Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

Fears for ASIO site workers

Bianca Hall Fears have been raised for the safety of workers on the controversial new ASIO site in Canberra, after at least 19 large glass panels cracked and fell to the ground from above the main entrance.

Accidental underclass

Michael Gordon and Bianca Hall It was the foundation stone of Julia Gillard's plan to stop, or at least substantially slow, the flow of boats.

Data store plan sparks a chorus of disapproval

Bianca Hall, Ben Grubb, Lucy Battersby Proposed laws that would allow the web and telecommunications data of all Australians to be stored for two years have been dubbed ''characteristic of a police state''.

Refugee attempts suicide to highlight brother's plight

Asylum seeker death at Villawood (Thumbnail)

Bianca Hall A man attempted suicide at the Villawood detention centre days after writing to his case officer that he was prepared to give his life for his brother, who is also being detained.

UN gives Canberra deadline to address refugee health fears

UNHCR bucket

Bianca Hall THE United Nations has given Australia a month to show how it will ensure the mental and physical safety of two refugees, one of whom tried to commit suicide this month.

Security risk refugee tries to end life

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Daniel Flitton and Bianca Hall A Tamil refugee branded a security threat by ASIO and held in detention in Melbourne has attempted to take his life.

Tamil man attempts suicide in detention

Sri Lankan refugees

Daniel Flitton, Bianca Hall A TAMIL refugee branded a security threat by ASIO and held in detention in Melbourne has attempted to take his life, following a suicide attempt last week by another Tamil man in Sydney.

Donations pour in to ease plight on Manus Island

Shayma and Hafsa signing books

Bianca Hall MOVED by the stories of hardship in immigration detention centres, Australians are sending letters, parcels and goods to detainees to remind them they are not forgotten.

Watchdog holds fears for indefinite detainees

In the event asylum seekers are given a negative ASIO assessment, they are not permitted to know the reasons for their negative assessments.

Bianca Hall Fears have been raised for the welfare of about a dozen asylum seekers who have been held in detention for more than two years, with no immediate hope of release.

Doctors urged to not force-feed detainees

Bianca Hall Melbourne asylum seekers engaged in a hunger strike could have just days to live.

Boat people number down but indefinite detainees up

Vietnamese asylum seekers are brought ashore.  Christmas Island 19 March 2011. Photo: Alan Krepp. Single use only. Contact photographer for reuse- 0439215148

Bianca Hall The number of asylum seekers coming to Australia has dropped by 9 per cent.

Sri Lankan refugees are 'security threat'

Daniel Flitton, Bianca Hall Three more Sri Lankan refugees who fled the country's bloody civil war have been rounded up across Australia in the past week, having been branded a security threat by intelligence agencies.

Refugees rounded up as threats to security

Daniel Flitton, Bianca Hall Three more Sri Lankan refugees who fled the country's bloody civil war have been rounded up across Australia in the past week after being branded as a security threat by intelligence agencies.