Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Tanya Plibersek's same-sex marriage push sends shockwaves through ALP

Judith Ireland Acting Labor leader Tanya Plibersek's push to make Labor MPs vote for same-sex marriage has sent shockwaves through the party with at least one MP promising to cross the floor if they had to support...

Binding vote for Labor MPs on same-sex marriage 'foolish', says union heavyweight Joe de Bruyn

Labor should keep conscience vote: Joe de Bruyn.

Judith Ireland and Matthew Knott Union heavyweight and prominent same-sex marriage opponent Joe de Bruyn has dismissed Tanya Plibersek's push for a binding vote on the issue, arguing she is just "playing up" to her inner-city...

Plibersek push to make Labor MPs vote for same-sex marriage

Acting Labor leader Tanya Plibersek wants her party to uniformly support same-sex marriage.

Judith Ireland Acting Labor leader Tanya Plibersek is calling on her party to make all Labor MPs vote for same-sex marriage in a fresh bid to get federal parliament to legalise the reform.

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Why some of us can't handle the truth about reality TV

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Judith Ireland The latest bright idea for "reality" TV has stirred up a furious backlash - and the show hasn't yet aired.

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Age discrimination rife in workplaces, survey finds

Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan.

Judith Ireland Discrimination against older people is widespread in Australian workplaces, with a national survey revealing more than a quarter of people over 50 have experienced age bias over the past two years.

Older Australians open to pension reform discussion

Funds research group Morningstar's Australian superannuation survey shows the average one-year return for a balanced option at March 2015 was 12 per cent.

Judith Ireland Older Australians are prepared to consider changes to the pension age and eligibility in a move that will provide heart to the Abbott government that is desperately looking for budget savings.

Top companies with women on boards perform better, research finds

Low gender diversity in top companies: Telstra chair Catherine Livingstone.

Judith Ireland Top Australian companies with at least 25 per cent female boards perform more than 7 per cent better than those with all-male boards, according to research that will boost the push to improve...

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Victims hail 'great day' as big banks front Senate over financial advice

Senator Nick Xenophon addresses the media ahead of the Senate inquiry.

Judith Ireland For Merilyn Swan, it was a great day. For six years, she has been seeking help for her parents Robyn and Merv Blanch, who invested $260,000 in 2007.

One million Australians living in poverty - it's just not good enough

Giving someone a helping hand can make you happier.

Judith Ireland When we think about poverty, we don't think of Australia. But new data suggests that attitude is not helping us address the large number of Australians doing it tough.

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More than a million Australians live in poverty: report

A new report has revealed disturbing details about poverty in Australia.

Judith Ireland More than a million Australians are living in poverty despite two decades of economic growth, according to new research which calls for a radical policy shake-up to deal with the national "disgrace".

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Funded nanny pilot program given green light

Scott Morrison

Judith Ireland The Abbott government has confirmed that there will be federal funding for nannies under a pilot program that is likely to roll out later this year. 

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Treasurer Joe Hockey refuses to set surplus date as economy struggles

Treasurer Joe Hockey has to decide what should be tax-exempt what should not be taxed.

Judith Ireland and Gareth Hutchens Treasurer Joe Hockey has refused to name a date for a surplus, arguing the Coalition just needs to show a "quality trajectory" for getting back to black.

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Why Tony Abbott's skol doesn't sit quite right

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Judith Ireland When Tony Abbott walked into the Royal Oak Hotel on Saturday night and downed that beer, he didn't just put an end to all those jokes about his shandy drinking.

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Joe Hockey: No way are we putting a date on the surplus

Treasurer Joe Hockey says the government

Judith Ireland Treasurer Joe Hockey has declared the government "has never put a date" on returning to a budget surplus, arguing that the Coalition just needs to show a "quality trajectory" back to black instead.

Abbott government closes religious loophole for children's vaccinations

Two people have been charged over the incident at an Ipswich shopping centre.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government has closed another loophole on children's vaccinations, ending a religious exemption that allowed Christian Scientists to get childcare benefits and not vaccinate their kids.

Party Prince Harry lets the chopper do the talking

Judith Ireland Prince Harry is famous for his love of partying, but he has spent the past fortnight in more serious conditions.

Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg rules out superannuation changes in budget

Judith Ireland After last year's budget controversy, this year's is likely to have less "shock and awe", says Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

Childcare subsidy reform could see 100,000 families out of care

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Judith Ireland There are growing concerns that about 100,000 Australian children may be pulled out of childcare because of tough new requirements about the number of hours their parents will need to work to get...

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Asylum seekers ferried by navy arrive back in Vietnam: report

The HMAS Choules (right) was close to the southern port city of Vung Tau.

Judith Ireland Australia's Vietnamese community has received a report that an Australian Navy boat carrying asylum seekers back to Vietnam has arrived in the country amid concerns the group is now being...

Tony Abbott urges Australians to turn up on Anzac Day in wake of terror raids

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 18:  Prime minister Tony Abbott delivers a press conference in regards to a number fo arrests relating to terrorism and ANZAC Day security on April 18, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Dominic Lorrimer/Fairfax Media)

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged Australians to turn up to Anzac Day commemorations "in the largest possible numbers," in the wake of a foiled terror plot that was targetting events in Melbourne.