Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall

Bianca Hall is a reporter for The Age

Watchdog holds fears for indefinite detainees

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.

PNG court rejects Manus injunction

Bianca Hall Papua New Guinea's National Court has thrown out a bid to stop asylum seekers being sent to the Manus Island processing centre.

Manus ban thrown out of court

Bianca Hall PAPUA NEW GUINEA'S National Court has thrown out a bid to stop asylum seekers being sent to the Manus Island processing centre.

Refugee budget climbs $1.3b

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Bianca Hall The Australian immigration budget has increased by $1.3 billion over four years, as the government prepares to expand the humanitarian visa program to 20,000 each year.

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Captain's family left in waiting

Captain Emad

Bianca Hall THE family of alleged people smuggler Captain Emad remains in Australia more than six months after he fled the country, a parliamentary inquiry heard on Monday.

Coalition blockade against law, UN says

Asylum seeker boat

Bianca Hall, David Wroe THE United Nations and international law experts say a Coalition plan to block every Sri Lankan asylum seeker boat from reaching Australian waters, without first testing their passengers' refugee...

Manus Island children draw on desolation of detention

Drawings from children held in the Manus Island immigration detention centre

Bianca Hall IN HER childish self-portrait, the 12-year-old girl's cheeks are streaked with tears as she stands forlornly beside a purple, boarded-up school.