Boom gate failures: rail line shut indefinitely

Adam Carey 10:56 AM   The Stony Point rail line is closed indefinitely following a series of safety breaches in which boom gates failed to drop for an approaching training.

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Accused killer of boy and grandmother sobs loudly at remand hearing

Alistair Mach.

Steve Butcher and Alana Schetzer 1:06 PM   A woman charged with murdering a four-year-old boy and his grandmother sobbed loudly throughout her remand hearing on Friday in a Melbourne court.

A very Australian Passover

Bianca Hall 12:55 PM    

Police rule out probe into Belle Gibson charity fraud claims

Belle Gibson

Beau Donelly, Nick Toscano 12:19 PM   Victoria Police has ruled out investigating embattled social media entrepreneur Belle Gibson despite revelations she failed to hand over thousands of dollars raised in the name of charity.

Drug history: body in burnt-out car identified

Dung Tri Pham was found dead in the back seat of a burning car.

Rania Spooner 12:11 PM   The charred remains of a suspected homicide victim found in a burnt out car a week ago have been identified as a Vietnamese-born man with a drug past.

Sexually assaulted, punched: gang of four attack woman

Crime scene

Marissa Calligeros 12:08 PM   A woman has been sexually assaulted by four men who surrounded her, punched her and yelled abuse at her in Melbourne's CBD.

Geelong residents evacuated after explosive device found in bedroom


Rania Spooner 11:33 AM   Streets have been evacuated, a man is in custody and the bomb squad are headed to a home in Geelong where an explosives device has been found.

'Preposterous' to claim ice-addled car thief was unarmed in Docklands police shootout, court told

Police at the scene of the shooting at Docklands in November, 2012.

Mark Russell 11:26 AM   Claims that a man high on ice was unarmed when gunned down by police during a dramatic shootout in a Docklands car park were ‘‘preposterous and utterly implausible’’, a court has heard.

Woman accused of Albanvale murders 'stabbed boy, grandmother with garden shears'

Alistair Mach.

Alana Schetzer 11:06 AM   A 45-year-old woman has appeared in an out of session court charged with the murder of a four year old boy and his grandmother in Melbourne's west on Tuesday evening.

Latrobe Valley home to some of Australia's biggest polluters

AGL's Loy Yang A power plant, the country's largest single emission plant.

Lisa Cox, Benjamin Preiss 9:41 AM   Four coal-fired power stations in the Latrobe Valley are among Australia's biggest polluters, a new analysis shows.

Seven reasons to hate the end of daylight saving

Marissa Calligeros 9:40 AM   It's a sad day when daylight saving ends.

Aussie 'Street View Streaker' outs herself

Before: A woman proudly posed topless as Google took shots of Port Pirie streets in South Australia,

Shane Hendrickson 9:08 AM   Aussie who recently rose to fame as the "Street View Streaker" comes forward to reveal her footpath "flash" story.

Melbourne Express: Thursday, April 2, 2015

Yolanda Redrup 9:04 AM   Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to get the morning off to a good start.

Two men with stab wounds found dead at Geelong house

The two bodies were found in the south-eastern Geelong suburb of Whittington about 10.30am.

Rania Spooner, Marissa Calligeros 8:30 AM   Two men, aged 23 and 30, have been found dead by the mother of the older man in a house home in suburban Geelong.

Council wants heritage protection for 'dominating eyesore'

Local residents say the radio tower should be demolished.

Aisha Dow 7:12 AM   An ageing radio tower in leafy Surrey Hills was once dubbed the "most prominent and dominating eyesore" in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

Christopher Pyne asks al-Taqwa principal to explain himself

Leader of the House and Education Minister Christopher Pyne.

Henrietta Cook 10:29 PM   Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has asked the principal of Al-Taqwa College to explain why he told students that Islamic State was a western plot.

One in 10 hospital beds left empty: report

Many unused beds appeared to be in metropolitan hospitals.

Craig Butt 6:56 PM   One in 10 hospital beds in Victoria are not being used, a review into the state's hospital capacity has found.

Former Labor treasurer appointed as VicTrack chairman

Former Victorian treasurer John lenders.

Richard Willingham 6:40 PM   The Andrews government has appointed former Victorian treasurer John Lenders chairman of VicTrack.

