Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

No direct evidence four-week dole wait for young jobless will help, official concedes

Judith Ireland Community and welfare groups have slammed the Abbott government's plans to make young unemployed people wait four weeks to get the dole, telling a Senate committee there is no evidence it will help...

All volunteer work should qualify parents for childcare payments, providers say


Judith Ireland Volunteering for activities such Meals on Wheels and at school tuck shops should count as "work" that will qualify parents for childcare payments, major childcare providers say.

Bronwyn Bishop's greatest hits (or misses) as Speaker of the Parliament

Mosaic of former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop made from the photos of MPs who have been suspended from question tIme under 94a.

Judith Ireland Bronwyn Bishop's time in the speaker's chair may have been brief. But it was far from boring.

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Women in leadership: The myth of merit

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland When it comes to talk about the lack of women in positions of power and influence, the infamous m-word is never far away.

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Australia has 'nothing to fear' from allowing same-sex marriage: Penny Wong debates Cory Bernardi

Senator Wong argued that Australia had

Judith Ireland It was billed as a showdown between two of Parliament's biggest warriors in the same-sex marriage debate. In the left corner was Penny Wong. In the right was Cory Bernardi.

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Same-sex marriage could be blocked as Liberals dither

Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 28 July 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mark Kenny and Judith Ireland Hopes of a breakthrough on same-sex marriage before Christmas appear to have dimmed as Liberals line up to deny a free vote because granting it would amount to a de facto vote for full marriage...

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Nanny subsidy trial: cost to providers means program 'set up to fail'


Judith Ireland Australia's peak body for nannies has hit out at guidelines for the government's nanny subsidy trial, arguing the program has been "set up to fail".

It's time ordinary Australians reclaimed the flag

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland Have you noticed the spurt of reclaiming that has been going on recently?

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Bill Shorten calls for Australian republic by 2025 at Labor national conference

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

Judith Ireland Labor leader Bill Shorten has called for an Australian republic within ten years.

Most-disadvantaged communities in NSW not showing improvement: report


Judith Ireland The most disadvantaged communities in NSW have shown little sign of improvement over the past 15 years, a report shows.

Victoria's most disadvantaged postcodes not improving: report

Broadmeadows resident Kathy Buhagiar: ''You get judged straight away for where you live.''

Judith Ireland Victoria's most disadvantaged communities have shown little sign of improvement over the past 15 years, a new report shows. 

The boys' club needs to go co-ed

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland If anything, when it comes to female representation, Australia is going backwards.

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Labor denies carbon tax is coming back

Bill Shorten

Judith Ireland Labor has again emphatically ruled out reintroducing a carbon tax but has confirmed it is still examining a new climate change policy that will include an emissions trading scheme. 

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Peak body lashes Abbott government: Our business interests in Indonesia harmed by bad diplomacy

Abbott government's boat turnbacks policy

Tom Allard and Judith Ireland As Indonesia shocks farmers with a drastic cut in live cattle permits, the head of the Australia Indonesia Business Council says it's time to tell the uncomfortable truth about the anger in Jakarta...

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Indonesia cattle permit cut: Barnaby Joyce pledges to find new market


Judith Ireland Barnaby Joyce has described Indonesia's decision to cut drastically live cattle permits as "disappointing", but says it is his responsibility as Agriculture Minister to find an alternative market for...

Divorce fee rise sneaks back in, despite Senate ruling

Attorney-General George Brandis.

Judith Ireland and Jane Lee Attorney-General George Brandis has sneaked through a rise in divorce application and other court fees, even though the Senate blocked the move last month.

Cattle trade slashed: Labor questions if poor relations with Indonesia to blame

Australian beef cattle.

Judith Ireland Australia's live export industry is in shock after Indonesia has drastically reduced the number of import permits for cattle for the current quarter. 

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Early election? Tony Abbott silent on rumours of double dissolution as anti-union bill returns to Senate

Seeking an election trigger? Prime Minister Tony Abbott with senators Eric Abetz and George Brandis.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government has confirmed it will put two bills aimed a curbing union power back before Parliament, but Prime Minister Tony Abbott has played down reports he is seeking a trigger for a...

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Bill Shorten appears before the royal commission into trade union corruption: day 2 live

Bill Shorten leaving the royal commission on Wednesday.

Judith Ireland Opposition Leader Bill Shorten appears before the royal commission into trade unions for a second day.

Bill Shorten appears before the royal commission into trade union corruption: live

Bill Shorten.

Judith Ireland Opposition Leader Bill Shorten appears before the royal commission into trade unions.