Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

'Shirtfront' wins Australian National Dictionary Centre's word of the year award


Judith Ireland It was the empty threat that launched a thousand jokes.

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Adoptions at lowest levels ever

Nearly 99 per cent of parents who adopted Australian local children were older than 30.

Judith Ireland Adoptions in Australia have fallen to the lowest level on record, down almost 80 per cent on the number 25 years ago.

Political leaders should work on ideas, not management: Terry Moran

Australia's former top public servant Terry Moran with then prime minister Julia Gillard in 2011.

Judith Ireland Australia's former top mandarin has warned that political leaders should stop trying to manage their ministerial departments and get out and build support for reform within the community.

Peta Credlin leaves tilt at Parliament open but not 'at this time'

Peta Credlin

Judith Ireland The Prime Minister's chief of staff appears to be keeping the option of a career in politics alive, saying she "has no intention of running for Parliament at this time".

Give extra childcare funding to vulnerable kids: experts


Judith Ireland The peak national children's body is calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to put additional funds into caring for disabled and low income children, as he devises his new "families package" over the...

Youth, unemployment services can't keep up with demand: report

Judith Ireland About 80 per cent of services that help unemployed people and single parents have reported that they are unable to meet demands, according to a new report. 

No early fans for Abbott's new PPL plan

Tony Abbott has morning tea with local families in a Sydney cafe.

Judith Ireland Coalition MPs have welcomed Prime Minister Tony Abbott's move to water down his unpopular paid parental leave scheme, but have warned that he should not ignore support for stay-at-home mothers in the...

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott 'refines' paid parental leave scheme

Change of plans: Tony Abbott will further

Judith Ireland The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, will make further changes to his signature paid parental leave scheme in a fresh bid to legislate the policy early next year.

Federal Labor's great big win with Katy Gallagher

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Judith Ireland Bill Shorten did not waste any time asking Katy Gallagher to run for the Senate.

The highs, lows and whoas of Federal Parliament in 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Judith Ireland 2014 was one rowdy ride in Federal Parliament. The carbon tax was axed, Direct Action was actioned and police bearing big guns were placed out the front.

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Charities commission set to stay, despite Coalition's promise

Not pleased: David Crosbie, chief executive of the Community Council of Australia, says the government is sending the charity sector a

Judith Ireland Another Abbott election promise looks likely to be broken, with the federal government struggling to get enough Senate support to axe the charities watchdog. 

'No Gender December': Greens Senator calls for end to gender-based toys

Greens Senator Larissa Waters.

Judith Ireland When you're buying kids Christmas presents, don't necessarily get pink dolls for boys and blue trucks for boys, say the Greens.

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Tony Abbott faces another Senate headache over David Leyonhjelm threat

Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces opening up a new battle front in the Senate, with Liberal Democratic senator David Leyonhjelm pledging to block government legislation if MPs are not allowed to...

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Crazy brave? The strategy behind Tony Abbott's epic press conference

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Judith Ireland Will this lead to a lasting change in prime ministerial strategy?

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You can't hurry same-sex marriage

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Judith Ireland When David Leyonhjelm announced he would introduce his same-sex marriage bill into the Senate he argued "the time is right" for the reform.

Nothing is more potent than Bronwyn Bishop armed with a 94a

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Judith Ireland Julie Bishop has her freaky death stare and Tony Abbott has his scary swimmers, but nothing is more potent in Parliament than Bronwyn Bishop armed with a 94a. 

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Same-sex free vote would lead to chaos: Liberal MPs

Same-sex marriage back in the spotlight.

Latika Bourke and Judith Ireland Liberal MP Alex Hawke does not support same-sex marriage, but he wants his party to have a free vote on the issues, declaring it is the "only way" to resolve the issue. 

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Tony Abbott not happy about gay marriage bill, says senator

Rights: Gay pride.

Judith Ireland Same-sex marriage advocates are rejoicing that Senator David Leyonhjelm introduced his same-sex marriage bill to Parliament on Wednesday.

Liberal Party faces dilemma as same-sex marriage bill arrives in Senate

Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm

Lisa Cox and Judith Ireland Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm is poised to introduce his long-awaited same-sex marriage bill to the Senate, in a move that will increase the pressure on the Liberal Party to allow its MPs a...

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