Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Call for base-payment

Judith Ireland Australia's welfare system should be radically overhauled to replace all working age payments and pensions with a single basic payment that would cover ''life's essentials'', the peak welfare group...

ACOSS call for single welfare payment to cover 'life essentials'

BOSS.  Portraiit of Cassandra Goldie head of ACOSS.  Photographed outside the Waterloo towers housing commission.  Pic by Nic Walker.  Date 9th December 2013.

Judith Ireland The welfare system should be radically overhauled to replace all working-age payments and pensions with a single basic payment that would cover "life's essentials," according to the country's peak...

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Australia to send aid planes to northern Iraq after US request

This US Navy handout photo.

Judith Ireland and Latika Bourke Australian forces could be involved in a humanitarian mission to Iraq within days, providing food and water to thousands of refugees.

Same-sex poll to pressure Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Nearly 80 per cent of swing voters support same-sex marriage, according to the Liberal Party's in-house pollster - findings that will ratchet up pressure on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his...

Australian forces could help with America's Iraq mission: Tony Abbott

F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron.

Judith Ireland Australian forces could be involved in a humanitarian mission to Iraq within days, to provide food and water to the thousands of people stranded in the north of the country, Prime Minister Tony...

Tony Abbott to visit Netherlands about MH17 disaster

Heading to the Netherlands: Tony Abbott.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott will travel to the Netherlands to meet his Dutch counterpart, Mark Rutte, as the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 continue to be identified.

Team Abbott rattled by loose cannon salvoes

Eric Abetz

James Massola Judith Ireland Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has slapped down senior frontbencher Eric Abetz for suggesting a link exists between abortion and breast cancer, while Liberal MPs rounded on the Employment Minister's...

Abbott slaps down 'sheepish' Abetz over his abortion, breast cancer link

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

James Massola, Judith Ireland, Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has slapped down senior frontbencher Eric Abetz for suggesting a link exists between abortion and breast cancer, while Liberal MPs rounded on the Employment Minister's...

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Tony Abbott's lesson in persuasive writing falls off the page

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland Politicians are used to hard-hitting questions. But they don’t always have to come from puffy-chested journalists or indigno-charged  opposition MPs.  

Kevin Andrews moves to clear confusion over sex workers and waiting period for the dole

Sex worker

Judith Ireland Sex work will count as ''gainful'' employment when it comes to the federal government considering whether or not a young person should have to wait six months to get unemployment benefits.

Community groups fear retaliatory funding cuts for comments critical of Coalition policy, warns ACOSS

Cassandra Goldie.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been called on to pledge not to strip funding from community groups if they express views critical of the Coalition.

Church groups call for independent body to set welfare payment levels

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Judith Ireland The power to set the level of welfare payments should be taken from the federal government and given to an independent body, according to major church groups.

No rush to change surrogacy laws in Australia, says Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Gammy, a baby born with Down's Syndrome, is held by his surrogate mother Pattaramon Janbua at a hospital in Chonburi province August 3, 2014.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH POLITICS)

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has moved to hose down expectations about what the federal government can do in response to the case of baby Gammy, saying he will not rush to make changes to surrogacy...

Family payments system needs reform to boost women's participation in workforce: Centre for Independent Studies report

BABY

Judith Ireland If the Abbott government is serious about boosting women's participation in the workforce, it should forget about its proposed paid parental leave scheme and fix the tangled family payments system...

Tony Abbott says the case of baby Gammy is a 'tragic' situation

Gammy

Judith Ireland Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has asked her department to work with the Attorney-General and Immigration departments to come up with a federal government response to the case of baby Gam

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews' relationship counselling drive off to slow start

Judith Ireland Federal Politics Kevin Andrews' love revolution is a slow burner.

Cash quarantine unfair to majority: welfare groups

Andrew Forrest

Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland, Fergus Hunter Indigenous leaders and welfare groups have criticised a radical proposal by mining billionaire Andrew Forrest for a large expansion of welfare quarantining, arguing such a move would disempower...

Tony Abbott's concern lapse for the children on his doorstep

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland As Australian Federal Police were again denied access to the MH17 crash site this week, you could hear the Prime Minister struggling to contain his outrage.

Defiant Palmer digs in on asset recycling

Heath Aston Judith Ireland Clive Palmer says his Senate team is prepared to vote to block supply to prevent Treasurer Joe Hockey's $6 billion asset recycling fund, designed to pay state governments to privatise assets.

PUP threatens to block supply over privatising states' assets

Clive Palmer.

Heath Aston, Judith Ireland Clive Palmer says his Senate team is prepared to vote to block supply to prevent Treasurer Joe Hockey's $6 billion asset recycling fund, designed to pay state governments to privatise assets.

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