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Sexual predator jailed for crimes against boys he befriended more than 30 years ago


Adam Cooper 1:49 PM   A sexual predator who abused boys he befriended more than 30 years ago and devastated the lives of some of his victims has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Students clash with Christopher Pyne's security staff during Victoria University protest

Student protesters confront Education Minister Christopher Pyne at Victoria University's Nicholson Campus in Footscray.

Liam Mannix 1:23 PM   Students protesters have come off second best in a nasty clash with Christopher Pyne's security staff at a planned protest at Victoria University.

Drink-driving Irishman spared jail but faces deportation

County Court

Adam Cooper 1:21 PM   A drink-driver whose crash left a lifelong friend seriously injured has been spared jail, partly because of post-traumatic stress he suffered after witnessing a violent death two years earlier.

Car torched outside Mildura home: Police

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Marissa Calligeros 1:13 PM   Arsonists may have set fire to a car outside a Mildura home on Friday morning, police say.

Rockbank development obliterates green wedge

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

Bianca Hall 1:11 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.

Woman dies near CBD construction site

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Marissa Calligeros 12:28 PM   A woman has died after falling from a construction site in Melbourne's CBD.

Man arrested over toddler Nikki's death

Nikki Francis-Coslovich.

Tammy Mills, Nino Bucci, Marissa Calligeros 12:00 PM   A 31-year-old man has been arrested over the death of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich in Mildura.

Dad's desperate plea to save Nikki

Nikki Francis-Coslovich.

Nino Bucci, Marissa Calligeros and Tammy Mills 10:13 AM   The father of a two-year-old girl found dead in the roof space of her Mildura home claims he pleaded with authorities to remove the toddler from her mother.

News, but not as we know it

Giordano Nanni (Ken Oathcarn) and Hugo Farrant (Robert Foster) of the satirical YouTube show The Juice Rap News in their Thornbury home studio.

Michael Dwyer 9:34 AM   It looks like comedy, but Melbourne's YouTube rap duo, with its audience of more than 13 million viewers, is deadly serious about saving the world.

Melbourne Express: Friday, August 28, 2015

Express sunrise

Deborah Gough 9:20 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.

Melbourne train strike: Metro staff to strike next Friday

Metro train.

Clay Lucas and Adam Carey 8:25 AM   Melbourne's train system set to shut down for four hours next Friday as staff strike.

Andrews treads a fine line on wage claims

Daniel Andrews

Josh Gordon 8:25 AM   You'd be forgiven for thinking Daniel Andrews was a touch put out by the industrial action plaguing Melbourne's tram network.

Sean Price: A timeline of his crimes

Sean Price arrives at the Supreme Court of Victoria on Thursday.

Nino Bucci 12:18 AM   July, 2003: Sean Price, 19, hands himself in at Doncaster police station over a series of sex attacks in Melbourne's eastern suburbs during a six-week period from May to June 27. He is eventually charged with 22 offences, including some that date back to 2002.

Search for missing Doncaster teen

Kimberley Botha, 13, was last seen at her Doncaster home on Thursday afternoon is now reunited with her family.

Allison Worrall 11:24 PM   Police are appealing for the public's help to find a missing 13-year-old girl from Melbourne's east.

Police bust cannabis operation in Sunbury

Police have charged two women and one man after seizing almost 500 cannabis plants in Melbourne's north west.

Allison Worrall 10:22 PM    Police have seized almost 500 cannabis plants and charged three people with drug offences as part of a six-month investigation in Melbourne's north west.

Sacked Grill'd worker receives payout from burger company

Kahlani Pyrah has won a substantial payout from burger chain Grill'd.

Nick Toscano 9:50 PM   A former hospitality worker has won a substantial payout from burger chain Grill'd after allegations she was sacked for speaking out against a low-paying wage agreement.

Abetz distances himself from Mantach debt

Senator Eric Abetz says the expenses issue remains an organisational matter.

Andrew Darby 9:01 PM   Senior federal Liberal Eric Abetz has distanced himself from the Mantach funds scandal, as the Australian Electoral Commission confirms it is examining a $48,000 debt repaid to the party.

