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...

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.

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Bianca Hall Management dismayed to learn that federal government had abruptly withdrawn the funding in its midyear economic statement.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

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.

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.

New rewards a chance for asylum seekers to win on points

Asylum seekers on Christmas Island.

Bianca Hall Asylum seekers are being given rewards for good behaviour in Christmas Island's detention centre, in an attempt to avoid a return to the tensions that led to riots and violent clashes with...

Island school an oasis of normality

Christmas Island school students

Bianca Hall Seven children sit in rapt attention in Dale Brittle's class at Christmas Island. But these kids - aged between five and seven - aren't like the others at the island's school.

Children seeking knowledge, as well as a safe place to live

Teacher Dale Brittle.

Bianca Hall Seven children sit in rapt attention in Dale Brittle's class on Christmas Island. But these children - aged between five and seven - aren't like the others at the island's school.

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.

Asylum seekers land in Geraldton

Asylum seekers arrive in Geraldton

Bianca Hall and Aleisha Orr Sixty-six asylum seekers landed within the harbour limits of Geraldton on Tuesday, after telling rescuers they had spent 44 days at sea from Sri Lanka, more than 8000 kilometres from Western...

Plea for a prayer when 'small, overcrowded' boat sinks

Ocean

Michael Bachelard, Bianca Hall An asylum seeker vessel that sank off Indonesia's coast early on Friday morning has plunged the country's search and rescue agency into disarray as 58 people remain missing.

Brave men on tyre raft nominated for awards

Bianca Hall An Indonesian crewman and three missing asylum seekers from Myanmar have been nominated for Australian bravery awards.