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Man shot at Narre Warren


Chloe Booker 8:53 PM   A man is on the run after shooting another man in the leg in Melbourne's south east.

Former Geelong Grammar teacher believes his son committed suicide after being abused by paedophile at school

Former Geelong Grammar teacher Paul Claridge whose son was abused and later committed suicide.

Bianca Hall 8:48 PM   The son of a senior teacher of Geelong Grammar committed suicide after being abused by the serial paedophile who preyed on dozens of boys at the elite school.

Stamp duty concessions for first buyers facing axe

Any move to radically overhaul the state-based housing affordability measures will be controversial.

Josh Gordon, Benjamin Preiss 8:46 PM   Stamp duty discounts for first home buyers worth $170 million a year could be dumped by the Andrews Government amid concern the measure is failing to make homes more affordable.

Why spring is the cruellest season for hay fever sufferers

Spring is upon us, so hay fever is not far away.

Craig Butt 7:32 PM   Now that winter has passed and spring is upon us, you don't have to worry about hay fever right away.

Student expelled for reporting sex abuse, inquiry told

Catherine Parsons.

Bianca Hall 6:15 PM   A Geelong Grammar School nurse has paid tearful tribute to boys who committed suicide, and died of drug overdoses, after suffering at the hands of a serial molester who abused more than 40 boys at the elite school.

My editor made me go to work on #trainstrike day and it was predictably terrible

Train strike cancelled.

Liam Mannix 5:55 PM   My boss made me go to work on #trainstrike day and it was predictably terrible.

Union warns Metro Trains and Andrews government it is up for a long fight

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 22:  A train moves past tangled railway tracks between Flinders Street Station and Richmond Station on July 22, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Complicated rail junctions built in Victorian times still force trains to slow to a crawl. Metro wants to rip them out and simplify the system, says speeds could increase from 25km/h to 60 km/h at those places. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Fairfax Media)

Adam Carey 5:40 PM   Public transport workers who shut down the rail system on Friday have been encouraged to use the threat of cancellations during the AFL finals as a trump card in their pay battle with Metro.

Melbourne train strike: Metro staff urged to create mayhem for AFL finals series

Commuters face a long trip into the city during a train strike this Friday.

Adam Carey, Marissa Calligeros, Benjamin Preiss 5:28 PM   Public transport workers who shut down the rail system on Friday have been encouraged to create mayhem for the AFL during this month's finals series.

Melbourne Metro train strike 2015: live commuter updates

Express: train

Angus Holland, Tom Cowie 5:27 PM   Live updates as the Melbourne train strike hits the city.

Strike day: The unexpected public holiday

8.47am Caulfield station before the trains stopped due to a strike. 4th September 2015. Fairfaxmedia The Age  news Picture by Joe Armao

Marissa Calligeros, Steve Lillebuen 5:09 PM   Melbourne's train strike seemed to turn Friday into a public holiday that no one was expecting, costing the city's economy up to $10 million.

Claims phantom students sat exams at Melbourne school

Irregularities in roll-keeping and assessment are alleged to have occured at the now-closed Melbourne Senior Secondary College.

Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks 5:01 PM   Phantom students sat VCE exams at a recently-closed private school, despite rarely attending class, a former teacher claims.

Stand-off between police and man barricaded inside West Footscray house ends

Heavily armed police broke down the door of the house.

Nino Bucci 4:21 PM   A stand-off between a man and police in Footscray has en

Train strike: replacement bus services panned

A replacement bus leaving Caulfield station on Friday.

Steve Lillebuen and Liam Mannix 3:59 PM   Bus services in Melbourne during the train strike actually performed pretty well, according to Metro, despite numerous complaints from commuters.

Pervert does naked chin-ups at primary school

Monkey bars

Timna Jacks 3:21 PM   Police are hunting for a man who performed naked chin-ups in front of two young girls at a primary school in Kilsyth on Sunday.

