Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

Greens push for alcohol abuse inquiry gets Australian Medical Association support

Bianca Hall The government will be asked to consider increasing the cost of alcohol, and imposing labelling restrictions on suppliers, as part of a wide-ranging inquiry into Australia's alcohol problem being...

Clive Palmer's lead narrows to just 45 votes

Clive Palmer.

Bianca Hall Mining giant Clive Palmer’s lead in the seat of Fairfax has narrowed to a tiny 45 votes, increasing the likelihood of a recount.

Legal use of cannabis, ecstasy for over-15s backed by state medical body

Cannabis

Bianca Hall A REPORT by a group of prominent Australians that recommends Australia rethink its criminalisation of illicit drugs has been backed by the Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association.

Liberals step up refugee campaign

News.    Nauru.    september 19.    photo by Angela Wylie.    pic shows asylum seekers on their first day in the compound at Nauru after  their long voyages on the Tampa, Aceng and Manoora.     fairfax.  digital.  ajw010920.002.002.

Bianca Hall More asylum seekers have arrived on boats since Labor came to power in 2007 than people live in the remote community of Alice Springs, opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said on Tuesday.

Greens claim $2b will fix Newstart poverty

Jenny Macklin

Exclusive Bianca Hall IS $2 BILLION a year too much to help Australia's most impoverished people?

Greens push for increase to dole

New Greens Senator Rachel Siewert at a press conference at Parliament House today Friday 1 July 2005. AFR Picture by Penny Bradfield. SPECIALX GREENS

Bianca Hall Party will move to raise weekly Newstart, Abstudy and youth allowance rate for singles by $50 a week.

Coalition blockade against law, UN says

Asylum seeker boat

Bianca Hall, David Wroe THE United Nations and international law experts say a Coalition plan to block every Sri Lankan asylum seeker boat from reaching Australian waters, without first testing their passengers' refugee...

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.

PM tells asylum seekers hunger strikes will not change outcome

Julia Gillard

Bianca Hall HUNGER strikes and suicide attempts by asylum seekers on Nauru will not get them ''anywhere'', the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, said on Monday.

More deaths predicted as two more boats arrive and numbers soar

The Australian Customs and Border Protection vessel Ocean Protector waits on standby in Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island. 
26th March 2013
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

Bianca Hall and Michael Gordon Two boatloads of asylum seekers arrived at Christmas Island on Tuesday, bringing the total to 11 since Friday amid an unprecedented surge in irregular immigration by sea.

Greens fears as Rinehart moves on Fairfax

Gina Rinehart.

Bianca Hall News that Australia's richest woman has moved to gain a majority share in Fairfax - adding to her 10 per cent stake in Channel 10 - has been met with suspicion by the Greens and equanimity by the...

Rinehart media muscle stumps Swan

Gina Rinehart

Bianca Hall, Kirsty Simpson THE federal government has rejected a bid for new legislation to force mining magnate Gina Rinehart to abide by the Fairfax Media charter of independence.

Nothing to stop Rinehart's run: Swan

Bianca Hall, Kirsty Simpson The federal government has rejected a bid for new legislation to force mining magnate Gina Rinehart to abide by the Fairfax Media charter of independence.