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Penny Bailey's son charged with her murder

Penny Bailey and her son Stephen Bailey.

Marissa Calligeros 3:31 PM   Missing Melbourne mother Penny Bailey whose body police believe was found in bushland on Thursday was the daughter of former Carlton great Laurie Kerr.

Guilty: Dog groomer guilty of teen's cold-case murder

Michelle Buckingham was murdered at 16. Her family have waited since 1983 for answers.

Tammy Mills 3:07 PM   A Brisbane dog groomer has been found guilty of the cold case murder of Shepparton teenager Michelle Buckingham, found dead in 1983.

More heat on the way after record hot start to October

Early-season records fell at many sites during this week's heatwave over southern Australia.

Peter Hannam 2:40 PM   Southern Australia smashed heat records this month even without the usual warming in the Red Centre and more hot weather is on the way, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Anti-mosque protesters 'wouldn't be able to spell Bendigo': Premier

A United Patriots Front member at the Bendigo mosque protest in August.

Bianca Hall 2:38 PM   Premier Daniel Andrews has described as "hateful" the campaign against the Bendigo mosque, as he sat down with religious community leaders in the regional city on Friday ahead of furious anti-Islam protests scheduled for Saturday.

More older drivers losing their licences in Victoria

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Benjamin Preiss 1:58 PM   Ageing people are being urged to watch for signs their driving ability is deteriorating following an increase in licence cancellations for those aged older than 71.

African students get leg up into workforce

Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane at the National Press Club on Tuesday.

Beau Donelly 1:53 PM   The man brushed past, leaving her standing in the doorway.

Teen stranded on Mount Feathertop during school camp

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Marissa Calligeros 1:15 PM   A rescue operation is under way to reach a 16-year-old boy who is stuck on Victoria's second-highest mountain.

Man admits killing his partner

Nikita Chawla.

Mark Russell 1:13 PM   A man who rang triple 0 to say he had cut his wife's throat has pleaded guilty to murder.

Two people dead after boat capsizes near Warrnambool

The HEMS4 rescue helicopter searches the Warrnambool breakwater.

Marissa Calligeros 12:43 PM   Two people have died after their boat capsized near Warrnambool in Victoria's south west.

Politicians need basic training, former Premier John Brumby says

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Hon. John Brumby former Premier of Victoria speaks at the Australia Financial Review Tax Reform Summit on September 23, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. ?(Photo by Christopher Pearce/AFR)


Richard Willingham 12:42 PM   Think some of our elected politicians do not have the basic skills to be a minister?

Sleeping tablets killer jailed for 18 years

Murder victim Cath Browning, whose husband, Brian Browning, has been jailed for 18 years for killing her.

Mark Russell 11:37 AM   Community expects courts to denounce domestic violence in the strongest terms, sentencing judge says.

Glamour photographer charged with rape of aspiring model in Shepparton

Photographer Phillip Lopes denies he raped an aspiring model.

Elaine Cooney, Tammy Mills 11:30 AM   A glamour photographer from Sydney will stand trial over a 2013 rape of a young woman in country Victoria after she responded to a social media call-out for promotional models.

Killer father Robert Farquharson agrees to pay compensation to ex-wife

Lives lost: Jai, left, Bailey and Tyler Farquharson were killed when their father drove into a dam.

Mark Russell 11:28 AM   The man who murdered his three children by driving into a dam on Father's Day has agreed to pay compensation to his former wife for her pain and suffering.

Desal supervisor jailed for importing cocaine


Steve Butcher 11:25 AM   A former supervisor at Victoria's $4 billion desalination plant who snorted cocaine he imported from Mexico to feed his habit and sell, cope with working at the Wonthaggi site and to party at exclusive Melbourne corporate venues has been jailed.

Fifth home lost as Lancefield blaze rages on

A helicopter protecting a home off Burke and Wills Track at Benloch

Marissa Calligeros 10:50 AM   A fourth house has been lost in Victoria's bushfire emergency as firefighters continue to battle an out-of-control blaze north of Melbourne.

'It's just been a fairly ordinary few days,' Benloch resident fights to protect her home

A firebombing helicopter protecting a home off Burke and Wills Track, Benloch on Thursday.

Darren Gray 9:14 AM   It's Thursday lunchtime, temperatures are mild and Lesley Phillips is outside watering the lawn, flower beds, roses and any part of the garden that needs it.

Police find body believed to be missing Mont Albert woman Penny Bailey

Penny Bailey and her son Stephen Bailey.

Patrick Hatch, Marissa Calligeros, Tammy Mills 7:40 AM   Police have found a body they believe it that of Mont Albert woman Penny Bailey, who has been missing since Tuesday.

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Liam Mannix 5:51 AM   Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running – news, weather and transport updates, plus compelling content from The Age and beyond.

