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Bendigo mosque protest: Anti-mosque and anti-racism protesters clash

Anit-mosque protester

Tom Cowie 4:53 PM   Police deployed capsicum spray as violent scuffles broke out between two opposing protest groups at an anti-mosque demonstration in Bendigo on Saturday afternoon.

Teenage girl killed in car crash in Kew


Goya Dmytryshchak 4:35 PM    A teenage girl has died after the car she was in lost control and slammed into a road sign and a tree in Kew.

Skye-ward big bang in Melbourne's south-east

Police were called to the scene of a possible pipe bomb explosion in the south-east Melbourne suburb of Skye on Saturday morning.

Deborah Gough 2:58 PM   A massive explosion detonated in Melbourne's south-east in the early hours of Saturday.

Major road works disrupt traffic ...twice

The Age - NEWS - 4 December 2007 - Generic level crossing with a  boom gate blackspot - Train intersection - Railway crossing on Main Street West in St Albans - Traffic moves through the intersection despite the boom gates lowering and the lights flashing. Picture by Paul Rovere

Deborah Gough 12:23 PM   Emergency gas works and the removal of a railway level crossing are disrupting traffic on key arterial roads in Melbourne's inner east.

Teen boy missing

Rahul Kumar, of Keysborough, missing since Friday.

Deborah Gough 11:06 AM   Police are appealing for help to find missing teenager Rahul Kumar missing since Friday. 

Director of Public Prosecutions appeals Victoria's first baseline sentence

The Director of Public Prosecutions says the four-year jail term is "manifestly inadequate".

Adam Cooper 9:04 AM   Man convicted of incest sentenced under new regime could spend only four years in jail despite maximum term being 25 years.

Melbourne Express: Saturday, August 29

Good morning, Melbourne.

Patrick Hatch and Anna Prytz 8:04 AM   All the news you need to know before you get out of bed.

Batmania, the city that never was

Flinder Street station - the heart of Melbourne.

Neil McMahon 1:34 AM   Happy birthday, Melbourne - 180 years old tomorrow! And perhaps, let's be honest, not entirely sure what anniversary it is you're celebrating.

Abbott's border protection force coming to a street corner near you

Why Victoria Police thought it would be a good idea to lend its name to this exercise in buffoonery is anyone's guess.

Josh Gordon 1:03 AM   Border protection? On Bourke Street? What the?

Masked bandits shoot at man in home invasion at Caroline Springs

Stock. Pictured - Police tape. 140209RG34 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Chloe Booker 11:45 PM   Masked intruders have shot at a man after they ordered him to lie on the ground in a violent home invasion in Melbourne's west.

Woman four times over the limit on second run to bottle shop at Langwarrin


Chloe Booker 11:41 PM   A woman has been nabbed driving more than four time over the the legal blood alcohol limit on the way to a bottle shop in Melbourne's south-east.

Adults count the cost of poor maths skills

Josh Cawse has returned to study to improve his numeracy skills at Chisholm Institute of TAFE.

Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks 12:15 AM   Adults are heading back to the classroom to learn basic maths skills they failed to pick up in school.

Border Force fiasco: Operation Fortitude cancelled amid protests

Protests at
Flinders Street

Tammy Mills, Nicole Hasham, Richard Willingham 10:41 PM   Widespread community backlash leads to the cancelling of Operation Fortitude, which would have seen people questioned about their visa credentials on Melbourne's streets.

Adults count the cost of poor maths

Maths teaching is  vitally important to the growth and productivity of our country.

Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks 10:31 PM   "I've left my glasses at home," the 30-year-old with perfect vision said.

Former Premier Denis Napthine to bow out

Bowing out... Denis Napthine

Richard Willingham, Josh Gordon 10:08 PM   Former premier Denis Napthine and one of his most senior ministers, Terry Mulder, are expected to bow out of politics next week, paving the way for dual byelections in their neighbouring western district seats.

Man charged over toddler Nikki's death

Nikki Francis-Coslovich.

Tammy Mills, Nino Bucci, Marissa Calligeros, Chloe Booker 10:04 PM   A 31-year-old man has been charged over the death of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich in Mildura.

