Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

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.

Refugee attempts suicide to highlight brother's plight

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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.

Medical alert for hunger striker on Nauru

The hunger strikers protest on Nauru.

Bianca Hall Doctors have told Omid - the Iranian man on the 31st day of his hunger strike on Nauru - his kidneys and brain will soon fail, fellow asylum seekers say.

Hunger striker close to death, warn detainees

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Bianca Hall DOCTORS have told Omid - an Iranian on his 31st day of a hunger strike in Nauru on Sunday - that his kidneys and brain will soon fail, fellow asylum seekers say.

UN gives Canberra deadline to address refugee health fears

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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.

Court halts deportation of 56 men

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Bianca Hall, Daniel Flitton The deportation of 56 Tamil men has been halted after a dramatic hearing at the High Court. The Immigration Department agreed to halt the men's forcible deportations, expected on Tuesday, and all...

Refugee budget climbs $1.3b

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Bianca Hall The Australian immigration budget has increased by $1.3 billion over four years, as the government prepares to expand the humanitarian visa program to 20,000 each year.

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Letters verdict looms

Bianca Hall Two men will learn on Wednesday whether sending letters to the widows of Australian Diggers that disparaged the dead men constitutes 'offensive' speech.

Free speech appeal fails over critical letters to Diggers

Muslim cleric Sheik Haron holds a sign out the front of  Downing Centre courts today 9th of Febuary, 2010. Sheik Haron sent hate mail to Australian war widows. Sydney, NSW. Photo by kate geraghty

Bianca Hall A SELF-STYLED Muslim imam accused of sending offensive letters to the families of dead Diggers has had his appeal against the charge dismissed.

Asylum seekers denied legal rights: advocates

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Bianca Hall Some of the Sri Lankan asylum seekers deported on Thursday did not speak with lawyers before they were expelled, Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor has confirmed.

Boat people number down but indefinite detainees up

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

Schools stick with religious chaplains

Bianca Hall Most Australian schools employing student welfare officers hired religious chaplains, figures released this week show.

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.

Military justice gets new court

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Bianca Hall New military court to replace courts martial to try members of military accused of serious offences.

Lives 'at risk' without offshore processing

Bianca Hall Australia's asylum-seeker practices are ''not good public policy'', Department of Immigration and Citizenship secretary Andrew Metcalfe said yesterday.