Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a reporter for The Age

Red Cross visits Nauru strikers

Asylum seekers are protesting over conditions at Nauru's asylum seeker processing centre

Bianca Hall Red Cross quietly visits troubled camp as concerns about hunger strikes escalate.

More join hunger strike on Nauru


Bianca Hall DESPAIR on Nauru is growing. Asylum seekers say 276 men are taking part in a hunger strike, up from 170 on Thursday.

'Unhappy' asylum seekers on hunger strike


Bianca Hall ALMOST half the asylum seekers on Nauru have begun a hunger strike.

Schools to study the real Australia

Bianca Hall Education Correspondent ABORIGINAL history and culture, sustainability and Australia's engagement with Asia will be cornerstones of the new civics national curriculum for schools.

Postgraduate numbers double in 10 years


Bianca Hall The number of Australians holding postgraduate degrees has more than doubled since 2001.

Business endorses language plan

Bianca Hall The business sector has called on the states and territories to back Prime Minister Julia Gillard's plan to give every student the chance to study an Asian language by 2025.

Nauru raises asylum visa cost

Bianca Hall The Nauru government says a deal was struck to charge Australia $1000 a month in visa fees for each asylum seeker detained on the island months ago.

Record payouts for sick federal workers

Bianca Hall Government agencies are spending record amounts on paying out sick workers, with payouts rising by $14 million in the past year alone to $274 million.

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More payouts for sick workers in government jobs


Bianca Hall FEDERAL government agencies are spending record amounts on paying out sick workers, with payouts rising by $14 million in the past year alone, to $274 million.

Minister slams unis' 'elitist' view

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Bianca Hall Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans has hit back at Australia's top research universities.

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Universities angry over $1b in cuts

Bianca Hall Universities are in uproar over yesterday's mid-year budget cuts of more than $1 billion to the sector.

Grade 5 and 6 kids to get sex education classes

Children as young as seven are set to receive sex education.

Bianca Hall THE Australian curriculum authority says it has listened to feedback from parenting and school groups, and will introduce sex education to children in grades 5 and 6, not in grade 3 and 4, as earlier...

Hearing told of sex education for kids

Bianca Hall Children will begin to be taught sexual education by as young as seven, a Senate estimates hearing was told yesterday.

Jones ordered to be trained in factual accuracy

Bianca Hall Controversial radio shock jock Alan Jones has been ordered to undergo ''factual accuracy'' training, and to use fact-checkers, in another damaging blow to his credibility.

Nuclear agency boss emotional as whistleblower taunts

Photograph looking down into the OPAL nuclear research reactor at ANSTA in Lucas Heights. 30th June 2010
Photo by Dallas Kilponen/dak SPECIAL 00000

Bianca Hall The head of Australia's nuclear agency briefly broke down at a Senate estimates hearing.

'Death by 1000 cuts' for ABC arts

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Bianca Hall ABC chief Mark Scott says the corporation will continue to negotiate with staff over planned cuts to Radio National's programming.

Sexual abuse worst in media

Sexual harrasment.

Bianca Hall Female journalists are more than twice as likely to be sexually harassed in the workforce than women in other professions, a Monash University study has found.

Trade pact seen as risk to research

By Bianca Hall Up to 90 per cent of academic research could be affected by an Australian-US trade agreement that would make it an offence for academics to communicate findings on research, the University of Sydney...

A first for the PM but abusers take advantage

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Bianca Hall A FACEBOOK question-and-answer session hosted by Julia Gillard descended into personal abuse of the Prime Minister as the Alan Jones controversy continued.

Trolls take time out of schedules to abuse Gillard

Bianca Hall A Facebook question-and-answer session hosted by Prime Minister Julia Gillard descended into personal abuse yesterday, as the row surrounding Alan Jones continued to rage.