Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
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.
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.
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.
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...
James Massola, Judith Ireland Next week's cabinet meeting has been cancelled, meaning divisive issue could remain unresolved for another fortnight.
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...
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
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
Judith Ireland Coalition MPs are holed up at Parliament House in a marathon meeting to debate 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.
'Even with my title, I have no control over my son': Senator Jacqui Lambie tells Senate about her son's battle with ice addiction
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.
Judith Ireland It was Tony Smith's moment in the sunshine of politics.
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.
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.
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...