Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

New report calls for radical welfare overhaul

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...

Kitchen confusion: Thermomix tender triggers entertaining Senate scenes


Judith Ireland It's the fancy pants kitchen appliance on every wedding registry and foodie wish list around the country. 

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Rolf Harris stripped of Australian honours by Governor-General

Entertainer and convicted paedophile Rolf Harris.

Judith Ireland Convicted paedophile Rolf Harris has lost two of his prestigious Australian honours. 

Productivity Commission: Why the care factor is low for the childcare report


Judith Ireland Having a kid is right up there with contentious life experiences.

Childcare report gets thumbs down from sector

Generic childcare, toddler, preschool, kids, children, play. Thursday 1st September 2011 AFR photo Louie Douvis

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...

Childcare explainer: What changes are the Productivity Commission proposing?

Generic childcare, toddler, preschool, kids, children, play. Thursday 1st September 2011 AFR photo Louie Douvis

Judith Ireland A major report has recommended overhauling the way it subsidises childcare. How would the changes affect you?

Nannies and a single payment recommended by childcare report

Childcare: Nannies, grandparents and anyone else willing could join workers at childcare centres and family day care in being eligible for government payments.

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. 

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Same-sex marriage supporters call Kevin Andrews but he won't answer

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews' has opted out of receiving the calls from same-sex marriage supporters as part of the

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. 

Women managers paid up to 45% less than their male peers: new data

Women managers who work in administrative and support services have a gender pay gap of 44.7 per cent.

Judith Ireland Women in management ranks get paid as much as 45 per cent less than their male peers, new government data has revealed. 

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Same-sex marriage: federal MPs targeted in new phone campaign

Judith Ireland Federal MPs are being targetted by a new phone campaign. 

Meet the new Whip, Scott Buchholz

Queensland LNP member Scott Buchholz is the government's new Chief Whip.

Judith Ireland He's the man who calls people "rocket" and "champ" who wanted to be the Pope when he was younger. 

Labor criticises Scott Morrison for 'misleading statement' on part-pension increase

Jenny Macklin

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.

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New Social Services Minister Scott Morrison shows his colours

Judith Ireland Scott Morrison says he is a fixer, not an ideologist, as he flags a kinder, gentler approach to welfare and families policy.

Tony Abbott's families package explained

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

Tony Abbott's language problem is a big part of his leadership woes

For Prime Minister Tony Abbott to say he felt no guilt –

Judith Ireland If we are honest, this week essentially finished at 9.30am on Monday.

Tanya Plibersek makes the personal political in urging mercy for Bali nine pair on death row

Tanya Plibersek with her husband Michael Coutts-Trotter arrive at the Press Gallery Mid Winter Ball in Parliament House Canberra on 20 June 2013 Photo: Andrew Meares

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

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek speaks during a motion for a stay of executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, at Parliament House on Thursday.

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...

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Senate to hold inquiry into abuse of disabled people following Yooralla case

Craig Wallace, president of People with Disability Australia.

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.

'Taken out of the game': Housing groups can't continue beyond June due to funding cuts


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. 

Tony Abbott must back off and listen to regain trust of MPs, experts say

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott poses for a photo in his Sydney office on Sunday 8 September 2013.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

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.