Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

Quarter of young people not working or studying

Teen girl.

Bianca Hall One in four young Australians do not work or study despite Australia's growing wealth.

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Hundreds more boat people found

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

Boat people number down but indefinite detainees up

Vietnamese asylum seekers are brought ashore.  Christmas Island 19 March 2011. Photo: Alan Krepp. Single use only. Contact photographer for reuse- 0439215148

Bianca Hall The number of asylum seekers coming to Australia has dropped by 9 per cent.

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.

Asylum seeker deaths: Authorities took two days before launching search for doomed boat

Call for help: Asylum seekers aboard a boat that sank soon after this photo was taken in June.

Bianca Hall It took two days after an asylum seeker boat was seen near Christmas Island in June for Australia's maritime authority to mount a co-ordinated search and rescue effort for the boat.

Customs and Border Protection Service raises doubt on asylum-seeker boat rescue response

Photos released from Customs show the doomed asylum seeker boat that capsized in June this year killing all on board. Thirteen bodies were spotted but never recovered. image supplied. story by Natalie O'Brien.

Bianca Hall Search and rescue authorities susceptible to poor co-ordination and miscommunication.

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.

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Bianca Hall Management dismayed to learn that federal government had abruptly withdrawn the funding in its midyear economic statement.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

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.

Speaking English an obligation: Senator Fierravanti Wells

Bianca Hall As citizenship ceremonies and barbecues fire up across the country for Australia Day, a senior government MP called for migrants to speak English as their main language.

Ballot for Gallipoli centenary draws 37,000 applications

Gallipoli Peninsular

Bianca Hall Demand has overwhelmed organisers of the ballot for next year's Gallipoli centenary commemorations.

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.

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...

Asylum seekers Children found in distress UN denounces inhumanity of island centres

A refugee wonders through the rows of temporary tents.

Bianca Hall, Julie-Anne Davies Offshore processing centres are more focused on sending asylum seekers home.

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.

Voters' support for republic hits 20-year low

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II

Bianca Hall Backing for an Australian republic has collapsed to a 20-year low, with just 39.4 per cent of Australians saying they support a republic.

ABC boss Gaven Morris responds to news criticism with edict to staff

Gaven Morris

Bianca Hall The ABC has reacted to sustained criticism of its asylum seeker coverage with an edict to staff that they should not ''embellish'' or add ''any flourish'' to claims of mistreatment by Australian...

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.