Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Missing Holocaust hero honoured with Australian citizenship

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

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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

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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.

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.

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...

Joyce to challenge Windsor

Judith Ireland Queensland senator Barnaby Joyce has been preselected as the Nationals candidate for the seat of New England, setting up a battle with independent MP Tony Windsor and potentially paving the way for...

University sector to be hit in Gonski reforms

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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.

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

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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.

Gillard prepares ministerial reshuffle

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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.

Decline in 457 visa abuse casts doubt on crackdown

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...

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...

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.

Army probe into Afghan 'incident' after claims that two children died

Judith Ireland and Deborah Snow THE International Security Assistance Force in Kabul has confirmed that it is investigating ''possible allegations of civilian casualties'' involving Australian forces in Afghanistan.

Future Fund gives the flick to tobacco shares

Judith Ireland, Dan Harrison THE Future Fund will drop tobacco producers from its investment portfolio.

Parliament's little games so taxing for the PM

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Treasurer Wayne.

Judith Ireland Pope Benedict XVI's decision to step away from the Popemobile was met with surprise as well as understanding around the world. If one can't retire at 85, how could there possibly be a God?

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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.

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.