Paedophile link: third Catholic church burns

Nino Bucci, Marissa Calligeros 4:17 PM   A third Melbourne Catholic church linked to a paedophile priest has been set alight in a suspected arson attack in as many days.

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Woman accused of Albanvale murders stabbed boy, grandmother with garden shears

Alistair Mach.

Alana Schetzer 2:29 AM   A 45-year-old woman has appeared in an out of session court charged with the murder of a four year old boy and his grandmother in Melbourne's west on Tuesday evening.

Latrobe Valley home to some of Australia's biggest polluters

AGL's Loy Yang A power plant, the country's largest single emission plant.

Lisa Cox, Benjamin Preiss 12:25 AM   Four coal-fired power stations in the Latrobe Valley are among Australia's biggest polluters, a new analysis shows.

Council wants heritage protection for 'dominating eyesore'

Local residents say the radio tower should be demolished.

Aisha Dow 10:40 PM   An ageing radio tower in leafy Surrey Hills was once dubbed the "most prominent and dominating eyesore" in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

Christopher Pyne asks al-Taqwa principal to explain himself

Leader of the House and Education Minister Christopher Pyne.

Henrietta Cook 10:29 PM   Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has asked the principal of Al-Taqwa College to explain why he told students that Islamic State was a western plot.

Aussie 'Street View Streaker' outs herself

Before: A woman proudly posed topless as Google took shots of Port Pirie streets in South Australia,

Shane Hendrickson 9:05 PM   Aussie who recently rose to fame as the "Street View Streaker" comes forward to reveal her footpath "flash" story.

One in 10 hospital beds left empty: report

Many unused beds appeared to be in metropolitan hospitals.

Craig Butt 6:56 PM   One in 10 hospital beds in Victoria are not being used, a review into the state's hospital capacity has found.

Former Labor treasurer appointed as VicTrack chairman

Former Victorian treasurer John lenders.

Richard Willingham 6:40 PM   The Andrews government has appointed former Victorian treasurer John Lenders chairman of VicTrack.

Police appeal for help to find missing Rosanna boy

Missing: 12-year-old Hayden Warren

6:37 PM   Police are concerned for the welfare of a 12-year-old boy who has been missing for two days. 

Woman, child, found dead in western suburbs

Mai Mach who was found killed in her Abanvale home along with her grandson.

Chloe Booker, Tammy Mills and Vanessa Desloires 6:13 PM   Flowers and a small child's toy have been left outside a home in Melbourne's west where a four-year-old and his grandmother were stabbed to death on Tuesday.

Shorten's seat of Maribyrnong included in branch-stacking inquiry

Australian Labor Party

Richard Willingham 6:09 PM   The use of pre-paid credit cards to sign up people to the Labor Party is being investigated as part an internal inquiry into branch stacking in the Victorian ALP.

Prosecutors drop manslaughter charge against snorkel tour operator Torie Mackinnon

Torie Mackinnon

Adam Cooper 5:48 PM   Prosecutors have dropped a manslaughter charge against snorkel tour operator Torie Mackinnon over the death of a passenger who was hit by her boat's propellers.

Two men with stab wounds found dead at Geelong house

The two bodies were found in the south-eastern Geelong suburb of Whittington about 10.30am.

Rania Spooner, Marissa Calligeros 5:38 PM   Two men, aged 23 and 30, have been found dead by the mother of the older man in a house home in suburban Geelong.

Joe Hockey still insists the $3b is only for East West Link

A woman has been struck and killed by a V Line train this morning.

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor 5:02 PM   Treasurer Joe Hockey has hit back at suggestions that up to $3 billion of federal cash earmarked for the East West Link is set to be diverted to the state government's level-crossing removal program.

Boom gate failures force indefinite shutdown of Stony Point rail line


Adam Carey 4:36 PM   Metro cannot say when it will reopen the Stony Point railway line after it was shut this week after a series of safety breaches in which boom gates failed to drop for an approaching train.

Facebook exchange between ex-bandmates leads to fight, stabbing, court told

A facebook fight between ex-bandmates led to a stabbing.

Steve Butcher and Adam Cooper 4:21 PM   An exchange of threats and insults on Facebook between two former friends sparked a violent confrontation where one inflicted serious injuries on the other with a knife.

Ex-priest David Rapson suffered breakdown in prison after being found guilty of raping students

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picture by Justin McManus.
Former Catholic Priest David Rapson charged with child sex abuse while at Salesian College in Sunbury. Rapson leaving the Magistrates court.

Adam Cooper 4:03 PM   A former Catholic priest found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting school students in his care abused alcohol in the lead-up to a trial and suffered a breakdown in prison, a court has heard.

