Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Early election? Tony Abbott silent on rumours of double dissolution as anti-union bill returns to Senate

Judith Ireland The Abbott government has confirmed it will put two bills aimed a curbing union power back before Parliament, but Prime Minister Tony Abbott has played down reports he is seeking a trigger for a...

Bill Shorten appears before the royal commission into trade union corruption: day 2 live

Bill Shorten leaving the royal commission on Wednesday.

Judith Ireland Opposition Leader Bill Shorten appears before the royal commission into trade unions for a second day.

Bill Shorten appears before the royal commission into trade union corruption: live

Bill Shorten.

Judith Ireland Opposition Leader Bill Shorten appears before the royal commission into trade unions.

Childcare package will put Australia behind: researchers

Report says there's no rationale for government's childcare reforms.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government's childcare package is "decades out of date" and will put Australia behind other developed nations when it comes to early childhood reform, a new McKell Institute✓report...

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People just need to get over it, says Rabbitohs star as NRL backs gay marriage

Rabbitohs star Thomas Burgess.

Judith Ireland When Rabbitohs star Thomas Burgess was growing up, his parents were close friends with a lesbian couple whom he saw so often he and his brothers called them "aunties".

Conscience Vote

Tony Abbott's sister Christine Forster challenges him to allow conscience vote

Christine Forster, sister of Tony Abbott, wants Liberal MPs to have a free vote.

James Massola and Judith Ireland Tony Abbott's sister, Christine Forster, has directly challenged the Prime Minister to allow his MPs a free vote on a cross-party same-sex marriage bill, as Liberal Party divisions erupt and the...

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'The future was so dismal': homelessness plight of older Australians

Judith Ireland Kay Dolman was in her 60s when she found to her horror she was homeless.

Life rated 7.6 out of 10 by Australians, according to ABS research

Women were slightly more satisfied with life than men, according to the ABS survey.

Judith Ireland Australians are very satisfied with their lives, according to new research, but they are also feeling rushed, volunteering less and not playing as much sport.

Was 'Minister for books' George Brandis reading poetry at his own expense?

Illustration: Rocco Fazzari

Gareth Hutchens and Judith Ireland Was George Brandis reading poetry at his own expense?

ASIO briefing Tony Abbott with year-old map produced by the Washington Post. What?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the ASIO director-general Duncan Lewis examine the year-old map showing Islamic State's presence in Iraq and Syria.

Judith Ireland When it comes to silly photo opportunities, ASIO is really putting itself on the map. 

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Bill Shorten admits to lying to broadcaster Neil Mitchell over leadership questions

Neil Mitchell says Bill Shorten still needs to answer several important questions.

Judith Ireland Opposition leader Bill Shorten has admitted he lied on air to broadcaster Neil Mitchell during the Labor leadership crisis that felled Julia Gillard in mid-2013. 

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Senate moves to strike out new divorce tax

The Abbott government's plan to increase divorce application charges by $350 from July 1 faces a rocky break up of its own,

Judith Ireland The Greens are confident they can stop the $350 divorce fee hike in the Senate.

'Bizarre' union video pulled from YouTube

Judith Ireland One of the country's biggest unions has been forced to pull a video off YouTube, after social media expressed shock and dismay over its suggestion that union members should reassert their "values" in...

Plans to appoint wind farm commissioner 'very hurtful', says former disability commissioner Graeme Innes

Former disability discrimination commissioner Graeme Innes

Judith Ireland Former disability commissioner Graeme Innes has blasted the Abbott government's plans to appoint a national wind farm commissioner while not having a disability commissioner as "very hurtful" and...

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Extra $68m a year needed to house domestic violence victims: Homelessness Australia

Domestic violence

Judith Ireland An extra $68 million a year could stop at least 2,800 domestic violence victims from being turned away from homelessness services each year, a new analysis has found. 

'Totally trashing the tradition': Former Speaker Anna Burke hits out at successor Bronwyn Bishop over Q&A appearance

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop

Judith Ireland Former speaker Anna Burke has accused her successor, Bronwyn Bishop, of "totally trashing" the traditions of the position by making political comments about issues that could appear before the...

Politics Live: June 15, 2015

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Judith Ireland It's polls and cash for boats and same-sex marriage! Welcome to Monday in Canberra.

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Senior Coalition MPs suggest the government divorces marriage

Judith Ireland and Latika Bourke Two senior Coalition MPs have suggested that Australia could do away with the Marriage Act entirely and instead have civil unions for everyone, with only religious organisations able to marry couples.

Scott Morrison calls for 'breather' on same-sex marriage, denies opponents are homophobic

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison.

Judith Ireland and Latika Bourke Social Services Minister Scott Morrison wants Australia to take a "breather" on the same-sex marriage debate, saying those who don't support a change are not "homophobes".

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has not had a change of heart on same-sex marriage: sister

Marriage equality advocate Christine Forster says she continues to 'respectfully disagree' with her brother, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, on same-sex marriage.

Judith Ireland The Prime Minister's sister, Christine Forster, told a Q&A audience that Tony Abbott has not had a change of heart on same-sex marriage and that the two continue to 'respectfully disagree'.

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