Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland A Northern Territory Coalition MP has launched an extraordinary attack on Kevin Andrews' pro-marriage stance, labelling the federal Social Services Minister "pooncy" and "pasty faced" and suggesting...
Judith Ireland Money spent on a program to improve childcare for all children would have more impact if it went to helping disadvantaged children only, a report says.
Judith Ireland Kevin Andrews wants to change the way social policy is delivered in Australia. The challenge will be in the detail.
Judith Ireland Kevin Andrews wants his department to develop a framework to embed early intervention and prevention into Social Services' policies and program.
Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews is looking at ways to boost "parental competence" and make sure Australians adapt smoothly to key "life points" – from going to school to having children...
Judith Ireland At a meeting of education ministers, several states combined to reject a proposal from the federal minister responsible for childcare to consult the public and experts about regulating in-home care.
Judith Ireland Former PM's professional conduct "questionable".
Judith Ireland The northern Mali-based group al-Murabitun has become the lastest organisation to be listed by the Australian government as a terrorist group.
Judith Ireland Direct Action is a "Mickey Mouse" scheme that falls short of the "real leadership" needed to tackle climate change, a former Howard government adviser says.
Judith Ireland The scene down at the National Press Club was predictable enough. There were bread rolls, a hunk of overcooked salmon, a white, a red, a cheese plate, a set piece address and then some questions.
Judith Ireland and James Massola A Productivity Commission report on childcare and early childhood education will have a delayed response from the Abbott government.
Judith Ireland Grandparents who raise their grandchildren, usually due to the death of a parent or substance abuse issues, need more help from the government, a parliamentary committee has recommended.
Judith Ireland Australia's only female cabinet minister Julie Bishop does not describe herself as a feminist and says she does not find the term useful today.
Judith Ireland and Latika Bourke Australia's only female cabinet minister, Julie Bishop, does not describe herself as a feminist and says she does not find the term useful today.
Judith Ireland Central co-ordination units should be set up if nannies get federal government funding to prevent fraud and make sure nannies deliver appropriate care, the lead body for children says.
Judith Ireland The Abbott government is once again on a crash course with the Senate over the welfare measures it handed down in the May budget.
Judith Ireland The federal government is "actively" considering mining magnate Andrew Forrest's recommendations that welfare recipients be issued with a debit card to ensure they do not spend their benefits on...
Judith Ireland You would be hard pressed to find an Australian who did not cop the effects of the Whitlam era.
Judith Ireland The federal government is in talks with banks about a controversial proposal to issue welfare recipients with a card that would ensure they used their benefits for things like food and clothing and...