Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland and Matt Wade Almost 80,000 new mums will lose some or all of their government parental leave payments in a move that has been slammed by a key consultant of the PPL scheme as "the mother of all insults".
Judith Ireland The Greens' move might seem funny, but it has a very serious point.
James Massola, Judith Ireland Support among federal Labor MPs for same-sex marriage has surged since 2012 with 78 per cent of MPs now in support of the landmark social reform, up from 53 per cent in 2012.
Judith Ireland Leadership contests in Canberra are like reality cooking shows.
Judith Ireland For Devonport couple Sandra Yates and Lee Bransden , the debate about if, when and how same-sex marriage should happen seems like white noise.
Judith Ireland For Qantas boss Alan Joyce, it is easy to see why same-sex marriage should be introduced in his adopted home of Australia.
Judith Ireland About a quarter of the calls to Australia's national domestic violence counselling service are going unanswered, as counsellors battle to keep up with a growing demand of calls.
Judith Ireland and James Massola Labor leader Bill Shorten has sent a clear signal that he does not agree with Tanya Plibersek's push for the ALP to have a binding vote on same-sex marriage, highlighting a clear split...
Judith Ireland Labor leader Bill Shorten has sent a clear signal that he does not agree with the push by his deputy,Tanya Plibersek, for the ALP to have a binding vote on same-sex marriage, highlighting a clear...
Judith Ireland A new poll shows Australians strongly support immigration, with nearly nine in 10 people thinking immigrants improve Australian society.
Judith Ireland A coalition of corporate and women's lobby groups has applauded the Abbott government's plan to trial funding for nannies, but the childcare sector has questioned how different the new policy will be...
Judith Ireland, Fergus Hunter UN Women has released a damning report on the progress of women worldwide.
Judith Ireland The Abbott government will spend almost $250 million on a two year nanny trial program, providing funding to about 10,000 children.
Judith Ireland Women worldwide earn only three quarters of what male workers are paid, while they do almost two and half times the amount of housework, a United Nations report has found.
Judith Ireland Acting Labor leader Tanya Plibersek's push to make Labor MPs vote for same-sex marriage has sent shockwaves through the party with at least one MP promising to cross the floor if they had to support...
Judith Ireland and Matthew Knott Union heavyweight and prominent same-sex marriage opponent Joe de Bruyn has dismissed Tanya Plibersek's push for a binding vote on the issue, arguing she is just "playing up" to her inner-city...
Judith Ireland Acting Labor leader Tanya Plibersek is calling on her party to make all Labor MPs vote for same-sex marriage in a fresh bid to get federal parliament to legalise the reform.
Judith Ireland The latest bright idea for "reality" TV has stirred up a furious backlash - and the show hasn't yet aired.
Judith Ireland Discrimination against older people is widespread in Australian workplaces, with a national survey revealing more than a quarter of people over 50 have experienced age bias over the past two years.
Judith Ireland Older Australians are prepared to consider changes to the pension age and eligibility in a move that will provide heart to the Abbott government that is desperately looking for budget savings.