Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Senate to investigate looming shortfall in aged care workers

Judith Ireland A looming shortfall in Australia's aged care sector has prompted a Senate inquiry into the future of the workforce.

Labor reaches peak hypocrisy over government attack

Judith Ireland Labor has been making much of revelations about the Liberal leadership spill, but there's a good reason why their attacks are falling flat.

'I didn't have the nerve to tell them': When Cory Bernardi thought he'd killed John Howard

Kitchen Cabinet's Annabel Crabb and Liberal senator Cory Bernardi.

Judith Ireland In the aftermath of John Howard's 1996 election victory, there was one ambitious young member of the Liberal party who was worrying, not celebrating.

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Government backs down on family payment cut to grandparents

Grandparent carers will receive more generous allowances under a Turnbull government backdown.

Judith Ireland The Turnbull government has backed down slightly on its family payments package, announcing more generous allowances for grandparent carers and single parents over 60 than previously proposed.

'Sometimes the coroners are our biographers': It's time for Australia to act

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Judith Ireland With each story of abuse and neglect, they placed a rose on the table in front of them.

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Government leaves door open to royal commission on disability abuse

Social Services minister Christian Porter.

Judith Ireland and Rachel Browne The federal government has left the door open to holding a royal commission into the abuse of people with disabilities, in the wake of a damning parliamentary committee report into the issue. 

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Senate committee calls for royal commission into disability abuse

Judith Ireland A Senate committee has found a royal commission is needed into the abuse of people with disabilities, after a parliamentary inquiry heard "shocking" and "cruel" examples of violence and neglect...

Bill Shorten to take policy of five days' domestic violence leave to election

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a family violence event on Tuesday.

Judith Ireland A future Labor government would provide for five days of domestic violence leave a year, if the ALP wins the next federal election.

Study finds women victims of aggression get the blame

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Judith Ireland Federal government-commissioned research has found that women still get blamed for aggression towards them, while the behaviour of the men involved tends to be excused as a "rite of passage".

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Greens get Senate inquiry to look into link between Barbies, toys and domestic violence

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Judith Ireland The Greens have initiated a Senate inquiry into the role children's toys and entertainment play in creating gender stereotypes and contributing towards domestic violence.

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Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott and a tale of two national security statements

Then prime minister Tony Abbott delivering a national security statement at AFP headquarters on February 23 this year.

Judith Ireland Turnbull, Abbott and a tale of two national security statements.

Family payments bill to be split to pass savings

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with Social Services Minister Christian Porter on Wednesday.

Judith Ireland Couple families on single incomes are set to lose access to family payments when their youngest child turns 13, with the Turnbull government splitting up its family payments package, to pass the...

'Won't someone please think of the childless?': Senator David Leyonhjelm says childless Australians should be praised

Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm, whose party also wants to see family payments restricted and childcare subsidies abolished, says parents receive joy and meaning from their children -

Judith Ireland Libertarian senator David Leyonhjelm has praised childless Australians in a speech in the Senate, saying they should receive thanks instead of pity or criticism.

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Childcare changes: Warnings over push for hourly billing

Senator Simon Birmingham Minister for Education and Training at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 22 September 2015.

Judith Ireland Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Nanny state rejected in theory, embraced in reality

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Judith Ireland As parliament debates the nanny state, we demand more from the government than ever.

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Clive Palmer unveils same-sex marriage 'solution'

Mr Palmer says the marriage policy is the result of an internal party committee examining the issue over the past year.

Judith Ireland Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer has a solution to same-sex marriage debate - take marriage away from the government and give it to the churches.

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How Barack Obama caught Malcolm Turnbull, his fifth Australian PM, by surprise

US President Barack Obama, right, and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during their meeting in Manila on Tuesday ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Judith Ireland If Obama seemed a bit casual about meeting Malcolm Turnbull, can you blame him? It's the fifth Australian PM he's met.

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Cheer up Bill Shorten, it could be worse

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Judith Ireland Bill Shorten might be doing it tough. But he's not the only opposition leader to go through a tricky patch.

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First family of Syrian refugees to arrive in Australia

Social Services minister Christian Porter has announced the first refugee family from the crisis in Syria will arrive in Australian in the next 24 hours.

Judith Ireland The first group of refugees under the federal government's special program for Syrians is due to arrive in Australia in the next 24 hours.

Family payment cuts and childcare reforms form an uneasy marriage

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Judith Ireland As followers of other people's love lives may recall, when Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett got married in 1993, the world did a collective "huh?!"

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