Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

Education authority denies that curriculum pushes Gaia worship

Bianca Hall The national curriculum authority has dismissed reports by a federal Liberal MP that students are being ''indoctrinated'' into neo-pagan ''Gaia worship'' in schools.

A first for the PM but abusers take advantage

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Bianca Hall A FACEBOOK question-and-answer session hosted by Julia Gillard descended into personal abuse of the Prime Minister as the Alan Jones controversy continued.

Trolls take time out of schedules to abuse Gillard

Bianca Hall A Facebook question-and-answer session hosted by Prime Minister Julia Gillard descended into personal abuse yesterday, as the row surrounding Alan Jones continued to rage.

'Death by 1000 cuts' for ABC arts

Abc iview logo,

Bianca Hall ABC chief Mark Scott says the corporation will continue to negotiate with staff over planned cuts to Radio National's programming.

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.

Business endorses language plan

Bianca Hall The business sector has called on the states and territories to back Prime Minister Julia Gillard's plan to give every student the chance to study an Asian language by 2025.

Red Cross visits Nauru strikers

Asylum seekers are protesting over conditions at Nauru's asylum seeker processing centre

Bianca Hall Red Cross quietly visits troubled camp as concerns about hunger strikes escalate.

Red Cross visits Nauru strikers

Bianca Hall THE Red Cross has quietly visited the troubled camp on Nauru, as concerns about the hunger strikes on the island escalate.

Sex abuse unit will be able to prosecute

-

Bianca Hall, Michelle Grattan, Josephine Tovey AN investigation unit designed to prosecute sex offenders will be established as part of the royal commission on the sexual abuse of children due to begin later this year.

Unit to target child sex abusers

Royal Commission dink.

Bianca Hall An investigative unit designed to prosecute sex offenders will be established as part of the royal commission on the sexual abuse of children due to begin later this year.

Child abuse inquiry criticised

Bianca Hall and Jane Lee Churches and charities should pay compensation directly to survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and the terms of reference should be broadened, says the chief executive of the group of those formerly...

Asylum seekers welcome Manus probe

Bianca Hall Asylum seekers on Manus Island have welcomed news that the island's processing centre will be tested in Papua New Guinea's courts.

Citizenship pledge at all time high

Australian Flag

Bianca Hall A RECORD number of people took the citizenship pledge on Saturday, with 17,059 people from 145 countries becoming new Australians.

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.

PM pays respects to WWII troops, wraps up PNG visit

Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Bianca Hall In the searing heat and sweltering humidity of the PNG wet season, Julia Gillard paid her respects to civilian soldiers who lost their lives during World War II.

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.

Rudd slams door on refugees

PNG's Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Kevin Rudd sign up for a new asylum deal

Bianca Hall and Jonathan Swan No asylum seeker who comes by boat will ever be resettled in Australia, under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's dramatic and ''hardline'' rewrite of refugee laws.

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.

School's out on $5b funding call: Gillard

Emma Macdonald, Bianca Hall The ACT government has welcomed the Gonski review's streamlined needs-based funding system for Australian schools, saying it was prepared to invest more in education if the Commonwealth and other...

Public schools get too much: Abbott

Jewel Topsfield, Bianca Hall Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has provoked a storm of controversy over his suggestion that it is an injustice that public schools receive the majority of government funding.