Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

Politicians get office decor down to a fine art

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.

Public schools left with a fifth of funds, warns union

AEU

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

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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

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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

Asylum

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

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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.

First refugees sent to PNG

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Bianca Hall First people denied resettlement under Labor's hardline policies arrived on Manus Island Wednesday night.

Malaria risk for mothers and children

Manus Island

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...

Pregnant women sent to Manus despite the risks

Environment minister Tony Burke during a press conference at Parliament House Canberra on 5 June 2012. Photo: Andrew Meares

Bianca Hall Young children and pregnant women to face significant risks of anti-malaria medication.

Fiji demands a say in 'arrogant' PNG plans

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.

UN doubts refugee safety in Papua New Guinea

Refugees on Manus Island.

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.

Nauru rioters face sanctions

Nauru detention centre.

Bianca Hall Six asylum seekers have been taken to hospital, while 125 are held in jail after Friday's riots.

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Resettlement record disputed

Refugee

Bianca Hall The government's claim that Australia resettles more refugees per capita than almost any other nation should be treated with extreme scepticism.

Rudd slams door on refugees

PNG's Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Kevin Rudd sign up for a new asylum deal

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.

Accidental underclass

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.

Arrivals tipped to reach 25,000

Asylum seekers with a sign for New Zealand arrive at Geraldton April 09 2013. Photograph from a memeber of the public who passed it onto ABC 720 Perth.

Bianca Hall The government vastly underestimated the number of asylum seekers expected to arrive in Australia this financial year, with up to 25,000 now expected - almost five times more than initial forecasts.