Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Peak childhood body calls for childcare levy to fund reform

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...

What would it be like if the nation did a Bishop or Turnbull instead?

Malcolm Turnbull

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?

Questions raised over funding for Abbott government's new families package

Judith Ireland The business community is still in the dark over whether it will be funding the government's new families package as the Abbott government left the door open to keeping a planned 1.

'Back To Work Tuesday': Tony Abbott's days of the week

PM Tony Abbott and his wife Margie meet kids at the Little Pines Childcare Centre in Russell Lea to announce changes in Childcare policy.
Pic Nick Moir 3 feb 2015

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott has come up with another strategy to hang on to his job.

Ten things missing from Tony Abbott's National Press Club speech


Judith Ireland Tony Abbott's appearance at the National Press Club on Monday was billed as his chance to retain his slipping grip on the prime ministership.

While it all hits the fan, Malcolm Turnbull is safely away in LA


Judith Ireland They say that there's no such thing as bad publicity. But sometimes it helps to be out of the limelight.

Politics Live: fallout from Queensland election threatens Tony Abbott

PM Abbott under pressure to admit mistakes

Judith Ireland A premier is gone. A state government is lost. And the fallout begins.

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Natasha Stott Despoja: 'people are sick and tired of the statistics'

Natasha Stott Despoja

Judith Ireland Natasha Stott Despoja has been campaigning against domestic violence ever since she was a small child and her journalist mother, Shirley, would take her along to women's refuges. 

Scott Morrison throws lifeline to community groups

Scott Morrison

Judith Ireland Community groups have been thrown a last minute lifeline by the Abbott government, after Social Services Minister Scott Morrison announced bridging funding for those delivering frontline services.

It's the toughest job in the country so should we be so hard on Tony Abbott?

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland If the Libs do change leaders and we get a new Prime Minister ultimately, we will be disappointed. Because the job of modern prime minister is almost impossible to get right.

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Epidemic, but no domestic violence royal commission

Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, has said a royal commission into domestic violence is unnecessary.

Judith Ireland The national peak body for victims of domestic violence is calling on the Abbott government to establish a royal commission into domestic violence, arguing a national inquiry is needed to focus on...

Minister downplays idea of national royal commission into domestic violence

Michaelia Cash

Judith Ireland Abbott government minister Michaelia Cash has downplayed the idea of holding a national royal commission into domestic violence, arguing that the government has already "accepted" that it was a...

Work for the dole a waste of money: Australian Council of Social Service

ACOSS chief executive Cassandra Goldie.

Judith Ireland The country's peak community body is calling on the government to use the May budget to divert funds from the work for the dole scheme and into a fund that helps long-term unemployed people. 

'They're like us now. They weren't': Pastors befriend Bali Nine pair on death row

Andrew Chan singing praise during mass.

Judith Ireland The day the Bali Nine were arrested in Denpasar in 2005, Christie Buckingham wrote in her prayer diary, "How dumb can you get and still breathe? Nevertheless Lord, show your mercy". 

Joe Hockey's comments on living to 150 a Sarah Palin moment, says Bill Shorten

People will be living to 150: Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Judith Ireland, Mark Kenny, Matthew Knott The head of one of the country's most prestigious medical schools has described Joe Hockey's comment that children born today could live to 150 years of age as a "reasonable assumption", while Labor...

Australia will keep diplomats in Indonesia for now: Julie Bishop

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Judith Ireland Australia has no plans to withdraw its diplomats from Indonesia but Foreign Minister Julie Bishop would not speculate on what might happen "should the Indonesian government carry through its threat...

The Feds: The 2014 federal politics awards

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland Everyone was predicting that this year in politics was going to be humdrum, business as usual and DULL.

Kevin Andrews' relationship vouchers are still looking for love

Judith Ireland More than 90 per cent of Kevin Andrews' free relationship vouchers are still in want of a couple and a couch, even though the trial period for the scheme is almost half over.

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Ray Hadley attacks Tony Abbott's response to Martin Place siege during interview

2GB host Ray Hadley attacked Tony Abbott during a live radio interview.

Judith Ireland One of Tony Abbott's biggest supporters has rated the Prime Minister's performance with a D-minus.

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Tony Abbott questions gun laws as he announces inquiry into Martin Place siege

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suggested that gun laws may need to be changed as he announced an urgent review into the Martin Place siege that took the lives of two hostages, saying he wanted...