400 custody officers to replace police

Custody officers to ease the burden on police from guarding holding cells at police stations.

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Melbourne weather: Victoria set for spring scorcher after hottest ever start to October

Time for a swim, Melbourne. Hot weather is on the way.

Robyn Grace 9:04 AM   Melbourne is set for a scorcher, with two 35-degree days forecast in what could be its hottest October run since 1940.

Melbourne Express: Monday, October 5, 2015

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Deborah Gough 9:00 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.

Fire engulfs refurbished South Melbourne nightclub

Smoke billows from The Albion Rooftop bar and lounge on the corner of York Street in South Melbourne.

Marissa Calligeros, Tammy Mills, Deborah Gough 7:55 AM   Fire has engulfed a newly refurbished South Melbourne nightclub that was due to reopen in 11 days.

Airline stunt on AFL grand final day criticised

It took three pilots 32 minutes to "draw" the AFL premiership cup over Melbourne on grand final day.

Allison Worrall 6:55 AM   A major Australian airline company is copping flak online for flying around Melbourne on grand final day in the shape of the AFL Premiership Cup.

Deaths linked to codeine double in 10 years

"Codeine is increasingly a drug of abuse in Australia": Therapeutic Goods Administration ruling.

Allison Worrall 12:00 AM   The number of deaths linked to the painkiller codeine has more than doubled since 2000, mostly driven by an alarming increase in accidental overdoses.

Stolen laptop leads police to drugs, weapons bust

Police discovered weapons, ammunition and drugs in a property in Sunshine North.

Allison Worrall 10:01 PM   A tracker on a stolen laptop has led police to a drug and weapons bust in Melbourne's north-west.

Wooden box built to 'calm' autistic students

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Nick Toscano, Beau Donelly 9:43 PM   Australia's largest autism service provider is under investigation after staff built a large wooden box to lock up distressed clients at a Melbourne day centre.

Victoria Police embraces Facebook in shifting media landscape

A teenager allegedly refused to pull over when chased by police in Mount Isa.

Steve Lillebuen 12:15 AM   Once a hostile relationship, Victoria Police and Facebook appear to have put aside past differences while the social media giant gives police a chance to promote itself to a huge online audience.

Hold an airshow in a small town? Why not? says Nhill

The airshow will include fly-pasts from a Vietnam War era Trojan T-28 fighter bomber, and several WWII era planes.

Carolyn Webb 8:00 PM   The sleepy aerodrome in the small town of Nhill, which was a World War II RAAF base, is about to come alive again with an airshow.

Officials 'coached' miner over quarry

Residents in Birregurra  fight against a quarry proposal from a $350 million company owned by Denis Napthine's cousin. Story by Richard Baker. 29 September 2015. The Age NEWS. Photo: Eddie Jim.Russell Beach, Tanya Burnett and Daryl Collins, L to R, the proposed quarry location is around two kilometre behind them)

Richard Baker 7:08 PM   State public servants, including those from the mining regulator, have in effect coached a big mining company in how to deceive the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in a case involving a David and Goliath battle between the company and farmers.

Anti-Islam group beheads dummy in protest of Bendigo mosque

The stunt was not only in reaction to a mosque's approval in Bendigo but also a response to the shooting of a NSW police employee in Parramatta.

Allison Worrall 7:03 PM   Anti-mosque campaigners went to new lengths to protest against the approval of a mosque in Bendigo, when a small group of men beheaded a dummy at the local council building on Sunday.

PM to announce up to $10b defence tender

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Mark Kenny, Chief Political Correspondent 7:02 PM   Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to announce a key piece of Australia's future defence force capability, up to 225 armoured personnel carriers.

Cyclist injured in hit and run at Toolern Vale

The cyclist's mangled bike after the hit-run at Toolern Vale.

Allison Worrall, Goya Dmytryshchak 6:32 PM   The family of a young cyclist seriously injured after she was knocked off her bike in a hit-run incident on Saturday say they want the person responsible to be brought to justice.

