Melbourne has had a hottest Christmas Day in 18 years, with the temperature topping at 36.3 degrees at 4.30pm today.
Senior reporter for The Age
A lawyer for a former policeman found guilty of corruption charges says his client's jail term should not greatly exceed the sentence imposed on another crooked cop, even though the latter pleaded guilty and gave crucial prosecution evidence to a jury.
An organised crime figure's girlfriend has been shot in a drive-by shooting targeting her boyfriend, a former senior member of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang.
Archbishop Denis Hart called for Father John Walshe's resignation long before the Cardinal George Pell associate stepped down, a spokesman for the Melbourne Archdiocese has confirmed.
Underworld figure Horty Mokbel was involved in the savage gang bashing in Lygon Street of a nightclub identity linked to a man who turned informer against his brother Tony on cocaine trafficking charges in 2003.
The Catholic Church has pledged to double potential compensation payments for child sex abuse survivors to $150,000
A contentious decision by the Andrews Government to transfer up to 40 juvenile offenders to an adult prison has confounded members of the legal fraternity and contradicts a damning Ombudsman's report on the abuse of several teenagers at Port Phillip Prison.
Roberta Williams, the former wife of gangland killer Carl Williams, has been declared bankrupt after the Australian Tax Office pursued her for almost $300,000 in unpaid taxes in the Federal Court.
Police have prevented clashes between rival groups that have marred similar protests in the CBD, Coburg, Bendigo and Melton.
Police are investigating the cause of a Dandenong house fire where a child was found dead on Saturday morning.