Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

Coalition backflips on use of Treasury figures

Bianca Hall Coalition leader Tony Abbott says the opposition will now rely on Treasury's pre-election fiscal outlook figures on the budget and the economy, contradicting Joe Hockey's claims last week that the...

Tony Abbott praises outgoing News Corp boss as defender of press freedom

Kim Williams quits News (Thumbnail)

Glenda Kwek and Bianca Hall Tony Abbott has praised outgoing chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Australia Kim Williams, calling him a great defender of press freedom.

Abbott backs down on using official Treasury figures

ELECTION 2013: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott joins the media bus during his visit to Brisbane, on Friday 9 August 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Bianca Hall Coalition leader Tony Abbott says the opposition will now rely on Treasury's pre-election fiscal outlook figures on the state of the budget and the economy, contradicting Joe Hockey's claims last...

Enrol to vote or you'll miss out, AEC warns

Ballot box election vote

Bianca Hall More than 1.3 million people are still not enrolled to vote and, with polls closing on Monday night, they're in danger of missing out on the chance to vote.

Drop-off in boat arrivals

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Bianca Hall and David Wroe Tough policies preventing settlement in Australia appear to be deterring asylum seekers, with signs of boat arrivals tapering off and reports of people demanding refunds from people smugglers.

Asylum seekers demand money back as policy bites, minister says

Immigration Minister Tony Burke

Bianca Hall Asylum seekers are demanding their money back from people smugglers en masse in Indonesia, Immigration Minister Tony Burke says.

Raging Rupert entitled to his opinion: Rudd

Rupert Murdoch.

Bianca Hall Rupert Murdoch is entitled to his views, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Tuesday, shrugging off attacks from Murdoch on Twitter and the magnate's Australian newspapers.

Solomons PM scathing on asylum-seeker policy

Bianca Hall The Solomon Islands has rejected an Australian attempt to have the country involved in its offshore processing arrangements for asylum seekers.

Why does Rupert Murdoch hate the NBN, asks Kevin Rudd

Rupert Murdoch

Bianca Hall Rupert Murdoch is entitled to his views, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Tuesday, shrugging off attacks from Murdoch on Twitter and the magnate's Australian newspapers.

More asylum seekers sent to Manus Island

A refugee at the Nauru detention centre protest with signs and chants of freedom.  A view of the Nauru detention centre where Amnesty International say 387 refugees are packed into leaky tents in hot, cramped conditions.  Fairfax Media.  Photo: Angela Wylie.  November 21 2012. Nauru

Bianca Hall A third group of asylum seekers has been sent to Papua New Guinea under Labor’s new hard line stance against asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat.

PM in lead in his seat, as tobacco trips up his opponent

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd with ABC radio presenter Steve Austin during a candidates debate in his seat of Griffith in Brisbane on Tuesday 6 August 2013. Election 2013 Photo: Andrew Meares

Jonathan Swan, Bianca Hall Kevin Rudd holds a winning margin of nearly 10 points over his Liberal National Party opponent in his Queensland seat of Griffith, according to an overnight poll.

Aid groups seek clarity on funds

Melissa Parke.

Bianca Hall Australian aid organisations face months of limbo after the government revealed on Friday it would direct almost half a billion dollars tied to existing aid programs to Papua New Guinea.

Mixed messages on Nauru settlement

A refugee at the Nauru detention centre protest with signs and chants of freedom.  A view of the Nauru detention centre where Amnesty International say 387 refugees are packed into leaky tents in hot, cramped conditions.  Fairfax Media.  Photo: Angela Wylie.  November 21 2012. Nauru

Daniel Flitton, Bianca Hall Nation tells its citizens that Australia will eventually relocate all refugees off the island.

Asylum seekers won't stay in Nauru permanently: Labor

Bianca Hall Asylum seekers sent to Nauru under an expanded regional resettlement agreement will not get permanent visas, Immigration Minister Tony Burke has conceded for the first time.

Aid budget cut to give PNG more

Chris Bowen and Penny Wong.

Bianca Hall The government will pour $1.1 billion into operating the Manus Island detention centre over four years, and direct $420 million more in foreign aid to Papua New Guinea, it revealed on Friday.

PNG asylum plan to cost $1.1b

Manus island.

Bianca Hall The government will pour $1.1 billion into operating the Manus Island detention centre over four years, and direct another $420 million in foreign aid to PNG, it revealed on Friday in its...

First asylum seekers arrive in PNG under new plan

Tony Burke.

Bianca Hall, Judith Ireland About 40 people - all single men - have arrived on Manus Island as part of the Rudd Government's Papua New Guinea plan to process and resettle asylum seekers in that country.

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First refugees sent to PNG

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Bianca Hall First people denied resettlement under Labor's hardline policies arrived on Manus Island Wednesday night.

Nauruan MP warns against tents

A view of the Nauru detention centre where Amnesty International say 387 refugees are packed into leaky tents in hot, cramped conditions.  Fairfax Media.  Photo: Angela Wylie.  November 21 2012. Nauru

Bianca Hall, David Wroe A former Nauruan foreign minister has warned the Coalition's ''tent city'' plan for asylum seekers would expose people to ''harsh'' heat and must not be a long-term answer.

Morrison's Nauru policy trip funded by Toll

A refugee at the Nauru detention centre protest with signs and chants of freedom.  A view of the Nauru detention centre where Amnesty International say 387 refugees are packed into leaky tents in hot, cramped conditions.  Fairfax Media.  Photo: Angela Wylie.  November 21 2012. Nauru

Jonathan Swan and Bianca Hall Company that stands to profit from Coalition's 'tent city' on Nauru funded trip of its immigration spokesman to the island to announce plan.