Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Vacant sex discrimination role has advocates concerned

Judith Ireland The Turnbull government is facing questions about a delay in appointing a new sex discrimination commissioner, with mounting concern from gender equality advocates that there is no one in the high...

Push to include young and old in economic reforms

Judith Ireland The federal government needs to better understand the needs of older and younger Australians if it is serious about economic reform, community groups say.

So Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is really, really rich. Get over it

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Judith Ireland The fact that Turnbull is fabulously wealthy is no secret and no revelation. So why are we so fixated by it?

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Australia's big task to meet the new UN development goals

Bill Gates, left, poses with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, centre, and Melinda Gates, right, at the UN headquarters. The UN has announced 17 Sustainable Development Goals to achieve shared peace and prosperity.

Judith Ireland and Fergus Hunter The world will agree on new sustainable development goals this weekend. How hard will they be for Australia to meet?

Malcolm Turnbull boosts domestic violence funding but aid groups say more needed

Australian of the Year Rosie Batty speaks during the announcement.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said it is "unAustralian" to disrespect women, in a stinging attack on the nation's levels of domestic violence. 

Malcolm Turnbull on domestic violence: Some people will hate what the PM had to say

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Judith Ireland Australia's Ambassador for Women Natasha Stott Despoja has been campaigning against domestic violence since she was young girl and her journalist mum, Shirley, would bring her along to shelters as...

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Malcolm Turnbull's scathing attack on men who commit domestic violence

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Judith Ireland Malcolm Turnbull has called on all Australians to make a "cultural shift" and stop disrespecting women.

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Christian who? Introducing new Social Services Minister Christian Porter

Christian Porter is sworn in as Minister for Social Services by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

Judith Ireland Christian Porter has just been put in charge of about a third of the federal budget. Despite the hugely powerful government role, to many Australians, he will be known as "Christian who?"

Sun shines on Malcolm Turnbull's new ministry

Kelly O'Dwyer's daughter Olivia joined the women in the ministry photo with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday.

Judith Ireland There was something in the air at Government House for the ministerial swearing in. And it wasn't pollen.

The leadership spill was the ultimate reality show

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Judith Ireland Who sided with who? Who owes who what? The leadership spill was one gory, glorious production.

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Scott Morrison concedes Tony Abbott offered him Treasurer's role before leadership ballot

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Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has revealed that Tony Abbott offered him the job as Treasurer in a last-ditch attempt to save his prime ministership on Monday.

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Malcolm Turnbull and his 'nicer' suit leave Labor in the awkward corner

Nicer suit: Malcolm Turnbull in question time on Thursday.

Judith Ireland Labor thought they would put Malcolm Turnbull in the awkward corner, but they quickly found they were trapped there themselves.

Why the left should not get too excited about a Malcolm Turnbull prime ministership

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is likely to accelate economic reform, Credit Suisse says.

Judith Ireland Should lefties really be hailing a Turnbull prime ministership as a victory for "their" side? There are many reasons why they should not get too excited.

Liberal leadership spill: Tony Abbott hard to hear after he got the chopper

Tony Abbott delivers his final statement as prime minister.

Judith Ireland As the minutes and then the hours ticked by and still, the nation had not heard from Tony Abbott, the theories began to form. 

Gap between rich and poor growing and will get worse: report

A new report has found the gap between Australia's richest and poorest has grown over the past decade.

Judith Ireland The gap between Australia's rich and poor grew by 13 per cent over the past decade and is projected to jump a further 10 per cent over the next 10 years, according to new research.

Liberal leadership spill: Few tears on the Senate crossbench for Tony Abbott

Senator David Leyonhjelm.

Judith Ireland As Malcolm Turnbull replaces Tony Abbott as prime minister, there won't be many tears shed on the Senate crossbench.

Liberal leadership challenge: Tony Abbott gets played by the Canberra game

Mr Abbott and Mr Turnbull in Parliament on Monday.

Judith Ireland The polls have been terrifying for Tony Abbott for as long as anyone can remember. He survived a "near death" leadership spill in February, only to face a conga line of inexplicable and dud moves...

Senator Penny Wright retires from Parliament with a nice parting message

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Judith Ireland The message coming loud and clear from voters is that they see Australia as a kinder place. And they want the government to keep itself nice.

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Adoption failures and agonising waits put off prospective parents

Fiona Court and her husband adopted a baby girl from China which took three and a half years. They are also foster parents to a six year old boy who they have tried to adopt however continue to experience difficulties in the domestic system.

Judith Ireland Fiona Court and her husband, Dale Bartley, waited three years to adopt their daughter from China and they are desperate to do the same with the son they began fostering in Australia two years ago.

'Policy paralysis': Tony Abbott's government the slowest for nearly five decades

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Judith Ireland and Fergus Hunter The Abbott government has had fewer bills finalised in its first 700 days in office than any other federal government over the same time period since the late 1960s.

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