Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

New Social Services Minister Scott Morrison shows his colours

Judith Ireland Scott Morrison says he is a fixer, not an ideologist, as he flags a kinder, gentler approach to welfare and families policy.

Tony Abbott's families package explained

Judith Ireland As it attempts to recover from a bumpy start to the year, the Abbott government is hard at work on a "families package". What does this mean? Judith Ireland explains

Tony Abbott's language problem is a big part of his leadership woes

For Prime Minister Tony Abbott to say he felt no guilt –

Judith Ireland If we are honest, this week essentially finished at 9.30am on Monday.

Tanya Plibersek makes the personal political in urging mercy for Bali nine pair on death row

Tanya Plibersek with her husband Michael Coutts-Trotter arrive at the Press Gallery Mid Winter Ball in Parliament House Canberra on 20 June 2013 Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland, Latika Bourke Like many politicians, Tanya Plibersek does not like talking about her personal life. 

Julie Bishop and Tanya Plibersek make emotional call on Indonesia to spare Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek speaks during a motion for a stay of executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, at Parliament House on Thursday.

Judith Ireland An emotional Julie Bishop has pleaded the Indonesian government to grant mercy to convicted drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, saying they shoudl not have to "pay with their lives" for...

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Senate to hold inquiry into abuse of disabled people following Yooralla case

Craig Wallace, president of People with Disability Australia.

Judith Ireland The Senate will hold a nation-wide inquiry into the abuse of disabled people in institutions and homes in Australia, following a Fairfax Media/ABC investigation.

'Taken out of the game': Housing groups can't continue beyond June due to funding cuts


Judith Ireland Peak housing and homelessness bodies who have had their funding cut by the Abbott government, say they do not know how they will continue to do their work post June. 

Tony Abbott must back off and listen to regain trust of MPs, experts say

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott poses for a photo in his Sydney office on Sunday 8 September 2013.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott needs to let his ministers do more talking and better understand his opponents' perspectives if he is truly to reset his leadership, negotiation experts say.

The mood in the Liberal party room as a Prime Minister's fate is decided

Flanked by MPs, Prime Minister Tony Abbott leaves the party room meeting on Monday.

Judith Ireland Just after the clock struck nine on Monday morning, a strange stillness descended on the halls of Parliament House.

How much time does Tony Abbott have left as PM? Lessons from past leadership challenges

Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd

Judith Ireland On Monday morning - before most people had even had their first coffee for the week - Tony Abbott survived an attempt on his leadership.

Childcare – the big problem of little people

Rachel Browne and Judith Ireland Tony Abbott says childcare is a priority and he wants to listen to what the sector has to say about the myriad problems: high fees, low availability, staff turnover, costly quality reforms, unwieldy...

Politics Live: Tony Abbott's leadership in crisis - February 6, 2015

Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces a leadership spill on Tuesday.

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Peak childhood body calls for childcare levy to fund reform

Early Childhood Australia has called for a levy to fund childcare reform.

Judith Ireland The nation's peak childhood body is calling on the Abbott government and big business to back a levy on the nation's top companies to fund childcare reform, arguing it will boost GDP by billions of...

What would it be like if the nation did a Bishop or Turnbull instead?

Malcolm Turnbull

Judith Ireland The grass is always greener on the other side of the party room but how do the possible Liberal leadership replacements really stack up?

Questions raised over funding for Abbott government's new families package

Judith Ireland The business community is still in the dark over whether it will be funding the government's new families package as the Abbott government left the door open to keeping a planned 1.

'Back To Work Tuesday': Tony Abbott's days of the week

PM Tony Abbott and his wife Margie meet kids at the Little Pines Childcare Centre in Russell Lea to announce changes in Childcare policy.
Pic Nick Moir 3 feb 2015

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott has come up with another strategy to hang on to his job.

Ten things missing from Tony Abbott's National Press Club speech


Judith Ireland Tony Abbott's appearance at the National Press Club on Monday was billed as his chance to retain his slipping grip on the prime ministership.

While it all hits the fan, Malcolm Turnbull is safely away in LA


Judith Ireland They say that there's no such thing as bad publicity. But sometimes it helps to be out of the limelight.

Politics Live: fallout from Queensland election threatens Tony Abbott

PM Abbott under pressure to admit mistakes

Judith Ireland A premier is gone. A state government is lost. And the fallout begins.

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Natasha Stott Despoja: 'people are sick and tired of the statistics'

Natasha Stott Despoja

Judith Ireland Natasha Stott Despoja has been campaigning against domestic violence ever since she was a small child and her journalist mother, Shirley, would take her along to women's refuges.