Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland Flys on the wall get ready. Coalition MPs gather for their first party room meeting post-budget. Labor MPs gather also. It's a bumper edition as budget estimates continue.
Judith Ireland The budget debate continues keen as beans as parliament comes back for two weeks of sittings. In the lower house, the budget bills are debated and in the Senate, it is budget estimates! In the hot...
Judith Ireland Young unemployed people facing the prospect of receiving no dole for six months should simply take a job they do not really want or do a course, according to Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews.
Judith Ireland Even Tony Abbott conceded on Friday it had been a Chinese curse of a week for his government.
Judith Ireland The rhetoric around the disability support pension at the moment has suggested there are thousands of people receiving it who are not deserving.
Charities watchdog chairman Robert Fitzgerald says abolishing it would benefit those who 'don't want transparency'
Judith Ireland Scrapping the charities watchdog will undermine the public's ability to track what not-for-profit organisations are doing, according to two senior officials in the sector.
Judith Ireland Women will be disproportionately hit by federal budget's changes to pensions and GP visits, according to Labor Party analysis.
Judith Ireland Did the Prime Minister wink while talking to a sex line worker because he was happy to take a question from her?
Judith Ireland More than 230,000 welfare recipients face a new delay to get their payments, with the Abbott government moving to introduce a one-week wait for all working age payments.
Judith Ireland The national peak body for youth affairs will close its office doors at the end of June after its funding was stripped in the federal budget, with the Coalition government arguing a single body is...
Judith Ireland It would be fair to say that the budget address-in-reply is not exactly an event that stops the nation.
Judith Ireland It's Labor's turn in the budget spotlight, with Bill Shorten to deliver the budget reply address tonight.
Judith Ireland The hard sell of the Big B begins. The government hits the airwaves to sell its hardass budget and Joe Hockey prepares to address the National Press Club at lunch.
Judith Ireland It's budget eve and MPs are descending on Canberra for the first sitting week since March. Parliament does not sit today, but there is a surplus of royal commissions in its place.
Judith Ireland, Lisa Cox The federal government appears poised to push ahead with a new tax on high earners, despite a backlash from Coalition backbenchers and senior Liberal figures.
Judith Ireland Life is oh so tough for Australian foreign ministers in a post-Carr world.
Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described the Coalition's measures to stop asylum seekers arriving by boat as "harsh" but necessary to combat people smuggling.
Judith Ireland Coalition MP Teresa Gambaro has fired a rocket at the idea of a new deficit levy, saying if one were introduced in next week's budget, it would be a "breach of promise" to voters.
Judith Ireland Australians may be bracing for tough news in next week's federal budget, but according to a new report by the OECD, when compared with 35 other countries, life in Australia is actually very good.
Judith Ireland Expressing your opinion and expressing it where other people don't want to hear it, is exactly what democracy is about.