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Former Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns breaks silence on sex abuse

Former Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns outside court in Geelong on Wednesday.

Alicia Thomas 11:14 PM   Former Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns has finally broken his silence about clergy sex abuse within the Catholic Church, telling a court he remembers a priest "misbehaving" in a sexual way. 

Vet at centre of doping probes has underworld links

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Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Pat Bartley 9:16 PM   A prominent Melbourne vet is allegedly at the centre of the doping scandal gripping the Australian racing industry, and is suspected of providing banned substances to several figures including underworld identities.

There is no hope for her to survive: Ethiopian woman fears deportation

Yeshiwork Abrha fears deportation to Ethiopia.

Bianca Hall 7:39 PM   Yeshiwork Abrha's​ hands shake as she sifts through the paperwork that has decided her fate. She looks up helplessly; she can't find the words.

Melbourne man charged with running child torture porn web ring

A Melbourne man faces charges of running a porn ring

Chris Johnston 7:00 PM   A 22-year-old Melbourne man is facing 88 child pornography charges, including  "encouraging" and advising on the abduction, rape and killing of a 5-year-old girl in Russia.

Rough winds to complete the coldest July in 20 years

Wet and windy weather is forecast for Melbourne.

Chloe Booker 6:39 PM   Bitter winds are on their way to top off what is set to be the coldest July in 20 years.

Young girl found wandering streets of Truganina

The little girl found wondering the streets of Truganina.

Marissa Calligeros 6:18 PM   A young girl found wandering the streets in Melbourne's west has been reunited with her family.

Premier Daniel Andrews backs deputy James Merlino after factional criticism

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has backed his deputy James Merlino.

Richard Willingham and Benjamin Preiss 6:11 PM   Premier Daniel Andrews has backed his deputy James Merlino in the face of criticism from scorned Labor MP Adem Somyurek.

'Walter White approves of this': Ice sales rife on Melbourne's Craigslist

A screenshot of ice-related ads from Craigslist.

Tammy Mills 5:43 PM   Melbourne's Craigslist has become a digital den of iniquity, with ice, weed, LSD, worn underwear and sex being sold on the website.

Detective critical of Victoria Police over alerting media about Mad Dog manhunt

Antonio Loguancio, 40, is wanted by police for breaching a supervision order, as well as for questioning over assaults in the West Heidelberg area on February 23.

Adam Cooper 5:27 PM   A detective at the centre of a search for a fugitive who later died in a siege was unaware Victoria Police had alerted media to the manhunt, a coroner has been told.

Driver trapped in truck after fatal crash

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Liam Mannix 5:10 PM   Police have freed a trapped driver who was involved in a fatal crash in Woodend on Wednesday afternoon.

Jay Franklin is pleading for help to end his life peacefully

Jay Franklin,37, with his mother Bertha.

Julia Medew, Health Editor 5:01 PM   Jay Franklin has a ticket to die. Last year, The 37-year-old became one of the few Australians to be accepted by Swiss euthanasia clinic, Dignitas, for an assisted death.  

BHP Billiton move 'breaches' FIRB spirit

BHP Billiton's treasury functions moving to London is a worry says Victoria's shadow treasurer Michael O'Brien.

Mathew Dunckley and Peter Ker 4:19 PM   BHP Billiton's move to shift its treasury functions breaches the 'spirit' of the conditions the federal government applied when the mining giant was born as part of a merger in 2001.

Delays on the Tullamarine Freeway heading to airport after car fire

VicRoads will reconsider the plan to permanently reduce the speed limit on the Tullamarine Freeway to 80km/h.

Tom Cowie 2:32 PM   There are long delays on the Tullamarine Freeway heading to the airport after a car caught fire in a collision.

Language matters when you're talking about suicide

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Miki Perkins 2:21 PM   Want to talk about suicide? Yep, it's a toughie. So much pain, so much distress tied up in that seven-letter word. But talking about it, and choosing our language thoughtfully, can really help.

Pervert made hidden camera from plastic shopping bag

The man police wish to speak to.

Marissa Calligeros 1:33 PM   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.

One train network to become five

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 22:  Ageing overhead wiring is seen between Flinders Street Station and Richmond Station on July 22, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Complicated rail junctions built in Victorian times still force trains to slow to a crawl. Metro wants to rip them out and simplify the system, says speeds could increase from 25km/h to 60 km/h at those places.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Fairfax Media)

Adam Carey 1:31 PM   Metro is pursuing a plan to split Melbourne's railway into five independent networks, each with its own dedicated train fleet and pool of drivers, as a way to streamline services and curb the chronic faults and delays that drag the system down.

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Ethiopian man's claim of police brutality and racism referred to IBAC

Nassir Bare, pictured outside court in 2012.

Mark Russell 11:39 AM   The state's highest court has ordered that an Ethiopian man's claims two police officers attacked and racially abused him should be investigated further.

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

Who pinched the Grinch?

Liam Mannix 11:28 AM   Was it revenge on the Grinch for stealing Christmas when someone stole him?

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.

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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.

Another fire at Ravenhall, scene of prison riot


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


Taxi inspector investigating UberX admits to using it

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

Alana Schetzer   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.


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.