Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
David Wroe, Judith Ireland Tony Abbott's hint he is open to "refinement" of his GP co-payment has failed to impress key cross-benchers amid further signs the government will struggle to pass major planks of its budget.
Patrick Hatch, David Wroe, Judith Ireland An asylum seeker on a bridging visa has died after suffering burns to 90 per cent to his body.
Judith Ireland Tony Abbott has dismissed the idea that Malcolm Turnbull is going after his job, following a dinner Mr Turnbull shared with Clive Palmer last week that the Prime Minister described as "perfectly...
Judith Ireland "It goes without saying that families should be off limits," Bill Shorten told caucus this week.
Judith Ireland The Human Rights Commission, SBS, ASIO, NBN Co and the Agriculture Department all front Senate estimates in a fiesta of scrutiny.
Judith Ireland Estimates rages with the ABC, the Finance Department and the Attorney-General's Department. Meanwhile, the Coalition's Dennis Jensen has had a crack over science funding and is there a change to...
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.