Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

The Feds: The 2014 federal politics awards

Judith Ireland Everyone was predicting that this year in politics was going to be humdrum, business as usual and DULL.

Kevin Andrews' relationship vouchers are still looking for love

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.

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Ray Hadley attacks Tony Abbott's response to Martin Place siege during interview

2GB host Ray Hadley attacked Tony Abbott during a live radio interview.

Judith Ireland One of Tony Abbott's biggest supporters has rated the Prime Minister's performance with a D-minus.

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Tony Abbott questions gun laws as he announces inquiry into Martin Place siege

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...

Paid parental leave could be delayed: Kevin Andrews

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews says it's not yet possible to tell whether six months is enough time for the government to come up with a revamped paid parental leave package.

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.

MYEFO: Student debts to double


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.

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Joe Hockey's blue MYEFO, and a message to Australians not to be intimidated

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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.

Tony Abbott's chief of staff Peta Credlin gets mixed reviews from government insiders

Peta Credlin and Julie Bishop

Judith Ireland As speculation flies about Tony Abbott's increasingly visible chief of staff Peta Credlin, there are grave dangers for the Coalition.

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Andrew Forrest welfare card would create sub-class of millions: community groups


Judith Ireland Income management schemes have previously failed to create long term changes, critics argue.

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Will Abbott's summer of PPL be too hot to handle?

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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. 

Kevin Andrews calls on colleagues to unite

Not moving: Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews.

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...

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'Professional and close': Julie Bishop denies rift with Peta Credlin

It has been suggested that Peta Credlin could take the place of stood aside Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos or Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews in the event either retired.

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...

'Shirtfront' wins Australian National Dictionary Centre's word of the year award


Judith Ireland It was the empty threat that launched a thousand jokes.

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Adoptions at lowest levels ever

Nearly 99 per cent of parents who adopted Australian local children were older than 30.

Judith Ireland Adoptions in Australia have fallen to the lowest level on record, down almost 80 per cent on the number 25 years ago.

Political leaders should work on ideas, not management: Terry Moran

Australia's former top public servant Terry Moran with then prime minister Julia Gillard in 2011.

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.

Peta Credlin leaves tilt at Parliament open but not 'at this time'

Peta Credlin

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".

Give extra childcare funding to vulnerable kids: experts


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...

Youth, unemployment services can't keep up with demand: report

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. 

No early fans for Abbott's new PPL plan

Tony Abbott has morning tea with local families in a Sydney cafe.

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...

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott 'refines' paid parental leave scheme

Change of plans: Tony Abbott will further

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.