Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland Australia’s $150 billion welfare system should be radically simplified to include just five primary payments, with upfront investment in people at risk of long-term unemployment, a major review...
Judith Ireland It's the fancy pants kitchen appliance on every wedding registry and foodie wish list around the country.
Judith Ireland Convicted paedophile Rolf Harris has lost two of his prestigious Australian honours.
Judith Ireland Having a kid is right up there with contentious life experiences.
Judith Ireland Childcare experts and parents alike have been left scratching their heads at the Productivity Commission's blueprint for childcare reform, arguing its proposed streamlined system is too difficult to...
Judith Ireland A major report has recommended overhauling the way it subsidises childcare. How would the changes affect you?
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.