Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland Community and welfare groups have slammed the Abbott government's plans to make young unemployed people wait four weeks to get the dole, telling a Senate committee there is no evidence it will help...
Judith Ireland Volunteering for activities such Meals on Wheels and at school tuck shops should count as "work" that will qualify parents for childcare payments, major childcare providers say.
Judith Ireland Bronwyn Bishop's time in the speaker's chair may have been brief. But it was far from boring.
Judith Ireland When it comes to talk about the lack of women in positions of power and influence, the infamous m-word is never far away.
Judith Ireland It was billed as a showdown between two of Parliament's biggest warriors in the same-sex marriage debate. In the left corner was Penny Wong. In the right was Cory Bernardi.
Mark Kenny and Judith Ireland Hopes of a breakthrough on same-sex marriage before Christmas appear to have dimmed as Liberals line up to deny a free vote because granting it would amount to a de facto vote for full marriage...
Judith Ireland Australia's peak body for nannies has hit out at guidelines for the government's nanny subsidy trial, arguing the program has been "set up to fail".
Judith Ireland Have you noticed the spurt of reclaiming that has been going on recently?
Judith Ireland Labor leader Bill Shorten has called for an Australian republic within ten years.
Judith Ireland The most disadvantaged communities in NSW have shown little sign of improvement over the past 15 years, a report shows.
Judith Ireland Victoria's most disadvantaged communities have shown little sign of improvement over the past 15 years, a new report shows.
Judith Ireland If anything, when it comes to female representation, Australia is going backwards.
Judith Ireland Labor has again emphatically ruled out reintroducing a carbon tax but has confirmed it is still examining a new climate change policy that will include an emissions trading scheme.
Tom Allard and Judith Ireland As Indonesia shocks farmers with a drastic cut in live cattle permits, the head of the Australia Indonesia Business Council says it's time to tell the uncomfortable truth about the anger in Jakarta...
Judith Ireland Barnaby Joyce has described Indonesia's decision to cut drastically live cattle permits as "disappointing", but says it is his responsibility as Agriculture Minister to find an alternative market for...
Judith Ireland and Jane Lee Attorney-General George Brandis has sneaked through a rise in divorce application and other court fees, even though the Senate blocked the move last month.
Judith Ireland Australia's live export industry is in shock after Indonesia has drastically reduced the number of import permits for cattle for the current quarter.
Early election? Tony Abbott silent on rumours of double dissolution as anti-union bill returns to Senate
Judith Ireland The Abbott government has confirmed it will put two bills aimed a curbing union power back before Parliament, but Prime Minister Tony Abbott has played down reports he is seeking a trigger for a...
Judith Ireland Opposition Leader Bill Shorten appears before the royal commission into trade unions for a second day.
Judith Ireland Opposition Leader Bill Shorten appears before the royal commission into trade unions.