Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a reporter for The Age

Citizenship pledge at all time high

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Bianca Hall A RECORD number of people took the citizenship pledge on Saturday, with 17,059 people from 145 countries becoming new Australians.

Asylum seekers welcome Manus probe

Bianca Hall Asylum seekers on Manus Island have welcomed news that the island's processing centre will be tested in Papua New Guinea's courts.

New threat to offshore processing

Manus Island camp.

Bianca Hall and Judith Ireland Papua New Guinea's Opposition Leader alleges asylum seekers are being held illegally.

Child abuse inquiry criticised

Royal Commission dink.

Bianca Hall and Jane Lee Churches and charities should pay compensation directly to survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and the terms of reference should be broadened, says the chief executive of the group of those formerly...

Metal drummer flees Iran danger

The Manus Island camp

Bianca Hall Could Australia soon have its first heavy-metal refugee?

Sex abuse unit will be able to prosecute


Bianca Hall, Michelle Grattan, Josephine Tovey AN investigation unit designed to prosecute sex offenders will be established as part of the royal commission on the sexual abuse of children due to begin later this year.

Unit to target child sex abusers

Royal Commission dink.

Bianca Hall An investigative unit designed to prosecute sex offenders will be established as part of the royal commission on the sexual abuse of children due to begin later this year.

PNG opposition bid to close Manus 'realistic'

Belden Namah.

Bianca Hall Leading immigration lawyer Julian Burnside has described the legal bid by Papua New Guinea opposition leader Belden Namah to close processing facilities on Manus Island as 'pretty realistic'.

Desperate wait for fire fronts to pass


James Robertson, Bianca Hall, Gemma Khaicy NGHARIE McCALLUM has never had to evacuate the tiny town of Tarcutta in the 46 years she's lived there. But on Tuesday afternoon she decided to pack her bags and leave.

Cameras disabled after Manus Island photos revealed


Bianca Hall Tablet computers for asylum seekers on Manus Island have had their camera functions removed days after Fairfax Media published photographs of life in the island's camp.

Greens claim $2b will fix Newstart poverty

Jenny Macklin

Exclusive Bianca Hall IS $2 BILLION a year too much to help Australia's most impoverished people?

Life on Manus Island: disease, heat, suffering

Manus Island camp. There are 87 SriLankans, 42 Iranians, 4 Afghans
4 Iraqis plus approx 30 children in the family camp. There are also 25 single men transferred last week. They live in the dongas. No doors or windows. Extremely hot.  Photo supplied by The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre on January 4, 2013

Bianca Hall First pictures of daily life on Manus Island sent to refugee activists on the mainland.

Greens push for increase to dole

New Greens Senator Rachel Siewert at a press conference at Parliament House today Friday 1 July 2005. AFR Picture by Penny Bradfield. SPECIALX GREENS

Bianca Hall Party will move to raise weekly Newstart, Abstudy and youth allowance rate for singles by $50 a week.

Chinese efforts to suppress academic debate 'not unusual'

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David Wroe, Bianca Hall A TOP foreign affairs expert says it is ''by no means unusual'' to hear of China trying to quash Australian academic debate to push its own national interests.

Christmas Island 'harsh' and overcrowded: human rights report

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Bianca Hall Christmas Island's detention centre is chronically overcrowded, and poses particular risks to women and children, Australian Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs says.

Strawberry field was not forever for famous aide

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Bianca Hall THE sexual harassment case that brought ''shell-less mussels'' into Australia's vernacular and brought down a Speaker of Parliament began at a sprawling strawberry farm on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Nauru court tries detainees over riot

Asylum seekers attend the Nauru Magistrates Court after they have been charged with rioting and unlawful damage to buildings at the refugee camp

Bianca Hall Sixteen asylum seekers on Nauru appeared at the island's tiny local court on Monday, accused of causing $24,000 in damage at an alleged riot at the processing centre in September.

'Not in his DNA': Navy captain's former wife stands by her man

Captain Jacqui King

Bianca Hall THE former wife of a navy captain accused of fraudulently claiming about $38,000 in marital allowances from the federal government while being separated has defended her ex-husband.

Court halts deportation of 56 men

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Bianca Hall, Daniel Flitton The deportation of 56 Tamil men has been halted after a dramatic hearing at the High Court. The Immigration Department agreed to halt the men's forcible deportations, expected on Tuesday, and all...

Man faces charges on naval base robbery

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Bianca Hall A 40-year-old man will face court on Monday after police allegedly found 14 high-powered weapons stolen from a Navy base in his Darwin apartment.