Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Defence cuts 'not an issue' with US

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.

Gillard prepares ministerial reshuffle

julia gillard

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.

Coalition abandons baby bonus


Jonathan Swan, Judith Ireland An Abbott government would dump the baby bonus entirely - even the reduced, means-tested payments proposed by Labor, shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has said.

High Court denies final bid to extradite war crime suspect

Charles Zentai and his son Ernie Stiener

Judith Ireland, Farah Farouque ALLEGED war criminal Charles Zentai has warded off a final legal bid by the federal government to extradite him to Hungary in connection with the murder of a Jewish teenager in 1944.

Take us to Australia, rescued asylum seekers plead


Michael Bachelard and Judith Ireland Fifty-four asylum seekers plucked alive from the sea yesterday are being transferred to an Indonesian boat mid-ocean and will be returned to the port of Merak today.

Sex offenders may hold senior posts, says defence report


Bianca Hall, Judith Ireland A DAMNING report on sexual abuse in the military has found unprosecuted rapists are likely to remain in senior positions in the armed forces.