Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Budget cuts force Australian Youth Affairs group to close

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...

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

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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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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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Soldier dies of truck crash injuries

Sapper Jordan Ronald Penpraze

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.

Proposed law leaves intersex 'vulnerable'

Picture of Gina Wilson who is president of Organistion Intersex International Australia. She is a long time intersex advocate. For story by Judith Ireland. Picture by Dean Sewell.

Judith Ireland THE federal government's proposed anti-discrimination laws leave intersex people vulnerable to discrimination, advocates say.

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.

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.

Two customs officers arrested in latest drug sting

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Judith Ireland Two customs officers have been arrested by the Australian Federal Police for allegedly importing pseudoephedrine through Sydney Airport.

Libs give leading fund-raiser water board role

Nicholas Anthony Di Girolamo from Australian Water Holdings, outside his home in Henley, Sydney.14th December 2012Photo: Wolter PeetersThe Sydney Morning Herald

Sean Nicholls, Linton Besser, Judith Ireland A PROMINENT Liberal Party figure known for his fund-raising prowess, Nick di Girolamo, was appointed to a $100,000 position on the board of a state-owned corporation by the NSW government last year.

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

Julia Gillard

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...

Abuse inquiry draws out victims

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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.

Flood of tales for abuse inquiry

Child abuse.

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.

University sector to be hit in Gonski reforms

Craig Emerson

Judith Ireland The federal government has announced $2.8 billion worth of cuts to the university sector in order to free up funds for its Gonski school reforms.

Hawke's beer swilling trumps sports funding, Gillard laments

Hawke, beer and Aussie culture (Thumbnail)

Judith Ireland Former prime minister Bob Hawke may have the answer to current Prime Minister Julia Gillard's political woes: drink more beer.

Asylum seeker stalemate continues despite Malaysia tragedy

Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison.

Judith Ireland The latest boat disaster has done nothing to change the stalemate between the government and opposition on asylum seekers.

'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...

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.

Report slams union bosses for failures

Jessica Wright, Judith Ireland Health Services Union leader Jeff Jackson used union funds to pay for flights for his assistant and their partners to the wedding of one of their organisers, a damning Fair Work Australia report has...