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Radical feminist retires

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 8:37 PM   "Universities will never appoint someone like me again," Sheila Jeffreys says.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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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Public transport crush predicted to get worse

Demand for public transport is expected to increase dramatically.

Clay Lucas 8:01 AM   Think Melbourne's trains, trams and buses are busy now? Just wait.

Housing costs trapping women in domestic violence

Lack of affordable housing is keeping many women trapped in violent domestic situations.

Bianca Hall 12:55 AM   The lack of affordable housing in Victoria is keeping women trapped in brutal domestic situations and increasing their risk of homelessness, leading agencies say.

Road congestion to become a $9b drag on Victoria's economy: report

General direction: Rapid population growth on the city's outskirts is set to increase congestion.

Adam Carey 12:55 AM   The would-be corridor for the East West Link will be the fifth most costly source of congestion by 2031, the report predicts.

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Driver killed after car collides with truck in north-east


Nick Toscano 10:03 PM   A man is dead after a crash between a car and a truck north-east of Melbourne.

Warning signs about paedophile priest were ignored

 Gerald Ridsdale

Konrad Marshall 10:01 PM   Gabrielle Short can conjure no fond memories of this place, the old orphanage once known as the Nazareth House Girls' Home, once her home.

IBAC told Nino Napoli will 'fall on his sword'

Former senior Victorian Education Department official Nino Napoli.

Timna Jacks 9:41 PM   Sacked Victorian Education Department finance manager Nino Napoli will admit any wrongdoing, the Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission has heard.

Man jailed after home invasion shooting leaves victim permanently disabled

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Adam Cooper   A man who inflicted a disability on a stranger during a home invasion with a shotgun has been jailed and told by a judge that specialist treatment is the best way to ensure the community is kept safe from him.

Grave concerns about Docklands tower safety

Clothes airing on balconies helped fuel the fire at the Lacrosse building

Aisha Dow and Richard Willingham   Grave concerns have been raised about the lack of action by Melbourne City Council on overcrowded apartments after revelations "slum-like" living is still apparent in the Docklands tower struck by fire last year.

Abuse victims seeking compensation told Catholic Church would endure long after they died, royal commission hears

Ballarat Bishop Paul Bird in 2013.

Jane Lee   Ballarat's Bishop Paul Bird told survivors seeking compensation that the Catholic Church would endure long after victims died and were forgotten, the royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard.


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.