Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

Digger's Afghan killing was an 'act of murder'

Bianca Hall The shooting of Lance Corporal Andrew Jones by an Afghan soldier 'a cowardly act of murder'.

ACT focus of schools debate

Bianca Hall, Emma Macdonald Canberra will be the site of a ''grassroots, nationwide discussion'' on school funding this week as Prime Minister Julia Gillard defers any firm commitments to the Gonski review of funding and...

Tony Abbott's green army enlisting now

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

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...

NAPLAN testing disguises illiteracy, says Labor MP

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Bianca Hall Newly-minted Labor backbencher Alannah MacTiernan has hit out at the NAPLAN testing, saying it masks the true illiteracy rate in Australia.

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Football club affected if main sponsor Holden leaves

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James Robertson, Bianca Hall The Central District Bulldogs are the pride of a part of Adelaide that is tight-knit, poor and indivisible from car making.

No compensation for Maralinga radiation victims

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Bianca Hall The British government has ruled out paying ''act of grace'' compensation to Australian soldiers deliberately exposed to nuclear bomb testing at Maralinga in South Australia 61 years ago.

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...

Hearing told of sex education for kids

Bianca Hall Children will begin to be taught sexual education by as young as seven, a Senate estimates hearing was told yesterday.

UN gives Canberra deadline to address refugee health fears

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Bianca Hall THE United Nations has given Australia a month to show how it will ensure the mental and physical safety of two refugees, one of whom tried to commit suicide this month.

Court halts deportation of 56 men

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Bianca Hall, Daniel Flitton The deportation of 56 Tamil men has been halted after a dramatic hearing at the High Court. The Immigration Department agreed to halt the men's forcible deportations, expected on Tuesday, and all...

Captain's family left in waiting

Captain Emad

Bianca Hall THE family of alleged people smuggler Captain Emad remains in Australia more than six months after he fled the country, a parliamentary inquiry heard on Monday.

PNG court rejects Manus injunction

Bianca Hall Papua New Guinea's National Court has thrown out a bid to stop asylum seekers being sent to the Manus Island processing centre.

Free speech appeal fails over critical letters to Diggers

Muslim cleric Sheik Haron holds a sign out the front of  Downing Centre courts today 9th of Febuary, 2010. Sheik Haron sent hate mail to Australian war widows. Sydney, NSW. Photo by kate geraghty

Bianca Hall A SELF-STYLED Muslim imam accused of sending offensive letters to the families of dead Diggers has had his appeal against the charge dismissed.

Official barred from visits to Nauru, Manus Island

A refugee wonders through the rows of temporary tents.  A view of the Nauru detention centre where Amnesty International say 387 refugees are packed into leaky tents in hot, cramped conditions.  Fairfax Media.  Photo: Angela Wylie.  November 21 2012. Nauru

Bianca Hall The federal government's top legal adviser has told Australian Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs she cannot visit Nauru and Manus Island to assess and act on complaints from asylum seekers...

Human rights chief warned off islands visit

 Nauru hunger strike

Bianca Hall The federal government's top legal adviser has told Australia's Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs she cannot visit Nauru and Manus Island to assess and act on complaints from asylum seekers...

Asylum seekers land in Geraldton

Asylum seekers arrive in Geraldton

Bianca Hall and Aleisha Orr Sixty-six asylum seekers landed within the harbour limits of Geraldton on Tuesday, after telling rescuers they had spent 44 days at sea from Sri Lanka, more than 8000 kilometres from Western...

Brave men on tyre raft nominated for awards

Bianca Hall An Indonesian crewman and three missing asylum seekers from Myanmar have been nominated for Australian bravery awards.