Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
Judith Ireland, 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 federal government.
Julieanne Strachan, David Wroe, Judith Ireland The Abbott government has said it is prepared to extend police powers even further if law enforcement agencies say they are needed.
Judith Ireland The family of the first Australian victims of the MH17 tragedy to be identified said they looked forward to Mary and Gerry Menke coming home.
James Massola, Matthew Knott and Judith Ireland Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop has urged compromise with the Senate crossbench to repeal the mining tax and pass contentious budget measures, citing John Howard's GST compromise.
Judith Ireland Nearly 80 per cent of swing voters support same-sex marriage, according to the Liberal Party's in-house pollster, in findings that will ratchet up pressure on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his...
Judith Ireland The national peak body for youth affairs will close its office doors at the end of June after its funding was stripped in the federal budget, with the Coalition government arguing a single body is...
Judith Ireland Education Minister Christopher Pyne has confused the debate about proposed increases to university fees by appearing to contradict the government's own website over who will be affected by the budget...
James Massola, Anna Patty, Matthew Knott, Judith Ireland The Abbott government is actively considering raising the pension age to 70 and changing indexation arrangements for the payments in the budget.
Judith Ireland, Anna Patty, Jonathan Swan The federal government has gone into damage control over school funding reforms, promising extra cash and blaming the media for not understanding the issue, as the row over its backflip on education...
Gareth Hutchens, Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suggested using ''truancy officers'' to ensure that all indigenous children go to school.
Judith Ireland Same-sex marriage advocates have drawn up a hit list of about 70 federal politicians.
Josephine Tovey, Judith Ireland Education Minister Christopher Pyne's decision to review the national education curriculum is an attempt to score ''cheap political points'' and ignores years of work to draft the existing document,...
James Massola Josh Gordon Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott is poised to announce a royal commission with sweeping powers to examine corruption and other crime in the union movement.
Judith Ireland Australians are enthusiastic about commemorating the Anzac centenary, but they also appear to be fond of leaving things until the last minute.
Judith Ireland Australians are enthusiastic about commemorating the Anzac Day centenary but they also appear to be fond of leaving things until the last minute.
Judith Ireland, James Massola The head of the Australian Electoral Commission, Ed Killesteyn, has quit after the bungled West Australian Senate election.
Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has hosed down suggestions he has described Rupert Murdoch as a ‘‘demented plutocrat,’’ arguing the News Corp head is the ‘‘most normal’’ media mogul he knows.
Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed further deregulation of the media industry as he praised media mogul Rupert Murdoch as the ''most normal'' proprietor he knows.
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reaffirmed the Coalition's commitment to increasing the income threshold for the seniors health card, but will not be drawn on other changes to the card's eligibility...
Judith Ireland Kevin Rudd has upped the ante on the Royal gift front, announcing the new ''bub'' will not only get a toy bilby but a free pass to Taronga Zoo, among other acts to honour his birth.