Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland As police carry out counter-terror raids in Melbourne, Parliament sits in Canberra. But first: party rooms meet. Meanwhile, Tony Abbott is back from New York and he is here to help.
Judith Ireland The debates about childcare - its cost and availability, workers' qualifications, its relationship to kids' development and parents staying in work - have all the qualities of a toddler.
Judith Ireland Here in Canberra this week, there has been excitement about the fact that Australia was starring at the United Nations.
Judith Ireland Tony Abbott's in New York, New York as rain clouds form on a Canberran Thursday. Is the Racial Discrimination Act coming back to Parliament? Bob Day is on the case.
Judith Ireland Tony Abbott is in New York, the national security legislation is in the Senate and Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd are in the boxing ring. Oh, and Peter Slipper is in court and due to be sentenced.
Judith Ireland Polls abound as party rooms meet. It is a classic Tuesday in Canberra. But with a large side-serving of national security.
Judith Ireland Alert, alarmed and totally confused. What's going on with the government's terror bills? And their social services measures while we're at it. Meanwhile, Julia Gillard is having a fight with Bob Carr.
Judith Ireland Liberal MP Craig Laundy has had a change of heart when it comes to the same-sex marriage debate, dealing a blow to advocates of marriage equality.
Judith Ireland Julia Gillard says she fed Kevin Rudd "hope" on the night that she deposed him as prime minister in June 2010 and that she "shouldn't have done that".
Julieanne Strachan, David Wroe, Judith Ireland The Abbott government has said it is prepared to extend police powers even further if law enforcement agencies say they are needed.
Judith Ireland Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer has declared his party will oppose "everything" in the government's social security budget bills that are due to be debated this week, setting his party on...
Judith Ireland Indie politics have shown us how a cultural groundswell of change should be effected.
Judith Ireland Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan says Australians approaching 50 years of age should have scheduled "career check-ups" just as they would have a regular health check-up, to prevent...
Judith Ireland If you had faced 20 years of public cross-examination about your ex-boyfriend, wouldn't you wish to have done some things differently?
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Attorney-General George Brandis and outgoing ASIO head David Irvine hold a press conference in Melbourne. What will they have to say about the terror alert level?
Judith Ireland If Australia wants to help young people into jobs, it should focus on giving them career advice and work experience while they are still at school, an international expert on the prevention of youth...
Heath Aston and Judith Ireland Civil celebrants would for the first time be empowered to refuse to marry couples under changes to the same-sex marriage bill of crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm.
Judith Ireland Au pairs coming to Australia should have more visa options and a minimum payment level, the peak body representing au pairs has argued.
Judith Ireland Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard fronts the royal commission into union governance in Sydney.
Judith Ireland An increase in before and after school programs and holiday programs could be the most efficient and effective way of helping more women re-enter the workforce, the National Foundation for Australian...