Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

International experts criticise Australian childcare plan

Judith Ireland International childcare experts have criticised the Coalition's move to make parents work to get childcare funding, describing it as a "retrograde step" that will hurt vulnerable families who are...

Tampon tax to cost $480 million in lost revenue over a decade

Subeta Vimalarajah started an online petition against the tampon  tax, which has amassed almost 100,000 signatures.

Judith Ireland Scrapping the GST on tampons and other women's sanitary items will cost $480 million over the next decade, according to new analysis.

Blow to Abbott's paid parental leave cuts, as PUP senator calls changes 'not acceptable'

PUP senator Zhenya 'Dio' Wang.

Judith Ireland The Coalition's proposed cut to paid parental leave is "not acceptable," Palmer United's Dio Wang says, in a further blow to the Coalition's chances of getting the new policy through the Senate.

Rising house prices 'causing social harm' as property bubble debate continues

There are fears property bubbles are forming in Sydney and Melbourne.

Latika Bourke, Judith Ireland Rising property prices are causing social as well as economic harm, one of Australia's leading economists has warned, as Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg argued that Sydney was not in the grip of...

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton ups pressure on Gillian Triggs to quit

Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs has been criticised for her stance on asylum seekers.

Judith Ireland Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has renewed the Abbott government's pressure on Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs to resign. 

Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg bursts real estate bubble speculation

Josh Frydenberg has dismissed talk of a housing bubble in Melbourne and Sydney.

Judith Ireland There is no housing bubble, according to Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg , despite Treasury secretary John Fraser warning that Sydney is showing "unequivocal" signs of over-investment.

Selling house a false economy for pensioners: bureaucrats

It's too simplistic to say the elderly are completely funding bailouts for miners. But it's at least partly true.

Gareth Hutchens and Judith Ireland Pensioners should not sell their assets to qualify for the full pension because they will have a lower standard of living in retirement if they do, the Department of Social Services has warned.

Volunteer work may not qualify parents for childcare support, Senate estimates told

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison.

Judith Ireland Some types of volunteering may not be considered eligible for parents to do in order to qualify for childcare subsidies, a Senate committee has heard. 

Tony Abbott's Reject Shop photo fail highlights the political value of a good advance team

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during his visit to a shopping centre in Canberra on Thursday.

Judith Ireland Australia was meant to be talking about a butcher's store. Instead, we're focused on The Reject Shop.

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Same-sex marriage: Coalition voters in key seats back free vote

Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland A clear majority of voters in key Coalition-held seats support a free vote for MPs on same-sex marriage, according to a new poll.

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Bill Shorten's same-sex marriage bill introduced to half-full Parliament chamber

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten introduces the marriage equality bill.

Judith Ireland Labor leader Bill Shorten has introduced a bill to legislate same-sex marriage into the the lower house, to near-empty government benches. 

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Same-sex marriage: Bill Shorten introduces bill, saying moment is here

Bill Shorten introduces his private member's bill on marriage equality.

Judith Ireland Mr Shorten borrowed former prime minister Gough Whiltam's famous line "It's time" when introducing his same-sex marriage bill.

Joe Hockey might have surprised even himself, but he has put tampons on the national agenda

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland Parliament House has seen some unusual things in its time. The front lawns have played host to a giant toilet to draw attention to global sanitation issues.

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Tony Abbott points way for same-sex marriage reform

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time on Tuesday.

Mark Kenny and Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has set out the conditions for a conscience vote in the Liberal party room on same sex marriage and a subsequent parliamentary vote as early as August in...

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Same-sex marriage vote 'should be owned by the Parliament': Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has hinted that same-sex marriage should be brought before Parliament via a cross-party bill, in a major shift in his language on the reform.

Liberal same-sex marriage supporters slam Bill Shorten

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced late on Tuesday that he will introduce a private member's bill on same-sex marriage next week. His deputy Tanya Plibersek will co-sponsor it.

James Massola, Judith Ireland Two of the strongest Liberal supporters of same-sex marriage have lashed Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's move to introduce a bill on the topic to Parliament next week.

Calm down, Australia! Here are the facts on what is happening with same-sex marriage

An Irish supporter of same-sex marriage after the referendum at the weekend.

Judith Ireland Is it time to get out the rainbow flag? There's more to this story than meets the eye.

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In politics the hardest word to say isn't always 'sorry'

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Judith Ireland Sorry is supposed to be the hardest word to say. 

Most states back scrapping GST on tampons

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Judith Ireland and Gareth Hutchens The majority of states and territories will back the removal of GST from women's sanitary products.

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Labor backs Joe Hockey's bid to remove GST on tampons

Treasurer Joe Hockey

Judith Ireland Labor will back Treasurer Joe Hockey on his mission to convince the states to remove the GST on tampons and other women's sanitary products.