Melbourne's high-rise slum squeeze

Overseas workers and students are sleeping in shifts in order to cram more bodies into overcrowded flats.

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UK resident to face Victorian court on historical rape charges

Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

1:07 AM   A British-Australian dual citizen will face court today in Melbourne after being arrested and charged over historical sexual assault allegations.

Hundreds of mental health patients die prematurely each year

The most recent health data shows the use of seclusion among adult mental health patients has dropped in the last six months.

Farrah Tomazin 12:15 AM   Hundreds of mental health patients are dying in unexpected, unnatural or violent circumstances every year, with the Andrews government conceding it is "extremely concerned" about the rate of deaths.

My Place: Peaceful deck and scent of flowers belie central city location

A stunning sunset rewards Vimala Beaucasin as she relaxes at her place.

Vimala Beaucasin 8:43 PM   The deck is merbau brown and warm and welcoming at day's end when I return home tired from work.   Sun is still shining through a quivering curtain of tall trees just beyond the backyard fence.

Review launched into supervision of sex offenders

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Chris Vedelago 12:15 AM   An independent review is being launched into Victoria's system for managing serious sexual offenders amid growing concerns it is failing to protect the public.

Out of the closet – meet the woman stripping mums of their clothes

Ruby Hoppen with Hannah Gray, who runs The Clothing Cleanse.

John Elder 12:15 AM   It's been a month now and Ruby Hoppen, 25, mother of one, has suffered through withdrawal and come out the other side.

Minister stood down over allegations of misconduct made by chief of staff

Stood down: Adem Somyurek.

Farrah Tomazin 7:10 PM   A Victorian government minister has been stood down from cabinet and faces the sack amid allegations of systemic bullying, abuse and intimidation.

Commuters face long wait before train network's signalling system goes high-tech

Melbourne's Metro train service will not be revolutionised any time soon.

Farrah Tomazin 12:15 AM   A trial for high-tech signalling on the Sandringham rail line would enable trains to run on autopilot and improve services by up to 30 per cent – but commuters won't benefit unless the state government agrees to roll out the program more broadly.

Who is the minister accused of bullying his staff, Adem Somyurek?

Adam Somyurek says the allegations are "baseless and untrue".

Jason Dowling 6:38 PM   Adem Somyurek is an old school Labor politician, active in the factions and good with party numbers. 

Man hands himself into police over bungalow sex attack in Cheltenham

Police.

Goya Dmytryshchak, Deborah Gough and Tammy Mills 5:20 PM   A man has been charged with seven counts of rape and other offences after a girl was sexually assaulted in her bed in a bungalow in Melbourne's south east.

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 1:55 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.

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Police identify illegal cattle hunters

Three men are wanted for hunting cattle near Mansfield.

Deborah Gough and Nick Toscano 1:28 PM   Detectives believe they have identified three men they believe may have been involved in a cattle hunting incident north of Melbourne.

'Shock campaigns and scare-mongering don't work', ice user says

Karen McNamara was speaking at a summit on the impact of ice.

Tammy Mills 12:34 PM   Jimmy* has been able to duck out of work for half-an-hour to meet for a coffee near his office in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne.

Historic South Morang wedding chapel destroyed by fire

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Deborah Gough 12:32 PM   A white chapel used for weddings in South Morang has been destroyed in a fire overnight.

Senior surgeon accused of bullying

There is growing concern among junior and senior surgeons that bullying and harassment is driving bright, capable doctors out of the prestigious field.

Julia Medew 8:47 AM   A senior surgeon who has been responsible for training junior doctors at Victoria's largest public hospital service has been accused of bullying, triggering multiple investigations into her conduct.

Ainsley Harriott devised the recipe to be a celebrity chef

Ainsley Harriott is excited about exploring Melbourne, the food capital of Australia.

Suzanne Carbone 8:11 AM   Before chefs and reality TV contestants became famous faster than two-minute noodles came to the boil, British charmer Ainsley Harriott​ was cavorting with pots and pans.

Street knowledge needed to temper alarmist approach to ice and other drug trends

Forget the surveys, flow charts and PowerPoint presentations. Let's go to the people who know – those who work at sharp end.

John Silvester 6:45 AM   Department of Health research suggests the use of ice may be declining, but anecdotal reports make worrying reading.

Federal government research finds decline in ice use

Government research shows the use of the drug ice is well below peak levels.

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie 6:36 AM   Confidential federal government research suggests a decline in the use of the drug ice, in contrast to recent warnings of an "ice epidemic" by senior politicians and police.

Radical feminist Sheila Jeffreys retires after 24 years

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   "Universities will never appoint someone like me again," Sheila Jeffreys says.

Welfare and police together in new family violence approach

Taskforce Alexis

Miki Perkins   Taskforce Alexis is the first time – anywhere in Australia – that police officers, a social worker and mental health experts have been brought together in one station to work on high-risk family violence offenders.

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   The board of the Yeshiva Centre is on the brink of collapse, following grim revelations at the Royal Commission and a community campaign.

'Drugs are bad' ads won't work, government told

Bad habit: One of the ads from the 2007 anti-ice campaign, which also took a "shock and awe" approach.

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie   The government has launched a hard-hitting anti-ice campaign despite its own research warning that such advertising is ineffective.

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   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   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   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.

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   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   The Christian Brothers have done nothing to remove offender Robert Best from its order since he was convicted of multiple sexual offences against children.

Kay Craddock turns another page in a long history for bookshop's 50th

Antiquarian bookseller Kay Craddock in her iconic bookshop, which is celebrating 50 years in business.

Suzanne Carbone   Immersed in the familiar whiff of "antique" and surrounded by up to 15,000 books, antiquarian bookseller Kay Craddock declares: "Books are good."

Morwell woman accused of brutally murdering a man

Ambulance

Mark Russell   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.

Opinion

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.

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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.