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Porn images placed in school toilet block

Man seen loitering near Boroondara Park Primary School, in Balwyn Road, Balwyn North.

Deborah Gough 10:26 AM   Pornographic images were placed inside a school toilet block in Melbourne's east after a man was seen loitering near a primary school in Melbourne's east.

Melbourne Express: Saturday, September 5

Rise and shine, Melbourne.

Anna Prytz 10:10 AM   News you need to start your weekend.

Metro waits for the rail union's next move, finals fear

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

Deborah Gough 9:34 AM   Metro Trains boss condemns union suggestion to disrupt football finals week as "an absolute outrage".

New CBD rules restrict excessive skyscraper heights


Clay Lucas 2:02 AM   The right of developers to build extremely dense and tall skyscrapers in Melbourne's central city has been dramatically restricted by the Andrews government under new planning rules.

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


Mark Russell 9:56 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.

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 suicided 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 suicided 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

Trains parked at Flinders Street Station on Friday.

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.

Melbourne's dams nearly three-quarters full and rising

adl051115.002.004   Maroondah dam spillway at Healesville flows after heavy rain overnight. Pic Andrew De La Rue The Age Melbourne

Darren Gray 12:15 AM   For the fourth year in a row Melbourne's dams finished winter more than 72 per cent full, and will climb further with about another three months of inflows to come.

Car smashes into Toorak home


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

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.

How we failed our most vulnerbale

John Silvester Naked City

John Silvester 12:15 AM   "We are seeing stuff that has gone to a whole new level of evil," says Fontana.

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   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   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   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   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.


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.