Victorian bushfires 2015: Another nervous night for Lancefield residents

Environment Department officers monitor a spotfire on the property of Jacqueline Lehmann and Heinz Vogel on Feeneys Lane on Thursday night.

Patrick Hatch 12:35 AM   Residents in central Victoria will spend another night on edge as fire crews struggle to contain a massive blaze that has burnt around the Lancefield area since Tuesday.

Towers loom for Carlton and Parkville in rezoning approval

An artist's impression of Carlton Connect, the University of Melbourne's proposed sustainability and innovation hub.

Aisha Dow 12:01 AM   Greater height limits have been approved for Carlton and Parkville, paving the way for buildings up to about 60 metres in and around Melbourne's hospital and university hub.

Police defend migrants as mosques brace for protests

A United Patriots Front member at the Bendigo mosque protest in August. The hardline group, instrumental in organising Saturday's Bendigo rally, now says it does not support other protests on the day.

Bianca Hall 10:54 PM   As Bendigo braces for furious anti-Islam protests on Saturday, and vigilantes threaten to target mosques around the country in co-ordinated protests on the same day, Victoria's top police officer has issued a passionate defence of Victoria's migrant communities.

One in five of Labor's 'country' bridges are near Mulgrave

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews.

Josh Gordon 10:37 PM   One in five bridges to be upgraded using a state government country bridges fund are within four kilometres of Daniel Andrews' city electorate of Mulgrave.

Drone port is the buzz for tiny CBD land triangle

The Three Elements. a centre for maths physics and chemistry by studio 505, Royal Society of Victoria triangle site.

Carolyn Webb 10:28 PM   A drone launch facility and a glow worm conservation centre are among the wackier proposals for a wee vacant triangle of CBD land.

Interior designer Stuart Rattle's killer has a 'peculiar make-up', court told

Michael O'Neill.

Mark Russell 10:20 PM   The Court of Appeal's Chief Justice Marilyn Warren and Justices Robert Redlich and Stephen Kaye have reserved their decision over killer's sentence.

We share your anger, Andrews tells owners of homes imperilled by bushfire following planned burn

The Age, News, picture by Justin McManus 08/10/2015. Lancefield Fires. POremier Daniel Andrews speaking with locals outside of the community centre.

Richard Willingham, Liam Mannix, Patrick Hatch 9:10 PM   Residents in bushfire ravaged towns north of Melbourne have the right to feel angry, a frustrated Premier Daniel Andrews says.

Son of missing Mont Albert woman Penny Bailey arrested

Penny Bailey and her son Stephen Bailey.

Marissa Calligeros, Tammy Mills 7:32 PM   A 34-year-old man has been arrested over the disappearance of Mont Albert mother Penny Bailey.

Single and lesbian women drive demand for donor sperm

The number of pregnancies from donor sperm in Victoria have increased 67 per cent on five years ago's figures.

Craig Butt and Alana Schetzer 7:16 PM   Almost half of the 1362 women who received sperm donor treatment in Victoria last year were single.

120 prisoners to be charged over Ravenhall riot

Police and paramedics  at the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall where prisoners were rioting.

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago 7:10 PM   A police taskforce investigating the riot at the Metropolitan Remand Centre is expected charge 120 inmates with a range of offences, while a separate investigation by former police Chief Commissioner Kieran Walshe has identified a string of intelligence failings and warnings that went unheeded.

Young, fit and killing themselves using euthanasia drug

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Aisha Dow 6:50 PM   Young and physically healthy people are killing themselves using a drug recommended by euthanasia groups, an inquiry has heard.

Cyclists urged to avoid 'dangerous' Melbourne city streets


Alana Schetzer 6:04 PM   Several inner-city streets could be declared no-go zones for cyclists by Melbourne City Council as part of its latest bicycle strategy to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries by 10 per cent.


Open letter to Gillon McLachlan

Victim of Brownless' "strippers" comment says the AFL chief should use his power to change the culture of The Footy Show.

Don't be fooled by Andrews' port trickery

Privatising the port to pay for level-crossing removals is a modern version of the pea and thimble trick.

Dan's cunning play

Meet Daniel Andrews, the premier salesman trying to spruik Victoria on the world stage.

Better get used to it ... Melbourne is strike city

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union's  march towards industrial action is not an isolated movement.

We must double our refugee intake

Our intake of Syrian refugees is not generous by world standards. Australia should double its intake.

Victoria: the education state, or ghetto?

Daniel Andrews needs to show that he cares about state schools.

Get on board, get on the bus

Driving to work is a tedious affair, but it has its compensations.

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.


V/Line conductor filmed punching man

Passenger films a V/Line employee as he repeatedly kicks and punches a 46-year-old man at Broadford station.

Andrews wants Melbourne Metro cash from Turnbull

Daniel Andrews wants the allocated $3 billion for East West link to fund the Melbourne Metro.

Inside Australia's goat farming industry

We export the largest quantity of this meat in the world, but most Australians know little about goat farming.