Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a reporter for The Age

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.

Detainee self-harm falls but figures questioned

There were 70 self-harm episodes in February this year.

Bianca Hall Self-harm rates among asylum seekers in Australian detention centres has dramatically fallen since September 2011.

Schools pay high price for Gonski snub

Julia Gillard

Bianca Hall Schools in NSW would lose, on average, $1.7 million in funding over six years if other states and territories do not sign up for the Gonski reforms, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Sunday.

Asylum boat reaches NT mainland

asylum seekers arriving

Bianca Hall A small group of asylum seekers decamped from their boat in a virtually uninhabited peninsula in the Northern Territory, and were only discovered a day later at a nearby airstrip.

PM pays respects to WWII troops, wraps up PNG visit

Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Bianca Hall In the searing heat and sweltering humidity of the PNG wet season, Julia Gillard paid her respects to civilian soldiers who lost their lives during World War II.

Amnesty reveals abuses in Sri Lanka

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Bianca Hall Sri Lanka is intensifying its crackdown on critics and increasing human rights abuses, an investigation by Amnesty International has found.

'Ashamed to be Australian': doctor slams Manus Island centre

Manus island.

Bianca Hall An Australian doctor who worked at the Manus Island detention centre has said the experience made him "ashamed to be an Australian".

No compensation for Maralinga radiation victims

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Bianca Hall The British government has ruled out paying ''act of grace'' compensation to Australian soldiers deliberately exposed to nuclear bomb testing at Maralinga in South Australia 61 years ago.

Illegal? See the UN, says Abbott

Bianca Hall Tony Abbott's office has defended his continued use of the word ''illegal'' to describe asylum seeker boats by referring to the UN Refugee Convention.

Asylum seeker industry's $8 billion money spinner

detention centre

Matt O'Sullivan and Bianca Hall A surge in asylum seekers held in detention centres on Australia's mainland and Pacific island outposts is proving to be a growing money spinner for companies contracted by the Immigration Department.

Serco profits rise as detention contracts hit $1.86bn

Dentention Centre

Bianca Hall Private security company Serco's contracts with the government have blown out by $1.5 billion, as Australia's border protection system strains under the weight of increased flows of asylum seekers.

Asylum seekers denied legal rights: advocates

Brendan O'Connor

Bianca Hall Some of the Sri Lankan asylum seekers deported on Thursday did not speak with lawyers before they were expelled, Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor has confirmed.

Detention contracts worth $1.8b

Christmas Island detention center

Bianca Hall Private security company Serco's contracts with the government have blown out by $1.5 billion as the flow of asylum seekers has increased.

38 Geraldton boat arrivals sent back to Sri Lanka

Asylum seekers at Geraldton

Bianca Hall The federal government has forcibly returned 38 asylum seekers who made an epic 44-day boat voyage to Geraldton last week.

Brave men on tyre raft nominated for awards

Bianca Hall An Indonesian crewman and three missing asylum seekers from Myanmar have been nominated for Australian bravery awards.