Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland More than 230,000 welfare recipients face a new delay to get their payments, with the Abbott government moving to introduce a one-week wait for all working age payments.
Judith Ireland The national peak body for youth affairs will close its office doors at the end of June after its funding was stripped in the federal budget, with the Coalition government arguing a single body is...
Judith Ireland It would be fair to say that the budget address-in-reply is not exactly an event that stops the nation.
Judith Ireland It's Labor's turn in the budget spotlight, with Bill Shorten to deliver the budget reply address tonight.
Judith Ireland The hard sell of the Big B begins. The government hits the airwaves to sell its hardass budget and Joe Hockey prepares to address the National Press Club at lunch.
Judith Ireland It's budget eve and MPs are descending on Canberra for the first sitting week since March. Parliament does not sit today, but there is a surplus of royal commissions in its place.
Judith Ireland, Lisa Cox The federal government appears poised to push ahead with a new tax on high earners, despite a backlash from Coalition backbenchers and senior Liberal figures.
Judith Ireland Life is oh so tough for Australian foreign ministers in a post-Carr world.
Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has described the Coalition's measures to stop asylum seekers arriving by boat as "harsh" but necessary to combat people smuggling.
Judith Ireland Coalition MP Teresa Gambaro has fired a rocket at the idea of a new deficit levy, saying if one were introduced in next week's budget, it would be a "breach of promise" to voters.
Judith Ireland Australians may be bracing for tough news in next week's federal budget, but according to a new report by the OECD, when compared with 35 other countries, life in Australia is actually very good.
Judith Ireland Expressing your opinion and expressing it where other people don't want to hear it, is exactly what democracy is about.
Judith Ireland Former Liberal treasurer Peter Costello has hit out against the prospect of a deficit levy, describing it as a political idea that will have no economic benefit.
Judith Ireland, Rachel Browne Former speaker Anna Burke has praised Christopher Pyne's composure on the ABC's Q&A, saying the Education Minister handled a protest from university students "brilliantly", while the show's crew were...
Judith Ireland The Productivity Commission has put a big question mark over an Audit Commission's recommendation that young unemployed people should be forced to move in order to keep their beneifts, finding in a...
Judith Ireland The Abbott government has opened up an overseas adoption program with South Africa as it paves the way for more sick and disabled children to be adopted to Australia from overseas.
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended his Treasurer's fund-raising techniques, arguing that raising money through granting access to senior party members is preferable to tax payers footing the...
Tony Abbott says voters will 'thank' the Coalition in the 'long run' as deficit levy speculation grows
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended the prospect of his government introducing a deficit levy in next week's federal budget, arguing that "in the long run" voters will thank the Coalition for...
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott will release a report on Monday, which finds that Australians who want to adopt children from overseas face long waiting times and a costly and confused process.
Judith Ireland The missing piece of the federal government's thinking on welfare will stay missing until after the federal budget, with Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews delaying the release of the first stage...