Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a political correspondent based in Canberra.

New rewards a chance for asylum seekers to win on points

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.

Watchdog holds fears for indefinite detainees

In the event asylum seekers are given a negative ASIO assessment, they are not permitted to know the reasons for their negative assessments.

Bianca Hall Fears have been raised for the welfare of about a dozen asylum seekers who have been held in detention for more than two years, with no immediate hope of release.

Official barred from visits to Nauru, Manus Island

A refugee wonders through the rows of temporary tents.  A view of the Nauru detention centre where Amnesty International say 387 refugees are packed into leaky tents in hot, cramped conditions.  Fairfax Media.  Photo: Angela Wylie.  November 21 2012. Nauru

Bianca Hall The federal government's top legal adviser has told Australian Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs she cannot visit Nauru and Manus Island to assess and act on complaints from asylum seekers...

Human rights chief warned off islands visit

 Nauru hunger strike

Bianca Hall The federal government's top legal adviser has told Australia's Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs she cannot visit Nauru and Manus Island to assess and act on complaints from asylum seekers...

Free speech appeal fails over critical letters to Diggers

Muslim cleric Sheik Haron holds a sign out the front of  Downing Centre courts today 9th of Febuary, 2010. Sheik Haron sent hate mail to Australian war widows. Sydney, NSW. Photo by kate geraghty

Bianca Hall A SELF-STYLED Muslim imam accused of sending offensive letters to the families of dead Diggers has had his appeal against the charge dismissed.

Letters verdict looms

Bianca Hall Two men will learn on Wednesday whether sending letters to the widows of Australian Diggers that disparaged the dead men constitutes 'offensive' speech.

PM tells asylum seekers hunger strikes will not change outcome

Julia Gillard

Bianca Hall HUNGER strikes and suicide attempts by asylum seekers on Nauru will not get them ''anywhere'', the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, said on Monday.

'Problematic' detainees tried to harm themselves

Bianca Hall WITHIN a month of arriving at Nauru, ''problematic'' asylum seekers had tried to hang themselves or cut themselves with razor blades, internal Department of Immigration reports reveal.

Hell on Nauru revealed

Nauru

Bianca Hall Asylum seekers began to attempt suicide within a month of being sent to Nauru, internal Department of Immigration reports reveal.

Maralinga survivors in last bid for justice

Maralinga testing veteran Alan Batchelor.

Bianca Hall SIXTY-ONE years after servicemen were deliberately exposed to the fury of nuclear bomb testing at Maralinga, their lawyers are seeking a desperate intervention by the Australian Human Rights...

Donations pour in to ease plight on Manus Island

Shayma and Hafsa signing books

Bianca Hall MOVED by the stories of hardship in immigration detention centres, Australians are sending letters, parcels and goods to detainees to remind them they are not forgotten.

Traumatised children self-harming in detention

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Bianca Hall Children as young as nine have been involved in a spate of self-harm incidents in immigration detention facilities, despite child psychiatrists issuing repeated warnings over the past decade of the...

Children harming themselves in detention

A child refugee.

Bianca Hall CHILDREN are slashing their wrists, arms and bodies with razor blades inside immigration detention facilities, despite child psychiatrists issuing repeated warnings of the dangers of locking them up.

Second breakout on Manus Island

Manus island.

Bianca Hall About 40 men jump on the camp's fences, brandishing wooden sticks, before flattening a fence.

Fraud charges: Slipper no plea

Peter Slipper

Bianca Hall THE former speaker Peter Slipper, below, will not be required to enter a plea when he appears at the Canberra Magistrates Court accused of defrauding the Commonwealth on Friday morning.