Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Why some MPs remain silent on their support for same-sex marriage

Judith Ireland They are the group in Federal Parliament who are the key to passing historic reform on same-sex marriage. But despite their potential power, they remain in the closet. Why are they staying quiet?

Same-sex marriage a handful of votes away from passing Parliament: analysis

Wayne Swan has changed his position on same-sex marriage.

Judith Ireland Former deputy prime minister Wayne Swan has switched his position on same-sex marriage, conceding he was "wrong" to oppose it, as Federal Parliament moves to be less than a handful of votes away from...

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Abbott government's paid parental leave changes struggle to secure Senate support

Treasurer Joe Hockey

Judith Ireland The government's plan to cut paid parental leave entitlements to about 80,000 new mums is struggling to find support in the Senate, with more than half of the crossbench undecided on or holding...

Federal budget 2015: Large families to lose out amid big boost to childcare funding

The childcare package is designed to boost the government's standing with voters.

Judith Ireland More than 100,000 families will lose more than $320 a year with the government's supplement for large families getting the chop in the federal budget. 

Abbott's cash for households in generous budget

A radical shake-up of childcare assistance is the centrepiece of the budget.

Mark Kenny and Judith Ireland Tony Abbott says his government's new $3.5 childcare package to flow from 2017 will "change the economics of going to work," for more than a million low and middle income families, transforming the...

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Mixed reaction to government's landmark childcare package

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison is leading the government's budget sell.

Judith Ireland Families earning between $65,000 and $170,000 are set to be about $30 a week better off under the federal government's long-awaited childcare package, in a move that has been hailed by childcare...

Almost 50 per cent of mums to lose government paid parental leave entitlements

The government move to stop 'double dipping' paid parental leave has been slammed by a key consultant.

Judith Ireland and Matt Wade Almost 80,000 new mums will lose some or all of their government parental leave payments in a move that has been slammed by a key consultant of the PPL scheme as "the mother of all insults".

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Why we should share the top job if we care about good leadership

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland The Greens' move might seem funny, but it has a very serious point.

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Huge spike in Labor MPs' support for same-sex marriage

West Australian Labor MP Melissa Parke has hit back at MPs in her party who are opposed to a binding vote on same-sex marriage.

James Massola, Judith Ireland Support among federal Labor MPs for same-sex marriage has surged since 2012 with 78 per cent of MPs now in support of the landmark social reform, up from 53 per cent in 2012.

Like ripping off a Bandt-aid: The Greens swap their leader in one fell swoop

Former Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne embraces new Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale leader during a press conference in Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 6 May 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Leadership contests in Canberra are like reality cooking shows. 

'It's her dying wish': Why some gay couples can't wait

Devonport couple Sandra Yates and Lee Bransden.

Judith Ireland For Devonport couple Sandra Yates and Lee Bransden , the debate about if, when and how same-sex marriage should happen seems like white noise.

It's about a fair go: Alan Joyce on same-sex marriage

Alan Joyce

Judith Ireland For Qantas boss Alan Joyce, it is easy to see why same-sex marriage should be introduced in his adopted home of Australia.

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Domestic violence calls going unanswered as demand spikes

The inquiry will look into widespread abuse in disability and residential care

Judith Ireland About a quarter of the calls to Australia's national domestic violence counselling service are going unanswered, as counsellors battle to keep up with a growing demand of calls. 

Tanya Plibersek push on same-sex marriage faces defeat amid Labor leadership split

Tanya Plibersek

Judith Ireland and James Massola Labor leader Bill Shorten has sent a clear signal that he does not agree with Tanya Plibersek's push for the ALP to have a binding vote on same-sex marriage, highlighting a clear split...

Bill Shorten pushes back on Tanya Plibersek's call for a binding vote on same-sex marriage

Tanya Plibersek

Judith Ireland Labor leader Bill Shorten has sent a clear signal that he does not agree with the push by his deputy,Tanya Plibersek, for the ALP to have a binding vote on same-sex marriage, highlighting a clear...

Australians overwhelmingly support immigration, but not 'illegals'


Judith Ireland A new poll shows Australians strongly support immigration, with nearly nine in 10 people thinking immigrants improve Australian society.

Nanny funding trial gets mixed reception


Judith Ireland A coalition of corporate and women's lobby groups has applauded the Abbott government's plan to trial funding for nannies, but the childcare sector has questioned how different the new policy will be...

UN report shows countries where it is hardest to be a woman


Judith Ireland, Fergus Hunter UN Women has released a damning report on the progress of women worldwide. 

Abbott government commits $250 million for nannies trial program

The trial will provide funds for about 4000 nannies.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government will spend almost $250 million on a two year nanny trial program, providing funding to about 10,000 children. 

Women still way behind on pay, career and help: UN report

A new UN report has found women across the world are still lagging behind men in their pay and are also doing more housework.

Judith Ireland Women worldwide earn only three quarters of what male workers are paid, while they do almost two and half times the amount of housework, a United Nations report has found.