Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

Hundreds more boat people found

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

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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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.

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.

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.

Tony Abbott's green army enlisting now

Bianca Hall The federally funded 'green army' will strike young workers from official dole figures.

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.

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.

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.

Dispute over PNG payments

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Bianca Hall, David Wroe Papua New Guinea and the Rudd government are at odds over what new infrastructure Australia will pay for as overseas aid under the controversial asylum-seeker deal.

Asylum seekers demand money back from smugglers, says Burke

Bianca Hall, David Wroe, Igor O'Neill The political arms race on border protection appears to be having an effect, with signs boat arrivals are tapering off amid claims by the government that asylum seekers are turning against people...

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.

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...