Somyurek unleashes the fury of a minister scorned

When someone opens a press conference saying they've been waiting months to talk, you know they're going to drop some bombs.

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Pervert made hidden camera from plastic shopping bag

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Marissa Calligeros 10:01 AM   A pervert fashioned a hidden camera out of a shopping bag to film swimmers getting changed at a pool in Melbourne's north-east, police say.

Dog that Rattle loved caught up in tug of war with his killer

The late interior designer Stuart Rattle with his fox terriers at Musk Farm in Daylesford.

Suzanne Carbone 9:42 AM   Two devastated families were not the only victims when South Yarra interior designer Stuart Rattle was brutally killed by his partner of 16 years, Michael O'Neill​. Their three lovingly pampered fox terriers were caught up in an acrimonious tug of war during the fight over Rattle's multi-million estate.

Melbourne Express: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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Deborah Gough 9:19 AM   Melbourne Express is a live blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.

He stole Christmas but who stole the Grinch? The police think they know and have charged a duo

Who pinched the Grinch?

Liam Mannix 8:40 AM   Was it revenge on the Grinch for stealing Christmas when someone stole him?

Another fire at Ravenhall, scene of prison riot


10:25 PM   A small fire has been ignited in a cell at Melbourne's Metropolitan Remand Centre, the scene of a major riot last month.

Minister resigns after bullying investigation

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Benjamin Preiss, Clay Lucas and Richard Willingham 9:27 PM   Small Business Minister Adem Somyurek has resigned following bullying allegations made by a staff member.

Safe Schools program ordered to stay silent on gay marriage

Education minister Christopher Pyne.

Henrietta Cook 8:42 PM   A government-funded program that prevents homophobia and discrimination in schools has been gagged from speaking out in favour of same-sex marriage.

'On like Donkey Kong': Somyurek's fall could start factional war

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Richard Willingham 8:17 PM   If Premier Daniel Andrews thinks his troubles are over with the sacking of Adem Somyurek, he is wrong.

The power of the shoppies union

Former Labor minister Adem Somyurek.

Nick Toscano 8:09 PM   Adem Somyurek's has claimed the bullying allegations against him are part of "payback" plot for abandoning the shop assistants union.

Mount Waverley construction pit grows further

A townhouse teeters on the edge of the Mount Waverley construction pit.

Aisha Dow 6:07 PM   A Mount Waverley construction pit at risk of swallowing a neighbouring house is continuing to grow, as efforts to fill up the giant hole are delayed due to insurance issues.

Daughter of crime boss Carl Williams to receive undisclosed payout

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Mark Russell 5:31 PM   The Supreme Court has formally approved a taxpayer-funded payout to the teenage daughter of murdered gangland boss Carl Williams over her father's 2010 prison bashing death.

Woman fights off carjacker in Princes Hill

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Liam Mannix 5:24 PM   A woman has fought off a carjack attempt in Melbourne's north as her four-year-old slept in the vehicle's back seat.

The taxi inspector investigating whether UberX is legal admits to using the ride-sharing service

Taxi drivers are being forced to take greater risks to compete with Uber according to Howard Lance

Alana Schetzer 4:57 PM   The Taxi Services Commission officer investigating the legality of Uber X's ride-sharing services has admitted using UberX for personal use, the Magistrate Court heard on Monday.

Andrews launches public sector pay bargaining unit

Peter Marshall of the United Fire Fighters Union has welcomed the government's move.

Nick Toscano 12:15 AM   A new agency has been launched to manage an onslaught of imminent pay negotiations for more than 100,000 public sector employees including police, firefighters and hospital workers across Victoria.

Knife wielding robber escapes jail due to war service in Afghanistan

War veteran Anthony Provenza was spared jail despite being found guilty of armed robbery.

Steve Butcher 8:00 PM   A former Australian soldier who fought a battle in Afghanistan that killed a friend and fellow Digger has been spared a prison sentence for an armed robbery committed while suffering the physical and mental injuries from his war service.

Police officers forced to choose between emergency family violence calls




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Tammy Mills 4:37 PM   Choosing between emergency calls for which you haven't enough officers is the stressful consequence for police of a rise in family violence.

