Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
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...
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?
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.
Judith Ireland Tony Abbott has come up with another strategy to hang on to his job.
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.
Judith Ireland They say that there's no such thing as bad publicity. But sometimes it helps to be out of the limelight.
Judith Ireland A premier is gone. A state government is lost. And the fallout begins.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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".
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...
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...
Judith Ireland Everyone was predicting that this year in politics was going to be humdrum, business as usual and DULL.
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.
Judith Ireland One of Tony Abbott's biggest supporters has rated the Prime Minister's performance with a D-minus.
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...