Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

One MP really going places

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...

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.

Coalition cuts Labor, Greens Parliament staff

Cuts

Bianca Hall You can tell a lot about a government's priorities by what is kept and what is canned in a tight economic environment.

Funding blow for Jewish centre

Reuben Zylberszpic with Holocaust survivor Willy Lermer.

Bianca Hall Management dismayed to learn that federal government had abruptly withdrawn the funding in its midyear economic statement.

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...

Education authority denies that curriculum pushes Gaia worship

Bianca Hall The national curriculum authority has dismissed reports by a federal Liberal MP that students are being ''indoctrinated'' into neo-pagan ''Gaia worship'' in schools.

Australia ignored boat rescue call, claims survivor

Asylum

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...

Fears exotic diseases may destroy pineapple sector

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Bianca Hall Australia's pineapple industry could be crippled and almost half of Queensland's crops wiped out by exotic diseases, the state's Agriculture Department has warned.

NAPLAN testing disguises illiteracy, says Labor MP

Test

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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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.

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.

Navy probe as personnel are linked to racist Australian Defence League

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Bianca Hall The Australian navy has launched an internal investigation into revelations Defence personnel are members of an online racist group that calls for members to ''fight [the] Muslim infiltration of our...

Tony Abbott's green army enlisting now

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

Football club affected if main sponsor Holden leaves

Bulldogs

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.

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.

Accidental underclass

Michael Gordon and Bianca Hall It was the foundation stone of Julia Gillard's plan to stop, or at least substantially slow, the flow of boats.

UN doubts refugee safety in Papua New Guinea

Refugees on Manus Island.

Bianca Hall, David Wroe The record number of boats coming to Australia shows no signs of easing, with more than 1000 asylum seekers arriving since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced his new plan to stop them.

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.

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.