Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Welfare controls will not apply to everyone on benefits, Alan Tudge says

Mining magnate Andrew Forrest.

Judith Ireland The federal government is "actively" considering mining magnate Andrew Forrest's recommendations that welfare recipients be issued with a debit card to ensure they do not spend their benefits on...

There's no aphrodisiac like history and Gough Whitlam

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland You would be hard pressed to find an Australian who did not cop the effects of the Whitlam era.

Abbott government in talks with banks about welfare cards


Judith Ireland The federal government is in talks with banks about a controversial proposal to issue welfare recipients with a card that would ensure they used their benefits for things like food and clothing and...

Whitlam and conscription – an end to the lottery of death

Gough Whitlam speaking at a Vietnam peace rally in in 1965.

Judith Ireland It was called the lottery of death.

Bob Day opens the door to one-month dole wait

Family First senator Bob Day:

Judith Ireland Crossbench Senator Bob Day is opening the door to the idea of a one-month wait for the dole, instead of the six months proposed in the budget.

Kevin Andrews says welfare reform a 'two-term exercise'

Kevin Andrews sees welfare reform as a

Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has described the Coalition's welfare reforms as a "two-term exercise," as he prepares to receive the delayed final report of the federal government's review of...

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Tim Watts on why privileged men need to join the domestic violence fight


Judith Ireland In April this year, a 33 year-old mother of four was stabbed to death in front of lunchtime shoppers in Tim Watts' west Melbourne electorate.

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High-tech stalking the new front in domestic violence

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The Age. Photo:EDDIE JIM.

Judith Ireland Julie Oberin first noticed the domestic violence challenge was changing when women she was putting in safe houses in northern Victoria started to be found by their ex partners.

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop should follow Victoria's lead and ban planted questions


Judith Ireland She may have lost out on an international gig, but there's plenty of work to be done at home.

Domestic violence strategy lacks funding and focus: women's groups

Women's groups have questioned the government's strategy for preventing domestic violence.

Judith Ireland Women's groups have questioned the federal government's plan to combat domestic violence, saying there is not enough funding at a local level and not enough clarity about how the plan will produce...

Childcare quality gets tick from carers, parents


Judith Ireland The national framework which seeks to boost child-carer qualifications and lower staff-to-child ratios has received a broad tick of approval from parents and the childcare sector, according to a...

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Mentally ill may not lose disability pension under McClure review

Patrick McClure

Judith Ireland People with mental illness would not necessarily lose their disability support pensions, the head of the government's welfare review has suggested, in comments that should assuage the fears of those...

Iraq air strikes: Tony Abbott's announcement live

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Tony Abbott has announced a press conference for 12.30pm. It can only mean one thing ...

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Awesome Tasmania and the guy who sells fish

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland Who cares about the official spiel when there is complimentary pinot noir and sausage sandwiches, writes Judith Ireland

Politics Live: October 2, 2014

Independent MP Cathy McGowan reacts to the answer from Assistant Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 2 October 2014.

Judith Ireland Once more with feeling. The government has another go at its social services budget bills as the Senate debates Bob Day and Cory Bernardi's rebooted race hate laws.

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Politics Live: October 1, 2014

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop met with Australian Hollywood actor Chris Hemsworth patron of the Australian Childhood Foundation at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 1 October 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland ASIO powers are in the lower house and welfare changes are in the Senate. George Brandis is down at the National Press Club and the government is up in arms about PUP's inquiry into the Newman...

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Politics Live: September 30, 2014

PUP Senator Glenn Lazarus during the debate on the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) Repeal Bill in the Senate, Parliament House in Canberra.

Judith Ireland As police carry out counter-terror raids in Melbourne, Parliament sits in Canberra. But first: party rooms meet. Meanwhile, Tony Abbott is back from New York and he is here to help.

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Explainer: does investment in childcare quality risk pricing parents out of the market?

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Judith Ireland The debates about childcare - its cost and availability, workers' qualifications, its relationship to kids' development and parents staying in work - have all the qualities of a toddler.

Real feminism comes in many forms

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland Here in Canberra this week, there has been excitement about the fact that Australia was starring at the United Nations.