Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a reporter for The Age

No compensation for Maralinga radiation victims

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.

Island trash transformed into whimsical treasure

Artist Emma Washer lives on Cocos Island and collects refuse that has washed up on the north facing beaches and incorporates it into her artwork.

Bianca Hall Rubber thongs are piled shoulder high at some beaches of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a tiny Australian territory halfway to Sri Lanka.

Plea for a prayer when 'small, overcrowded' boat sinks

Ocean

Michael Bachelard, Bianca Hall An asylum seeker vessel that sank off Indonesia's coast early on Friday morning has plunged the country's search and rescue agency into disarray as 58 people remain missing.

Doctors urged to not force-feed detainees

The 28 refugees have vowed to refuse food and water until their demands for freedom are met.

Bianca Hall Melbourne asylum seekers engaged in a hunger strike could have just days to live.

Asylum seekers land in Geraldton

Asylum seekers arrive in Geraldton

Bianca Hall and Aleisha Orr Sixty-six asylum seekers landed within the harbour limits of Geraldton on Tuesday, after telling rescuers they had spent 44 days at sea from Sri Lanka, more than 8000 kilometres from Western...

Island school an oasis of normality

Christmas Island school students

Bianca Hall Seven children sit in rapt attention in Dale Brittle's class at Christmas Island. But these kids - aged between five and seven - aren't like the others at the island's school.

Children seeking knowledge, as well as a safe place to live

Teacher Dale Brittle.

Bianca Hall Seven children sit in rapt attention in Dale Brittle's class on Christmas Island. But these children - aged between five and seven - aren't like the others at the island's school.

New rewards a chance for asylum seekers to win on points

Asylum seekers on Christmas Island.

Bianca Hall Asylum seekers are being given rewards for good behaviour in Christmas Island's detention centre, in an attempt to avoid a return to the tensions that led to riots and violent clashes with...

Lost revenue demanded after asylum seekers housed at club

President of the Cocos Club John Clunies-Ross and Cocus Club Manager Maxine McCartney.

Bianca Hall On a midweek afternoon the Cocos Club is a hive of activity.

A mother and child exhausted: faces of the many who flee by sea

A mother and child are processed by Australian Customs at Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island.

Bianca Hall She sits in a wheelchair looking utterly defeated, a small child in her lap. She appears to be in her mid to late 30s, but it is difficult to tell through her exhaustion.

Boats to keep coming as tears keep flowing

Asylum seekers arrive at Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island.

Bianca Hall She sits on a wheelchair, looking utterly defeated, a small child in her lap.

400 more asylum seekers expected by end of week

The Australian Customs and Border Protection vessel Ocean Protector waits on standby in Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island as tourists snorkel in the shallow waters.
26th March 2013
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

Bianca Hall Locals are bracing for another lot of asylum seekers, following the arrival of almost 300 so far this week.

More deaths predicted as two more boats arrive and numbers soar

The Australian Customs and Border Protection vessel Ocean Protector waits on standby in Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island. 
26th March 2013
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

Bianca Hall and Michael Gordon Two boatloads of asylum seekers arrived at Christmas Island on Tuesday, bringing the total to 11 since Friday amid an unprecedented surge in irregular immigration by sea.