, corruption and malfeasance in the union movement.

WA electoral commissioner quits after Senate vote bungle

Judith Ireland, James Massola The head of the Australian Electoral Commission, Ed Killesteyn, has quit after the bungled West Australian Senate election.

Former Democrats leader Janet Powell dies

Janet Powell as leader of the Australian Democrats.

Judith Ireland Former Australian Democrats leader Janet Powell has died, aged 71.

Gay slur sparks Gillard boycott of Christian event

Jim Wallace

Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland THE Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has pulled out of speaking at the Australian Christian Lobby's national conference after its leader suggested a homosexual ''lifestyle'' was more hazardous to...

Commission urged to hear prisoner victims of child abuse

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu and Attorney General Robert Clark announced an inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other organisiations at Parliament House, Melbourne. Dr Wayne Chamley from the group Broken Rites had questions for the Premier.

Judith Ireland THE victims support group Broken Rites will call on the federal government to directly contact prison inmates and people on government benefits to make sure they are included in the royal commission...

Inquiry 'needs to include prisoners'

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Judith Ireland Victims support group Broken Rites will be calling on the federal government to directly contact the prison population and people on government benefits, to make sure they are included in the royal...

Navy security review after heist

Navy

David Wroe, Judith Ireland The navy has begun a review of security across its fleet after an intruder broke into a Darwin naval base, overpowered a guard and stole weapons.

Slipper 'faces jail' as dishonesty charges detailed

Speaker of the House Peter Slipper.

Jonathan Swan and Judith Ireland Former speaker Peter Slipper could be jailed if found guilty of a taxpayer-funded tour of top wineries using his government Cabcharge card, legal experts say.

Greens MPs congratulate hoaxer whose deceit triggered sharemarket turmoil

Jonathan Swan, Judith Ireland, Damien Bright THE Greens leader, Senator Christine Milne, has endorsed a controversial hoax by an anti-coal activist, saying his actions were ''part of a long and proud history of civil disobedience, potentially...