Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

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.

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.

Business endorses language plan

Bianca Hall The business sector has called on the states and territories to back Prime Minister Julia Gillard's plan to give every student the chance to study an Asian language by 2025.

Security risk refugee tries to end life


Daniel Flitton and Bianca Hall A Tamil refugee branded a security threat by ASIO and held in detention in Melbourne has attempted to take his life.

Tamil man attempts suicide in detention

Sri Lankan refugees

Daniel Flitton, Bianca Hall A TAMIL refugee branded a security threat by ASIO and held in detention in Melbourne has attempted to take his life, following a suicide attempt last week by another Tamil man in Sydney.

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?

Donations pour in to ease plight on Manus Island

Shayma and Hafsa signing books

Bianca Hall MOVED by the stories of hardship in immigration detention centres, Australians are sending letters, parcels and goods to detainees to remind them they are not forgotten.

Doctors urged to not force-feed detainees

The 28 refugees have vowed to refuse food and water until their demands for freedom are met.

Bianca Hall Melbourne asylum seekers engaged in a hunger strike could have just days to live.

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.

Australia ignored boat rescue call, claims survivor


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...

Public schools get too much: Abbott

Jewel Topsfield, Bianca Hall Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has provoked a storm of controversy over his suggestion that it is an injustice that public schools receive the majority of government funding.

Police chiefs eager to harness technological advances

Bianca Hall AUSTRALIA's police commissioners want to help draft laws that would allow them to access the public's telecommunications data for up to two years.

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Jones ordered to be trained in factual accuracy

Bianca Hall Controversial radio shock jock Alan Jones has been ordered to undergo ''factual accuracy'' training, and to use fact-checkers, in another damaging blow to his credibility.

Minister slams unis' 'elitist' view

chris evans

Bianca Hall Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans has hit back at Australia's top research universities.

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Enrolment drop threatens Aust innovation

Bianca Hall New research will today argue that a shortfall in science students at Australian universities is placing future Australian innovation at serious risk.

Chief scientist warns research may suffer as uni numbers fall

14 th December 2011,  Canberra Times  Photo By  Penny Bradfield,   Australian National University Graduation days: Photograph of Professor Ian Chubb, former Vic Chancellor and now Chief Scientist, at the ceremony.

Bianca Hall NEW research finds a shortfall in science students at local universities is placing future Australian innovation at serious risk.

TV content shake-up to ease sporting cover

Bianca Hall Communications Minister Stephen Conroy will have wide-ranging powers under new laws unveiled yesterday to determine how many AFL and NRL matches are broadcast weekly on free-to-air television.

Country women fight for broadband super highway

Bianca Hall First it was scones, then it was fracking, now Country Women's Association branches in the NSW and Victorian border communities are taking on the federal government's NBN plans.

One MP really going places

Opposition fires at PM over Slipper scandal (Thumbnail)

Bianca Hall, Dan Harrison Embattled Speaker Peter Slipper regularly spent more than $300 on limousine rides between his Sunshine Coast home and Brisbane airport, once making the trip three times in a single day, documents...

Experts call for boycott of tests

Bianca Hall A group of education consultants is urging Australian parents to withdraw their children from next month's annual NAPLAN tests, saying they are damaging children's creativity.