Judith Ireland is an online political reporter for The National Times, and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has described the actions of guards who reportedly mocked an asylum seeker who self-harmed as ''completely unacceptable''.
Judith Ireland The Foreign Affairs Department has stepped up its travel advice to Bangladesh, warning Australians to ''reconsider'' their need to travel in the wake of volatile elections in the country.
Judith Ireland The High-Waisted Pants Award for an idea that seemed like a good one at the time.
Judith Ireland Disability and welfare advocates have questioned the Abbott government's plans to tighten up the disability support pension, arguing the Coalition is pulling the ''wrong levers'' to get more people...
Judith Ireland Disability advocates argue Coalition is pulling 'wrong levers' to get more people into jobs.
Judith Ireland Same-sex marriage advocates have drawn up a hit list of about 70 federal politicians.
Tim Wilson's appointment as Human Rights Commissioner could see cuts to a program on school bullying
Judith Ireland Mr Wilson's salary would have to come out of the commission's current annual $25m budget.
Julie Bishop says MP group told to stay away from parts of Nauru detention centre to 'maintain calm'
Judith Ireland Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she did not visit sites where single male asylum seekers are held on Nauru because she was advised it could disrupt the peace.
Judith Ireland An adoption expert has questioned why Prime Minister Tony Abbott has set up a new group to report on intercountry adoptions just weeks after he disbanded another advisory body on the issue.
Judith Ireland Former governor-general William Deane has called on Australians to have more understanding and compassion for asylum seekers who risk their lives to come to Australia.
Mark Kenny, Gareth Hutchens, Judith Ireland Joe Hockey has abandoned the federal government's commitment to achieve a budget surplus by 2016/17 arguing it would never have been achieved because spending was racing out of control.
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended the right of his MPs to speak out on same-sex marriage, describing the Liberal Party as a ''broad church''.
Judith Ireland Australia's war in Afghanistan is over, with Australian Defence Force combat troops in the air on their way home.
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has celebrated his first 100 days of government with a trip to the Great Ocean Road where he reannounced an election promise.
Judith Ireland Australia's new ambassador for women and girls will be former Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja, in a surprise appointment by the Abbott government.
Gareth Hutchens and Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suggested using ''truancy officers'' to ensure that all indigenous children go to school and his paid parental leave scheme will be extended to cover all state public...
Judith Ireland For a spell, just before the House rose for the summer holidays, it genuinely managed to rise above politics.
Judith Ireland All states and territories have agreed to start the process towards "one-stop shops" for environmental approvals at the Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra, in a move that was...
Judith Ireland What do same-sex marriage, car making and Paul Keating all having in common? They are all on the menu in Canberra today. It is the last day of sittings for 2013.
Judith Ireland It's the second last (planned) sitting day of the year! But don't break out that eggnog just yet. The lineup of issues is just like John Wayne: tall and complex.