Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

It might be hot, but Stanhope is far from hell

Bianca Hall On Christmas Island About two weeks ago, an anonymous letter arrived in the mail for former ACT chief minister Jon Stanhope. It wasn't from a fan.

Gillard sets the pecking order

Prime Minister Julia Gillard gives new Australian citizen Ian Mears (previously from London) a kiss, at a citizenship ceremony in Canberra.

Bianca Hall A RECORD number took the citizenship pledge on Saturday, with 17,059 people from 145 countries becoming Australians.

Nature's fury kept at bay ... for now

Residents and RSF on sight of a major bushfire on Mount Forest Road near Cooma.

Christopher Knaus, Lisa Cox, and Bianca Hall The ACT emerged largely unscathed from Tuesday's horror fire conditions, but authorities have warned the danger is far from over.

Department casts doubt on Nauru protest reports

Bianca Hall Contracts for the new detention camp on Nauru will be awarded shortly with work expected to commence soon thereafter, the Immigration Department says.

Minister attacks 'elitist' unis in funds row

Bianca Hall Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans has hit back at Australia's top research universities, saying their criticism of $499 million in funding cuts is ''baseless'' and reflects ''an elitist view of...

No ACT school cuts under Gonski, Bourke says

Prime Minister Julia Gillard met pupils from Bonython Public School at a sea of hands event in Canberra on Monday 20 August 2012.

Emma Macdonald, Bianca Hall ACT Education Minister Chris Bourke has flatly rejected the notion any ACT independent schools will lose out under school funding reforms, saying it was opposition scaremongering.

Facebook key tool in new civics curriculum

Bianca Hall Australian students will be encouraged to use Twitter, blogs and Facebook as study tools in the new Civics and Citizenship national curriculum.

Kayucking through the sludge

A seagull takes off from the water at Orana Bay near the AIS Rowing sheds.

Bianca Hall The toxic sludge filling Lake Burley Griffin has cleared markedly over the past week, the National Capital Authority says, but still poses a danger to swimmers and boaters.

Lake's deadly algae subsides, but dangers remain

Bianca Hall The toxic sludge filling Lake Burley Griffin has cleared markedly over the past week, the National Capital Authority says, but still poses a danger to swimmers and boaters.

Libs slam minister's treatment of Carlyon

Noel Towell, Bianca Hall The Coalition has reacted with fury to revelations veteran journalist Les Carlyon was removed from the Australian War Memorial governing council at the request of Veterans Affairs Minister Warren...

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Apprentice wages spark union campaign

Fourth year electrical apprentice, Stuart Butterworth, 41, of Gungahlin. When Stuart first started his apprenticeship he was getting paid $31 more a week than someone who is on the dole.

Bianca Hall At 41, newlywed Stuart Butterworth doesn't look like a typical apprentice. But, starting out on a yearly wage of $17,000, he had the typical apprentice experience.

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ANU moves up university ranks

Bianca Hall, Jen Rosenberg, Emma Macdonald The Australian National University is among four Australian universities voted among the 100 most prestigious universities, moving up the rank to 44th worldwide.

ANU moves up world rankings

By Bianca Hall, Jen Rosenberg and Emma Macdonald The Australian National University is among four Australian universities voted among the 100 most prestigious universities, moving up the rank to 44th worldwide.