Former teacher apologises to Geelong Grammar paedophile victims

Geelong Grammar

picture by craig sillitoe

Bianca Hall 2:22 PM   A former senior teacher at Geelong Grammar School has broken down as he apologised to dozens of boys abused by a paedophile who worked at the school in the 1980s and 1990s.

Car smashes into Toorak home


1:41 PM    An elderly driver has been taken to hospital after crashing a car into a Toorak home.

Man who blamed sleeping tablets for causing him to stab his wife 15 times found guilty of murder


Mark Russell 1:17 PM   The two daughters of a baker who blamed sleeping tablets for causing him to fatally stab his wife 15 times are standing by him despite a jury finding him guilty of murder.

Ex-Melbourne Demons footballer Liam Jurrah pleads guilty to attacking two women

Inmates playing a scratch match of football on Thursday at Alice Springs Correctional Centre, where Liam Jurrah is serving a 12-week stint.

Staff Reporters 12:38 PM   Former Melbourne Demons footballer Liam Jurrah has pleaded guilty to attacking a former partner and his ex-wife in separate incidents, according to reports from Alice Springs.

Financial controller stole $681,000 from Radisson for sex, lavish lifestyle

County Court

Nino Bucci and Adam Cooper 12:12 PM   A former manager at one of Melbourne's top hotels will spend at least two and a half years in prison for stealing $681,000 from the hotel to fund a secret life of male escorts, restaurants, and holidays. 

Charge dropped against Melbourne solicitor

Melbourne Magistrates Court

Steve Butcher 11:23 AM   A charge against a Melbourne lawyer of attempting to pervert the course of justice with an outlaw motorcycle gang member has been dropped.

Man jailed for 18 years for fatally stabbing a stranger on a Fitzroy street

Shaun Wright was stabbed several times with a broken beer bottle causing his death.

Mark Russell 10:50 AM   A man who fatally stabbed a stranger with a broken beer bottle in a Fitzroy street has been jailed for 18 years.

Tighter management of restraints used in schools

Childcare generic. Cute children playing with blocks.

Henrietta Cook, Education Reporter 9:29 AM   Schools physically restraining students or placing them in solitary confinement must explain themselves.

How to beat the Melbourne train strike

Train commuters will need to find another way in and out of the city on Friday.

Tom Cowie 8:53 AM   Commuters face a day of chaos when the train strike hits on Friday. Here are some options for those who need to get in and out of the city.

Convicted of growing 119kgs of cannabis - and fit to work with children

School children.

Beau Donelly 1:38 AM   A Melbourne man jailed for growing a commercial quantity of cannabis is fit to work with children, a tribunal has ruled.

Wealthy sperm donor fears contact from more than two dozen offspring

A rich donor is begging the Andrews government to keep his identity secret from the 24 children he's fathered.

Julia Medew and Craig Butt 1:08 AM   A wealthy sperm donor who has more than 24 children is pleading with the Victorian government to keep his identity secret because he fears his offspring will want to contact him and establish relationships.

Rail chaos to spread to Melbourne's roads, schools and businesses

Roads chief tells workers: stay at home if you can.

Adam Carey 12:07 AM   The transport chaos that will grip Melbourne on Friday stands to be repeated in days and weeks ahead, with both protagonists in the industrial dispute giving no hint that they will compromise on their positions.

The train strike is a first world problem - donate your myki fare to charity

The train strike may ruin your day, but it could be a lot worse.

Chloe Booker and Liam Mannix 11:12 PM   The shocking image of a drowned Syrian toddler has inspired a fundraising page urging Melburnians to donate their Myki fares on Friday to the humanitarian crisis. 

Bride of runaway groom scores $10,000 wedding gift

Murat Shomshe and his bride, Belinda Dulevski.

Steve Butcher 10:51 PM   The bride in the case of the runaway groom who skipped bail has received a belated $10,000 wedding gift.

Yarraville family baker changes hands after 65 years

Keith Prentice at Heather Dell Bakery in Yarraville.

Katie Wong Hoy 10:50 PM   Keith Prentice donned his flour-covered apron for the last time on Thursday as the family-run Heather Dell bakery in Yarraville changes hands after 65 years.


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.