Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Liberal leadership spill: Tony Abbott hard to hear after he got the chopper

Judith Ireland As the minutes and then the hours ticked by and still, the nation had not heard from Tony Abbott, the theories began to form. 

Gap between rich and poor growing and will get worse: report

A new report has found the gap between Australia's richest and poorest has grown over the past decade.

Judith Ireland The gap between Australia's rich and poor grew by 13 per cent over the past decade and is projected to jump a further 10 per cent over the next 10 years, according to new research.

Liberal leadership spill: Few tears on the Senate crossbench for Tony Abbott

Senator David Leyonhjelm.

Judith Ireland As Malcolm Turnbull replaces Tony Abbott as prime minister, there won't be many tears shed on the Senate crossbench.

Liberal leadership challenge: Tony Abbott gets played by the Canberra game

Mr Abbott and Mr Turnbull in Parliament on Monday.

Judith Ireland The polls have been terrifying for Tony Abbott for as long as anyone can remember. He survived a "near death" leadership spill in February, only to face a conga line of inexplicable and dud moves...

Senator Penny Wright retires from Parliament with a nice parting message

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Judith Ireland The message coming loud and clear from voters is that they see Australia as a kinder place. And they want the government to keep itself nice.

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Adoption failures and agonising waits put off prospective parents

Fiona Court and her husband adopted a baby girl from China which took three and a half years. They are also foster parents to a six year old boy who they have tried to adopt however continue to experience difficulties in the domestic system.

Judith Ireland Fiona Court and her husband, Dale Bartley, waited three years to adopt their daughter from China and they are desperate to do the same with the son they began fostering in Australia two years ago.

'Policy paralysis': Tony Abbott's government the slowest for nearly five decades

Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland and Fergus Hunter The Abbott government has had fewer bills finalised in its first 700 days in office than any other federal government over the same time period since the late 1960s.

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Coalition senators call for end to 'bias' against local adoptions

Zed Seselja says the adoption system needs reform.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government needs to make it easier for Australians to adopt local children, two Coalition senators say, arguing the "bias" against domestic adoption has to end.

Tony Abbott and backbench warn Coalition cabinet ministers to stay on script 'or else'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during Question Time at Parliament House.

James Massola, Mark Kenny, Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has put his ministry on notice over same-sex marriage, warning them to maintain public unity after a week of damaging debate that pitted cabinet minister against cabinet...

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Tony Abbott's leadership 'all over' if Canning byelection lost: nervous Liberal MPs

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time on Monday.

James Massola, Judith Ireland Next week's cabinet meeting has been cancelled, meaning divisive issue could remain unresolved for another fortnight.

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Coalition to decide on same-sex marriage vote within fortnight, says Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time on Monday.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the government will confirm its policy on a same-sex marriage vote in the next fortnight, in a dramatic reduction of the time frame for the Coalition's national...

Same-sex marriage bill: the lone Pyne and the House that stopped for love

Leader of House Christopher Pyne during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 17 August 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Christopher Pyne and Malcolm Turnbull were the only two cabinet ministers in the chamber for the introduction of the bill, which calmly noted that there was nothing wrong with being gay.

Malcolm Turnbull and Christopher Pyne only government frontbenchers to turn up for same-sex marriage bill

Warren Entsch wipes a tear away with Terri Butler after he introduced a private member's bill on marriage equality Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 17 August 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Christopher Pyne and Malcolm Turnbull have taken a public stand on same-sex marriage, as the only two ministers to come in to Parliament and sit on the frontbench as Warren Entsch introduced his...

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott's same-sex marriage tactics play to his base

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Judith Ireland The Prime Minister’s tactics on same-sex marriage have exposed a weakened leader divided from his frontbench but in lock step with a band of his most conservative colleagues.

Lingering same sex marriage tensions threaten Tony Abbott's political union

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne and Tony Abbott during question time at Parliament House.

Mark Kenny and Judith Ireland Divisions over Tony Abbott's ill-defined formula for gay marriage reform, are threatening to worsen with influential figures angered at Tuesday's marathon party room meeting which they describe as an...

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Same-sex marriage: Five reasons why a plebiscite is a dud idea

Australians could head to the polls three times in as many years.

Judith Ireland In the wake of the Coalition deciding not to allow itself a free vote on same-sex marriage, talk has turned in earnest about a plebiscite or referendum. 

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Tony Abbott flags plebiscite on same-sex marriage in bid to defuse anger

Tony Abbott's late-night snap press conference came after a marathon five and half-hour party room meeting.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has thrown an olive branch to supporters of same-sex marriage, announcing the the Coalition will look at having a referendum or plebiscite on same-sex marriage to solve the...

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Tony Abbott brings on same-sex marriage debate, Coalition MPs reject free vote on issue

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a joint press conference with Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 11 August 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mark Kenny and Judith Ireland Tony Abbott has successfully killed off a backbench push to legislate for same-sex marriage in a snap policy meeting that delivered a substantial win for the embattled Prime Minister and his...

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Same-sex marriage showdown: Tony Abbott calls special meeting of Coalition MPs to debate free vote

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Coalition MPs are holed up at Parliament House in a marathon meeting to debate same-sex marriage.

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Same-sex marriage: Liberal party room debates whether to allow a free vote

Liberal MPs Warren Entsch is part of a group of cross-party MPs pushing to legislate same-sex marriage.

Judith Ireland Liberal MPs have begun to discuss whether they should be allowed a free vote on same-sex marriage, a senior Liberal source has confirmed.