Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Malcolm Fraser was an advert for change

Judith Ireland When Gough Whitlam died in November last year it was Malcolm Fraser who had the saddest reaction of all.

Politics Live: Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser dead at 84

The Age
picture Justin McManus.
Gough Whitlam's death.
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.
Malcolm with a photo of Gough and himself taken earlier this year.

Judith Ireland Malcolm Fraser has died at the age of 84. Tributes are now flowing for the former prime minister.

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Malcolm Fraser dead: Ten moments and milestones in the former prime minister's life

SMH NEWS. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher greeting her Australian counterpart Malcolm Fraser at Downing Street where they are meeting to duscuss the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, 4th February 1980. 
(Photo by Steve Burton/Keystone/Getty Images)

Judith Ireland Malcom Fraser's moments and milestones.

Senate committee calls for education boost on domestic violence

Judith Ireland The federal government should put respectful relationships training on the national curriculum in order to tackle domestic violence, a Senate committee has found.

Same-sex marriage debate coming to the Liberal party room

Set to kickstart debate on

Judith Ireland Liberal MPs could decide the party's position on same-sex marriage as early as next Tuesday, with internal pressure mounting on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to enable a free vote on the matter.

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The surprise visitor at David Leyonhjelm's gay marriage press conference

Senator Cory Bernardi listens in as Chris Teoh and Ivan Hinton from Australian Marriage Equality and senator David Leyonhjelm talk about the same-sex marriage bill.

Judith Ireland Cory Bernardi is not exactly known for his support of same-sex marriage.

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Same-sex marriage debate to reignite in Federal Parliament

Senator David Leyonhjelm is calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow Liberal MPs a conscience vote on the issue.

Judith Ireland Pressure is mounting on the Liberal Party to allow a free vote on same-sex marriage, with libertarian senator David Leyonhjelm saying it was time for government MPs to discuss the matter.

Scott Morrison's pension changes look set to fail as crossbenchers dig in

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison's changes to the pension are facing staunch opposition in the Senate.

Judith Ireland Another landmark policy loss is looming for the Abbott government, as Senate crossbenchers firm in their resolve to sink a $22 billion budget cut to pensions. 

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Mardi Gras film star puts in call to Madam Speaker

Bronwyn Bishop

Judith Ireland "This isn't something that I acquired from school or from home. This is just who I am." The message to Madam Speaker is just two and a half minutes long, but it has come all the way from Los Angeles.

Happy Women's Day. Now what?

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Judith Ireland Some people (like, say my old maths teacher) say that women and numbers don't go together. 

'Put your hand up': Michaelia Cash's advice to aspiring female politicians

Judith Ireland Michaelia Cash knows only too well that women experience a tougher brand of politics than men. 

Lunch with Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja

Natasha Stott Despoja.

Judith Ireland Just over a year into her role as Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, former senator Natasha Stott Despoja tells Judith Ireland she's enjoying discovering her inner diplomacy.

Intergenerational Report: Dole, disability spending to drop regardless of Abbott government spending crackdown

Social Services minister Scott Morrison released the McClure report on welfare reform at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday 25 February 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Spending on the dole and disability support pension is on track to drop over the next 40 years, even if the government's harsh budget measures like the six-month Newstart wait for under 30s are not...

National $30 million campaign to tackle domestic violence

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten greets Senator Michaela Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

Judith Ireland Federal and state governments will spend $30 million on a national awareness campaign to stop domestic violence as Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliament he will meet with Labor to discuss a...

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Federal and state governments commit $30 million for domestic violence campaign

Judith Ireland The Abbott government has pledged $15 million for a national awarenss campaign to stop domestic violence. 

Abbott government to announce workplace equality strategy

Michaelia Cash will announce a workplace gender equality strategy on Wednesday.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government is looking for fresh ideas to tackle the gender gap in Australian offices, asking the University of Melbourne to devise a Workplace Gender Equality Strategy.

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Voters prioritise more money for childcare and preschools over business tax cut: poll


Judith Ireland Australian voters think more funding for childcare and preschools is more important than a company tax cut, a new poll has found. 

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McClure welfare reform blueprint 'disappointing', says Jenny Macklin

Jenny Macklin

Judith Ireland Labor's families spokeswoman Jenny Macklin has rubbished the government's new welfare blueprint, describing it as "disappointing" and full of broad "common sense" findings that lack practical detail.

'Stop blaming the victim': Rosie Batty to address MPs

Rosie Batty.

Judith Ireland Australian of the Year Rosie Batty has a message for federal MPs: stop blaming the victims of domestic violence. 

The New Zealand welfare model – higher upfront investment for lower social and budget costs – heading to Australia?

Social Services minister Scott Morrison released the McClure report on welfare reform at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday 25 February 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland When Scott Morrison fronted the National Press Club this week, he was careful to point out that the McClure report into welfare he had just released was a "report to government, not from...