Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland The Department of Immigration has conceded that details of thousands of asylum seekers held in Australia were inadvertently made public online.
Drunks who end up in hospital should pay for treatment, says former adviser to Tony Abbott, Terry Barnes
Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland People who go to hospital for injuries sustained while drunk should be asked to pay something towards the cost of their treatment, according to a former adviser to Tony Abbott.
Deborah Gough, Judith Ireland West Australian voters are likely to return to the polls after the High Court ruled two candidates were not duly elected during last year's federal election.
Judith Ireland Qantas wants help (not handouts) as jobs, jobs and more jobs continue to dominate the Canberra agenda.
Judith Ireland The Lord's Prayer will be put on the parliamentary chopping block on Thursday and replaced with silent reflection, if the Greens have their way.
Judith Ireland Parliament pauses to think about indigenous Australia. Tony Abbott will deliver the government's annual report on 'Closing the Gap,' with Labor chipping in.
Judith Ireland It's ba-aaack. Parliament returns for 2014, tanned, toned and ready to talk about jobs. The Coalition have announced a royal commission into union dodginess but attentions are also focussed keenly on...
Judith Ireland In the spirit of a healthy verbal prune - and for the sake of the nation's irritation levels - could the following phrases please be excised from political debate this year
Judith Ireland, James Massola Liberal MP Sharman Stone has warned her Coalition colleagues about the risk of suicides in her Murray electorate if the SPC Ardmona fruit processor closes down.
James Massola, Judith Ireland One of Australia's most senior union officials has criticised the industrial relations system for "dragging Australia down" and fired a broadside at "criminals" who betrayed the union movement and...
Judith Ireland, Henrietta Cook Government frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull has defended Tony Abbott against accusations he lied about workers' conditions at fruit grower SPC, saying the Prime Minister has never lied to him and does...
Judith Ireland Outspoken Coalition MP Sharman Stone has hinted that she may not stay in the Liberal Party forever.
Kim Carr says Abbott government 'quietly vicious' after former PMs are subpoenaed by royal commission
Judith Ireland, Mark Kenny, James Massola Labor frontbencher Kim Carr has hit out at the Coalition-ordered royal commission into Labor's home insulation program, describing the Abbott government as ''quietly vicious'' and ''vindictive''.
Judith Ireland Treasurer Joe Hockey has poured cold water over reports of a multibillion-dollar federal government rescue package for struggling Australian farmers, arguing there is no proposal before cabinet.
Judith Ireland There was nothing extraordinary about the two-minute YouTube message that Prime Minister Tony Abbott distributed over social media on Sunday evening.
Judith Ireland Australia's Human Rights Commission has launched a national inquiry into children in detention, following concerns about the health and wellbeing of ''unprecedented'' numbers of children ''living...
Judith Ireland Former deputy prime minister Wayne Swan is not surprised by a poll that shows support for a republic is less than 40 per cent but he sees it as a challenge to republicans to ''redouble efforts''.
Judith Ireland The Coalition has seized on new figures that show the hourly cost of long day care has increased by 50 per cent since 2007, blaming the rise on the Rudd-Gillard governments.
Judith Ireland Employment Minister Eric Abetz has defended the Coalition's decision to provide chocolate company Cadbury with $16 million of taxpayers' money in the wake of its rejection of SPC Ardmona's bid for...
Judith Ireland Andrew Laming is many things. He's a former GP, ophthalmologist, Harvard graduate and qualified personal trainer.