Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
James Massola, Judith Ireland Two of the strongest Liberal supporters of same-sex marriage have lashed Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's move to introduce same-sex marriage legislation to the parliament next week.
Judith Ireland Is it time to get out the rainbow flag? There's more to this story than meets the eye.
Judith Ireland Sorry is supposed to be the hardest word to say.
Judith Ireland and Gareth Hutchens The majority of states and territories will back the removal of GST from women's sanitary products.
Judith Ireland Labor will back Treasurer Joe Hockey on his mission to convince the states to remove the GST on tampons and other women's sanitary products.
Judith Ireland The Greens will bring forward a Senate debate on the party's marriage equality bill next month, in a bid to stir federal parliament into action on same-sex marriage.
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott's sister, Christine Forster, says the Liberal Party needs to decide whether or not to have a free vote on same-sex marriage by the end of 2015, to prevent the issue from...
Judith Ireland Labor leader Bill Shorten has accused Prime Minister Tony Abbott of "insulting the intelligence" of Australians by refusing the offer any help to the thousands of asylum seekers fleeing Myanmar and...
Judith Ireland Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten should just go and eat some worms. But Abbott should eat more than Shorten.
Judith Ireland They are the group in Federal Parliament who are the key to passing historic reform on same-sex marriage. But despite their potential power, they remain in the closet. Why are they staying quiet?
Judith Ireland Former deputy prime minister Wayne Swan has switched his position on same-sex marriage, conceding he was "wrong" to oppose it, as Federal Parliament moves to be less than a handful of votes away from...
Judith Ireland The government's plan to cut paid parental leave entitlements to about 80,000 new mums is struggling to find support in the Senate, with more than half of the crossbench undecided on or holding...
Judith Ireland More than 100,000 families will lose more than $320 a year with the government's supplement for large families getting the chop in the federal budget.
Mark Kenny and Judith Ireland Tony Abbott says his government's new $3.5 childcare package to flow from 2017 will "change the economics of going to work," for more than a million low and middle income families, transforming the...
Judith Ireland Families earning between $65,000 and $170,000 are set to be about $30 a week better off under the federal government's long-awaited childcare package, in a move that has been hailed by childcare...
Judith Ireland and Matt Wade Almost 80,000 new mums will lose some or all of their government parental leave payments in a move that has been slammed by a key consultant of the PPL scheme as "the mother of all insults".
Judith Ireland The Greens' move might seem funny, but it has a very serious point.
James Massola, Judith Ireland Support among federal Labor MPs for same-sex marriage has surged since 2012 with 78 per cent of MPs now in support of the landmark social reform, up from 53 per cent in 2012.
Judith Ireland Leadership contests in Canberra are like reality cooking shows.
Judith Ireland For Devonport couple Sandra Yates and Lee Bransden , the debate about if, when and how same-sex marriage should happen seems like white noise.