Three days a year in gridlock: Melbourne's worst day on the roads


Henrietta Cook 2:55 PM   Frustrated motorists spend the equivalent of three full days a year in bumper-to-bumper traffic on Melbourne's choked roads, research reveals.

Truck driver who lit fire that killed wife and her lover 'devastated'

Arson Squad and Forensics inspect the Deer Park unit in September 2013.

Mark Russell 1:28 PM   A truck driver who set fire to a Deer Park unit, killing his wife and her lover, had been devastated at losing his soulmate, a court has heard.

Derailed tram causes major train delays

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 21:  A general view of a Melbourne tram in front of the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre on September 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hopkins/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Yolanda Redrup 11:45 AM   A tram that derailed in Glen Huntly on Wednesday morning is back on its tracks but repairs continue, disrupting trams and trains in the area.

Psychiatric report on attempted murder accused delayed

Neurosurgeon Michael Wong, seven months after he was attacked at the Western Hospital.

Mark Russell 11:23 AM   Lawyers for a man accused of attempting to murder neurosurgeon Dr Michael Wong at the Western Hospital in Footscray are waiting for psychiatric reports.

Melbourne Express: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Yolanda Redrup 9:02 AM   Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you the information you need to get the day off to a good start.

Man stripped naked, climbed onto speed camera van

Naked man.

Marissa Calligeros 8:54 AM   Police have released footage of a man who stripped naked and paraded in front of a roadside speed camera operator while holding a stubbie on Australia Day.

Assistants to take blood from donors

Blood donors will be increasingly cared for by assistants without nursing qualifications under  changes being carried out by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

Julia Medew   Blood donors will be increasingly cared for by assistants without nursing qualifications under controversial changes being executed by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service that have sparked concerns about quality of care.

'Humiliation' led to jilted man's plan to kill ex-fiancee's new lover, court hears

Supreme Court

Mark Russell   A man jilted by his first cousin who he was planning to wed in an arranged marriage decided to have her new lover killed because he had been publicly humiliated, a court has heard.

From 'beacon of success' to jail: 12 years for cocaine trafficking

Seized: police say they found up to $200,000 worth of drugs in the raids.

Steve Butcher   A former South Yarra businessman once considered a "beacon of success" has been jailed for 12 years for trafficking cocaine with an estimated street value of up to $17 million.

Call for son of Walsh Street accused to be spared jail over thefts, threat

County Court.

Adam Cooper   The son of one of the men acquitted of the Walsh Street police shootings threatened a schoolboy that he would have his face cut off unless he gave up his mobile phone, a court has heard.

Commuters waive rights when faced with aggressive PSOs: report

Protective Service Officers have been tasked with scanning station car parks for expired registrations, unpaid fines and arrest warrants.

Vanessa Desloires   Aggressive tactics used by Victoria Police Protective Services Officers at Melbourne train stations is scaring commuters into waiving their rights and escalating into violent confrontations, a community law service has found.

Scrapped Dandenong rail upgrade mostly good news for commuters

Adam Carey dinkus Dinkus

Adam Carey   The announcement that the Andrews government has killed its predecessor's proposed fix for chronic overcrowding on the Cranbourne-Pakenham rail lines is mostly good news for commuters.

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Ship emissions rile residents living by port

The Spirit of Tasmania docks at Station Pier this week. Emissions from it and the 50-odd tourist liners that arrive at Station Pier each year have residents at the nearby Beacon Cove concerned. Some have complained of respiratory illnesses.

Clay Lucas   Residents at Port Melbourne’s Beacon Cove, whose apartments face onto Melbourne’s busy Station Pier, are concerned they are being badly affected by fumes from tourist ships burning highly toxic "bunker fuel".


Bikes and cars: slow down on our crowded roads

Our roads are busier than ever, and we need patience, good manners and common sense.

Does the premier finally see through PPP rorts?

Deals for infrastructure are fleecing the public, but Andrews might be smart enough to see through it.

Remembering Masa Vukotic on our journey

We need to focus on the needs of the victim and challenge the behaviour of the perpetrator.

Why your electricity bill might be a real shocker

Deregulating retail electricity prices has pushed up some customers’ bills by $800 a year in Victoria.

Liberals are not better economic managers

Liberals rushed to close the East West deal for political reasons, exposing us to unnecessary risk.


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.

What's wrong with fighting in an octagon?

There has been much controversy surrounding Victoria lifting the ban on 'cage fighting'.

Rare frilled shark caught off Victoria

Fisherman who caught a rarely-sighted frilled shark says looks like "something out of a horror movie".