Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

2013: The year when politicians earned rich rewards or got their just desserts

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd speaks as his wife Therese Rein listens at a Labor Party function in Brisbane.

Judith Ireland Three prime ministers, 4 and a half Labor leaders (if you count Chris Bowen and Albo), one very big election and three Labor leadership votes.

Gay slur sparks Gillard boycott of Christian event

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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...

Gillard likely to miss all of this week

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Judith Ireland Prime Minister Julia Gillard is likely to be absent from Parliament for the rest of the week as she grieves for her father, John Gillard, 83, who died at the weekend.

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The storm passes but Tony still dives in

Judith Ireland Yesterday, Julia Gillard was crowned a political ''badass'' by the international media - a leader who could teach the world a lesson or two about misogyny.

Soldier dies of truck crash injuries

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Dylan Welch and Judith Ireland A soldier has died as a result of a truck crash at a Sydney army barracks earlier this week, as New South Wales police and Defence continue to probe the cause of the accident.

No comment from leaders as dictionary ventures into the political spotlight

Judith Ireland The quiet and usually obscure world of dictionary publishing was thrust into the political spotlight yesterday when it was revealed The Macquarie Dictionary was changing its definition of misogyny.

Dictionary redefines new-look misogyny

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Judith Ireland THE quiet and usually obscure world of dictionary publishing was thrust into the political spotlight yesterday when it was revealed the Macquarie Dictionary was changing its definition of misogyny.

Defence cuts 'not an issue' with US

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Judith Ireland Defence Minister Stephen Smith has dismissed claims that the Obama administration is worried about Australia's recent defence budget cuts, saying US officials have not raised such concerns with him.

Next generation embrace the Anzac spirit

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Judith Ireland JAMIE BAILEY makes the trip to the Australian War Memorial each year for Remembrance Day.

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...

UN funds axed to help refugees

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr speaks during a media conference in Colombo December 17, 2012. Carr is on a three-day visit to the Island. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: POLITICS)

Lenore Taylor, Judith Ireland Australia's contributions to United Nations humanitarian and development bodies will be cut by $20 million this year to pay for food and housing for asylum seekers in Australia, just months after...

Iemma in frame as McClelland decides to bring down curtain

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Daniel Hurst, Sean Nicholls, Judith Ireland THE former federal attorney-general and prominent Kevin Rudd supporter Robert McClelland is to retire from federal politics.

All the better to see the opposition with

Prime Minister Julia Gillard addresses the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra on Wednesday 30 January 2013.

Judith Ireland, Shelly Horton WHEN the Prime Minister took to the stage at the National Press Club on Wednesday, the nation buzzed with excitement.

Parliament's little games so taxing for the PM

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Treasurer Wayne.

Judith Ireland Pope Benedict XVI's decision to step away from the Popemobile was met with surprise as well as understanding around the world. If one can't retire at 85, how could there possibly be a God?

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Ending ALP waste will finance tax cuts - Hockey

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 5 February 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland The Coalition has hit back at Labor claims that families would pay higher income tax and lose payments worth thousands of dollars a year under an Abbott government, saying the ''reality is the...

Decline in 457 visa abuse casts doubt on crackdown

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Daniel Hurst, Judith Ireland The number of employers found to have abused the foreign worker visa program has steadily declined over the past three years, casting serious doubts about the rationale behind the Gillard...

Gillard prepares ministerial reshuffle

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Julia Gillard is working on major changes to her ministerial line up but won't confirm if more firings are imminent.

Flood of tales for abuse inquiry

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Judith Ireland Victims groups are bracing for a flood of people wanting to give evidence about child sexual abuse, as the royal commission holds its first sitting in Melbourne this week.

Police swear off Rudd leak case without finding culprit

Screen shot of a Youtube video of Kevin Rudd swearing entitled 'Kevin Rudd is a Happy Little Vegemite'.

Judith Ireland The mystery of who leaked the video of a swearing Kevin Rudd looks likely to remain unsolved, with the Australian Federal Police closing the case without identifying a culprit.

Missing Holocaust hero honoured with Australian citizenship

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Judith Ireland A Swedish diplomat who led a rescue operation to save nearly 100,000 Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary has been recognised as the first honorary Australian citizen.