Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

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...

Budget cuts force Australian Youth Affairs group to close

Senator Scott Ryan is sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary for Education by Governor-General Quentin Bryce at Government House in Canberra on Wednesday 18 September 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland The national peak body for youth affairs will close its office doors at the end of June after its funding was stripped in the federal budget, with the Coalition government arguing a single body is...

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.

Just take any job, Keith Andrews tells young unemployed

Unemployment

Judith Ireland Australia's welfare system will be transformed to ''simplify'' about 50 different government payments, Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has reaffirmed, less than a fortnight after sweeping...

Education Minister Christopher Pyne gets in a muddle over student loans

Christopher Pyne

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...

Aussies bid at the last minute for Gallipoli centenary

Australians and New Zealanders sleep outside before a ceremony marking the 98th anniversary of Anzac Day at Anzac Cove, in western Canakkale, on April 25, 2013. Anzac Day is observed as a day of remembrance in New Zealand and Australia on April 25, the anniversary of the ill-fated landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in modern-day Turkey in World War I. AFP PHOTO/STR

Judith Ireland Australians are enthusiastic about commemorating the Anzac centenary, but they also appear to be fond of leaving things until the last minute.

Thousands make last-minute decision to go for Anzac centenary tickets

Judith Ireland Australians are enthusiastic about commemorating the Anzac Day centenary but they also appear to be fond of leaving things until the last minute.

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 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 won't rule out changes to seniors health card eligibility

Abbott

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...

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.

PNG policy working despite more boats: Burke

The sinking of the SIEV 358 asylum seeker boat last year.

James Robertson, Judith Ireland Immigration Minister Tony Burke says the government's PNG resettlement policy is working, despite recent boat arrivals including one in which five people are believed to have drowned on Tuesday.

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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.

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.

Disability groups oppose tighter pension rules

Mathias Cormann

Judith Ireland Disability advocates argue Coalition is pulling 'wrong levers' to get more people into jobs.

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.

Education: Christopher Pyne's move to review curriculum dubbed a political stunt

Education minister Christopher Pyne

Josephine Tovey, Judith Ireland Education Minister Christopher Pyne's decision to review the national education curriculum is an attempt to score ''cheap political points'' and ignores years of work to draft the existing document,...