Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Almost 50 per cent of mums to lose government paid parental leave entitlements

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".

Why we should share the top job if we care about good leadership

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland The Greens' move might seem funny, but it has a very serious point.

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Huge spike in Labor MPs' support for same-sex marriage

West Australian Labor MP Melissa Parke has hit back at MPs in her party who are opposed to a binding vote on same-sex marriage.

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.

Like ripping off a Bandt-aid: The Greens swap their leader in one fell swoop

Former Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne embraces new Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale leader during a press conference in Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 6 May 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Leadership contests in Canberra are like reality cooking shows. 

'It's her dying wish': Why some gay couples can't wait

Devonport couple Sandra Yates and Lee Bransden.

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.

It's about a fair go: Alan Joyce on same-sex marriage

Alan Joyce

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.

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Domestic violence calls going unanswered as demand spikes

The inquiry will look into widespread abuse in disability and residential care

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. 

Tanya Plibersek push on same-sex marriage faces defeat amid Labor leadership split

Tanya Plibersek

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...

Bill Shorten pushes back on Tanya Plibersek's call for a binding vote on same-sex marriage

Tanya Plibersek

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...

Australians overwhelmingly support immigration, but not 'illegals'


Judith Ireland A new poll shows Australians strongly support immigration, with nearly nine in 10 people thinking immigrants improve Australian society.

Nanny funding trial gets mixed reception


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...

UN report shows countries where it is hardest to be a woman


Judith Ireland, Fergus Hunter UN Women has released a damning report on the progress of women worldwide. 

Abbott government commits $250 million for nannies trial program

The trial will provide funds for about 4000 nannies.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government will spend almost $250 million on a two year nanny trial program, providing funding to about 10,000 children. 

Women still way behind on pay, career and help: UN report

A new UN report has found women across the world are still lagging behind men in their pay and are also doing more housework.

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.

Tanya Plibersek's same-sex marriage push sends shockwaves through ALP

Tanya Plibersek was ejected from the House during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 26 March 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

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...

Binding vote for Labor MPs on same-sex marriage 'foolish', says union heavyweight Joe de Bruyn

Labor should keep conscience vote: Joe de Bruyn.

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...

Plibersek push to make Labor MPs vote for same-sex marriage

Acting Labor leader Tanya Plibersek wants her party to uniformly support same-sex marriage.

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.

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Why some of us can't handle the truth about reality TV

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland The latest bright idea for "reality" TV has stirred up a furious backlash - and the show hasn't yet aired.

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Age discrimination rife in workplaces, survey finds

Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan.

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.

Older Australians open to pension reform discussion

Funds research group Morningstar's Australian superannuation survey shows the average one-year return for a balanced option at March 2015 was 12 per cent.

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.