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Rania is a reporter at The Age.

'Another priest' present when Gerald Ridsdale abused a child in his bedroom, royal commission hears

Jane Lee, Rania Spooner A royal commission has heard that another priest was present when Gerald Ridsdale abused a child in his bedroom, but he says he cannot remember who it was.

Gerald Ridsdale tells sex abuse Royal Commission that he did share meals with George Pell

Gerald Ridsdale tells the commission he does remember George Pell.

Rania Spooner Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale has conceded he shared meals with George Pell and chatted with him when the pair lived together in the 70s but denied telling the prominent Catholic leader he was...

I was abused as a child: disgraced priest Gerald Ridsdale gives evidence at sex abuse royal commission in Ballarat

Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale gives evidence via videolink from jail to the child sex abuse royal commission

Rania Spooner A paedophile priest has told a royal commission he has never felt sexual feelings for an adult, except when he was in prison.

Cardinal George Pell says he will give evidence to commission into child sexual abuse if requested

Gerald Ridsdale with George Pell in 1993.

Rania Spooner Serial child sex offender and paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale says he never asked George Pell to support him when he first faced court over child sex offences.

George Alex's bankruptcy trustees claim millions linked to slain standover man

George Alex was declared bankrupt in 2011, owing more than $1.2 million to the Australian Tax Office.

Rania Spooner and Beau Donelly The bankruptcy trustees of underworld identity George Alex have moved to claim more than $12 million tied up in questionable deals struck amid allegations of businessmen being bashed,...

Five charged after drugs and counterfeit cash found in hotel

Rania Spooner An investigation into an alleged counterfeit cash operation in a hotel room in Melbourne's east has resulted in charges against five people.

Five arrested after drugs, counterfeit cash found during police raid at Burvale Hotel in Nunawading

Rania Spooner Raids on an iconic hotel in Melbourne's east have allegedly unearthed illicit drugs, counterfeit money and manufacturing machinery, resulting in arrests.

Man questioned over indecent assault on 12-year-old boy on Brunswick tram

Rania Spooner A Brunswick East man has been questioned and his home searched over the alleged indecent assault of a 12-year-old boy on a tram.

Nathan Lovett-Murray tweets 'payback' picture after footy match death

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Rania Spooner, Adam Cooper and Cameron Houston Retired Essendon footballer Nathan Lovett-Murray has tweeted pictures of himself in Aboriginal tribal paint, promising "payback" for a relative who was allegedly killed at a Heywood football match on...

Man charged with manslaughter over death at Heywood football match

Rania Spooner A Portland man has been charged with manslaughter over the death of Darren Bell at a Heywood football game.

Hunt for missing Frankston woman Karen Rae enters fourth week

Karen Rae hasn't contacted family or friends.

Rania Spooner The investigation into a missing Frankston North woman has been handed to the Cold Case Missing Person Squad as the search enters its fourth week.

Teenager charged with murder over Norlane shooting

Sam Birchall was shot outside his girlfriend's house in Norlane.

Rania Spooner and Nino Bucci A teenager found sleeping in a car parked at a suburban railway station been charged with the murder of a Corio man.

Police hunt teen over fatal shooting at Norlane

Police are urging Brandon Robinson to hand himself in.

Rania Spooner Detectives are hunting a teenager over the shooting death of a man near Geelong.

Anzac Day terror plot accused teen Harun Causevic refused bail

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Rania Spooner and Mark Russell A Melbourne teenager facing terrorism charges over an alleged Anzac Day plot to kill a police officer and steal his gun for a suicide rampage has been refused bail. 

Dodgy training provider lured graduates into paying thousands with fake jobs

Daniel Leong's collapsed company Keat Enterprises has been fined more than $160k and convicted of misleading conduct.

Rania Spooner A dodgy Melbourne training provider that lured accounting graduates into paying thousands for unaccredited "on-the-job" training has been fined more than $160,000 for engaging in misleading conduct.

Five injured in wall collapse at Cranbourne Shopping Centre

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Rania Spooner A temporary wall collapse inside a Melbourne shopping centre has hospitalised two people, including an elderly woman, and injured another three.

Boy at centre of attempted child abduction claims was not approached by stranger in white van, say police

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Rania Spooner A young boy at the centre of attempted abduction claims in Melbourne's inner north was not approached by a stranger in a white van but did get a "fright," police say.

Child-snatch attempt claims unverified

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Rania Spooner A vague account of an attempted child abduction involving two men and a white van has been circulating through Melbourne's inner north since the weekend, despite no official report being made to...

Investigations look into bullying claims in suicide of gay former officer Michael Maynes

Tammy Mills, Rania Spooner and Cameron Houston Two investigations are underway into the suicide of a gay former police officer after allegations emerged that he was bullied over his sexuality while serving in the force.

'Oddities' in myki reader records as legal challenge looms

The case follows revelations the department was told myki technology may not stand up to legal scrutiny.

Rania Spooner and Cameron Houston A Melbourne academic is bracing to fight a myki fine he claims is "identical" to the case Julian Burnside QC was due to argue this week, until the charge was suddenly dropped amid claims...