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.

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.

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.

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.

Hundreds more boat people found

Bianca Hall The navy has intercepted another suspected asylum seeker boat carrying 165 passengers off the West Australian coast.

PM braces for Gonski challenge

Bianca Hall Prime Minister Julia Gillard will break months of uncertainty about the Gonski reforms on Monday - but the wait for more cash for the sector is far from over.

PM pledges to push for better teachers to make the grade

Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Bianca Hall ONLY the best and brightest will be able to get into university teaching courses under the federal government's reform package to improve the educational outcomes of the nation's children.

Top-of-the-class teachers at heart of education plan

Prime Minister Julia Gillard addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on Monday 3 September 2012. Photo: Andrew Meares

Bianca Hall Only the best and brightest will be able to get into university teaching courses, under the federal government's reform package to improve the educational outcomes of the nation's children.

Feds on attack as states cut budgets

Bianca Hall The federal government launched a bitter assault on Liberal states yesterday, saying Tuesday's state budgets that slashed education and health funding are a sign of what's to come under a federal...

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

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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.