Judith Ireland is an online political reporter for The National Times, and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland An adoption expert has questioned why Prime Minister Tony Abbott has set up a new group to report on intercountry adoptions just weeks after he disbanded another advisory body on the issue.
Judith Ireland Former governor-general William Deane has called on Australians to have more understanding and compassion for asylum seekers who risk their lives to come to Australia.
Mark Kenny, Gareth Hutchens, Judith Ireland Joe Hockey has abandoned the federal government's commitment to achieve a budget surplus by 2016/17 arguing it would never have been achieved because spending was racing out of control.
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended the right of his MPs to speak out on same-sex marriage, describing the Liberal Party as a ''broad church''.
Judith Ireland Australia's war in Afghanistan is over, with Australian Defence Force combat troops in the air on their way home.
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has celebrated his first 100 days of government with a trip to the Great Ocean Road where he reannounced an election promise.
Judith Ireland Australia's new ambassador for women and girls will be former Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja, in a surprise appointment by the Abbott government.
Gareth Hutchens and Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suggested using ''truancy officers'' to ensure that all indigenous children go to school and his paid parental leave scheme will be extended to cover all state public...
Judith Ireland For a spell, just before the House rose for the summer holidays, it genuinely managed to rise above politics.
Judith Ireland All states and territories have agreed to start the process towards "one-stop shops" for environmental approvals at the Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra, in a move that was...
Judith Ireland What do same-sex marriage, car making and Paul Keating all having in common? They are all on the menu in Canberra today. It is the last day of sittings for 2013.
Judith Ireland It's the second last (planned) sitting day of the year! But don't break out that eggnog just yet. The lineup of issues is just like John Wayne: tall and complex.
Judith Ireland It's a nail-biter. What exactly is the deal with Holden? Government support does not appear imminent as Holden boss Mike Devereux fronts the Productivity Commission in Melbourne.
Judith Ireland There's an old saying: while the cat's away the mice will scamper about and make a bucket of mischief.
Judith Ireland Hold on, Holden! The debate continues in earnest about what to do about Australian car manufacturing.
Judith Ireland The debate about debt rages. Is it cool for the Greens to see other parties? The Coalition says "of course it is" as Labor carries on like a disgruntled ex.
Judith Ireland It's spies, schoolkids and the ABC. Australia's espionage history with another neighbour - East Timor - is in the squinty spotlight today.
Judith Ireland Are you feeling gymnastic? As the Coalition bends this way and that on schools funding, Labor and the Greens have joined forces to hold a stop sign up to temporary protection visas (and Scott...
Judith Ireland Federal parliament is back for the final sitting fortnight of 2013. But the festive summer spirit is dampened by an overcrowded battle list, with the carbon tax, mining tax, debt ceiling and school...
Judith Ireland Federal MP Clive Palmer will be able to relax when he gives his maiden speech to Parliament on Monday - safe in the knowledge that the Liberal National Party will not challenge the Fairfax result in...