Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland Everyone was predicting that this year in politics was going to be humdrum, business as usual and DULL.
Judith Ireland More than 90 per cent of Kevin Andrews' free relationship vouchers are still in want of a couple and a couch, even though the trial period for the scheme is almost half over.
Judith Ireland One of Tony Abbott's biggest supporters has rated the Prime Minister's performance with a D-minus.
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suggested that gun laws may need to be changed as he announced an urgent review into the Martin Place siege that took the lives of two hostages, saying he wanted...
Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has cast doubt over whether the federal government will have the new paid parental leave scheme ready in time for its scheduled July 2015 start date.
Matthew Knott, Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland Student debts are expected to double to over $50 billion in four years if the federal government achieves its goal of deregulating university fees and expanding federal funding.
Judith Ireland When it was revealed last week that the mid-year budget papers would be handed to journalists as the press conference started, the accusations began to fly that Joe Hockey was avoiding scrutiny.
Judith Ireland As speculation flies about Tony Abbott's increasingly visible chief of staff Peta Credlin, there are grave dangers for the Coalition.
Judith Ireland Income management schemes have previously failed to create long term changes, critics argue.
Judith Ireland If I was looking for a relaxing summer holiday activity, I'd nominate some with an aquatic theme. A beach, or a pool at the very least.
Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has described speculation that he will retire next year to make way for the Prime Minister's chief-of-staff Peta Credlin as "baseless," while urging his...
Judith Ireland, Marcus Priest Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has denied there is any friction between her and the Prime Minister Tony Abbott's chief of staff Peta Credlin, describing their relationship as "very...
Judith Ireland It was the empty threat that launched a thousand jokes.
Judith Ireland Adoptions in Australia have fallen to the lowest level on record, down almost 80 per cent on the number 25 years ago.
Judith Ireland Australia's former top mandarin has warned that political leaders should stop trying to manage their ministerial departments and get out and build support for reform within the community.
Judith Ireland The Prime Minister's chief of staff appears to be keeping the option of a career in politics alive, saying she "has no intention of running for Parliament at this time".
Judith Ireland The peak national children's body is calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to put additional funds into caring for disabled and low income children, as he devises his new "families package" over the...
Judith Ireland About 80 per cent of services that help unemployed people and single parents have reported that they are unable to meet demands, according to a new report.
Judith Ireland Coalition MPs have welcomed Prime Minister Tony Abbott's move to water down his unpopular paid parental leave scheme, but have warned that he should not ignore support for stay-at-home mothers in the...
Judith Ireland The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, will make further changes to his signature paid parental leave scheme in a fresh bid to legislate the policy early next year.