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Extremist right-wing Israeli politician to visit synagogues

Right-wing Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin is speaking in Melbourne this weekend.

Timna Jacks 1:01 AM   Extremist right-wing Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin, who has called himself a "proud homophobe" and branded Palestinians a "gang of bandits", is speaking in Melbourne Chabad synagogues this weekend.

Perfect VCE score students 20 years on

Veronica Angelatos, with her son Oliver.

Henrietta Cook 12:34 AM   Top achievers say that score becomes less important as the years pass and other life challenges arise.

Among the blackened trees of Benloch, white-hot anger hardens to cold fury

Steve Shirley at the home of Christian Stang, which was burnt out in Tuesday's fire. Mr Shirley had to pass on the bad news.

Tom Cowie 12:33 AM   When he drove away from his Benloch property on Monday night, Christian Stang could not have imagined it would be the last time he would see his home standing.

Fire chief vigorously defends fuel reduction burning program

The Age, News, picture by Justin McManus 08/10/2015. Lancefield Fires. DEPI Officers at a spotfire on the property of Jacqueline Lehmann and Heinz Vogel on Feeneys Lane.

Darren Gray 10:09 PM   Chief officer of the CFA Euan Ferguson has vigorously defended the state's fuel reduction burning program, saying it saved lives, could reduce the intensity of bushfires and made them safer for firefighters to combat.

Bendigo 'the pivot in the middle' as protesters prepare to face off about Islam

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

Bianca Hall 10:01 PM   At the quiet Bendigo intersection where far-right nationalists will face off against anti-racist protesters for furious protests on Saturday, there is a surprising amount of traffic.

Severe storms descend on Victoria

A hailstone which fell on Macedon on Friday afternoon.

Neelima Choahan 10:00 PM   Severe thunderstorms are set to hit the north-west of Melbourne, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting damaging winds and hailstones.

Fifth home lost as Lancefield blaze rages on

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

Marissa Calligeros 9:20 PM   A fourth house has been lost in Victoria's bushfire emergency as firefighters continue to battle an out-of-control blaze north of Melbourne.

African students get leg up into workforce

Kel Magano-Niebling is helping mentor young Africans to get a professional head-start.

Beau Donelly 8:29 PM   The man brushed past, leaving her standing in the doorway.

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 7:42 PM   A Brisbane dog groomer has been found guilty of the cold case murder of Shepparton teenager Michelle Buckingham, found dead in 1983.

Councillors and mayor in Japan during bushfires

Some Victorian residents are angry councillors have been travelling while local bush fires burned.

Benjamin Preiss, Tom Cowie 6:01 PM   The majority of councillors including the mayor of a Victorian shire hard hit by bushfires are on a tour in Japan while their electorate burns.

Landlord killer in custody despite lawyer's baby plea


Adam Cooper 5:46 PM   A woman found guilty of killing her landlord is in custody despite a lawyer's call for her to be spared being sent back to prison because she has a five-month-old baby.

Bitter-sweet verdict for dead girl's family, as mother dies on eve of killer's trial

The Age News Michelle Buckingham Cold Case from 1983 who went missing in Kialla near Shepparton. Supplied images.

Tammy Mills 5:41 PM   It was the first meeting between the burly homicide detective and the fiery mother in her blue weatherboard home in Shepparton.

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 5:36 PM   Think some of our elected politicians do not have the basic skills to be a minister?

National bowel cancer screening test is saving lives: study

Lia Ward, survived bowel cancer after getting an early screening test.

Julia Medew Health Editor 12:15 AM   Seven years ago, Lia Ward had a sliding doors moment that probably saved her life.

Carer found guilty of sexually abusing teen


Steve Butcher 4:51 PM   A carer has been found guilty by a Melbourne jury of sexually abusing a 19-year-old man with a cognitive impairment.

Concerns for mental state of son accused of Penny Bailey's murder

Penny Bailey and her son Stephen Bailey.

Marissa Calligeros and Steve Butcher 4:34 PM   The son of Melbourne woman Penny Bailey, who is accused of her murder, has been excused from appearing in court due to his mental state.

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Benjamin Preiss 4:23 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.

Obstacles to abortion are a 'disgrace'

Many women feel inadequately supported by doctors if they choose to terminate a pregnancy.

Julia Medew Health Editor 4:00 PM   Women seeking abortions because of fetal abnormalities are being shunted between hospitals in Victoria under an ad hoc system that leaves some feeling ashamed of their decision and thousands of dollars out of pocket.

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 3:34 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 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.

Teen stranded on Mount Feathertop during school camp

Mount Feathertop

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.

'Sleeping' Indigenous language stirs as VCE kids learn Dhudhuroa tongue

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Timna Jacks 12:15 AM   Bryce Carnes is trying to solve a linguistic puzzle. He is trying to create new words for an extinct northeastern Victorian indigenous language, called Dhudhuroa.

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.

'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.


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.