Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland The Coalition appears likely to reject a radical proposal that would control how all Australians who receive a working age welfare payment spend their benefits.
Judith Ireland and Rachel Browne Parents would be able to sublet their precious childcare places while they are on holiday or on maternity leave under a Productivity Commission idea that has been backed by the Abbott government.
David Wroe and Judith Ireland A small number of Australian soldiers will be deployed to back up police charged with securing the crash site of MH-17 in Ukraine.
Judith Ireland There has been the sense this week that we have been seeing a different side of Tony Abbott.
Judith Ireland In another lengthy press conference about the MH17, Tony Abbott's bloodshot eyes betrayed the effort of the days following the disaster.
Judith Ireland Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is travelling to the Netherlands where he will meet aircraft bringing the victims of the MH17 disaster back from Ukraine.
Judith Ireland Palmer United's Jacqui Lambie has declared she ''won't be scripted'' and that being a senator will not change her in the wake of controversy over comments she made about her ideal man.
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed a Productivity Commission suggestion that funds be redirected away from his signature paid parental leave scheme and into childcare services, arguing the two...
Judith Ireland If a male politician offered a similar opinion to the PUP senator it would be a career-ending offence.
Australian military plane leaves for the Netherlands to return bodies of Australian MH17 victims home
David Wroe, Judith Ireland An Australian C-17 military plane is in the air on its way to the Netherlands in preparation to start returning the bodies of Australian victims of the MH17 crash.
Judith Ireland The Coalition has dismissed a Productivity Commission suggestion that funds be redirected away from Tony Abbott's paid parental scheme and into childcare services, arguing that the two are "separate...
Judith Ireland The Abbott government's push for a full independent investigation into the downing of MH17 over Ukraine has been backed by a unanimous vote UN Security Council, increasing pressure on Russia to...
James Massola, David Wroe, Judith Ireland Prime Minster Tony Abbott has lashed the ''absolutely shambolic'' situation at the site of the downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, as he dispatched former defence force chief Angus Houston as his...
Judith Ireland Russia will support an Australian-sponsored United Nations Security Council resolution to provide unfettered access to the MH17 crash site and to set up an independent investigation into the...
MH17: Abbott government may declare downing of plane a terrorist attack, triggering payments to families
Judith Ireland The federal government is considering declaring the MH17 disaster a terrorist attack, which would trigger payments of up to $75,000 to the families of Australian victims.
Judith Ireland It was Thursday evening and a weary Senate was deep in the throes of a debate on the mining tax.
Judith Ireland The Senate and the House sit for a bonus day of Parliament, as the world wakes up to the news that a plane is believed to have been shot down over Ukraine.
Judith Ireland It's the last sitting day before a five week break ... or is it? The government is "hopeful" that the carbon tax will be repealed today.
Judith Ireland The Senate has a big to-do list and the House is thanking its lucky stars it hasn't had its hours extended too.
Judith Ireland The carbon tax is headed to the Senate and financial systems go to the Press Club. Meanwhile, the PM's dining room gets a makeover and public support for same-sex marriage is at an all-time high.