Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland is an online political reporter for The National Times, and a columnist for The Canberra Times.

What to give a prince who may have it all? Kevin Rudd gifts bilby enclosure honour

Lester the Bilby.

Judith Ireland Kevin Rudd has upped the ante on the Royal gift front, announcing the new ''bub'' will not only get a toy bilby but a free pass to Taronga Zoo, among other acts to honour his birth.

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Australians lack empathy for plight of asylum seekers

Judith Ireland Former governor-general William Deane has asked Australians to have more understanding and compassion for asylum seekers who risk their lives to come to Australia.

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.

Asylum seekers allowed to apply for refugee status

Manus Island camp

Michael Gordon, David Wroe, Judith Ireland The Rudd government will begin processing the refugee claims of more than 22,000 asylum seekers who arrived by boat since the resumption of offshore processing last year.

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.

Plot gets murky rather than thickening

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Labor MP Martin Ferguson after he announced his resignation from Parliament.

Judith Ireland Espionage and politics are what you may call first cousins once removed.

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Abbott won't quail over Brough hunt

291111- Opposition leader Tony Abbott with the shadow treasurer Joe Hockey and his minister for finance and deregulation Andrew Robb at The Federal Parliament office in Sydney giving a press conference in relation to the OECD announcement overnight on the global economy. SMH NEWS Photo: Domino Postiglione

Judith Ireland Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is standing by Liberal candidate Mal Brough, despite calls for the former Howard minister to be disendorsed after his fund-raiser used a menu that made lewd jokes about...

Iemma in frame as McClelland decides to bring down curtain

Morris Iemma

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

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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Gillard prepares ministerial reshuffle

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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.

Speakers say it best when they say nothing at all … in theory

Judith Ireland It is a great irony of Australian politics that the Speaker should theoretically be seen and not heard. Or at least only heard a little bit.

Massacre outrage: envoys expelled

Daniel Flitton, Judith Ireland Australia has joined an international diplomatic offensive to protest against the Syrian regime's brutal crackdown on civilians, delivering a 72-hour ultimatum for the country's top envoy to leave...

Rudd rolls around again to spoil Gillard's homecoming

Kevin Rudd

Judith Ireland After a week away - summiteering in exotic places - Julia Gillard was back in town yesterday. Ready for her close-up.

Pyne has 'no friends on other side'

Christopher Pyne

Judith Ireland Federal Coalition frontbencher Christopher Pyne says he doesn't have any friends on the other side of politics.

Gillard's hold: Labor MPs nervous, says minister

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Jessica Wright and Judith Ireland Labor frontbencher Stephen Conroy has confirmed Labor MPs are "nervous" as senior government ministers rallied for the third day around the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, who is reported to be losing...

'Prima donna' Rudd doesn't mention the war

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Judith Ireland Kevin Rudd has taken the moral high ground in the war of words over his leadership chances. Speaking in Queensland this afternoon, the Foreign Minister had nothing but praise for Simon Crean, who...

Recycled Rudd wouldn't surprise me, says Katter

Judith Ireland Bob Katter says he wouldn't be surprised if Kevin Rudd became Prime Minister again.

A content Therese Rein happy in her job - just like Kevin

Judith Ireland Therese Rein is happy doing what she's doing — just like her husband Kevin Rudd.

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Pollies' hyperbole is no mall matter

Judith Ireland The Hyperbole is a Canberra institution. Not because it's the biggest place to shop in Tuggeranong but because it's the lifeblood of the political day.

Angry little Vegemite's prima donna effort

Judith Ireland For almost 18 months, Kevin Rudd has grinned that mile-wide grin of his and borne it.