Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

Infant formula industry to handle complaints on its marketing to new mums

Adele Calvert with Lola

Bianca Hall The government will replace an independent panel monitoring how infant formula is marketed to new parents with an industry-led oversight process.

Tony Abbott's green army enlisting now

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

$13.3 million hotel bill for Manus Island staff

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Bianca Hall, Rory Callinan Taxpayers are footing a more-than $73,400 nightly bill for detention centre staff to stay in a floating hotel moored off Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, Fairfax can reveal.

Ballot for Gallipoli centenary draws 37,000 applications

Gallipoli Peninsular

Bianca Hall Demand has overwhelmed organisers of the ballot for next year's Gallipoli centenary commemorations.

Voters' support for republic hits 20-year low

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II

Bianca Hall Backing for an Australian republic has collapsed to a 20-year low, with just 39.4 per cent of Australians saying they support a republic.

Huge demand for applications to attend Gallipoli centenary

Bianca Hall Demand has overwhelmed organisers of the ballot for next year's Gallipoli centenary commemorations.

ABC boss Gaven Morris responds to news criticism with edict to staff

Gaven Morris

Bianca Hall The ABC has reacted to sustained criticism of its asylum seeker coverage with an edict to staff that they should not ''embellish'' or add ''any flourish'' to claims of mistreatment by Australian...

Don't embellish the facts on asylum seekers, ABC warns staff

Asylum seekers

Bianca Hall As the ABC comes under government scrutiny, staff have been warned not to ''embellish'' or add ''any flourish'' to asylum seekers' claims they have been mistreated by border protection forces.

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 examines staff links to racist group

navy

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

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...

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.

New curriculum reviewer was an education consultant to tobacco giant Phillip Morris

Dr Kevin Donnelly

Bianca Hall The education guru tasked with reforming Australia's national curriculum by the federal government was previously employed by tobacco firm Phillip Morris to design a school program teaching children...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.