Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland Tony Abbott is in Mumbai and Julie Bishop is in Wales ... which means Warren Truss is left with the keys to the national ute. (Metaphorically speaking.)
Judith Ireland Ding dong, the mining tax is gone! But what does this mean for superannuation? And what does Clive Palmer have against ice buckets? Hmm?
Judith Ireland Apparently Iraq is a dangerous place. Who knew? There is confusion over whether an Aussie transport aircraft came under fire from militants in Iraq as Parliament sits.
Judith Ireland What is it good for? Australia is poised to airlift "military equipment" to the Kurds as Parliament sits. It's Monday in Canberra.
Judith Ireland How noodle-y is the nation? What will we do about Iraq? And are the PUPs one big happy litter? These are the questions dominating play at the big P today.
Judith Ireland The nation's peak mental heath body has called for a "complete rethink" of the way the welfare system treats people with mental illness, while rejecting a proposal that only people with "permanent...
Judith Ireland Was Tony Abbott's visit to a cancer centre all that it seemed? How much of a bargain is Malcolm Turnbull's broadband scheme? And who is Joe Hockey's new speech writer? These are just some of the...
Judith Ireland Dry clean your suit and charge your mobile! Federal parliament is back and sitting in Canberra after the winter break. Everyone is rested, rejuvenated and still stuck in that rut they call the budget.
Judith Ireland Australian parents are adament they do not want want the qualification requirements for child care workers looking after small children to be watered down, according to a survey by a leading parents...
Judith Ireland Foreign Minister says Clive Palmer should ''reflect'' on his actions in the wake of his comments about the Chinese.
Judith Ireland The peak body representing Australian psychiatrists has rejected the proposal that only people with a ''permanent impairment'' should get the disability support pension, saying the plan fails to...
Judith Ireland Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer says he would consider voting for a waiting period for young people to qualify for the dole, but only if it is no longer than 60 seconds.
Judith Ireland Australian terrorism experts have questioned the Coalition's move to cut welfare payments to people involved in extremist conduct, saying it could push potential extremists into the arms of terror...
Judith Ireland The National Disability Insurance Scheme is being rolled out under budget, according to a report from agency implementing the scheme.
Judith Ireland Australian workers should be able to take specific paid leave for domestic violence: ACTU.
Judith Ireland Labor and welfare groups have rounded on the Abbott government for its plan to temporarily cut payments for job seekers who refuse work offers without a good excuse, arguing the policy is unnecessary...
Judith Ireland Australian workers should be able to take specific paid leave for domestic violence, unions have demanded.
James Massola, Matthew Knott and Judith Ireland Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop has urged compromise with the Senate crossbench to repeal the mining tax and pass contentious budget measures, citing John Howard's GST compromise.
Judith Ireland There are few labels more vexed in Australian politics than being "out of touch".
Judith Ireland The family of the first Australian victims of the MH17 tragedy to be publicly identified say they are relieved Mary and Gerry Menke are coming home.