Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland Australia's newest senators face one more hurdle before they officially take their places in the upper house: Senate boot camp.
Judith Ireland Having a mental illness should not be an ''automatic entry'' to a lifetime of welfare support Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett has said, embracing a federal government proposal to shift more people...
Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews is encouraging Australian lovers to be quick.
Judith Ireland Welfare groups have warned the government that increasing controls around how people spend their welfare payments could backfire, arguing existing controls have already cost the Commonwealth $1...
Six weeks not enough time to consult on radical review of $110-billion-a-year welfare system, say groups
Judith Ireland Welfare groups have called on the government to extend the consultation period for the McClure review, arguing that six weeks is not long enough for public consultation into such a wide-ranging and...
Judith Ireland, Anna Patty, Jacqueline Maley Tens of thousands of people could be moved off pension payments, and young people would have their spending supervised while on the dole, under changes foreshadowed by a federal government review.
Judith Ireland There are growing fears that the ABC's international arm in Victoria will be decimated as the national broadcaster grapples with the axing of Australia Network.
Judith Ireland An Abbott government review has suggested that only people with a permanent disability should receive the Disability Support Pension and flagged greater government control over how people spend their...
Judith Ireland The first stage of a major federal government overhaul of welfare payments has suggested that only people with a permanent disability receive the Disability Support Pension and has questioned the age...
Judith Ireland As Clive Palmer waltzed off the stage in the Great Hall, refusing to take questions, there was only one word to describe the feeling: dirty.
Mark Kenny, Judith Ireland The most politically costly reform in politics in decades is to end with the Senate preparing to wind up Labor's carbon tax and scrap the automatic move to a market-based trading scheme from next...
Judith Ireland The current Senate sits for its last day as Canberra experiences a collective whoa over Palmer, Gore and what Parliament will do about climate change.
Judith Ireland The US Ambassador is at the Press Club as the budget debate continues in earnest up at Parliament. Did you know there is $25 billion hole in the big B?
Judith Ireland Canberra reels as Peter Greste gets seven years and Australia's "feeble" bid to wind back protection of Tasmanian forests is knocked back.
Judith Ireland The government is stopping the boats AND the jihadists as another poll lands in Canberra. Meanwhile, the carbon tax is re-introduced to Parliament as the current Senate has its last ever sitting week.
Judith Ireland The Press Gallery’s Mid Winter Ball has bit of a habit for making headlines for the wrong reasons.
Judith Ireland School chaplains are up at the High Court and Arab ambassadors meet Julie Bishop over the East Jerusalem situation. It's Thursday in Canberra where it is still super foggy.
Judith Ireland It's Julie Bishop day in Canberra. The Foreign Minister is due to give not one, but three speeches. Meanwhile, Canberra is so foggy we can barely see the keyboard as we type.
Judith Ireland Party rooms meet, a fresh poll flings more numbers at politics and a court case looms over the Christmas Island disaster. It's Tuesday in Canberra.
James Massola, Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces parliamentary dissent on a new front after two senior Liberal senators signalled they will not support the government's new deficit levy in the Senate.