Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Coalition close to deal on family payment cuts

Judith Ireland The Coalition is on the verge of a breakthrough on its stalled family tax benefits policy, with a compromise deal expected as soon as this week.

Female voters flocking back to the Coalition under Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull  has compiled a list of innovators he can talk about later this year.

Judith Ireland Women are flocking back to the Coalition under Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministership after staying away under Tony Abbott.

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Seniors at risk of fraud, financial abuse, warns Age Discrimination Commissioner

Judith Ireland A national response to stop older Australians falling victim to financial abuse and fraud is urgently needed according to the Age Discrimination Commissioner.

Carer, disability and family payments in sights of new Social Services Minister Christian Porter

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Christian Porter, listens as Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke speaks after the presentation of the Omnibus Repeal Day Bill, at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 18 March 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Christian Porter is on the hunt for savings in his new portfolio, hinting spending cuts on carer and disability payments may be needed to get the budget back to surplus.

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Human face of Australian poverty: St Vincent de Paul highlights stories of struggle

Community and welfare groups have long been calling for Newstart payments for a single person  to be boosted by $50 a week.

Judith Ireland The St Vincent de Paul Society has collected more than 70 stories of Australians living in poverty for a report released on Wednesday.

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New senator Robert Simms talks of struggle to come out

Greens senator Robert Simms delivers his first speech to the Senate on Tuesday.

Judith Ireland When Robert Simms was growing up in Adelaide, there was one thing the self-confessed "nerd" who loved debating and student politics would never have considered talking about in a speech, let alone...

'Assault on our values': Malcolm Turnbull urges Australians to maintain national unity

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Mr Turnbull during the launch of the 2015 National Day of Unity at Parliament House on Tuesday.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on Australians of all faiths to be united, declaring that the country will answer the threat of terrorism by "being strong and resolute in our unity".

Age discrimination commissioner Susan Ryan urges national plan against elder abuse

Judith Ireland Australia's existing laws don't effectively protect older people from elder abuse, Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan will say in a Tuesday address. 

Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey keep themselves busy with 'paperwork' on the backbench

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Judith Ireland Never before has two men sitting on a small couch been more hotly anticipated. What would Tony and Joe do on the backbench?

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Senate push for more women on government boards

Carolyn Hewson: Time for change.

Judith Ireland Carolyn Hewson has been a full-time worker for more than 35 years. She thought it was inevitable that more women would be appointed to boards, but is sick of waiting.

The 60,000 sick children not getting the education they need: report

Co-founder of Missing School Megan Gilmour and her son Darcy.

Judith Ireland When Megan Gilmour's son Darcy fell gravely ill, her concerns were not only for his health, but also for his schooling.

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National poverty plan needed, say welfare groups


Judith Ireland Australia's eight state and territory councils of social service are calling for a national plan to tackle poverty in Australia, arguing the federal government needs to have target to reduce the...

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'It's good to get some constructive feedback': Malcolm Turnbull shrugs off party ridicule

The PM was heckled when addressed the party faithful on Saturday.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has tried to laugh off the awkwardness of a Liberal Party meeting on Saturday, where he was laughed at by party members.

Penny Wong challenges Malcolm Turnbull to negotiate on China free trade agreement

Shadow Trade minister Senator Penny Wong.

James Massola, Judith Ireland Labor will release details of its plan to safeguard Australian jobs under the China free trade agreement, Trade spokeswoman Penny Wong says.

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Malcolm Turnbull announces anti-terrorism summit, urges mutual respect

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney on Friday.

David Wroe and Judith Ireland Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will hold an urgent stocktake meeting on counter-terrorism policy next week as he seeks to reach out to Muslim Australians as the nation's frontline against extremists.

Malcolm Turnbull pleads for 'mutual respect' as tensions rise in wake of terror attack

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has issued a plea for unity and tolerance in Australia, describing violent extremism as a "challenge to the most fundamental Australian values".

Radicalised youth

Sickening twist when it comes to worrying about our young people

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Judith Ireland We are not just worried about "extremism" or "home-grown terror" but "the radicalisation of young people".

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Fall in number of women on government boards

Minister for Women Michaelia Cash.

Judith Ireland The number of women on federal government boards has dropped slightly over the past year, with only 39.1 per cent of positions held by women. 

Australia: One of the best places in the world to die

Australia has ranked second in the world for palliative care.

Judith Ireland Australia is often praised for its quality of life, but a new report has singled out the lucky country as one of the best places to die in the world. 

Violent extremism a social issue, not just a national security one: frontbencher

Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells on Tuesday.

Judith Ireland Turnbull government frontbencher Concetta Fierravanti-Wells is urging Australians to see the radicalisation of young people as a social issue and not just a national security problem.