Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Government funding cuts bite emergency relief services

Judith Ireland Christine Bird is the co-ordinator at the Crossroads Community Care Centre in Sydney's Sutherland Shire, where she works with locals facing poverty because of high rents, domestic violence and other...

The all-inclusive Scott Morrison and the politics of change

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Judith Ireland Scott Morrison made a heartfelt plea to Australia this week. 

Julia Gillard's gender reporting to be streamlined under Coalition

Minister for Women, Senator Michaelia Cash.

Judith Ireland Gender reporting requirements for companies will be kept by the Abbott government, but will not be as ambitious as those planned under Julia Gillard. 

Stop the boats. Start the charm: Scott Morrison takes the National Press Club

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison was all smiles at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

Judith Ireland Scott Morrison talked from slides instead of reading an entire speech. He smiled. He joked. People even laughed.

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Time to upgrade the Australian political debate as well as the welfare system: Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison

Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has made a plea to "upgrade" the quality of political debate in Australia, arguing that unless it is improved reform in his portfolio will not be possible.

New report calls for radical welfare overhaul

Review recommends welfare system overhaul: Social Services Minister Scott Morrison.

Judith Ireland Australia’s $150 billion welfare system should be radically simplified to include just five primary payments, with upfront investment in people at risk of long-term unemployment, a major review...

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Kitchen confusion: Thermomix tender triggers entertaining Senate scenes


Judith Ireland It's the fancy pants kitchen appliance on every wedding registry and foodie wish list around the country. 

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Rolf Harris stripped of Australian honours by Governor-General

Entertainer and convicted paedophile Rolf Harris.

Judith Ireland Convicted paedophile Rolf Harris has lost two of his prestigious Australian honours. 

Productivity Commission: Why the care factor is low for the childcare report


Judith Ireland Having a kid is right up there with contentious life experiences.

Childcare report gets thumbs down from sector

Generic childcare, toddler, preschool, kids, children, play. Thursday 1st September 2011 AFR photo Louie Douvis

Judith Ireland Childcare experts and parents alike have been left scratching their heads at the Productivity Commission's blueprint for childcare reform, arguing its proposed streamlined system is too difficult to...

Childcare explainer: What changes are the Productivity Commission proposing?

Generic childcare, toddler, preschool, kids, children, play. Thursday 1st September 2011 AFR photo Louie Douvis

Judith Ireland A major report has recommended overhauling the way it subsidises childcare. How would the changes affect you?

Nannies and a single payment recommended by childcare report

Childcare: Nannies, grandparents and anyone else willing could join workers at childcare centres and family day care in being eligible for government payments.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found. 

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Same-sex marriage supporters call Kevin Andrews but he won't answer

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews' has opted out of receiving the calls from same-sex marriage supporters as part of the

Judith Ireland Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has built a barricade against a new same-sex marriage campaign, by refusing to receive messages from consituents who support the reform. 

Women managers paid up to 45% less than their male peers: new data

Women managers who work in administrative and support services have a gender pay gap of 44.7 per cent.

Judith Ireland Women in management ranks get paid as much as 45 per cent less than their male peers, new government data has revealed. 

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Same-sex marriage: federal MPs targeted in new phone campaign

Judith Ireland Federal MPs are being targetted by a new phone campaign. 

Meet the new Whip, Scott Buchholz

Queensland LNP member Scott Buchholz is the government's new Chief Whip.

Judith Ireland He's the man who calls people "rocket" and "champ" who wanted to be the Pope when he was younger. 

Labor criticises Scott Morrison for 'misleading statement' on part-pension increase

Jenny Macklin

Judith Ireland An Abbott government decision to give part-pensioners a $200 million funding boost has been attacked as "misleading" by Labor and "extremely disappointing" by the country's peak community body.

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New Social Services Minister Scott Morrison shows his colours

Judith Ireland Scott Morrison says he is a fixer, not an ideologist, as he flags a kinder, gentler approach to welfare and families policy.

Tony Abbott's families package explained

Judith Ireland As it attempts to recover from a bumpy start to the year, the Abbott government is hard at work on a "families package". What does this mean? Judith Ireland explains

Tony Abbott's language problem is a big part of his leadership woes

For Prime Minister Tony Abbott to say he felt no guilt –

Judith Ireland If we are honest, this week essentially finished at 9.30am on Monday.