Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

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.

Grade 5 and 6 kids to get sex education classes

Children as young as seven are set to receive sex education.

Bianca Hall THE Australian curriculum authority says it has listened to feedback from parenting and school groups, and will introduce sex education to children in grades 5 and 6, not in grade 3 and 4, as earlier...

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.

Hell on Nauru revealed

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Bianca Hall Asylum seekers began to attempt suicide within a month of being sent to Nauru, internal Department of Immigration reports reveal.

Data store plan sparks a chorus of disapproval

Bianca Hall, Ben Grubb, Lucy Battersby Proposed laws that would allow the web and telecommunications data of all Australians to be stored for two years have been dubbed ''characteristic of a police state''.

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...

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.

Regional areas face job losses: research

Bianca Hall Analysis by Independent Economics shows that more than 2000 jobs and annual income of $194 million would be wiped out in the Murrumbidgee region alone, if the Murray-Darling Basin Plan goes ahead in...

More disadvantaged go to university

Bianca Hall Record numbers of students from low socio-economic backgrounds are flocking to Australian universities this year, many of them the first in their families to take up tertiary education.

Scrap teacher bonus: review

Bianca Hall Performance bonuses for high-performing teachers should be shelved, the Productivity Commission has recommended.

Victorian cutbacks alarm TAFE sector

Bianca Hall Australia's 61 TAFE directors have expressed their joint alarm at ''savage'' cuts to the Victorian sector, saying the cuts highlight flaws in national agreements designed to boost enrolments.

School scheme gets 'F' despite millions spent

Dylan Owen-Bouy.

Bianca Hall A $540 MILLION government scheme to lift numeracy and literacy rates has made no discernible difference to the performance of schools taking part, an audit of the program found.

Audit pans literacy, numeracy program

Bianca Hall A $540 million government scheme to lift numeracy and literacy rates has made no discernible difference to the performance of schools taking part, an audit of the program found.

Teachers risking 'irrelevancy'

St Gregory's Primary School year 4 student, Olivia Donohoe (9). Her class regularly use iPads in lessons.

Bianca Hall E-learning experts are warning that speedy technological changes, and the speed with which children can access information and communities online, will soon render traditional teaching methods...