Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Give extra childcare funding to vulnerable kids: experts

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Judith Ireland The peak national children's body is calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to put additional funds into caring for disabled and low income children, as he devises his new "families package" over the...

Youth, unemployment services can't keep up with demand: report

Judith Ireland About 80 per cent of services that help unemployed people and single parents have reported that they are unable to meet demands, according to a new report. 

No early fans for Abbott's new PPL plan

Tony Abbott has morning tea with local families in a Sydney cafe.

Judith Ireland Coalition MPs have welcomed Prime Minister Tony Abbott's move to water down his unpopular paid parental leave scheme, but have warned that he should not ignore support for stay-at-home mothers in the...

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott 'refines' paid parental leave scheme

Change of plans: Tony Abbott will further

Judith Ireland The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, will make further changes to his signature paid parental leave scheme in a fresh bid to legislate the policy early next year.

Federal Labor's great big win with Katy Gallagher

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Judith Ireland Bill Shorten did not waste any time asking Katy Gallagher to run for the Senate.

The highs, lows and whoas of Federal Parliament in 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Judith Ireland 2014 was one rowdy ride in Federal Parliament. The carbon tax was axed, Direct Action was actioned and police bearing big guns were placed out the front.

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Charities commission set to stay, despite Coalition's promise

Not pleased: David Crosbie, chief executive of the Community Council of Australia, says the government is sending the charity sector a

Judith Ireland Another Abbott election promise looks likely to be broken, with the federal government struggling to get enough Senate support to axe the charities watchdog. 

'No Gender December': Greens Senator calls for end to gender-based toys

Greens Senator Larissa Waters.

Judith Ireland When you're buying kids Christmas presents, don't necessarily get pink dolls for boys and blue trucks for boys, say the Greens.

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Tony Abbott faces another Senate headache over David Leyonhjelm threat

Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces opening up a new battle front in the Senate, with Liberal Democratic senator David Leyonhjelm pledging to block government legislation if MPs are not allowed to...

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Crazy brave? The strategy behind Tony Abbott's epic press conference

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Judith Ireland Will this lead to a lasting change in prime ministerial strategy?

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You can't hurry same-sex marriage

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Judith Ireland When David Leyonhjelm announced he would introduce his same-sex marriage bill into the Senate he argued "the time is right" for the reform.

Nothing is more potent than Bronwyn Bishop armed with a 94a

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Judith Ireland Julie Bishop has her freaky death stare and Tony Abbott has his scary swimmers, but nothing is more potent in Parliament than Bronwyn Bishop armed with a 94a. 

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Same-sex free vote would lead to chaos: Liberal MPs

Same-sex marriage back in the spotlight.

Latika Bourke and Judith Ireland Liberal MP Alex Hawke does not support same-sex marriage, but he wants his party to have a free vote on the issues, declaring it is the "only way" to resolve the issue. 

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Tony Abbott not happy about gay marriage bill, says senator

Rights: Gay pride.

Judith Ireland Same-sex marriage advocates are rejoicing that Senator David Leyonhjelm introduced his same-sex marriage bill to Parliament on Wednesday.

Liberal Party faces dilemma as same-sex marriage bill arrives in Senate

Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm

Lisa Cox and Judith Ireland Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm is poised to introduce his long-awaited same-sex marriage bill to the Senate, in a move that will increase the pressure on the Liberal Party to allow its MPs a...

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It's a man's world...and it shouldn't work that way: Army chief David Morrison

Judith Ireland Army chief David Morrison has warned that the Anzac legend should not be restricted to white males because it compounds the idea that Australia is a "man's country". 

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ABC's Mark Scott will stay the course despite bumpy ride

Staying: The head of the ABC Mark Scott.

Judith Ireland The head of the ABC Mark Scott has committed to sticking around for the remaining 18 months of his contract to oversee a tumultous period at the broadcaster.

ABC to lose up to 10% of staff, axe shows and close five regional radio posts as cuts bite

Mark Scott

Judith Ireland Close to 10 per cent of the ABC's permanent work force could lose their jobs as the broadcaster grapples with a $254 million funding cut.

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ABC budget cuts: The fallout for programs and people

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Judith Ireland and Rick Feneley ABC managing director Mark Scott will announce on Monday cuts to the service that the ABC provides in response to the $254 million budget cuts announced by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.