Judith Ireland is an online political reporter for The National Times, and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland Former Australian Democrats leader Janet Powell has died, aged 71.
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.
Noel Towell and Judith Ireland The public service is expected to rip out $600 million a year from its budget for three years without forced redundancies, according to the federal government.
Judith Ireland Bianca Hall Fiji has delivered a stinging rebuke to the Rudd government over its plans to resettle asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea.
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.
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.
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...
Judith Ireland Concerns are held for another asylum seeker boat, which is believed to be missing off the coast of Cocos Islands.
Judith Ireland Thirteen bodies have been sighted after an asylum seeker boat carrying about 55 people sank near Christmas Island.
Judith Ireland Espionage and politics are what you may call first cousins once removed.
ON THE QT
Judith Ireland You have to feel for Anna Burke. Is there a more tedious job in Australia than being parliamentary Speaker?
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.
Judith Ireland Budget day in Canberra is a time-honoured tradition. It's a festival of lock-ups, leaks and scurrying about.
Judith Ireland A Swedish diplomat who led a rescue operation to save nearly 100,000 Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary has been recognised as the first honorary Australian citizen.
Judith Ireland ''I owe everything to Australia but I owe my life to Raoul Wallenberg,'' said Frank Vajda, recalling the Swedish diplomat, and now first ''honorary Australian citizen'', who saved his life during...
Judith Ireland The director of the Australian War Memorial, Brendan Nelson, is courting corporate and private donors in a bid to see his ambitious plans for the memorial realised.
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.
Judith Ireland Hundreds of thousands of people are endangering their health by the use of wood heaters.
Judith Ireland Health and environment professionals are calling on the federal government to better regulate the use of wood heaters, amid concerns that about a million homes regularly burn wood for heating despite...
Judith Ireland The average school student would be $4000 better off over the next six years, provided the federal government gets an agreement from the states on its long-awaited school education reforms.