Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

Refugee attempts suicide to highlight brother's plight

Asylum seeker death at Villawood (Thumbnail)

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.

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.

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Police to monitor net use by suspects

Bianca Hall New laws will allow authorities to collect and monitor Australians' internet records, including their web-browsing history, social media activity and emails and phone text messages.

Data store plan sparks a chorus of disapproval

Bianca Hall, Ben Grubb, Lucy Battersby Proposed laws that would allow the web and telecommunications data of all Australians to be stored for two years have been dubbed ''characteristic of a police state''.

Chinese tech giant appeals against broadband ban

Huawei Chairman John Lord and executive David Wang.

Bianca Hall Chinese technology giant Huawei warns Australia could be in breach of its international trade obligations.

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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.

Military justice gets new court


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

Seven crew members going home

The Hon Nicola Roxon MP, Attorney General

Bianca Hall Those to be released are thought to be children and will be returned to Indonesia.

Long time to determine if alleged people smugglers are children

Bianca Hall Accused people smugglers can be held in detention for three to nine months before formal charges are laid, and their status as adults or children raised, a parliamentary committee has been told.