Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

Greens push for detainee inquiry

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young

Bianca Hall The Greens have called on Labor to investigate an attempted suicide by a 16-year-old boy at a Christmas Island detention centre.

Rudd grilled on ABC's Q&A

Kevin Rudd on QandA

Bianca Hall Kevin Rudd has told Australia that if he loses the election on Saturday he would like to be remembered for his stewardship through the global economic crisis.

Tony Abbott urges caution over Syria intervention

Security personnel loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad hold their weapons as they take positions in Damascus May 27, 2013.

Bianca Hall Would-be prime minister Tony Abbott has signalled that if he wins Saturday's poll, Australia will take a cautious approach to international affairs, saying that as a middle power Australia should not...

Scott Morrison defiant on 'crazy' boat buyback policy

Scott Morrison.

Jonathan Swan, Bianca Hall Coalition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison has defended the Indonesian boat buyback policy, despite widespread ridiculing of the plan and an admission from Opposition Leader Tony Abbott that it...

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Morrison calls for tighter asylum seeker controls

Scott Morrison.

Bianca Hall Shadow Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has repeated his call for police to be automatically notified when asylum seekers are released from detention to live in the community.

Sunday papers unite behind Coalition

NEWS-  Tony Abbott at the Coalition campaign launch.

Bianca Hall Melbourne and Sydney's Sunday newspapers are united in their calls for voters to throw Kevin Rudd's Labor government out of office for the Coalition.

Soldiers alleged to have cut off dead insurgent's hand


David Wroe, Bianca Hall Australian elite special forces soldiers are being investigated over 'potential misconduct'.

Australian troops accused of mutilating body of Afghan man

Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley

Bianca Hall The Australian Defence Force has confirmed that it is continuing to investigate alleged misconduct by Australian troops in Afghanistan.

States 'don't get it' on reforming our cities, says Kevin Rudd

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Bianca Hall Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has taken a swipe at state governments over infrastructure reform while announcing a returned Labor government would install a new Minister for Cities.

Coalition relaunches 'Colombo Plan' for Australian study overseas

Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott

Bianca Hall The Coalition has launched a second ''Colombo Plan'' for Australia, that would give Australian students the chance to study in the region.

Labor commits $8 million to tackle homophobia in schools


Bianca Hall Federal Labor will spend $8 million tackling homophobia in schools if it is re-elected.

Labor campaign in 'tatters', says Coalition, as government defends costings claim

Chris Bowen resigns as a minister during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday 22 March 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Bianca Hall Labor's campaign is ''in tatters'', leader of opposition business Christopher Pyne has declared, as Labor defends its release of Treasury and Finance documents to claim there is a $10 billion black...

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Five arrested for people-smuggling


Bianca Hall Australian Federal Police have arrested five foreign nationals accused of being ''key players'' in offshore people-smuggling syndicates, in raids across three states on Thursday.

Tony Abbott says he will review Medicare Locals

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott orders of coffee during his visit to a cafe in Malvern, Victoria, on Sunday 18 August 2013.

Julia Medew and Bianca Hall Tony Abbott says he will review Medicare Locals if he wins government and cannot guarantee they will stay 'exactly the same'.

Five arrested in people-smuggling raids


Bianca Hall Australian Federal Police have conducted raids in four states on Thursday morning, arresting five foreign nationals accused of people smuggling.

Coalition releases savings, but voters have to wait for full bottom line

Joe Hockey

Bianca Hall and Jonathan Swan The Coalition has said that it will save $31.6 billion from the budget bottom line over four years, less than half the amount Labor has claimed it would cut from the budget.

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Rudd suspends campaign for Syria briefings

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced he will return to Canberra to convene a meeting on Syria when visited the NBN Co discovery centre in North Sydney on 24 August 2013. Election 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Bianca Hall Kevin Rudd has temporarily suspended his election campaign to take national security briefings on the worsening crisis in Syria.

Rudd keeps up with the selfies, despite carrying heavy load

Bianca Hall Kevin Rudd's blitz of western Sydney electorates began before dawn at the Flemington markets, where he strolled through the fresh produce section accosted both by admirers and wholesalers shouting...

Boat buyback Abbott's new weapon against smugglers

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott steps aboard HMAS Maryborough at HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. (AAP Image/Alan Porritt) NO ARCHIVING

Jonathan Swan, Michael Bachelard, Bianca Hall Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has defended his latest asylum seeker policy, saying it was ''commonsense'' to buy Indonesian fishing boats before they were sold to people smugglers.

Selfies and brickbats as Kevin Rudd takes a stroll through (possibly former) Labor heartland

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd stacks the shelves after he delivered fruit to Abu Hussein mixed business in South Granville, Sydney on 23 August 2013. Election 2013.

Bianca Hall Kevin Rudd's blitz of western Sydney electorates began before dawn at the Flemington markets, where he strolled through the fresh produce section accosted both by admirers and wholesalers shouting...