Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Adoption failures and agonising waits put off prospective parents

Judith Ireland Fiona Court and her husband, Dale Bartley, waited three years to adopt their daughter from China and they are desperate to do the same with the son they began fostering in Australia two years ago.

'Policy paralysis': Tony Abbott's government the slowest for nearly five decades

Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland and Fergus Hunter The Abbott government has had fewer bills finalised in its first 700 days in office than any other federal government over the same time period since the late 1960s.

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Coalition senators call for end to 'bias' against local adoptions

Zed Seselja says the adoption system needs reform.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government needs to make it easier for Australians to adopt local children, two Coalition senators say, arguing the "bias" against domestic adoption has to end.

Tony Abbott and backbench warn Coalition cabinet ministers to stay on script 'or else'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during Question Time at Parliament House.

James Massola, Mark Kenny, Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has put his ministry on notice over same-sex marriage, warning them to maintain public unity after a week of damaging debate that pitted cabinet minister against cabinet...

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Tony Abbott's leadership 'all over' if Canning byelection lost: nervous Liberal MPs

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time on Monday.

James Massola, Judith Ireland Next week's cabinet meeting has been cancelled, meaning divisive issue could remain unresolved for another fortnight.

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Coalition to decide on same-sex marriage vote within fortnight, says Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during question time on Monday.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the government will confirm its policy on a same-sex marriage vote in the next fortnight, in a dramatic reduction of the time frame for the Coalition's national...

Same-sex marriage bill: the lone Pyne and the House that stopped for love

Leader of House Christopher Pyne during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 17 August 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Christopher Pyne and Malcolm Turnbull were the only two cabinet ministers in the chamber for the introduction of the bill, which calmly noted that there was nothing wrong with being gay.

Malcolm Turnbull and Christopher Pyne only government frontbenchers to turn up for same-sex marriage bill

Warren Entsch wipes a tear away with Terri Butler after he introduced a private member's bill on marriage equality Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 17 August 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Christopher Pyne and Malcolm Turnbull have taken a public stand on same-sex marriage, as the only two ministers to come in to Parliament and sit on the frontbench as Warren Entsch introduced his...

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott's same-sex marriage tactics play to his base

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Judith Ireland The Prime Minister’s tactics on same-sex marriage have exposed a weakened leader divided from his frontbench but in lock step with a band of his most conservative colleagues.

Lingering same sex marriage tensions threaten Tony Abbott's political union

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne and Tony Abbott during question time at Parliament House.

Mark Kenny and Judith Ireland Divisions over Tony Abbott's ill-defined formula for gay marriage reform, are threatening to worsen with influential figures angered at Tuesday's marathon party room meeting which they describe as an...

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Same-sex marriage: Five reasons why a plebiscite is a dud idea

Australians could head to the polls three times in as many years.

Judith Ireland In the wake of the Coalition deciding not to allow itself a free vote on same-sex marriage, talk has turned in earnest about a plebiscite or referendum. 

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Tony Abbott flags plebiscite on same-sex marriage in bid to defuse anger

Tony Abbott's late-night snap press conference came after a marathon five and half-hour party room meeting.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has thrown an olive branch to supporters of same-sex marriage, announcing the the Coalition will look at having a referendum or plebiscite on same-sex marriage to solve the...

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Tony Abbott brings on same-sex marriage debate, Coalition MPs reject free vote on issue

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a joint press conference with Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 11 August 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Mark Kenny and Judith Ireland Tony Abbott has successfully killed off a backbench push to legislate for same-sex marriage in a snap policy meeting that delivered a substantial win for the embattled Prime Minister and his...

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Same-sex marriage showdown: Tony Abbott calls special meeting of Coalition MPs to debate free vote

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Judith Ireland Coalition MPs are holed up at Parliament House in a marathon meeting to debate same-sex marriage.

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Same-sex marriage: Liberal party room debates whether to allow a free vote

Liberal MPs Warren Entsch is part of a group of cross-party MPs pushing to legislate same-sex marriage.

Judith Ireland Liberal MPs have begun to discuss whether they should be allowed a free vote on same-sex marriage, a senior Liberal source has confirmed.

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'Even with my title, I have no control over my son': Senator Jacqui Lambie tells Senate about her son's battle with ice addiction

Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie:

Judith Ireland Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has told the Senate that her son is battling an ice addiction, during a debate on proposed welfare cuts.

Bronwyn Bishop stands down but on the way out makes sure she won't be forgotten

Backbencher Bronwyn Bishop looks on as Speaker Tony Smith takes the chair.

Judith Ireland It was Tony Smith's moment in the sunshine of politics. 

Foxtel customers angered by ads against same-sex marriage

A screen grab of the Marriage Alliance ad that shows same-sex marriage as an iceberg with the tagline,

Judith Ireland Foxtel has been bombarded with irate messages from customers, who are upset that the pay TV company has run ads from opponents of same-sex marriage. 

Domestic violence advice pack for women who move to Australia

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Judith Ireland Women who move to Australia to be with their partners will be issued with information packs to tell them that rape, violence and forced marriage are illegal. 

No direct evidence four-week dole wait for young jobless will help, official concedes


Judith Ireland Community and welfare groups have slammed the Abbott government's plans to make young unemployed people wait four weeks to get the dole, telling a Senate committee there is no evidence it will help...

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