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Peeling back the wall of sound at Ballarat’s Festival of Slow Music

Michael Dwyer Ballarat’s Festival of Slow Music unplugs and demystifies some surprising collaborators, writes Michael Dwyer.

Sailors involved in HMAS Ballarat hazing may face sack

Hazing allegations: the HMAS Ballarat.

David Wroe Defence is investigating fresh claims of sexual hazing rituals aboard a Navy warship even as it grapples with how to punish perpetrators in the most recent public hazing episode.

Rare 'Breeches Bible' found in Ballarat

Roger Burrows.

Fiona Henderson and Aisha Dow A rare 1585 'Breeches Bible' has been literally stumbled upon at the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute.

Defence to investigate hazing acts on navy vessel HMAS Ballarat

The HMAS Ballarat.

David Wroe A navy frigate used to intercept and rescue asylum-seeker vessels to Australia's north is at the centre of a military investigation into bizarre hazing rituals carried out on young sailors.

Blaze near Ballarat destroys homes

Chepstowe fire near Ballarat.

Nino Bucci and Bridie Smith Homes near Ballarat were destroyed and seven people treated in hospital after an out-of-control grass fire swept through Snake Valley on Tuesday night

Gillard still in demand on Ballarat's walk of fame

David Ellery The good burghers of Ballarat hope that now Kevin Rudd has given Julia Gillard some unstructured time she will be able to visit to unveil her statue on the Prime Ministers Walk.

The Bankstown to Ballarat Bash

Participants in the 2013 Bankstown to Ballarat Bash gather at Greenacre before their 10 day journey travelling over 4,000 kms  ending up in Ballarat
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photos Ben Rushton
Thursday August 22 2013

Participants in the 2013 Bankstown to Ballarat Bash gather at Greenacre before their 10 day journey travelling over 4,000 kms ending up in Ballarat.

'Had a gutful': Ballarat man faces death in Bali

Karlis Salna A Victorian man who has been detained in Bali allegedly carrying a large quantity of drugs could face the death penalty.

University of Ballarat podcast

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Special Promotion: The University of Ballarat brought Telstra on board to do an ICT assessment across both the staff and student bodies at the university.

Relationships destroyed, police stations torn apart when police investigate police

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Tammy Mills Police officers in regional Victoria have been forced to investigate colleagues over allegations of offences including assault and drink-driving in an "inherently conflicted" process that is causing...

And the bands played on

Brass band

Ian Kenins The concept may be from an era long gone but, with a few mergers along the way, brass and pipe bands continue to flourish in some areas reports Ian Kenins.

A nation on the eve of the Great War

WWI Australian Forces march.

Tim Barlass There was a beer famine in Wonthaggi in Victoria. Newcastle coal trade was ‘'exceptionally brisk'’ but tomato crops in Bathurst were mostly a failure.

Smorgon foundation among those demanding urgency over child abuse recommendations

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Henrietta Cook, Jane Lee Victim support groups and philanthropists say the Napthine government is taking too long to implement recommendations for preventing child abuse from a state inquiry.

Meet the Maker

Kath Dolan It has been a late bloom for this potter, who only got serious about the craft in her late 40s.

New primate Phillip Freier signals women priests push

Archbishop of Melbourne Dr Phillip Freier and Mrs Joy Freier.

John Elder The appointment of more female bishops and priests - and a series of high-profile clashes with the Abbott government - are likely to follow the appointment on Saturday of Melbourne's Archbishop, Dr...

Queen's Birthday honours list: the highlights

NSW Chief Justice Tom Bathurst in his chambers above the Supreme Courts who is on the Queen's Honours list. Sydney CBD. 6th june 2014. Photo by Tamara Dean

The Queen's Birthday honours list features Australians from all walks of life - from the state's top judge to a Fairy called Sparkle. The Herald spoke to some of the recipients.

Queen's Birthday honours: full list

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A full list of the 738 Australians named in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

Four sailors charged after probe into hazing rituals

Navy

The navy has charged four sailors following allegations of hazing rituals that allegedly occurred aboard HMAS Ballarat in 2011.

Flirting with disaster

Creswick flood

Michael Green With climate change tipped to cause more fires, floods and heatwaves, big business is joining science in calling for increased spending on disaster prevention.

Chief of the Defence Force David Hurley warns of challenges from expanding region

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David Wroe Australia's military is facing greater challenges to keep ahead of expanding powers in the neighbourhood as it tries to protect trade routes vital to the lifeblood of the economy, Chief of the...