Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland

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

Kevin Andrews moves to clear confusion over sex workers and waiting period for the dole

Sex worker

Judith Ireland Sex work will count as ''gainful'' employment when it comes to the federal government considering whether or not a young person should have to wait six months to get unemployment benefits.

Community groups fear retaliatory funding cuts for comments critical of Coalition policy, warns ACOSS

Cassandra Goldie.

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been called on to pledge not to strip funding from community groups if they express views critical of the Coalition.

Church groups call for independent body to set welfare payment levels


Judith Ireland The power to set the level of welfare payments should be taken from the federal government and given to an independent body, according to major church groups.

No rush to change surrogacy laws in Australia, says Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Gammy, a baby born with Down's Syndrome, is held by his surrogate mother Pattaramon Janbua at a hospital in Chonburi province August 3, 2014.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY HEALTH POLITICS)

Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has moved to hose down expectations about what the federal government can do in response to the case of baby Gammy, saying he will not rush to make changes to surrogacy...

Family payments system needs reform to boost women's participation in workforce: Centre for Independent Studies report


Judith Ireland If the Abbott government is serious about boosting women's participation in the workforce, it should forget about its proposed paid parental leave scheme and fix the tangled family payments system...

Tony Abbott says the case of baby Gammy is a 'tragic' situation


Judith Ireland Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has asked her department to work with the Attorney-General and Immigration departments to come up with a federal government response to the case of baby Gam

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews' relationship counselling drive off to slow start

Judith Ireland Federal Politics Kevin Andrews' love revolution is a slow burner.

Cash quarantine unfair to majority: welfare groups

Andrew Forrest

Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland, Fergus Hunter Indigenous leaders and welfare groups have criticised a radical proposal by mining billionaire Andrew Forrest for a large expansion of welfare quarantining, arguing such a move would disempower...

Tony Abbott's concern lapse for the children on his doorstep

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland As Australian Federal Police were again denied access to the MH17 crash site this week, you could hear the Prime Minister struggling to contain his outrage.

Defiant Palmer digs in on asset recycling

Heath Aston Judith Ireland Clive Palmer says his Senate team is prepared to vote to block supply to prevent Treasurer Joe Hockey's $6 billion asset recycling fund, designed to pay state governments to privatise assets.

Andrew Forrest calls for extensive reforms to ease crisis in indigenous employment

Andrew Forrest, chairman of Fortescue Metals Group Ltd., speaks during the company's annual general meeting in Perth, Australia, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Fortescue, the most indebted junk-rated mining company, is accelerating repayment of $2.04 billion in bonds to help cut debt and lower interest payments. Photographer: Aaron Bunch/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Andrew Forrest

Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland Indigenous business would be given tax-free status, parents would lose family payments if their children wagged school and welfare recipients would be prevented from spending their benefits on drugs...

PUP threatens to block supply over privatising states' assets

Clive Palmer.

Heath Aston, Judith Ireland Clive Palmer says his Senate team is prepared to vote to block supply to prevent Treasurer Joe Hockey's $6 billion asset recycling fund, designed to pay state governments to privatise assets.

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Abbott government likely to reject Andrew Forrest proposal to expand income management

Andrew Forrest

Judith Ireland The Coalition appears likely to reject a radical proposal that would control how all Australians who receive a working age welfare payment spend their benefits.

Moves to 'sublet' childcare places

Unions say the childcare shortage in the territory is

Judith Ireland and Rachel Browne Parents would be able to sublet their precious childcare places while they are on holiday or on maternity leave under a Productivity Commission idea that has been backed by the Abbott government.

Australian soldiers to back up police in securing Ukrainian site of MH17 crash

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media during a joint press conference with AFP Commissioner Tony Negus after receiving an update on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, at the incident coordination centre at the AFP headquarters in Canberra on Friday 25 July 2014. Photo:

David Wroe and Judith Ireland A small number of Australian soldiers will be deployed to back up police charged with securing the crash site of MH-17 in Ukraine.

Tony Abbott in disaster mode

In short, Tony Abbott has had his first good week for months and months.

Judith Ireland There has been the sense this week that we have been seeing a different side of Tony Abbott.

Eyes betray sombre duty as Tony Abbott focuses energies on MH17 tragedy

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media.

Judith Ireland In another lengthy press conference about the MH17, Tony Abbott's bloodshot eyes betrayed the effort of the days following the disaster.

Governor-General Peter Cosgrove travels to the Netherlands to meet aircraft carrying MH17 victims

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove

Judith Ireland Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is travelling to the Netherlands where he will meet aircraft bringing the victims of the MH17 disaster back from Ukraine.

'I won't be scripted': Jacqui Lambie defends comments about her ideal man

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie

Judith Ireland Palmer United's Jacqui Lambie has declared she ''won't be scripted'' and that being a senator will not change her in the wake of controversy over comments she made about her ideal man.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott dismisses childcare funding advice


Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed a Productivity Commission suggestion that funds be redirected away from his signature paid parental leave scheme and into childcare services, arguing the two...

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