Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Australian Parliament changes rules for babies but working parents still face discrimination

Judith Ireland When MPs came back to Canberra for the start of the parliamentary year, they arrived to an apparently revolutionised institution.

'It's more complex than where you live': Experts downplay regional settlement push

Monash University Professor of Politics and International Relations, specialising in Islam, Indonesia and terrorism, Greg Barton.

Judith Ireland Terrorism and migration experts have warned that radicalisation is "more complex than where you live" in response to a draft cabinet document that suggests refugees should be settled outside of major...

Childcare package so confusing, some parents may give up on childcare: Mission Australia

Judith Ireland The federal government's flagship childcare reforms are so difficult to understand, some parents may give up and pull their children out of care, a Senate inquiry has heard.

Exodus from public to private schools stops

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Matthew Knott, Henrietta Cook, Judith Ireland The long-running exodus from public schools to the non-government sector has halted, with the proportion of Australian students in public schools increasing for the first time in decades.

Gay marriage: Government could ditch plebiscite idea, says Warren Entsch

Warren Entsch describes the Abetz and Bernardi stance as 'extraordinary' and 'bizarre'.

Judith Ireland The Turnbull government could still walk away from its plan to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, Liberal MP Warren Entsch says.

The homeless plight of domestic violence victims: report

Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash sees former UK Tory Prime Minister, Margaret

Judith Ireland Many domestic violence victims face a double struggle, a new study shows.

Same-sex marriage: Labor's Terri Butler pushes to bring on early parliamentary vote

Terri Butler listens as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks on gender equality during question time on Tuesday.

Judith Ireland Labor will try and bring on a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage, with frontbencher Terri Butler planning to move a motion "soon" for a lower house decision on the cross-party marriage equality...

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Nationals electorates reject plebiscite on same-sex marriage

Voters in National Party leader Barnaby Joyce's electorate are largely unimpressed by the prospect of the Coalition's plebiscite plans.

Judith Ireland A survey of three prime Nationals-held electorates shows only one in three voters supports a plebiscite on same-sex marriage. 

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'The most hurtful argument in the marriage equality debate...': Penny Wong

Labor frontbencher Penny Wong has two young daughters with her partner Sophie Allouache.

Judith Ireland Labor frontbencher Penny Wong is used to to hearing arguments against same-sex marriage. But for Australia's most prominent gay politician - one hurts more than others.

Political correctness – a great term to dismiss issues that become too hard or inconvenient

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Judith Ireland It would appear that we are in the grip of an epidemic.

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What the? Australia's latest diversity advocate is a straight, white, male

David Morrison has never pretended to be anything other than a lucky white man.

Judith Ireland You could be forgiven for waking up this morning and thinking perhaps it is not Australia Day, but April Fools instead.

Ex-army chief David Morrison named Australian of the Year for 2016

David Morrison.

Judith Ireland Former army chief David Morrison has been named the 2016 Australian of the Year, in a move that promises to put gender equality and diversity at the top of the national agenda.

Australian of the Year David Morrison delivers Malcolm Turnbull slapdown in first speech

Malcolm Turnbull announcing David Morrison is 2016's Australian of the Year.

Judith Ireland He's famous for his capacity to deliver a slap down. He wasted no time using his acceptance speech at the Australia Day awards to serve up more tough words - this time for the PM.

Rosie Batty's year of grief and opportunity: 'I have been genuinely astounded'

Rosie Batty

Judith Ireland A year ago, when Rosie Batty was named Australian of the Year, she was still reeling with "raw grief" and feared she had only won because of her son's murder.

The Turnbulls take The Lodge, hosting 'housewarming party'

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Lucy Turnbull host a

Judith Ireland Moving house is stressful at the best of times. But at least Malcolm Turnbull has learned where to make tea The Lodge.

Australian of the Year 2016 finalist Elizabeth Broderick's plan for gender equality

Elizabeth Broderick

Judith Ireland Elizabeth Broderick has stormed the boardrooms of Australia asking them to take gender equality seriously.

Joe Hockey says G'day to the USA with a 'snelfie'

Joe Hockey was announced as ambassador to the US in December.

Judith Ireland Joe Hockey has had a very chilly reception in Washington as he starts his new job as Australia's Ambassador to the United States.

Moves to limit overseas travel for pensioners 'discriminatory' say migrant, refugee groups

Vic Guarino

Judith Ireland The Coalition government is under fire from migrant and refugee groups who say a plan to limit the time pensioners can travel overseas before their pension is cut discriminates against Australians...

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There's never been a less exciting public holiday than Australia Day

Is Australia Day the least exciting public holiday?

Judith Ireland Australia Day is our annual festival of cliches and lamb chops. It's also the least exciting public holiday of the year.

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ICAC and Arthur Sinodinos silent on claims he has been 'cleared'

Arthur Sinodinos outside ICAC during its investigation into his dealings with the Australian Water Holdings.

Michaela Whitbourn and Judith Ireland The NSW corruption watchdog says its high-profile inquiry into a company linked to Arthur Sinodinos and other political figures has not yet been completed, amid reports he has been "cleared" of...