Celebrated musician Allan Yang charged with child sex offences

Photo of Allan Yang in cap and gown is taken from a Chinese social media and wiki website: SUPPLIED by Steve Lillebuen for  Music teacher charged with child sex offences story THE SATURDAY AGE Pub date 29th August 2015

Steve Lillebuen 9:28 PM   A well-known Melbourne saxophone player, who is celebrated in China and once taught music at Scotch College, has been charged with child sex offences.

Apology from Liberals in Tasmania over Mantach failure

Former Liberal Party state director Damien Mantach.

Andrew Darby 8:58 PM   The Liberal Party has moved to clear its record with the Australian Electoral Commission over a $48,000 debt repaid in Tasmania by former director Damien Mantach, as Labor calls for a police investigation.

Life's a beach ... and a rice field

Artist Guan Wei at work.

Annabel Ross 8:26 PM   "Life's a beach," is a sentiment embodied better by Australians than most any other culture, but for Guan Wei, the expression takes on more meaning when compared to life in his native Beijing.

Flash mob shuts down Border Force operation

Protesters stop traffic outside Flinders Street Station, protesting against planned border protection raids.

Liam Mannix 7:22 PM   In Flinders Street Station, the protesters surged through the myki gates without validating and by chance surrounded a large metal shed marked police.

Paedophile priest guilty of sex, physical assaults at Salesian College

Julian Fox outside the Magistrates Court in 2013.

Adam Cooper and Mark Russell 5:45 PM   The former Australian head of a worldwide Catholic order has been found guilty of brutally sexually and physically assaulting young boys at Victorian schools more than years ago, it can now be revealed.

Rockbank development obliterates green wedge

An artist's impression of public space at the new Rockbank housing estate.

Bianca Hall 5:39 PM   A former green wedge area in Melbourne's west will make way to a new sprawling suburb, after the state government unveiled plans to turn the township of Rockbank into a new suburb home to 25,000 people.

How the Operation #BorderForce fiasco unfolded

Protesters stop traffic outside Flinders Street station.

Angus Holland 5:17 PM   10.14am. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection issues this press release announcing the Australian Border Force will "for the first time join forces with a diverse team of transport and enforcement agencies to target crime in the Melbourne Central Business District".

Operation Fortitude cancelled as protesters take to Melbourne's CBD streets

Demonstrators protest against Border Force

Alana Schetzer and Tammy Mills 5:10 PM   The controversial Border Force visa checks across Melbourne's CBD has been cancelled.

Hoddle Street traffic woes to hit peak-hour commuters

TUNNEL  Photo shows heavy traffic on Princes street and Alexander Parade in Melbournes City. A proposed tunnel linking the Eastern Freeway and the Citylink Tollway is on the table for Melbourne.  Photo by Jason South for THE AGE  30th August 2005


Alana Schetzer 5:08 PM   Motorists have been warned to expect extra traffic on Hoodle Street after a lane was closed to a car crash on Friday afternoon.

Family veto scuppers organ donations for desperate patients

Only 32 per cent of Australians have signed up to donate their organs.

Julia Medew 12:15 AM   Up to 150 Australians are missing out on potentially life-saving organ donations because people's loved ones override their wish to donate their organs when they die.

Vic unions turn on Labor over public transport strikes

Tram drivers are set to strike.

Nick Toscano, Adam Carey 12:15 AM   Trade unions have turned on the Andrews government over its handling of the public transport worker strikes, less than a year after unionists helped Labor win the election.

Melburnians fight Border Force with memes

The Australian Border Force logo.

Alana Schetzer   What do you do when something appears so ridiculous, so absurd, that a logical response just doesn't cut it?

Psychiatrist faces professional ruin for defrauding Victorian WorkCover Authority of $44,000


Steve Butcher   A psychiatrist with a 38-year unblemished career faces professional ruin for defrauding the Victorian WorkCover Authority of $44,000 described by a judge as "systematic rorting" for greed.

Tails wagging, exports booming - the story of lamb

Lamb producer Charlie de Fegely on his property at Dobie, near Ararat.

Darren Gray 12:15 AM   The tails are wagging excitedly in the vast green paddock near the Grampians. Twin lambs just six or seven weeks old, standing on either side of their mother, are having a drink.


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.

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.


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.