Assaults make up for 20 per cent of complaints against police: report

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08:  A general view of a Victoria Police officer wearing a high visibility vest on patrol on September 8, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent 7:31 PM   Assaults account for one in five complaints against Victoria police, a special report from the state's integrity watchdog has found.

Fear over healthcare worker with whooping cough

Forty-six children have been exposed to the health worker.

Julia Medew 7:17 PM   A healthcare worker with whooping cough has been in contact with dozens of mothers and their children in Melbourne, alarming families who fear an outbreak of the potentially deadly disease.

Tiny tots tackle maths problem as Australia looks to improve numeracy

Three-year-old maths student George is training his brain with a Japanese teaching method.

Henrietta Cook and Timna Jacks 6:35 PM   A flash card with the equation "2 + 7 = 9" whizzes past three-year-old George's eyes. Maths starts early at the Shichida centre in Elsternwick, where children as young as six months old train their brains using a Japanese teaching method.

Assaults make up 20 per cent of complaints against police: IBAC report


Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent 6:33 PM   Assaults account for one in five complaints against Victoria police, a special report from the state's integrity watchdog has found.

Transfield recruits migrant labour

An entire division of Victorian powerline maintenance workers and apprentices lost their jobs in June as Transfield cited a downturn in work.

Nick Toscano 6:20 PM   Infrastructure giant Transfield will face legal action over online job advertisements seeking temporary migrants to work on some of Australia's largest electricity networks less than two months after slashing 120 jobs in Victoria.

Sean Price murder of Masa Vukotic shows 'catastrophic failing' of justice system: Daniel Andrews

Sean Price arrives at the Supreme Court of Victoria on Thursday.

Mark Russell, Allison Worrall 6:08 PM   The Victorian premier has admitted the Victorian justice system failed murdered schoolgirl Masa Vukotic, and has promised to fix a "broken system".

Armed man in Sunshine North sparks mass police response


Tammy Mills 5:59 PM   Police are yet to locate a man carrying a gun who entered an industrial estate in Sunshine North on Thursday morning.

AFP, crime squad raid milk bar in Melbourne's north linked to 'next generation gangsters'


Tammy Mills 5:42 PM   Black market cigarettes and more than $30,000 in cash have been seized from a Broadmeadows milk bar after raids by the North West Regional Crime Squad, Australian Federal Police and the Border Force.

More commuter gloom despite tram strike ending

Yarra Tram

Staff reporters 5:34 PM   Melbourne's first tram strike since 1997 has wound to a halt, with services expected to return to normal on Thursday afternoon following a four-hour stoppage.

Daniel Andrews backs banned Gayby Baby in Victorian schools

A still from <i>Gayby Baby</i> that fuelled controversy as it was distributed to parents on a flyer at Burwood Girls High School.

Benjamin Preiss and Henrietta Cook 5:27 PM   Premier Daniel Andrews has thrown his support behind a documentary about same-sex parents, describing the NSW government's ban on screening the film in schools as "cruel rubbish".

The Age scoops pool at road safety media awards

Age reporters Tammy Mills, Rania Spooner and Adam Carey (far right) with Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan at the Towards Zero Road Safety Media Awards.

5:05 PM   The Age has swept the Towards Zero Road Safety Media Awards, taking out Best Media Outlet and Best Metropolitan Story.

Still no answers in death of Mildura toddler Nikki Francis-Coslovich

Nikki Francis-Coslovich, who was found dead in the roof cavity of the Mildura home she lived in with her mother and three older sisters.

Nino Bucci and Tammy Mills 4:51 PM   The investigation into a two-year-old girl found dead in the roof of her Mildura home continues to centre on the actions of her mother and boyfriend, as it emerged that the girl was surrounded by adults who were known to police.

New parking meters jammed in Yarraville protest

A vandalised parking meter in Yarraville.

Chloe Booker 4:49 PM   Parking meters in Yarraville have been put out of use by vandals a day before they were meant to be turned on for the first time.


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.