Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland It was the empty threat that launched a thousand jokes.
Judith Ireland Adoptions in Australia have fallen to the lowest level on record, down almost 80 per cent on the number 25 years ago.
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.
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".
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...
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.
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...
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.
Judith Ireland Bill Shorten did not waste any time asking Katy Gallagher to run for the Senate.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Judith Ireland Will this lead to a lasting change in prime ministerial strategy?
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.
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.
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.
Judith Ireland Same-sex marriage advocates are rejoicing that Senator David Leyonhjelm introduced his same-sex marriage bill to Parliament on Wednesday.
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...