Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a reporter for The Age

Forget the polls, Kevin Rudd rouses the power of the people

Bianca Hall Kevin Rudd stepped up to a makeshift podium made of packing crates before a cheering crowd.

Program to help refugees feel at home

African migrants often face here but the programs the community's running itself to help other Africans. Haileluel and Miriam .
15th August 2013.
Photo by Jason South

Bianca Hall Mariam Issa jokes that when she first moved to Brighton ''we were almost the first Africans''.

Rudd won't return to corner until fight ends

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Bianca Hall It was Kevin Rudd's I'm a Survivor moment.

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Coalition's denial of appeal rights could put burden on High Court

Bianca Hall Legal experts have predicted the Coalition's plan to deny legal rights to asylum seekers would provoke a flood of appeals to the High Court.

Denying settlement rights will jam court, says lawyer

Tony Abbott and Bruce Billson. Photographed at Mornington on the 1 August 2012. Picture: Daryl Gordon

Bianca Hall Experts predict Coalition's plan would provoke a flood of appeals to the High Court.

Abbott slams the door

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Bianca Hall Almost 32,000 asylum seekers who have already arrived in Australia by boat will never get permanent settlement and will be stripped of the right to appeal to the courts, under a policy to be...

Tony Abbott evokes John Howard in slamming doors on asylum seekers

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott

Bianca Hall and Judith Ireland Opposition Leader Tony Abbott channels John Howard on asylum seekers: ''This is our country and we determine who comes here.''

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Fire destroys part of Nauru hospital

Damage at Nauru hospital

Bianca Hall Fire swept through Nauru's main hospital overnight, destroying at least one- quarter of the facility and all medical supplies on the island, a government spokeswoman said.

Rumblings grow against hardline policy as Nauru readies for family groups

Tony Burke.

Bianca Hall Australia will send asylum seeker families to Nauru within weeks, Immigration Minister Tony Burke announced, as disquiet grows in Labor ranks over the new policy.

Families to be sent to Nauru soon

Refugees at the Nauru detention centre.

Bianca Hall Australia will send asylum seeker families to the tiny island nation of Nauru within weeks.

Internal disquiet bubbles over Labor's tough asylum policy

Bianca Hall and David Wroe Australia will send asylum seeker families to the tiny island nation of Nauru within weeks, Immigration Minister Tony Burke announced, as disquiet grows in Labor ranks over the party's new asylum...

Labor disquiet at 'hardline' PNG solution

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Bianca Hall and Nick Toscano There is growing disquiet in Labor ranks over the party's new asylum seeker policy, which would send all asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea for processing with no chance of resettlement in Australia.

Boat ads breach convention: Coalition

Judith Ireland, Bianca Hall, Daniel Hurst The Coalition is calling on the government to immediately pull a taxpayer-funded advertising campaign on its new asylum seeker policy, arguing it is a ''scandal'' and a breach of the caretaker...

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.