Judith Ireland is an online political reporter for The National Times, and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland Irish author and poet Oscar Wilde wrote that ''life imitates art far more than art imitates life'', muses Judith Ireland.
Judith Ireland Earlier this week, Joel Fitzgibbon, the member for Hunter and Jokes A Go-Go, made major fun of the fact that Labor MPs were given talking points.
Judith Ireland There was something almost genteel about the meeting that took place in committee room 1.
Judith Ireland In the bloody wake of the Labor leadership spill in March, Joel Fitzgibbon said it was a time for ''healing''.
Judith Ireland It's a weird old day when Kevin Rudd is standing up, telling the Labor Party to behave itself. I mean, what has Labor come to when, after a bout of mal-discipline, it is the member for Griffith to...
Judith Ireland It is the question that has kept philosophers and first-year arts students awake for centuries: if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
ON THE QT
Judith Ireland You have to feel for Anna Burke. Is there a more tedious job in Australia than being parliamentary Speaker?
Judith Ireland Espionage and politics are what you may call first cousins once removed.
Judith Ireland Budget time always reminds one of The Sound of Music.
Judith Ireland With the baby bonus to be scrapped from next March, there are plenty of Australians wondering what it means for them.
Judith Ireland Look one way and cabinet members are denying or not commenting on reports they are rethinking their support for the Prime Minister.
Judith Ireland The long, low groan you can hear across the country is Australia asking: ''Are we there yet?''
Judith Ireland Once upon a time, a very senior minister held a press conference.
On the QT
Judith Ireland You don't need a PhD in political genius to know federal Labor is in a special kind of trouble right now.
Judith Ireland The Festival of Dubious Decisions is an ad hoc affair. It's not tied to any particular date, season or location.
Judith Ireland You can picture the scene. A new day has just dawned in the national capital. The Prime Minister has barely opened an eye - not even had time for a cup of tea - as an adviser hovers nervously: ''PM,...
On the QT
Judith Ireland If you're a political leader in a precarious position, it can be hard to know what to do.
Judith Ireland A hot air balloon crashes into the side of Wayne Swan's department, Canberrans look around, befuddled.
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?
Judith Ireland Coalition MP Andrew Laming has shaken and stirred controversy with his recent tweet, asking if rioters in Logan had done a "day's work".