Congratulations, you made it to Friday! Here's to a sunny day and the start of a relaxing weekend.
A top of 17 degrees and mostly sunny. More weather here.
Buses will replace evening services from this evening through to Sunday 24 August.
Services affected today are:
20:38 Bendigo to Southern Cross
21:22 Southern Cross to Bendigo
22:22 Southern Cross to Bendigo
23:49 Southern Cross to Bendigo
Due to track works in the metro area coaches will replace evening services on 22 - 24 August. Info: http://t.co/9DA7JEXFXW— V/Line Bendigo Line (@vline_bendigo) August 20, 2014
Australia's top spy has launched an impassioned appeal to the nation's half a million Muslims not to mistake the Abbott government's counterterrorism push as "fighting Islam".
Amid simmering fears in the Islamic community about proposed new terrorism laws, ASIO boss David Irvine has given a rare one-on-one interview with a Muslim radio program in which he said he was "utterly outraged" by a recent newspaper headline that talked about "fight[ing] Islam for 100 years".
Cardinal George Pell has strongly defended Melbourne Response as Australia's first comprehensive redress scheme for victims of clerical sexual abuse.
Appearing at the royal commission via video link from the Vatican in Rome on Thursday night, Cardinal Pell likened the Catholic Church's responsibility for child abuse to that of a ''trucking company''.
If a driver sexually assaulted a passenger they picked up along the way, ''I don't think it appropriate for the ownership leadership of that company be held responsible.''
The Napthine government is "quite prepared" to banish Geoff Shaw from Parliament after deciding the balance-of-power MP can inflict no further damage to the Coalition's legislative agenda.
The government spent the final parliamentary week of Mr Shaw's 11-day suspension with a flurry of tough-on-crime announcements. Mr Shaw's expulsion from Parliament is now being viewed as a serious option as the Coalition enters a final phase of the political cycle focused on marginal electorate campaigning.
The head of the Transport Workers Union has justified his use of a slush fund and a lack of disclosure about its use, saying it helped rid the Health Services Union of corruption.
The union's national secretary, Tony Sheldon, told the royal commission into union corruption that it was worthy of congratulations that money from the slush fund known as the McLean Foundation helped fund a successful campaign against allies of former HSU leader Michael Williamson.
"We acted in regards to the HSU; that was appropriate and I'd do it again," Mr Sheldon said.
TODAY IN HISTORY
1582 - English party in Scotland carries out the Ruthven raid, capturing King James VI while he
is hunting and holding him captive until June 1583.
1762 - Ann Franklin becomes the first woman editor of an American newspaper, the Mercury in
Newport, Rhode Island.
1799 - Napoleon Bonaparte abandons the Egyptian campaign and slips past blockading British
ships to return to France.
1864 - The Geneva Convention for the protection of the wounded during times of active warfare
is signed, leading to the formation of the Red Cross.
1872 - The first morse code message is sent from Adelaide to Darwin via a telegraph line.
1906 - The record player is patented.
1978 - Tear gas is used to quell riot by 150 prisoners in Sydney's Long Bay Jail who set fire to
1997 - A cyclone in eastern India leaves 200 fishermen missing on the Bay of Bengal and six-
metre tidal waves destroy 2500 homes.
2011 - BlueScope Steel announces it will close two of its last remaining steel export facilities, at
Port Kembla in NSW and Hastings in Victoria, resulting in the loss of 1000 jobs.
Samuel Pierpont Langley, US astronomer and aviation pioneer, (1834-1906)
Sir John Forrest, Australian explorer and politician (1847-1901)
Bill Woodfull, Australian cricketer (1897-1965)
Leni Riefenstahl, Nazi-era filmmaker (1902-2003)
David Marks, US musician (The Beach Boys) (1948-)
Which spacecraft launched the Hubble telescope?
What does the letter d stand for in radar?
What number does Thomas display on his Tank Engine?
Which Mr Miller married Marilyn Monroe?
What did Grover live in Sesame Street?
1. Discovery 2. Detection 3. 1 4. Arthur Miller 5. Trashcan (dustbin/rubbish bin)
DID YOU KNOW
On average, there are 178 sesame seeds on each McDonalds Big Mac bun.
JOKE OF THE DAY
What runs but never walks?
Have a great day!