Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland is an online political reporter for The National Times, and a columnist for The Canberra Times.

Former Democrats leader Janet Powell dies

Janet Powell as leader of the Australian Democrats.

Judith Ireland Former Australian Democrats leader Janet Powell has died, aged 71.

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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$600m ripped from PS budget

Treasurer Chris Bowen and Finance Minister Senator Penny Wong speak to the media after releasing the Economic Statement, at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday 2 August 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

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.

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Fiji demands a say in 'arrogant' PNG plans

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.

What to give a prince who may have it all? Kevin Rudd gifts bilby enclosure honour

Lester the Bilby.

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.

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Asylum seekers allowed to apply for refugee status

Manus Island camp

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.

Abbott won't quail over Brough hunt

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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...

Concerns as another asylum seeker boat goes missing

The boat on which a group of 46 Iranian asylum seekers spent 10 days between April 27 and May 7.

Judith Ireland Concerns are held for another asylum seeker boat, which is believed to be missing off the coast of Cocos Islands.

Asylum seeker death toll climbs to 13

asylum seekers arriving

Judith Ireland Thirteen bodies have been sighted after an asylum seeker boat carrying about 55 people sank near Christmas Island.

Plot gets murky rather than thickening

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Labor MP Martin Ferguson after he announced his resignation from Parliament.

Judith Ireland Espionage and politics are what you may call first cousins once removed.

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ON THE QT

Good time to listen in naughty corner

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Judith Ireland You have to feel for Anna Burke. Is there a more tedious job in Australia than being parliamentary Speaker?

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Coalition abandons baby bonus

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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.

Nothing doing here mate, move along

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Judith Ireland Budget day in Canberra is a time-honoured tradition. It's a festival of lock-ups, leaks and scurrying about.

Missing Holocaust hero honoured with Australian citizenship

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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.

Australian honour for Holocaust hero

Raoul Wallenberg

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...

Nelson seeks private funds to realise grand plans for memorial

Brendan Nelson

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.

Police swear off Rudd leak case without finding culprit

Screen shot of a Youtube video of Kevin Rudd swearing entitled 'Kevin Rudd is a Happy Little Vegemite'.

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.

Wood heater link to heart, lung diseases

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Judith Ireland Hundreds of thousands of people are endangering their health by the use of wood heaters.

Call for tighter controls on wood-burning heaters

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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...

Gillard lays out the sums on Gonski

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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.