Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

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...

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.

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.

Govt ducks promise to increase aid

Bianca Hall The federal government has refused to give the aid sector any certainty ahead of next month's budget, saying it will not confirm its long-running commitment to increase its aid budget to .