Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland More than a million Australians are living in poverty despite two decades of economic growth, according to new research which calls for a radical policy shake-up to deal with the national "disgrace".
Judith Ireland The Abbott government has confirmed that there will be federal funding for nannies under a pilot program that is likely to roll out later this year.
Judith Ireland and Gareth Hutchens Treasurer Joe Hockey has refused to name a date for a surplus, arguing the Coalition just needs to show a "quality trajectory" for getting back to black.
Judith Ireland When Tony Abbott walked into the Royal Oak Hotel on Saturday night and downed that beer, he didn't just put an end to all those jokes about his shandy drinking.
Judith Ireland Treasurer Joe Hockey has declared the government "has never put a date" on returning to a budget surplus, arguing that the Coalition just needs to show a "quality trajectory" back to black instead.
Judith Ireland The Abbott government has closed another loophole on children's vaccinations, ending a religious exemption that allowed Christian Scientists to get childcare benefits and not vaccinate their kids.
Judith Ireland Prince Harry is famous for his love of partying, but he has spent the past fortnight in more serious conditions.
Judith Ireland After last year's budget controversy, this year's is likely to have less "shock and awe", says Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
Judith Ireland There are growing concerns that about 100,000 Australian children may be pulled out of childcare because of tough new requirements about the number of hours their parents will need to work to get...
Judith Ireland Australia's Vietnamese community has received a report that an Australian Navy boat carrying asylum seekers back to Vietnam has arrived in the country amid concerns the group is now being...
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged Australians to turn up to Anzac Day commemorations "in the largest possible numbers," in the wake of a foiled terror plot that was targetting events in Melbourne.
Judith Ireland It is the question that Scott Morrison has repeatedly refused to answer. Which is the Australian religious organisation that qualifies for an exemption from vaccination?
Judith Ireland Australian officials could do nothing to stop an Australian couple from abandoning their baby son, born through surrogacy in India, after they decided they did not want to bring him to Australia.
Judith Ireland The Abbott government's tough new stance on immunisation will only increase vaccination rates by an "absolute maximum of one per cent," a Sydney immunisation expert says.
Judith Ireland It's one of the most pervasive forms of sexualised violence so why isn't street harassment taken more seriously, asks Judith Ireland.
Judith Ireland There is uncertainty over whether the federal government will include funding for nannies in its upcoming childcare package.
Judith Ireland Corporate giants are coming out in support of same-sex marriage as part of a letter-writing campaign to increase pressure on Federal Parliament to pass the reform.
Judith Ireland There are fears more than 100,000 mothers will be forced to give up work if the Abbott government cracks down on the number of hours parents have to work in order to get childcare subsidies.
Judith Ireland The average Australian worker will find themselves bumped into the second-highest income tax bracket in just over a year's time.
Judith Ireland The Abbott government is considering how to limit extra spending on childcare while minimising the number of families left worse off.