Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Vaccination-exempt church revealed as Christian Scientists

Judith Ireland It is the question that Scott Morrison has repeatedly refused to answer. Which is the Australian religious organisation that qualifies for an exemption from vaccination?

Fresh surrogacy concerns over boy abandoned in India

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop in New Delhi on Monday.

Judith Ireland Australian officials could do nothing to stop an Australian couple from abandoning their baby son, born through surrogacy in India, after they decided they did not want to bring him to Australia.

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Abbott government vaccination plan won't work: expert

Associate professor Julie Leask says a new move to cut welfare benefits to parents who don't immunise their children would not have a meaningful impact on  vaccination rates.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government's tough new stance on immunisation will only increase vaccination rates by an "absolute maximum of one per cent," a Sydney immunisation expert says.

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The private struggle with public street harassment

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland It's one of the most pervasive forms of sexualised violence so why isn't street harassment taken more seriously, asks Judith Ireland.

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Scott Morrison says Abbott government won't rush in on funding for nannies in May budget

Numbers game: Scott Morrison said the government would

Judith Ireland There is uncertainty over whether the federal government will include funding for nannies in its upcoming childcare package. 

Corporate giants join push for same-sex marriage

FFA chief David Gallop says his sport embraces same-sex marriage.

Judith Ireland Corporate giants are coming out in support of same-sex marriage as part of a letter-writing campaign to increase pressure on Federal Parliament to pass the reform.

Minimum work test will block childcare for 100,000 mothers, Scott Morrison warned

Career vs motherhood. Are we all just winging it?

Judith Ireland There are fears more than 100,000 mothers will be forced to give up work if the Abbott government cracks down on the number of hours parents have to work in order to get childcare subsidies.

The nasty tax surprise about to hit the average Australian worker

Austral Perth.

Judith Ireland The average Australian worker will find themselves bumped into the second-highest income tax bracket in just over a year's time.

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Childcare pricing plan lags behind real fees

Childcare generic.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government is considering how to limit extra spending on childcare while minimising the number of families left worse off.

Melbourne childcare centres charge well above Productivity Commission's proposed 'benchmark' fees

Career vs motherhood. Are we all just winging it?

Judith Ireland The Abbott government is considering how high it should boost childcare funding after rejecting a Productivity Commission proposal.

Same-sex marriage fizzer in the party room doesn't mean it will go away


Judith Ireland It was either a failure of nerves or of organisation says Senator David Leyonhjelm. But what happened?

Malcolm Fraser funeral: Politics Live

Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser.

Judith Ireland Malcolm Fraser is farewelled today at a state funeral in Melbourne.

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Adopting a child in or out of Australia is far from simple

Simone Gardoni and her son Jack.

Judith Ireland Australians have wildly different experiences on their journeys to adopting children.

Scott Morrison does the Wombat Wobble

Scott Morrison in Wombat Wobble video

Judith Ireland Scott Morrison has refused to talk about "on water matters". And so far, he will not reveal what the government is considering for its new families policy.

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Push for increase in childcare funding for babies and toddlers to urgently address shortage

The childcare sector says more funding is urgently needed for children aged less than 3.

Judith Ireland Pressure is growing on the Abbott government to fund new childcare places for children under three years old, in a bid to fix the crisis in childcare availability. 

Same-sex marriage: free vote for Liberal MPs stalls in party room

Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Momentum for a Liberal Party free vote on same-sex marriage has stalled, leaving marriage equality advocates scratching their heads.

Julie Bishop's great eye roll performance behind Joe Hockey's back

Foreign Affairs minister Julie Bishop and Health minister Sussan Ley during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 17 March 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Julie Bishop could never be accused of being a plastic politician.

Numbers inside Liberal Party swing in favour of marriage equality as email campaign hots up

Australian Rodney Croome: Marriage Equality national director.

Judith Ireland A major shift towards same-sex marriage is underway, however an email campaign is attempting to sink any success.

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Parliament will stop to remember Malcolm Fraser

Malcolm Fraser.

Judith Ireland Federal Parliament will stop on Monday to remember Malcolm Fraser. 

'Complex' My School website needs a revamp: report

The Age
picture Justin McManus.
Arthurs Creek Primary School, My School Website school rankings.
Arthurs Creek Creek is ranked with Geelong Grammar in the Websites rankings.

Judith Ireland The controversial My School website will be revamped to make it easier for parents to compare different schools and provide more information about schools' extra-curricular and support services.