Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland The Senate will hold a nation-wide inquiry into the abuse of disabled people in institutions and homes in Australia, following a Fairfax Media/ABC investigation.
Judith Ireland Peak housing and homelessness bodies who have had their funding cut by the Abbott government, say they do not know how they will continue to do their work post June.
Judith Ireland Tony Abbott needs to let his ministers do more talking and better understand his opponents' perspectives if he is truly to reset his leadership, negotiation experts say.
Judith Ireland Just after the clock struck nine on Monday morning, a strange stillness descended on the halls of Parliament House.
Judith Ireland On Monday morning - before most people had even had their first coffee for the week - Tony Abbott survived an attempt on his leadership.
Rachel Browne and Judith Ireland Tony Abbott says childcare is a priority and he wants to listen to what the sector has to say about the myriad problems: high fees, low availability, staff turnover, costly quality reforms, unwieldy...
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces a leadership spill on Tuesday.
Judith Ireland The nation's peak childhood body is calling on the Abbott government and big business to back a levy on the nation's top companies to fund childcare reform, arguing it will boost GDP by billions of...
Judith Ireland The grass is always greener on the other side of the party room but how do the possible Liberal leadership replacements really stack up?
Judith Ireland The business community is still in the dark over whether it will be funding the government's new families package as the Abbott government left the door open to keeping a planned 1.
Judith Ireland Tony Abbott has come up with another strategy to hang on to his job.
Judith Ireland Tony Abbott's appearance at the National Press Club on Monday was billed as his chance to retain his slipping grip on the prime ministership.
Judith Ireland They say that there's no such thing as bad publicity. But sometimes it helps to be out of the limelight.
Judith Ireland A premier is gone. A state government is lost. And the fallout begins.
Judith Ireland Natasha Stott Despoja has been campaigning against domestic violence ever since she was a small child and her journalist mother, Shirley, would take her along to women's refuges.
Judith Ireland Community groups have been thrown a last minute lifeline by the Abbott government, after Social Services Minister Scott Morrison announced bridging funding for those delivering frontline services.
Judith Ireland If the Libs do change leaders and we get a new Prime Minister ultimately, we will be disappointed. Because the job of modern prime minister is almost impossible to get right.
Judith Ireland The national peak body for victims of domestic violence is calling on the Abbott government to establish a royal commission into domestic violence, arguing a national inquiry is needed to focus on...
Judith Ireland Abbott government minister Michaelia Cash has downplayed the idea of holding a national royal commission into domestic violence, arguing that the government has already "accepted" that it was a...
Judith Ireland The country's peak community body is calling on the government to use the May budget to divert funds from the work for the dole scheme and into a fund that helps long-term unemployed people.