Chris Johnston

Chris Johnston

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

Communities 'terrified' when suicide cluster hit

Chris Johnston Communities in south-eastern Melbourne were "terrified" when a frightening youth suicide cluster struck in 2011 and 2012, according to Chris Tanti, the head of youth mental health...

Melbourne man charged with running child torture porn web ring

A Melbourne man faces charges of running a porn ring

Chris Johnston A 22-year-old Melbourne man is facing 88 child pornography charges, including  "encouraging" and advising on the abduction, rape and killing of a 5-year-old girl in Russia.

Wyndham region home to Victoria's sickest suburbs

Chris Johnston High levels of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health issues, bad teeth, obesity, asthma – one health expert describes Wyndham as a disaster waiting to happen.

Victoria's sickest suburbs suffer after federal funding cut

Chris Johnston   The federal government appears to have broken a deal to fund a grassroots health program in Victoria's sickest suburbs.

What is the connection between these senior Catholics?

Gerald Ridsdale says he's only been visited by Father McKinnon

Chris Johnston What is the connection between three senior Catholic Church leaders and notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale? Both inside and outside of the child sexual abuse royal commission these...

Men violent in families need crisis housing: Council to Homeless Persons

Family violence can't be solved unless the perpetrators get help too, says the Council to the Homeless.

Chris Johnston Better crisis housing should be given to male perpetrators of domestic violence, according to a "thorny" new submission to the Royal Commission into family violence.

Critics lash the 'overtly sexual' world of children's dance schools

Bodyslam: <i>Dance Moms</i>, a hit reality TV show created in the United States, shows young dancers' mothers trying all their moves.

Chris Johnston Dance studio director Jemma Nicoll says she has seen girls as young as eight years old perform 'naughty schoolgirl' routines in competition.

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.