Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
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.
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.
Judith Ireland Women in management ranks get paid as much as 45 per cent less than their male peers, new government data has revealed.
Judith Ireland Federal MPs are being targetted by a new phone campaign.
Judith Ireland He's the man who calls people "rocket" and "champ" who wanted to be the Pope when he was younger.
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.
Judith Ireland Scott Morrison says he is a fixer, not an ideologist, as he flags a kinder, gentler approach to welfare and families policy.
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
Judith Ireland If we are honest, this week essentially finished at 9.30am on Monday.
Judith Ireland, Latika Bourke Like many politicians, Tanya Plibersek does not like talking about her personal life.
Julie Bishop and Tanya Plibersek make emotional call on Indonesia to spare Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran
Judith Ireland An emotional Julie Bishop has pleaded the Indonesian government to grant mercy to convicted drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, saying they shoudl not have to "pay with their lives" for...
Judith Ireland The Senate will hold a nation-wide inquiry into the abuse of disabled people in institutions and homes in Australia, following a Fairfax Media/ABC investigation.
Judith Ireland Peak housing and homelessness bodies who have had their funding cut by the Abbott government, say they do not know how they will continue to do their work post June.
Judith Ireland Tony Abbott needs to let his ministers do more talking and better understand his opponents' perspectives if he is truly to reset his leadership, negotiation experts say.
Judith Ireland Just after the clock struck nine on Monday morning, a strange stillness descended on the halls of Parliament House.
Judith Ireland On Monday morning - before most people had even had their first coffee for the week - Tony Abbott survived an attempt on his leadership.
Rachel Browne and Judith Ireland Tony Abbott says childcare is a priority and he wants to listen to what the sector has to say about the myriad problems: high fees, low availability, staff turnover, costly quality reforms, unwieldy...
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces a leadership spill on Tuesday.
Judith Ireland The nation's peak childhood body is calling on the Abbott government and big business to back a levy on the nation's top companies to fund childcare reform, arguing it will boost GDP by billions of...
Judith Ireland The grass is always greener on the other side of the party room but how do the possible Liberal leadership replacements really stack up?