Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland Crossbench Senator Bob Day is opening the door to the idea of a one-month wait for the dole, instead of the six months proposed in the budget.
Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has described the Coalition's welfare reforms as a "two-term exercise," as he prepares to receive the delayed final report of the federal government's review of...
Judith Ireland In April this year, a 33 year-old mother of four was stabbed to death in front of lunchtime shoppers in Tim Watts' west Melbourne electorate.
Judith Ireland Julie Oberin first noticed the domestic violence challenge was changing when women she was putting in safe houses in northern Victoria started to be found by their ex partners.
Judith Ireland She may have lost out on an international gig, but there's plenty of work to be done at home.
Judith Ireland Women's groups have questioned the federal government's plan to combat domestic violence, saying there is not enough funding at a local level and not enough clarity about how the plan will produce...
Judith Ireland The national framework which seeks to boost child-carer qualifications and lower staff-to-child ratios has received a broad tick of approval from parents and the childcare sector, according to a...
Judith Ireland People with mental illness would not necessarily lose their disability support pensions, the head of the government's welfare review has suggested, in comments that should assuage the fears of those...
Judith Ireland Tony Abbott has announced a press conference for 12.30pm. It can only mean one thing ...
Judith Ireland Who cares about the official spiel when there is complimentary pinot noir and sausage sandwiches, writes Judith Ireland
Judith Ireland Once more with feeling. The government has another go at its social services budget bills as the Senate debates Bob Day and Cory Bernardi's rebooted race hate laws.
Judith Ireland ASIO powers are in the lower house and welfare changes are in the Senate. George Brandis is down at the National Press Club and the government is up in arms about PUP's inquiry into the Newman...
Judith Ireland As police carry out counter-terror raids in Melbourne, Parliament sits in Canberra. But first: party rooms meet. Meanwhile, Tony Abbott is back from New York and he is here to help.
Judith Ireland The debates about childcare - its cost and availability, workers' qualifications, its relationship to kids' development and parents staying in work - have all the qualities of a toddler.
Judith Ireland Here in Canberra this week, there has been excitement about the fact that Australia was starring at the United Nations.
Judith Ireland Tony Abbott's in New York, New York as rain clouds form on a Canberran Thursday. Is the Racial Discrimination Act coming back to Parliament? Bob Day is on the case.
Judith Ireland Tony Abbott is in New York, the national security legislation is in the Senate and Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd are in the boxing ring. Oh, and Peter Slipper is in court and due to be sentenced.
Judith Ireland Polls abound as party rooms meet. It is a classic Tuesday in Canberra. But with a large side-serving of national security.
Judith Ireland Alert, alarmed and totally confused. What's going on with the government's terror bills? And their social services measures while we're at it. Meanwhile, Julia Gillard is having a fight with Bob Carr.
Judith Ireland Liberal MP Craig Laundy has had a change of heart when it comes to the same-sex marriage debate, dealing a blow to advocates of marriage equality.