Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

Coalition cuts Labor, Greens Parliament staff

Cuts

Bianca Hall You can tell a lot about a government's priorities by what is kept and what is canned in a tight economic environment.

Australia ignored boat rescue call, claims survivor

Asylum

Michael Bachelard, in Cikole, Indonesia and Bianca Hall Survivors from a boat that sank off the south of Java said they had raised the alarm with Australian authorities, passing on their exact location at least 24 hours before their boat sank with the...

Politicians get office decor down to a fine art

Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald poses with a stuffed fish,

Bianca Hall A black and white portrait of Liberal Party legend Sir Robert Menzies hangs in pride of place in Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office, near the staunch monarchist's portrait of the Queen.

Childcare sector in state of confusion over funding promise shifts

childcare

Bianca Hall Prime Minister Tony Abbott's announcement that the government would honour contracts signed by the previous government to raise childcare wages has only added to the confusion engulfing the sector.

Funding blow for Jewish centre

Reuben Zylberszpic with Holocaust survivor Willy Lermer.

Bianca Hall Management dismayed to learn that federal government had abruptly withdrawn the funding in its midyear economic statement.

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...

Don't embellish the facts on asylum seekers, ABC warns staff

Asylum seekers

Bianca Hall As the ABC comes under government scrutiny, staff have been warned not to ''embellish'' or add ''any flourish'' to asylum seekers' claims they have been mistreated by border protection forces.

Tony Abbott's green army enlisting now

Bianca Hall The federally funded 'green army' will strike young workers from official dole figures.

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.

Police chiefs eager to harness technological advances

Bianca Hall AUSTRALIA's police commissioners want to help draft laws that would allow them to access the public's telecommunications data for up to two years.

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Police back push to keep telco data

Tony Negus

Bianca Hall Federal Police would 'ideally' like public's telecommunications data held indefinitely.

ASIC wants open sesame on all phone, internet data

Telcos say it would cost millions of dollars a month to keep as much data as the government is asking for.

Bianca Hall and Lucy Battersby ASIC calls for phone call and internet data to be made available for its war on white-collar crime.

Media watchdog bitten by one of its targets

Bianca Hall Who watches the watchdog?

Dismantling begins on barriers for older workers

Bianca Hall The retirement age for judges and the military could be lifted under a suite of proposals designed to keep Australians working - and paying taxes - longer.

Call to clear hurdles to a longer working life

Retirement road sign.

Bianca Hall The retirement age for judges and the military could be lifted under a suite of proposals designed to keep Australians working - and paying taxes - for longer.

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Mighty telescope begins scouring universe

Telescope

Bianca Hall Scientists will be on the lookout for intelligent life in the outer regions of the universe when they embark on studies into the origin of life on Earth using the world's most powerful telescope...

'Life' alert for new WA telescope

Bianca Hall Scientists will be on the lookout for intelligent life in the outer regions of the universe when they embark on studies into the origin of life on Earth using the world's most powerful telescope...

Sexual abuse worst in media

Sexual harrasment.

Bianca Hall Female journalists are more than twice as likely to be sexually harassed in the workforce than women in other professions, a Monash University study has found.

Jones ordered to be trained in factual accuracy

Bianca Hall Controversial radio shock jock Alan Jones has been ordered to undergo ''factual accuracy'' training, and to use fact-checkers, in another damaging blow to his credibility.

More payouts for sick workers in government jobs

Businessmen

Bianca Hall FEDERAL government agencies are spending record amounts on paying out sick workers, with payouts rising by $14 million in the past year alone, to $274 million.