Extinction Rebellion protesters go silent on future plans to disrupt Melbourne, police say

Police say they are pulling officers off criminal investigations and into Melbourne’s CBD after climate protesters stopped communicating with them about their planned disruptions. Victoria Police Commander Tim Hansen said he had “real concerns” about what could happen on Wednesday afternoon after receiving no information from Extinction Rebellion protesters about[Read More…]

Dozens of flights grounded in wild weather

Dozens of flights have been grounded in Melbourne and Sydney as wild winds lash Australia’s south-east. Thirty-one domestic flights have so far been cancelled out of Melbourne, mostly because of the weather. No international flights have been affected at this stage. Airlines were warning passengers to check their flight status[Read More…]

Uber says Melbourne to have flying taxis by 2023

Flying taxis could be in our skies within four years, according to Uber, which has announced Melbourne will be one of three cities to pilot its latest ambitious ride hailing service. If you are imagining a flying car think again. Uber’s vision is for a quiet electric-powered aircraft — yet[Read More…]

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…]