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Radical feminist Sheila Jeffreys retires after 24 years

The Age, News.Controversial feminist scholar Sheila Jeffreys, is retiring after more than 20 years at the university. She has been a politically active feminist since 1973. Pic Simon Schluter 22 May 2015.

Henrietta Cook, education reporter 12:45 AM   "Universities will never appoint someone like me again," Sheila Jeffreys says.

Welfare and police together in new family violence approach

A night on the road with Sen. Constable Kevin Samson (right) and Sen. Constable Andrew Howell (left) from the taskforce Alexis who work on family violence  cases. Photo by Penny Stephens. The Age. 14TH APRIL 2015

Miki Perkins 10:14 PM   Taskforce Alexis is the first time – anywhere in Australia – that police officers, a social worker and mental health experts have been brought together in one station to work on high-risk family violence offenders.

Senior surgeon accused of bullying

There is growing concern among junior and senior surgeons that bullying and harassment is driving bright, capable doctors out of the prestigious field.

Julia Medew, Health Editor 12:15 AM   A senior surgeon who has been responsible for training junior doctors at Victoria's largest public hospital service has been accused of bullying, triggering multiple investigations into her conduct.

Yeshivah Centre board on brink of collapse

Manny Waks, who was a victim of David Samuel Cyprys, appeared before the Royal Commission into historic abuses at the Yeshivah Centre and college.

Henrietta Cook and Timna Jacks 8:24 PM   The board of the Yeshiva Centre is on the brink of collapse, following grim revelations at the Royal Commission and a community campaign.

Street knowledge needed to temper alarmist approach to ice and other drug trends

'Are we in the grip of an ice epidemic? No. Are all ice users violent monsters? Certainly not.'

John Silvester 12:15 AM   Department of Health research suggests the use of ice may be declining, but anecdotal reports make worrying reading.

Federal government research finds decline in ice use

Government research shows the use of the drug ice is well below peak levels.

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie 12:15 AM   Confidential federal government research suggests a decline in the use of the drug ice, in contrast to recent warnings of an "ice epidemic" by senior politicians and police.

'Drugs are bad' ads won't work, government told

Bad habit: One of the ads from the 2007 anti-ice campaign, which also took a "shock and awe" approach.

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie 12:15 AM   The government has launched a hard-hitting anti-ice campaign despite its own research warning that such advertising is ineffective.

Police appeal to public for information on illegal cattle hunting incident

Police are searching for three men suspected of illegally killing a steer

Nick Toscano 5:25 PM   Police have released an image of three men suspected of illegally hunting cattle with a high-calibre rifle north of Melbourne.

Shorten urges Abbott to meet Andrews to discuss infrastructure

Traffic congestion on Alexander Parade.

Josh Gordon, Richard Willingham 4:13 PM   Bill Shorten calls on Tony Abbott to reverse infrastructure funding cut and meet Daniel Andrews to work out solution that ensures Victorians are not further disadvantaged.

Yooralla manager caught on camera in sex activity with client, court told

Timothy Hampson at Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Adam Cooper 4:09 PM   A secret camera caught a manager at disability services provider Yooralla engaging in sexual activity with a cognitively impaired woman in his office, a court has heard.

Mind the gap: key connection missing from Regional Rail Link

The missing link will cost her up to an hour in travel time.

Adam Carey 4:06 PM   Madeleine Veale is an environment officer and likes to catch the train to work because it burns less fossil fuel than driving every day would.

Group turns on Labor over huge South Melbourne tower plan approval

The towers approved by Planning Minister Richard Wynne in Johnson Street, South Melbourne.

Clay Lucas and Royce Millar 3:58 PM   A community group that has worked closely with Labor in recent years has turned on the Andrews government, saying it is disappointed that a massive development in Fishermans Bend has been approved.

Convicted paedophile Robert Best 'still a Christian Brother', royal commission hears

Convicted paedophile Robert Best.

Jane Lee 3:58 PM   The Christian Brothers have done nothing to remove offender Robert Best from its order since he was convicted of multiple sexual offences against children.

Craddock turns another page in history as bookshop marks 50th birthday

Antiquarian bookseller Kay Craddock in her iconic bookshop, which is celebrating 50 years in business.

Suzanne Carbone 12:15 AM   Immersed in the familiar whiff of "antique" and surrounded by up to 15,000 books, antiquarian bookseller Kay Craddock declares: "Books are good."

Mother of two wins court battle after her signature was forged by her husband

The Court of Appeal has rejected loan company Southage's bid to recover a loan from a woman whose husband forged her signature.

Mark Russell 3:32 PM   The state's highest court has refused to order a lawyer and mother of two to repay a loan taken out by her now bankrupt husband using her forged signature.

