Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Mardi Gras film star puts in call to Madam Speaker

Bronwyn Bishop

Judith Ireland "This isn't something that I acquired from school or from home. This is just who I am." The message to Madam Speaker is just two and a half minutes long, but it has come all the way from Los Angeles.

Happy Women's Day. Now what?

Judith Ireland.

Judith Ireland Some people (like, say my old maths teacher) say that women and numbers don't go together. 

'Put your hand up': Michaelia Cash's advice to aspiring female politicians

Judith Ireland Michaelia Cash knows only too well that women experience a tougher brand of politics than men. 

Lunch with Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja

Natasha Stott Despoja.

Judith Ireland Just over a year into her role as Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, former senator Natasha Stott Despoja tells Judith Ireland she's enjoying discovering her inner diplomacy.

Intergenerational Report: Dole, disability spending to drop regardless of Abbott government spending crackdown

Social Services minister Scott Morrison released the McClure report on welfare reform at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday 25 February 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Spending on the dole and disability support pension is on track to drop over the next 40 years, even if the government's harsh budget measures like the six-month Newstart wait for under 30s are not...

National $30 million campaign to tackle domestic violence

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten greets Senator Michaela Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

Judith Ireland Federal and state governments will spend $30 million on a national awareness campaign to stop domestic violence as Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliament he will meet with Labor to discuss a...

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Federal and state governments commit $30 million for domestic violence campaign

Judith Ireland The Abbott government has pledged $15 million for a national awarenss campaign to stop domestic violence. 

Abbott government to announce workplace equality strategy

Michaelia Cash will announce a workplace gender equality strategy on Wednesday.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government is looking for fresh ideas to tackle the gender gap in Australian offices, asking the University of Melbourne to devise a Workplace Gender Equality Strategy.

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Voters prioritise more money for childcare and preschools over business tax cut: poll


Judith Ireland Australian voters think more funding for childcare and preschools is more important than a company tax cut, a new poll has found. 

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McClure welfare reform blueprint 'disappointing', says Jenny Macklin

Jenny Macklin

Judith Ireland Labor's families spokeswoman Jenny Macklin has rubbished the government's new welfare blueprint, describing it as "disappointing" and full of broad "common sense" findings that lack practical detail.

'Stop blaming the victim': Rosie Batty to address MPs

Rosie Batty.

Judith Ireland Australian of the Year Rosie Batty has a message for federal MPs: stop blaming the victims of domestic violence. 

The New Zealand welfare model – higher upfront investment for lower social and budget costs – heading to Australia?

Social Services minister Scott Morrison released the McClure report on welfare reform at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday 25 February 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland When Scott Morrison fronted the National Press Club this week, he was careful to point out that the McClure report into welfare he had just released was a "report to government, not from...

Government funding cuts bite emergency relief services

Linda Sabato, Christine Bird and Rambayi Majuru have been delivering emergency relief to people in Sydney's Sutherland Shire for 30 years.

Judith Ireland Christine Bird is the co-ordinator at the Crossroads Community Care Centre in Sydney's Sutherland Shire, where she works with locals facing poverty because of high rents, domestic violence and other...

The all-inclusive Scott Morrison and the politics of change

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Judith Ireland Scott Morrison made a heartfelt plea to Australia this week. 

Julia Gillard's gender reporting to be streamlined under Coalition

Minister for Women, Senator Michaelia Cash.

Judith Ireland Gender reporting requirements for companies will be kept by the Abbott government, but will not be as ambitious as those planned under Julia Gillard. 

Stop the boats. Start the charm: Scott Morrison takes the National Press Club

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison was all smiles at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

Judith Ireland Scott Morrison talked from slides instead of reading an entire speech. He smiled. He joked. People even laughed.

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Time to upgrade the Australian political debate as well as the welfare system: Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison

Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has made a plea to "upgrade" the quality of political debate in Australia, arguing that unless it is improved reform in his portfolio will not be possible.

New report calls for radical welfare overhaul

Review recommends welfare system overhaul: Social Services Minister Scott Morrison.

Judith Ireland Australia’s $150 billion welfare system should be radically simplified to include just five primary payments, with upfront investment in people at risk of long-term unemployment, a major review...

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Kitchen confusion: Thermomix tender triggers entertaining Senate scenes


Judith Ireland It's the fancy pants kitchen appliance on every wedding registry and foodie wish list around the country. 

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Rolf Harris stripped of Australian honours by Governor-General

Entertainer and convicted paedophile Rolf Harris.

Judith Ireland Convicted paedophile Rolf Harris has lost two of his prestigious Australian honours.