Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Domestic violence calls going unanswered as demand spikes

The inquiry will look into widespread abuse in disability and residential care

Judith Ireland About a quarter of the calls to Australia's national domestic violence counselling service are going unanswered, as counsellors battle to keep up with a growing demand of calls. 

Tanya Plibersek push on same-sex marriage faces defeat amid Labor leadership split

Tanya Plibersek

Judith Ireland and James Massola Labor leader Bill Shorten has sent a clear signal that he does not agree with Tanya Plibersek's push for the ALP to have a binding vote on same-sex marriage, highlighting a clear split...

Bill Shorten pushes back on Tanya Plibersek's call for a binding vote on same-sex marriage

Tanya Plibersek

Judith Ireland Labor leader Bill Shorten has sent a clear signal that he does not agree with the push by his deputy,Tanya Plibersek, for the ALP to have a binding vote on same-sex marriage, highlighting a clear...

Australians overwhelmingly support immigration, but not 'illegals'

Australia

Judith Ireland A new poll shows Australians strongly support immigration, with nearly nine in 10 people thinking immigrants improve Australian society.

Nanny funding trial gets mixed reception

Nannies

Judith Ireland A coalition of corporate and women's lobby groups has applauded the Abbott government's plan to trial funding for nannies, but the childcare sector has questioned how different the new policy will be...

UN report shows countries where it is hardest to be a woman

Workforce

Judith Ireland, Fergus Hunter UN Women has released a damning report on the progress of women worldwide. 

Abbott government commits $250 million for nannies trial program

The trial will provide funds for about 4000 nannies.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government will spend almost $250 million on a two year nanny trial program, providing funding to about 10,000 children. 

Women still way behind on pay, career and help: UN report

A new UN report has found women across the world are still lagging behind men in their pay and are also doing more housework.

Judith Ireland Women worldwide earn only three quarters of what male workers are paid, while they do almost two and half times the amount of housework, a United Nations report has found.

Tanya Plibersek's same-sex marriage push sends shockwaves through ALP

Tanya Plibersek was ejected from the House during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 26 March 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Judith Ireland Acting Labor leader Tanya Plibersek's push to make Labor MPs vote for same-sex marriage has sent shockwaves through the party with at least one MP promising to cross the floor if they had to support...

Binding vote for Labor MPs on same-sex marriage 'foolish', says union heavyweight Joe de Bruyn

Labor should keep conscience vote: Joe de Bruyn.

Judith Ireland and Matthew Knott Union heavyweight and prominent same-sex marriage opponent Joe de Bruyn has dismissed Tanya Plibersek's push for a binding vote on the issue, arguing she is just "playing up" to her inner-city...

Plibersek push to make Labor MPs vote for same-sex marriage

Acting Labor leader Tanya Plibersek wants her party to uniformly support same-sex marriage.

Judith Ireland Acting Labor leader Tanya Plibersek is calling on her party to make all Labor MPs vote for same-sex marriage in a fresh bid to get federal parliament to legalise the reform.

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Why some of us can't handle the truth about reality TV

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland The latest bright idea for "reality" TV has stirred up a furious backlash - and the show hasn't yet aired.

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Age discrimination rife in workplaces, survey finds

Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan.

Judith Ireland Discrimination against older people is widespread in Australian workplaces, with a national survey revealing more than a quarter of people over 50 have experienced age bias over the past two years.

Older Australians open to pension reform discussion

Funds research group Morningstar's Australian superannuation survey shows the average one-year return for a balanced option at March 2015 was 12 per cent.

Judith Ireland Older Australians are prepared to consider changes to the pension age and eligibility in a move that will provide heart to the Abbott government that is desperately looking for budget savings.

Top companies with women on boards perform better, research finds

Low gender diversity in top companies: Telstra chair Catherine Livingstone.

Judith Ireland Top Australian companies with at least 25 per cent female boards perform more than 7 per cent better than those with all-male boards, according to research that will boost the push to improve...

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Victims hail 'great day' as big banks front Senate over financial advice

Senator Nick Xenophon addresses the media ahead of the Senate inquiry.

Judith Ireland For Merilyn Swan, it was a great day. For six years, she has been seeking help for her parents Robyn and Merv Blanch, who invested $260,000 in 2007.

One million Australians living in poverty - it's just not good enough

Giving someone a helping hand can make you happier.

Judith Ireland When we think about poverty, we don't think of Australia. But new data suggests that attitude is not helping us address the large number of Australians doing it tough.

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More than a million Australians live in poverty: report

A new report has revealed disturbing details about poverty in Australia.

Judith Ireland More than a million Australians are living in poverty despite two decades of economic growth, according to new research which calls for a radical policy shake-up to deal with the national "disgrace".

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Funded nanny pilot program given green light

Scott Morrison

Judith Ireland The Abbott government has confirmed that there will be federal funding for nannies under a pilot program that is likely to roll out later this year. 

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Treasurer Joe Hockey refuses to set surplus date as economy struggles

Treasurer Joe Hockey has to decide what should be tax-exempt what should not be taxed.

Judith Ireland and Gareth Hutchens Treasurer Joe Hockey has refused to name a date for a surplus, arguing the Coalition just needs to show a "quality trajectory" for getting back to black.

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