Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Clive Palmer unveils same-sex marriage 'solution'

Judith Ireland Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer has a solution to same-sex marriage debate - take marriage away from the government and give it to the churches.

How Barack Obama caught Malcolm Turnbull, his fifth Australian PM, by surprise

US President Barack Obama, right, and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during their meeting in Manila on Tuesday ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Judith Ireland If Obama seemed a bit casual about meeting Malcolm Turnbull, can you blame him? It's the fifth Australian PM he's met.

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Cheer up Bill Shorten, it could be worse

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Judith Ireland Bill Shorten might be doing it tough. But he's not the only opposition leader to go through a tricky patch.

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First family of Syrian refugees to arrive in Australia

Social Services minister Christian Porter has announced the first refugee family from the crisis in Syria will arrive in Australian in the next 24 hours.

Judith Ireland The first group of refugees under the federal government's special program for Syrians is due to arrive in Australia in the next 24 hours.

Family payment cuts and childcare reforms form an uneasy marriage

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Judith Ireland As followers of other people's love lives may recall, when Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett got married in 1993, the world did a collective "huh?!"

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Political star recruits - are they all they're cracked up to be?

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Judith Ireland The bright idea that just keeps happening in politics is to get someone famous to stand for Parliament. But does it actually work?

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Turnbull and Charles? PMs past provide the real awkward moments

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Judith Ireland Malcolm meeting Charles wasn't the most awkward encounter on Wednesday.

Peak body calls for charities to merge amid funding squeeze

Community Council for Australia chief executive David Crosbie.

Judith Ireland The peak body for Australia's not-for-profit sector is calling on charities to think about closing or merging, because there are too many organisations competing for funds.

Coalition's family payments reform may breach human rights: parliamentary report

Judith Ireland A Coalition-chaired parliamentary committee has found that the Turnbull government's family payments bill may be in breach of Australians' human rights.

Family payments bill could be split as government looks to Senate

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday.

Judith Ireland The Turnbull government is considering breaking up its family payments legislation in order to get some savings through the Parliament, with Labor opposing most of the package and support from the...

Labor opposes bulk of Turnbull government's cuts to family payments

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

Judith Ireland Labor will oppose the bulk of the Coalition's planned changes to family payments, in a move that puts the puts the spotlight firmly on the crossbench to pass the package.

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Playing spot the difference with revamped question time

Labor MPs Terri Butler and Clare O'Neil listen during question time on Monday.

Judith Ireland Question time gets a revamp ... and it's just the same as before.

Australians get green light to adopt from Poland and Latvia

The Turnbull government has moved to allow Australians to adopt children from Poland and Latvia.

Judith Ireland Australians will be able to adopt children from Poland and Latvia under changes to overseas adoption announced by the Turnbull government. 

Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan seeks George Brandis' help on elder abuse

Susan Ryan is suggesting a national register for powers of attorney, so it would be clear who had control of an older person's financial affairs.

Judith Ireland The World Health Organization estimates one in 10 older people experiences elder abuse each month, but there is no Australia-wide data on the issue.

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Eyes on Malcolm Turnbull as Deborra-lee Furness urges faster adoption reform

Deborah-Lee Furness.

Judith Ireland Adoption campaigner Deborra-lee Furness says getting change on the issue is as difficult as moving Uluru.

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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton leaves door open to Syrian refugee increase

Syrian and Iraqi refugees land on the island of Lesbos from Turkey in October.

Judith Ireland Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says more assistance for Syrians will be needed because the situation will deteriorate.

It's time we brought Charles and Camilla in from the cold

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Judith Ireland Stop hating on Charles and Camilla. They are real people, not plastic royals.

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Muslims face racial discrimination, but don't have protection under act, report finds

A new report has found Muslim Australians regularly face abuse and discimination.

Judith Ireland Muslim Australians experience discrimination and abuse on a daily or regular basis, according to a new report by the Human Rights Commission.

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Warren Entsch downplays impact of Julie Bishop's support for marriage equality

Warren Entsch has welcomed Julie Bishop's show of support for gay marriage but says it is unlikely to change other Liberal MPs' views.

Judith Ireland The Coalition's biggest backer of same-sex marriage has welcomed Julie Bishop's show of support for the reform but said it's unlikely it will change other Liberal MPs' views.

Julie Bishop says 'I do' on same-sex marriage, but why now?

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop has had a habit of declining to make her position on same-sex marriage public.

Judith Ireland There was much ado recently about the meaning of Julie Bishop's red angry face Vladimir Putin emoji.

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