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.
Bianca Hall Prime Minister Tony Abbott's announcement that the government would honour contracts signed by the previous government to raise childcare wages has only added to the confusion engulfing the sector.
Bianca Hall State governments are guaranteed less than 20 per cent of the funding promised under the schools deal ripped up by the Abbott government, the Australian Education Union says.
Bianca Hall, Julie-Anne Davies Offshore processing centres are more focused on sending asylum seekers home.
Bianca Hall Newly-minted Labor backbencher Alannah MacTiernan has hit out at the NAPLAN testing, saying it masks the true illiteracy rate in Australia.
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.
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...
Bianca Hall Mining giant Clive Palmer’s lead in the seat of Fairfax has narrowed to a tiny 45 votes, increasing the likelihood of a recount.
Bianca Hall Australia will send asylum seeker families to the tiny island nation of Nauru within weeks.
Bianca Hall, David Wroe, Igor O'Neill The political arms race on border protection appears to be having an effect, with signs boat arrivals are tapering off amid claims by the government that asylum seekers are turning against people...
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.
Bianca Hall First people denied resettlement under Labor's hardline policies arrived on Manus Island Wednesday night.
Bianca Hall Infants and pregnant women will be sent to Manus Island, the Department of Immigration has confirmed, despite it being warned eight months ago that pregnant women risked losing their babies, or their...
Bianca Hall Young children and pregnant women to face significant risks of anti-malaria medication.
Judith Ireland Bianca Hall Fiji has delivered a stinging rebuke to the Rudd government over its plans to resettle asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea.
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.
Bianca Hall Six asylum seekers have been taken to hospital, while 125 are held in jail after Friday's riots.
Bianca Hall The government's claim that Australia resettles more refugees per capita than almost any other nation should be treated with extreme scepticism.
Bianca Hall and Jonathan Swan No asylum seeker who comes by boat will ever be resettled in Australia, under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's dramatic and ''hardline'' rewrite of refugee laws.
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.