The hidden toll: family violence linked to suicide deaths

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Miki Perkins 7:00 PM   Almost half of all women and a third of all men who died by suicide between 2009 and 2012 in Victoria have been exposed to violence, new research finds.

Court told anti-obesity drug played part in man's sexual offences

Shaun Adamson preyed on 26 girls on the internet.

Mark Russell 3:17 PM   An anti-obesity drug had contributed to a man targeting 26 young girls on the internet, a court has heard.

Alcoholic storeman preyed on children in the online world

Daniel Watson posed as a teenager to prey on his young victims.

Mark Russell 2:50 PM   An alcoholic storeman who preyed on girls as young as five on the internet claimed the online world was the only place he felt safe after being bullied all his life because he had a larger than normal head.

Man no-show in court as crash victim fights for her life

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Adam Cooper 1:46 PM   A man in a stolen car was under the influence of alcohol when involved in a crash that left a 74-year-old woman fighting for her life, court documents allege.

100 people watch bashing, but do nothing

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Daniella Miletic   100 people looked on as a man was bashed at a Mulgrave hotel at the weekend, yet no one helped or even paused to call an ambulance.

Melbourne Express: Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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Deborah Gough   Melbourne Express is a live blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.

Getting around Australia's donations laws: a five-point how-to guide

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Michael Bachelard   A donor needs to reveal publicly that they are paying money to a political party only if the donation is more than $13,000, under Australia's political donation laws. 

Rosebud West seeking name change to Capel Sound

Some in Rosebud West want the name changed to Capel Sound.

Lucy Battersby   The peninsula suburb of Rosebud West may soon have a new name, if a group of residents convinces the council to approve a change to Capel Sound.  

'Gross hypocrisy': Labor won't release toll road details until deal all but done

Commuters know all too well how just frequently the freeway turns into a car park.

Clay Lucas   The Andrews government will not release the business case justifying a $5.3 billion toll road that Transurban wants to build through Melbourne's west until it enters final negotiations to build the project.

Sacked Grill'd employee Kahlani Pyrah reinstated

Kahlani Pyrah alleges she was sacked by Grill'd for speaking out about below-award wages.

Nick Toscano   A sacked Grill'd employee has been temporarily reinstated, clearing the way for her wage deal dispute to proceed before the national workplace tribunal this week.

Melbourne teen charged in heroin import ring

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Chloe Booker   A teen has been charged as part of an alleged international drug ring accused of importing more than $6 million worth of heroin and ecstasy into Melbourne.

Man car-jacked in St Albans

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Chloe Booker   A man has been car-jacked with a weapon in western Melbourne.

Harrolds founder plead guilty to dishonesty

Harrolds founder John Poulakis.

Steve Butcher   A luxury Melbourne menswear retailer has pleaded guilty to understating by $1.4 million the value of imported European clothing to reduce the customs duty payable on the goods.


City's rail system is broken but who will pay to fix it?

Yes, the system is broken, but it is difficult to know who to blame for breaking it.

Why Melbourne's growth  is outpacing Sydney's

People could be flocking here for the coffee and cool bars. Or something else entirely.

The Hotel Windsor has become a political football

Bureaucratic obstructions are likely to result in an own-goal for heritage lovers.

Tobacco ban in prisons won't work

Rather than incite unrest, Andrews should make it more likely prisoners will want to stop smoking.

Port plan suffers under aggressive politics

It is the new template for political opposition in Australia: bash the bejesus out of your opponents.

Andrews needs to act on Cesar Melhem allegations

As the allegations against Labor's upper-house whip pile up, Daniel Andrews looks like a man in hiding.

No upside for Andrews in minister’s downfall

Despite talk of factional payback, allegations of bullying by Adem Somyurek must be taken seriously.


A Golden Age of China at NGV

Gallery throws its doors open for a major exhibition showcasing Chinese treasures from the 1700s.

Females 'shouldn't be alone in parks'

The public, especially females, should be cautious following the brazen stabbing murder.

Abbott: 'I just want to see the East-West link built'

Prime Minister won't confirm if Victoria will lose the $1.5bn pledged towards the East West Link.