Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston is a Fairfax Media senior writer based at The Age in Melbourne.

Jill Meagher tragedy disguises women’s domestic violence struggle

Jill Meagher was raped and murdered by Adrian Bayley in September 2012.

Chris Johnston The day after the AFL grand final in 2012, and just a few days after Jill Meagher's body had been found, 30,000 people marched through Brunswick in an unprecedented public rally.

How Adrian Bayley was transformed from cocky and arrogant to a whimpering, emasculated shell of a man

Adrian Ernest Bayley leaving court in 2013.

Chris Johnston Adrian Bayley's police interview in which he admitted repeatedly raping then strangling Jill Meagher with his hands three Septembers ago showed him to be above all one thing: pitiful.

Kes Acorn: mountain man has detail down to a fine art

Artist Kes Acorn at the Backwoods Gallery.

Chris Johnston The lines and contours of artist Kes Acorn's work are seemingly too minute to be done by hand, yet they are.

Victorian farmers, fresh from facing bushfires, fear the upcoming deluge

Zel and David Austin on their bushfire-affected property at Ruffy in Victoria.

Chris Johnston First came fire, now rain. Up in the northeast of the state, and in other fire-stricken districts, both can be bad news.

Is Melbourne really the world's friendliest city?

Melbourne skyline

Chris Johnston Their 'home' is stark and unfriendly. It smells like a urinal with only a tarp for cover. Sharky and Bianca had a pet dog for a companion, Boof, but they sold him on Thursday.

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Turmoil on the greens as golf clubs seek new lie on distant fairways

Hazy future: Players hit off in a winter fog on the Gardiners Run course at Lilydale.

Chris Johnston On a five kilometre stretch of Victoria Road, behind Lilydale in the Yarra Valley, are three golf courses.

Someone's listening – but is it legal?

Chris Johnston To tape or not to tape? When to tape, and how to 

Tape affair a recurring nightmare for politicians

Daniel Andrews fields media questions on the tapes affair last Monday.

Chris Johnston Once the domain of private detectives, dictaphones and recording devices are now much more widespread.

Bendigo woman behind anti-mosque Facebook page loses bid to stay anonymous

Police were called in to maintain order at the City of Greater Bendigo council meeting which saw locals vote against the approval of a mosque to be built in the town.

Chris Johnston A Bendigo businesswoman behind a vehement anti-mosque Facebook page has lost a tribunal bid to stay anonymous.

Anti-Islam lobby group funds mosque fight in Bendigo

Mike Holt

Chris Johnston A far-right, anti-Islam lobby group in Queensland has given up to $10,000 to opponents of the Bendigo mosque to help their campaign.

Bendigo mosque a cause celebre for right-wing outsiders

Chris Johnston The sinister black balloons started appearing in Bendigo in May. Then 10 days ago, a cluster of them were tied to the home and business of a local councillor who supports the building of a...

The Family's 'living god' fades to grey, estate remains

The Family.

Chris Johnston Although she can walk and talk, according to former cult members, Anne Hamilton-Byrne, Australia's most notorious cult leader, doesn't talk much.

The bush therapist

Michael Oates, Mental Health worker.

Chris Johnston It's a never-ending road for Michael Oates, helping the mentally ill.

Women should take note - the writing's on the wall

Artist Hazel Dooney in Royal Lane.

Chris Johnston The edgy artist Hazel Dooney says that although lord mayor Robert Doyle, who commissioned her to paint a laneway wall, was ''completely trusting'', some behind the scenes at the City of Melbourne...

Tributes flow as Chopper's dirty laundry gets a final airing

Mark

Chris Johnston 'Frankly,' said celebrant Nigel Davies in a quiet moment before Thursday's public memorial for celebrity criminal Mark 'Chopper' Read, 'we don't know what we are going to get. Anything could happen.

Mourners gather to farewell Mark Chopper Read

chopper funeral

Chris Johnston A surprisingly diverse and strongly devoted group of about 70 friends and acquaintances and fans and admirers paid their respects.

Friends and enemies, truth and lies

Elizabeth Coleman

Chris Johnston They have no churches or headquarters, no written policies or doctrines. But this secretive Victorian-based religious sect is again in the spotlight for sexually abusing its own child members.

Flying on a wing and a chair

Dave Jacka

Chris Johnston Dave Jacka's mantra: "You are only limited by what you think you can do".

Geelong roads deadliest in state

Balliang Geelong Road fatality.

Chris Johnston Yet as the area's road toll rises, so too does the political feuding over road funding.

No fries with that

No McDonalds in Tecoma.

Chris Johnston The battle to stop McDonald's opening an outlet in the Dandenongs may appear to be lost, but in Tecoma they're not giving up.