Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a reporter for The Age

Navy probe as personnel are linked to racist Australian Defence League


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Bianca Hall Management dismayed to learn that federal government had abruptly withdrawn the funding in its midyear economic statement.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


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.

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.

Football club affected if main sponsor Holden leaves


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.

Childcare sector in state of confusion over funding promise shifts


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.

Public schools left with a fifth of funds, warns union


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.

Asylum seekers Children found in distress UN denounces inhumanity of island centres

A refugee wonders through the rows of temporary tents.

Bianca Hall, Julie-Anne Davies Offshore processing centres are more focused on sending asylum seekers home.

NAPLAN testing disguises illiteracy, says Labor MP


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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Fears exotic diseases may destroy pineapple sector


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.

Australia ignored boat rescue call, claims survivor


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...

Clive Palmer's lead narrows to just 45 votes

Clive Palmer.

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.

Families to be sent to Nauru soon

Refugees at the Nauru detention centre.

Bianca Hall Australia will send asylum seeker families to the tiny island nation of Nauru within weeks.

Asylum seekers demand money back from smugglers, says Burke

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...

Dispute over PNG payments


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.