Police chief holds ‘hero cop’ facing criminal charges in high esteem

Victoria Police chief Graham Ashton has thrown his support behind a decorated senior officer charged with leaking sensitive material, who was also the inspiration for the police protagonist in the Underbelly series. The anti-corruption watchdog last week charged Commander Stuart Bateson with three counts of unauthorised disclosure of “restricted material”. Mr Bateson,[Read More…]

Hundreds gather at Melbourne vigil for Christchurch victims

Hundreds gathered in Melbourne on Saturday in a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings.Forty-nine prayer mats – one for each death – were laid out before State Library steps illuminated with candles. There were floral tributes, fronds of New Zealand’s emblematic silver fern and hand-written messages. One[Read More…]

Refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi now an Australian citizen

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi has become an Australian citizen after a nearly five-year wait.The Bahrain-born player took the oath at a ceremony at Melbourne’s Federation Square this morning.  The 25-year-old made headlines after being detained in Thailand in November while on his honeymoon and spending more than 70 days in a[Read More…]