Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland It's a classic game of luck. You roll the dice and depending on where you land you may get a boost - or you may get a kick in the teeth.
Judith Ireland When MPs came back to Canberra for the start of the parliamentary year, they arrived to an apparently revolutionised institution.
Judith Ireland Terrorism and migration experts have warned that radicalisation is "more complex than where you live" in response to a draft cabinet document that suggests refugees should be settled outside of major...
Judith Ireland The federal government's flagship childcare reforms are so difficult to understand, some parents may give up and pull their children out of care, a Senate inquiry has heard.
Matthew Knott, Henrietta Cook, Judith Ireland The long-running exodus from public schools to the non-government sector has halted, with the proportion of Australian students in public schools increasing for the first time in decades.
Judith Ireland The Turnbull government could still walk away from its plan to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, Liberal MP Warren Entsch says.
Judith Ireland Many domestic violence victims face a double struggle, a new study shows.
Judith Ireland Labor will try and bring on a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage, with frontbencher Terri Butler planning to move a motion "soon" for a lower house decision on the cross-party marriage equality...
Judith Ireland A survey of three prime Nationals-held electorates shows only one in three voters supports a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
Judith Ireland Labor frontbencher Penny Wong is used to to hearing arguments against same-sex marriage. But for Australia's most prominent gay politician - one hurts more than others.
Judith Ireland It would appear that we are in the grip of an epidemic.
Judith Ireland You could be forgiven for waking up this morning and thinking perhaps it is not Australia Day, but April Fools instead.
Judith Ireland Former army chief David Morrison has been named the 2016 Australian of the Year, in a move that promises to put gender equality and diversity at the top of the national agenda.
Judith Ireland He's famous for his capacity to deliver a slap down. He wasted no time using his acceptance speech at the Australia Day awards to serve up more tough words - this time for the PM.
Judith Ireland A year ago, when Rosie Batty was named Australian of the Year, she was still reeling with "raw grief" and feared she had only won because of her son's murder.
Judith Ireland Moving house is stressful at the best of times. But at least Malcolm Turnbull has learned where to make tea The Lodge.
Judith Ireland Elizabeth Broderick has stormed the boardrooms of Australia asking them to take gender equality seriously.
Judith Ireland Joe Hockey has had a very chilly reception in Washington as he starts his new job as Australia's Ambassador to the United States.
Judith Ireland The Coalition government is under fire from migrant and refugee groups who say a plan to limit the time pensioners can travel overseas before their pension is cut discriminates against Australians...
Judith Ireland Australia Day is our annual festival of cliches and lamb chops. It's also the least exciting public holiday of the year.