Police appeal for help to find missing Rosanna boy

Missing: 12-year-old Hayden Warren

6:37 PM   Police are concerned for the welfare of a 12-year-old boy who has been missing for two days. 

Woman, child, found dead in western suburbs

Mai Mach was found killed in her Albanvale home with her grandson.

Chloe Booker, Tammy Mills and Vanessa Desloires 6:13 PM   Flowers and a small child's toy have been left outside a home in Melbourne's west where a four-year-old and his grandmother were stabbed to death on Tuesday.

Shorten's seat of Maribyrnong included in branch-stacking inquiry

Australian Labor Party

Richard Willingham 6:09 PM   The use of pre-paid credit cards to sign up people to the Labor Party is being investigated as part an internal inquiry into branch stacking in the Victorian ALP.

Prosecutors drop manslaughter charge against snorkel tour operator Torie Mackinnon

Torie Mackinnon

Adam Cooper 5:48 PM   Prosecutors have dropped a manslaughter charge against snorkel tour operator Torie Mackinnon over the death of a passenger who was hit by her boat's propellers.

Joe Hockey still insists the $3b is only for East West Link

A woman has been struck and killed by a V Line train this morning.

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor 5:02 PM   Treasurer Joe Hockey has hit back at suggestions that up to $3 billion of federal cash earmarked for the East West Link is set to be diverted to the state government's level-crossing removal program.

Facebook exchange between ex-bandmates leads to fight, stabbing, court told

A facebook fight between ex-bandmates led to a stabbing.

Steve Butcher and Adam Cooper 4:21 PM   An exchange of threats and insults on Facebook between two former friends sparked a violent confrontation where one inflicted serious injuries on the other with a knife.

Arson is not the answer, says victim of predator priest

Reader Garry Furlong took this picture of the fire at the historic St James Church.

Nino Bucci, Marissa Calligeros 4:17 PM   A third Melbourne Catholic church linked to a paedophile priest has been set alight in a suspected arson attack in as many days.

Ex-priest David Rapson suffered breakdown in prison after being found guilty of raping students

The Age
picture by Justin McManus.
Former Catholic Priest David Rapson charged with child sex abuse while at Salesian College in Sunbury. Rapson leaving the Magistrates court.

Adam Cooper 4:03 PM   A former Catholic priest found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting school students in his care abused alcohol in the lead-up to a trial and suffered a breakdown in prison, a court has heard.

Three days a year in gridlock: Melbourne's worst day on the roads


Henrietta Cook 2:55 PM   Frustrated motorists spend the equivalent of three full days a year in bumper-to-bumper traffic on Melbourne's choked roads, research reveals.

Truck driver who lit fire that killed wife and her lover 'devastated'

Arson Squad and Forensics inspect the Deer Park unit in September 2013.

Mark Russell 1:28 PM   A truck driver who set fire to a Deer Park unit, killing his wife and her lover, had been devastated at losing his soulmate, a court has heard.

Derailed tram causes major train delays

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 21:  A general view of a Melbourne tram in front of the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre on September 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hopkins/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Yolanda Redrup   A tram that derailed in Glen Huntly on Wednesday morning is back on its tracks but repairs continue, disrupting trams and trains in the area.

Psychiatric report on attempted murder accused delayed

Neurosurgeon Michael Wong, seven months after he was attacked at the Western Hospital.

Mark Russell   Lawyers for a man accused of attempting to murder neurosurgeon Dr Michael Wong at the Western Hospital in Footscray are waiting for psychiatric reports.


Bikes and cars: slow down on our crowded roads

Our roads are busier than ever, and we need patience, good manners and common sense.

Does the premier finally see through PPP rorts?

Deals for infrastructure are fleecing the public, but Andrews might be smart enough to see through it.

Remembering Masa Vukotic on our journey

We need to focus on the needs of the victim and challenge the behaviour of the perpetrator.

Why your electricity bill might be a real shocker

Deregulating retail electricity prices has pushed up some customers’ bills by $800 a year in Victoria.

Liberals are not better economic managers

Liberals rushed to close the East West deal for political reasons, exposing us to unnecessary risk.


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.

What's wrong with fighting in an octagon?

There has been much controversy surrounding Victoria lifting the ban on 'cage fighting'.

Rare frilled shark caught off Victoria

Fisherman who caught a rarely-sighted frilled shark says looks like "something out of a horror movie".