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.

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

Parents urged to pull children out of NAPLAN tests

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

Bionic eye 'months away' from service

A supplied pic of what the bionic eye may look like.

Bianca Hall Fifteen years ago, the bid to create Australia's first bionic eye relied on university researchers pillaging old stereos for parts.

Vision of future: experts close to turning bionic eye dream into reality

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Bianca Hall FIFTEEN years ago, the bid to create Australia's first bionic eye relied on university researchers pillaging old stereos for parts.

Boat people number down but indefinite detainees up

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