Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
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.
Judith Ireland The day the Bali Nine were arrested in Denpasar in 2005, Christie Buckingham wrote in her prayer diary, "How dumb can you get and still breathe? Nevertheless Lord, show your mercy".
Judith Ireland, Mark Kenny, Matthew Knott The head of one of the country's most prestigious medical schools has described Joe Hockey's comment that children born today could live to 150 years of age as a "reasonable assumption", while Labor...
Judith Ireland Australia has no plans to withdraw its diplomats from Indonesia but Foreign Minister Julie Bishop would not speculate on what might happen "should the Indonesian government carry through its threat...
Judith Ireland Everyone was predicting that this year in politics was going to be humdrum, business as usual and DULL.
Judith Ireland More than 90 per cent of Kevin Andrews' free relationship vouchers are still in want of a couple and a couch, even though the trial period for the scheme is almost half over.
Judith Ireland One of Tony Abbott's biggest supporters has rated the Prime Minister's performance with a D-minus.
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suggested that gun laws may need to be changed as he announced an urgent review into the Martin Place siege that took the lives of two hostages, saying he wanted...
Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has cast doubt over whether the federal government will have the new paid parental leave scheme ready in time for its scheduled July 2015 start date.
Matthew Knott, Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland Student debts are expected to double to over $50 billion in four years if the federal government achieves its goal of deregulating university fees and expanding federal funding.
Judith Ireland When it was revealed last week that the mid-year budget papers would be handed to journalists as the press conference started, the accusations began to fly that Joe Hockey was avoiding scrutiny.
Judith Ireland As speculation flies about Tony Abbott's increasingly visible chief of staff Peta Credlin, there are grave dangers for the Coalition.
Judith Ireland Income management schemes have previously failed to create long term changes, critics argue.
Judith Ireland If I was looking for a relaxing summer holiday activity, I'd nominate some with an aquatic theme. A beach, or a pool at the very least.
Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has described speculation that he will retire next year to make way for the Prime Minister's chief-of-staff Peta Credlin as "baseless," while urging his...
Judith Ireland, Marcus Priest Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has denied there is any friction between her and the Prime Minister Tony Abbott's chief of staff Peta Credlin, describing their relationship as "very...
Judith Ireland It was the empty threat that launched a thousand jokes.
Judith Ireland Adoptions in Australia have fallen to the lowest level on record, down almost 80 per cent on the number 25 years ago.
Judith Ireland Australia's former top mandarin has warned that political leaders should stop trying to manage their ministerial departments and get out and build support for reform within the community.