Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

Christmas Island 'harsh' and overcrowded: human rights report

Bianca Hall Christmas Island's detention centre is chronically overcrowded, and poses particular risks to women and children, Australian Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs says.

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.

First refugees sent to PNG

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Bianca Hall First people denied resettlement under Labor's hardline policies arrived on Manus Island Wednesday night.

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.

Hundreds more boat people found

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

Asylum seeker boat intercepted

A boat of asylum seekers.

Bianca Hall Boat carrying 146 passengers and three crew intercepted - the fourth boat to arrive since Friday.

Four boats arrive over weekend

Bianca Hall ANOTHER asylum-seeker boat - carrying 146 passengers and three crew - was intercepted yesterday, the fourth boat to arrive since Friday.

Medical alert for hunger striker on Nauru

The hunger strikers protest on Nauru.

Bianca Hall Doctors have told Omid - the Iranian man on the 31st day of his hunger strike on Nauru - his kidneys and brain will soon fail, fellow asylum seekers say.

Hunger striker close to death, warn detainees

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Bianca Hall DOCTORS have told Omid - an Iranian on his 31st day of a hunger strike in Nauru on Sunday - that his kidneys and brain will soon fail, fellow asylum seekers say.

ASYLUM DEBATE

Bianca Hall More asylum seekers have arrived on boats since Labor came to power in 2007 than people live in the remote community of Alice Springs, opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said on Tuesday.

Liberals step up refugee campaign

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Bianca Hall More asylum seekers have arrived on boats since Labor came to power in 2007 than people live in the remote community of Alice Springs, opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said on Tuesday.

Second breakout on Manus Island

Manus island.

Bianca Hall About 40 men jump on the camp's fences, brandishing wooden sticks, before flattening a fence.

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...

More deaths predicted as two more boats arrive and numbers soar

The Australian Customs and Border Protection vessel Ocean Protector waits on standby in Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island. 
26th March 2013
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

Bianca Hall and Michael Gordon Two boatloads of asylum seekers arrived at Christmas Island on Tuesday, bringing the total to 11 since Friday amid an unprecedented surge in irregular immigration by sea.

400 more asylum seekers expected by end of week

The Australian Customs and Border Protection vessel Ocean Protector waits on standby in Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island as tourists snorkel in the shallow waters.
26th March 2013
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

Bianca Hall Locals are bracing for another lot of asylum seekers, following the arrival of almost 300 so far this week.

A mother and child exhausted: faces of the many who flee by sea

A mother and child are processed by Australian Customs at Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island.

Bianca Hall She sits in a wheelchair looking utterly defeated, a small child in her lap. She appears to be in her mid to late 30s, but it is difficult to tell through her exhaustion.

Boats to keep coming as tears keep flowing

Asylum seekers arrive at Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island.

Bianca Hall She sits on a wheelchair, looking utterly defeated, a small child in her lap.

Lost revenue demanded after asylum seekers housed at club

President of the Cocos Club John Clunies-Ross and Cocus Club Manager Maxine McCartney.

Bianca Hall On a midweek afternoon the Cocos Club is a hive of activity.