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Legal aid restored for family violence victims

Domestic violence is on the rise in Victoria.

Jane Lee Victoria Legal Aid will restore free legal help for family violence victims in child custody battles.

Victorian Education Department stands by senior bureaucrat Sonia Sharp, named in damning Rotherham sex abuse report

Child abuse

Jane Lee A senior British bureaucrat, who, with many other bureaucrats, failed to prevent the systematic rape and physical abuse of children in the English town of Rotherham has relocated to Melbourne and...

Archbishop Denis Hart's royal commission response sparks heated exchange

Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart

Jane Lee and Cameron Houston Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart instructed his lawyers to "take the defences" in a high-profile victim's court case, despite telling the Royal Commission hours earlier that he only told them to...

Church could treble abuse compensation, says finance chief

Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart arrives at the County court for the Royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.

Jane Lee and Cameron Houston The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has been forced to hand over its balance sheet and other financial dealings to the Royal Commission, which revealed that the church has almost $310 million in...

Catholic church could triple compensation for abuse victims, royal commission told

Catholic church.

Jane Lee The Catholic Church's Melbourne archdiocese could afford to double or triple its $75,000 cap on compensation for sexual abuse victims but would need to review the other programs it funds.

Melbourne Response attaches paedophile 'stigma', investigator says

Jane Lee The Melbourne Response attaches the "stigma" of being a paedophile to priests, brothers and nuns it determines guilty of clerical abuse, the Catholic Church's independent investigator says.

Church's lawyers forced to apologise

Cameron Houston and Jane Lee The Catholic Church's lawyer has been forced to apologise before the Royal Commission over insensitive and incorrect statements made in correspondence between himself and senior figures in the...

Catholic Church's Melbourne Response commissioner expected complaints process to take six months

Convicted paedophile priests are receiving financial support from Melbourne's Catholic archdiocese.

Jane Lee and Cameron Houston The man who determined whether the Catholic Church should compensate Melbourne clergy abuse victims for almost 20 years thought it would only take six months to handle all their complaints.

Victims want review into Catholic Church's Melbourne Response compensation claims

Catholic church.

Jane Lee and Cameron Houston Victims have called for all 351 compensation claims to the Catholic Church's Melbourne Response to be reviewed and have accused the process as lacking compassion and transparency on the opening day...

Child abuse inquiry recommendations stalled

Jane Lee There is a cloud over when all of a state inquiry's recommendations for preventing child abuse will be legislated, three months before the Victorian election.

Legal challenges to the East West Link - potent threat or a political posture?

Artists interpretation of the proposed east west link.

Clay Lucas, Adam Carey, Jane Lee Legal difficulties and questions over the East West Link cost-benefits, risks and transparency continue to mount.

Local grain farmer responds to Russian embargo

Third-generation Victorian grain farmer David Jochinke empathises with Ukrainian farmers.

Jane Lee A Victorian farm is ordinarily one of the last places you would go to find out about Russia's war with Ukraine.

Tenants' privacy concerns prompt review into photographing sale properties


Jane Lee Should landlords be able to post photos of your furniture on the internet without your permission?

Window narrows for appeals against coroners' findings

Parents disappointed with inquests on their loved ones: Maria Totaro  (front), Bobby Cobani and Caroline Storm (centre), and (at rear)  Garry Freemantle and Rhonda and Ian McNees.

Jane Lee Victorians could struggle to enforce broader rights of appeal against coroners' decisions because they will have less time to do so, lawyers say.

Ambulance Union rejects Victorian government's latest pay offer


Jane Lee The ambulance union has rejected the Napthine government's latest pay offer in a two-year pay dispute.

DHS secretary criticised by Children's Court

Jane Lee Victoria's legal guardian for children in state care has been held partly responsible by the Children’s Court for the sexual abuse of two children in residential care.

Two killed in smash at Melbourne Airport


Jane Lee Two men have been killed a three-car accident in Melbourne's north.

Apartment Design Standards draft released

Planning Minister Matthew Guy.

Jane Lee Very small apartments could not be built in Victoria, all building sites would feature large trees and almost all apartments would have to receive direct sunlight under a plan for new design...

Police seize 360 kilograms of cannabis after raid in Croydon


Jane Lee Police have seized about 360 kilograms worth of cannabis plants and seedlings in raids in the state's east.

Tributes paid on anniversary of St Kilda murder

Tracy Connelly pictured with her partner Tony. Photo: supplied.

Jane Lee One year after Tracy Connelly was murdered, many have returned to the place where she died to commemorate her.