Fans gather to celebrate Hawks three-peat

Alastair Clarkson and Luke Hodge show off their trio of premiership trophies.

Steve Lillebuen 5:07 PM   Hawthorn fans flocked to the club's spiritual home at Glenferrie Oval on Sunday to celebrate the team's third premiership win in a row.

Volcanic dance explosion for VCE exam

Sophie O'Bryan (left) and Mariah Iosefo rehearse for their VCE performance exams next week.

Henrietta Cook 4:41 PM   While most students have their noses stuck in paperwork for their exams, some take to the dance floor.

Sequenzia brothers hit with $6m tax bill

Paul Sequenzia at Cranbourne racetrack on August 25.

Nino Bucci, Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker 12:15 AM   An organised-crime probe into racing figure Paul Sequenzia has led to an almost $6 million tax bill being slapped on him and his two brothers, who are suspected of earning income they failed to declare.

Fans evicted from MCG for urinating, running onto ground during AFL grand final

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Marissa Calligeros 1:42 PM   One man was caught urinating in a lift and another ran onto the ground at half time, but the crowd of 98,000 at the AFL grand final was generally well behaved.

My Place brings together a taste of the old and the new

Ivan Gaal's favourite place is as green as can be.

Ivan Gaal   I have both of my favourites right in front of me now, in my favourite spot

Feeling anxious? There's an app for that

David Bakker's mental health app MoodMission is designed to help people cope with anxious feelings.

Bianca Hall   A Monash University project is aiming to bring cognitive behavioural therapy to users' smartphones.

Murder charge over alleged hit-run

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Neelima Choahan   A 38-year-old Melton man is in custody after an alleged hit-and-run in Deer Park on Friday night which left a man dead.

What the Ellie was the AFL thinking?

Ellie Goulding performs at the grand final.

Leaping Larry   There is a certain tradition associated with the AFL grand final entertainment and  that tradition, by and large, is that it's a bit $2 shoppy, a bit mumsy and magnificent inspiration for viewers to take a toilet break.

AFL grand final 2015: Hottest grand final day on record

Fans settle in at Federation Square to watch the grand final in the sun.

Goya Dmytryshchak   Melbourne has experienced the hottest AFL grand final day on record with the temperature topping 31 degrees.

Border Force ignores gangland threats

Last month's riot at Ravenhall, which provoked an armed response, led to the loss of personal information relating to guards and their families.

Staff Reporters   The Australian Border Force has failed to stop a convicted criminal from operating an extremist website that incites and promotes gangland violence from inside an immigration detention centre.

Man dead in a Epping car crash


Neelima Choahan   A man, believed to be in his late 30s, has died in Epping after his car struck a concrete drain on Saturday afternoon.

Scalpers asking up to $2000 for grand final tickets

Shane Reschke was given a ticket by Hawk Jack Gunston's dad.

Chloe Booker   Scalpers at the MCG are asking for as much as $2000 a ticket for the AFL grand final, as other fans keen for tickets report prices around $600.

Victoria Premier

Victoria has 'serious government corruption problem'

Victorian Auditor-General John Doyle resigned during an investigation into allegations made against him by a female member of staff.

Farrah Tomazin   Victoria has a serious corruption problem that is likely to worsen unless Premier Daniel Andrews fixes the state's integrity regime, a coalition of former judges, politicians and academics has warned.

In search of a good divorce


Michael Coulter   A new breed of organisation is dedicated to helping the one in three couples whose relationships end well before death does them part.

Unholy row cooking at the convent

 Abbotsford Convent

Carolyn Webb 8:00 PM   The founder of not for profit Lentil as Anything restaurant at the former Abbotsford Convent will fight to stay after management put its lease out for tender.

Sex for training claims should be investigated: lawyer

Vascular surgeon Gabrielle McMullin told the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons that female trainees were being propositioned for sex by senior surgeons.

Julia Medew   Historical reports of sexual harassment and corruption in training overseen by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons should be investigated with perpetrators held to account, a leading lawyer says.


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.