Morwell woman accused of brutally murdering a man


Mark Russell 3:24 PM   Lawyers for a Morwell woman accused of brutally murdering a man after allegedly being ordered to do so by her abusive boyfriend are seeking an expert psychiatric report to determine if she was suffering from 'battered woman syndrome', a court has heard.

Teenager sexually assaulted in her own home in Cheltenham

Police have released this image of a man wanted over the Cheltenham sex attack.

Tammy Mills 3:15 PM   A stranger who sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in her own home in Melbourne's south-east offered her money to compensate her for the attack, police say.

Owner of sign installation business found guilty over role in brick wall collapse that killed three people

Messages written at the Swanston Street site where Alexander and Briget Jones were killed when a brick wall collapsed on them.31th March 2013, THE AGE, Picture by Mal Fairclough

Steve Lillebuen 2:50 PM   A small business owner says it's unfair he has to pay nearly $35,000 in fines over his role in the Carlton brick wall collapse, which killed three people and put a spotlight on the building industry.

Pell should feel compelled to return to Ballarat for Royal Commission

Cardinal George Pell at the Vatican last year.

Jane Lee and Konrad Marshall 2:28 PM   The chairman of the royal commission into child sexual abuse has fired a warning shot at church authorities to justify their denial of claims that former Bishop George Pell tried to bribe a victim of clerical abuse and ignored the pleas of another.

Ned Kelly under the microscope

John Silvester Naked City dinkus.

John Silvester 11:45 PM   The macabre influence of Ned Kelly continues long after his execution and four burials.

Bikie jailed over terrifying home invasion wins retrial


Mark Russell and Steve Butcher 1:45 PM   A Bandidos bikie jailed over a terrifying home invasion where the victim had a gun shoved in his mouth and the trigger pulled has won a retrial.

Jet ski 'hoon' jailed over swimmer's death

Jet skier Ivan Maqi leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court. 24th February 2014. Photo by Jason South.

Steve Butcher 1:34 PM   A jet ski driver who was "hooning" when he struck and killed a swimmer at high speed has been sentenced to five years' jail.

Witnesses won't be cross-examined on Cardinal George Pell bribery allegation

Cardinal George Pell at Victoria's parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse and the Catholic church.

Jane Lee 1:27 PM   Church lawyers will not recall witnesses for cross-examination on allegations Cardinal George Pell tried to bribe a victim to silence him and ignored another's reports children were being sexually abused.

Harriott devised the recipe to be a celebrity chef

Ainsley Harriott is excited about exploring Melbourne, the food capital of Australia.

Suzanne Carbone 12:15 AM   Before chefs and reality TV contestants became famous faster than two-minute noodles came to the boil, British charmer Ainsley Harriott​ was cavorting with pots and pans.

Hot air balloon clips powerline in Yarra Glen

A hot air balloon caused a power blackout after clipping a powerline.

Marissa Calligeros 12:32 PM   A wayward hot air balloon has caused power blackouts in the Yarra Valley.

'Pell should face commission', says senior Victorian priest

27th May 2013.  Cardinal George Pell appears before the Parliamentary enquiry into child sex abuse and the Catholic Church at the Victorian Parliament, Melbourne.
Photograph by Arsineh Houspian.  +(61) 401 320 173.

Marissa Calligeros 12:14 PM   One of Victoria's most senior Catholic priests has called on Cardinal George Pell to return from the Vatican to front the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

Neurosurgeon's alleged assailant committed for trial

Dr Michael Wong

Mark Russell 11:26 AM   The man accused of attempting to murder neurosurgeon Dr Michael Wong at the Western Hospital in Footscray will stand trial in the Supreme Court in November.

Man accused of fatally stabbing his former partner to stand trial in October


Mark Russell 11:07 AM   The man accused of fatally stabbing his former partner after "rugby tackling" her in front of shoppers outside a Sunshine shopping centre will stand trial in the Supreme Court in October.

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It's time to spend, so start borrowing

Self-serving myths about public debt should be exposed.

Now for better projects than East West Link

A happy conjunction is open to the Andrews government if it does two things.

City planning gears up to go into neutral body

Battle over Link validates need for a neutral body to take politics out of infrastructure planning.

Disability crisis: why won’t anything change?

Despite rapes, deaths and neglect in care, the disability sector is obsessed with self-protection.

Fight terrorism by partnering with Muslims

Deradicalisation needs police work, but it’s the Islamic community’s responsibility.

Money talks at state schools

Growing class divide in state system is due to schoosl having lots of  middle-class parents.

What happened to that swag of footy cliches?

Before these articulate ex-champs took to the mike, footy commentary had its own unique vocabulary.

Putting a stop to the endless recyclables cycle

I can't live for the moment. Instead I wish my life away in two-week increments.


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.