Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

What politics needs now

Judith Ireland In Australia, we're not quite sure what to do with religion in politics.

Scott Morrison says he wasn't seeking the Treasurer's job

Treasurer Scott Morrison and Kitchen Cabinet's Annabel Crabb.

Judith Ireland Scott Morrison declared he had no burning desire to be Treasurer in an interview filmed shortly before he was given the job.

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Standing desks, tea cups and exclusive art: inside Malcolm Turnbull's new office

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in his Prime Ministerial suite at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday 23 October 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland When Malcolm Turnbull described himself as a "reformer" he was not just talking about infrastructure projects and tax, but the prime ministerial working space.

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Why do we pretend that everyone's a 'top bloke' when they leave Parliament?

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Judith Ireland Something miraculous happens when politicians leave Parliament. They suddenly become "top blokes".

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Family tax benefit cuts: more than 130,000 single parents would lose out

Treasurer Scott Morrison and Social Services minister Christian Porter

Judith Ireland More than 130,000 single parents stand to lose benefits under the Turnbull government's family payments plan. 

Watered down family payments plan no certainty to pass Senate

Social Services minister Christian Porter during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 21 October 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland The Coalition's new family payments package has been met with caution from Labor and the crossbench, suggesting its passage through the Senate is not guaranteed.

Family payments: what will the proposed changes mean?

The government has released a revamped family payments bill.

Judith Ireland Who will be the winners and losers in a family payments shake-up?

Coalition close to deal on family payment cuts

The office of Treasurer Scott Morrison, pictured with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday, are briefing the opposition on the changes.

Judith Ireland The Coalition is on the verge of a breakthrough on its stalled family tax benefits policy, with a compromise deal expected as soon as this week.

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Female voters flocking back to the Coalition under Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull  has compiled a list of innovators he can talk about later this year.

Judith Ireland Women are flocking back to the Coalition under Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministership after staying away under Tony Abbott.

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Seniors at risk of fraud, financial abuse, warns Age Discrimination Commissioner

Judith Ireland A national response to stop older Australians falling victim to financial abuse and fraud is urgently needed according to the Age Discrimination Commissioner.

Carer, disability and family payments in sights of new Social Services Minister Christian Porter

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Christian Porter, listens as Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke speaks after the presentation of the Omnibus Repeal Day Bill, at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 18 March 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Christian Porter is on the hunt for savings in his new portfolio, hinting spending cuts on carer and disability payments may be needed to get the budget back to surplus.

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Human face of Australian poverty: St Vincent de Paul highlights stories of struggle

Community and welfare groups have long been calling for Newstart payments for a single person  to be boosted by $50 a week.

Judith Ireland The St Vincent de Paul Society has collected more than 70 stories of Australians living in poverty for a report released on Wednesday.

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New senator Robert Simms talks of struggle to come out

Greens senator Robert Simms delivers his first speech to the Senate on Tuesday.

Judith Ireland When Robert Simms was growing up in Adelaide, there was one thing the self-confessed "nerd" who loved debating and student politics would never have considered talking about in a speech, let alone...

'Assault on our values': Malcolm Turnbull urges Australians to maintain national unity

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Mr Turnbull during the launch of the 2015 National Day of Unity at Parliament House on Tuesday.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on Australians of all faiths to be united, declaring that the country will answer the threat of terrorism by "being strong and resolute in our unity".

Age discrimination commissioner Susan Ryan urges national plan against elder abuse

Judith Ireland Australia's existing laws don't effectively protect older people from elder abuse, Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan will say in a Tuesday address. 

Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey keep themselves busy with 'paperwork' on the backbench

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Judith Ireland Never before has two men sitting on a small couch been more hotly anticipated. What would Tony and Joe do on the backbench?

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Senate push for more women on government boards

Carolyn Hewson: Time for change.

Judith Ireland Carolyn Hewson has been a full-time worker for more than 35 years. She thought it was inevitable that more women would be appointed to boards, but is sick of waiting.

The 60,000 sick children not getting the education they need: report

Co-founder of Missing School Megan Gilmour and her son Darcy.

Judith Ireland When Megan Gilmour's son Darcy fell gravely ill, her concerns were not only for his health, but also for his schooling.

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National poverty plan needed, say welfare groups


Judith Ireland Australia's eight state and territory councils of social service are calling for a national plan to tackle poverty in Australia, arguing the federal government needs to have target to reduce the...

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'It's good to get some constructive feedback': Malcolm Turnbull shrugs off party ridicule

The PM was heckled when addressed the party faithful on Saturday.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has tried to laugh off the awkwardness of a Liberal Party meeting on Saturday, where he was laughed at by party members.