Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Tony Abbott flags plebiscite on same-sex marriage in bid to defuse anger

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has thrown an olive branch to supporters of same-sex marriage, announcing the the Coalition will look at having a referendum or plebiscite on same-sex marriage to solve the...

Tony Abbott brings on same-sex marriage debate, Coalition MPs reject free vote on issue

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a joint press conference with Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 11 August 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mark Kenny and Judith Ireland Tony Abbott has successfully killed off a backbench push to legislate for same-sex marriage in a snap policy meeting that delivered a substantial win for the embattled Prime Minister and his...

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Same-sex marriage showdown: Tony Abbott calls special meeting of Coalition MPs to debate free vote

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Coalition MPs are holed up at Parliament House in a marathon meeting to debate same-sex marriage.

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Same-sex marriage: Liberal party room debates whether to allow a free vote

Liberal MPs Warren Entsch is part of a group of cross-party MPs pushing to legislate same-sex marriage.

Judith Ireland Liberal MPs have begun to discuss whether they should be allowed a free vote on same-sex marriage, a senior Liberal source has confirmed.

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'Even with my title, I have no control over my son': Senator Jacqui Lambie tells Senate about her son's battle with ice addiction

Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie:

Judith Ireland Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has told the Senate that her son is battling an ice addiction, during a debate on proposed welfare cuts.

Bronwyn Bishop stands down but on the way out makes sure she won't be forgotten

Backbencher Bronwyn Bishop looks on as Speaker Tony Smith takes the chair.

Judith Ireland It was Tony Smith's moment in the sunshine of politics. 

Foxtel customers angered by ads against same-sex marriage

A screen grab of the Marriage Alliance ad that shows same-sex marriage as an iceberg with the tagline,

Judith Ireland Foxtel has been bombarded with irate messages from customers, who are upset that the pay TV company has run ads from opponents of same-sex marriage. 

Domestic violence advice pack for women who move to Australia

 Michaelia Cash

Judith Ireland Women who move to Australia to be with their partners will be issued with information packs to tell them that rape, violence and forced marriage are illegal. 

No direct evidence four-week dole wait for young jobless will help, official concedes


Judith Ireland Community and welfare groups have slammed the Abbott government's plans to make young unemployed people wait four weeks to get the dole, telling a Senate committee there is no evidence it will help...

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All volunteer work should qualify parents for childcare payments, providers say


Judith Ireland Volunteering for activities such Meals on Wheels and at school tuck shops should count as "work" that will qualify parents for childcare payments, major childcare providers say.

Bronwyn Bishop's greatest hits (or misses) as Speaker of the Parliament

Mosaic of former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop made from the photos of MPs who have been suspended from question tIme under 94a.

Judith Ireland Bronwyn Bishop's time in the speaker's chair may have been brief. But it was far from boring.

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Women in leadership: The myth of merit

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland When it comes to talk about the lack of women in positions of power and influence, the infamous m-word is never far away.

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Australia has 'nothing to fear' from allowing same-sex marriage: Penny Wong debates Cory Bernardi

Senator Wong argued that Australia had

Judith Ireland It was billed as a showdown between two of Parliament's biggest warriors in the same-sex marriage debate. In the left corner was Penny Wong. In the right was Cory Bernardi.

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Same-sex marriage could be blocked as Liberals dither

Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 28 July 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mark Kenny and Judith Ireland Hopes of a breakthrough on same-sex marriage before Christmas appear to have dimmed as Liberals line up to deny a free vote because granting it would amount to a de facto vote for full marriage...

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Nanny subsidy trial: cost to providers means program 'set up to fail'


Judith Ireland Australia's peak body for nannies has hit out at guidelines for the government's nanny subsidy trial, arguing the program has been "set up to fail".

It's time ordinary Australians reclaimed the flag

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland Have you noticed the spurt of reclaiming that has been going on recently?

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Bill Shorten calls for Australian republic by 2025 at Labor national conference

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

Judith Ireland Labor leader Bill Shorten has called for an Australian republic within ten years.

Most-disadvantaged communities in NSW not showing improvement: report


Judith Ireland The most disadvantaged communities in NSW have shown little sign of improvement over the past 15 years, a report shows.

Victoria's most disadvantaged postcodes not improving: report

Broadmeadows resident Kathy Buhagiar: ''You get judged straight away for where you live.''

Judith Ireland Victoria's most disadvantaged communities have shown little sign of improvement over the past 15 years, a new report shows. 

The boys' club needs to go co-ed

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland If anything, when it comes to female representation, Australia is going backwards.

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