Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Tony Abbott accused of breaking promise on pension age

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.

Tony Abbott won't rule out changes to seniors health card eligibility

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Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reaffirmed the Coalition's commitment to increasing the income threshold for the seniors health card, but will not be drawn on other changes to the card's eligibility...

ACOSS call for single welfare payment to cover 'life essentials'

Judith Ireland The welfare system should be radically overhauled to replace all working-age payments and pensions with a single basic payment that would cover "life's essentials," according to the country's peak...

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First Australians from MH17 identified, on their way home

Judith Ireland The family of the first Australian victims of the MH17 tragedy to be identified said they looked forward to Mary and Gerry Menke coming home.

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.

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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...

Abbott decries 'shambolic' site conditions

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James Massola, David Wroe, Judith Ireland Prime Minster Tony Abbott has lashed the ''absolutely shambolic'' situation at the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, as he dispatched former defence force chief Angus Houston as his...

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.

Education Minister Christopher Pyne gets in a muddle over student loans

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Judith Ireland Education Minister Christopher Pyne has confused the debate about proposed increases to university fees by appearing to contradict the government's own website over who will be affected by the budget...

TV networks push for ownership reform

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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...

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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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.

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

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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.

Mistakes by sailors blamed for breach of Indonesian water

David Wroe, Judith Ireland Senior navy officers and customs officials face possible disciplinary action over six incursions into Indonesian waters while turning back asylum-seeker boats under the government's border protection...

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

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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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Government limiting recovery funds 'heartless'

Judith Ireland People cut off from their homes or without electricity not eligible in first round of disaster payments.

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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.

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.