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Jason Dowling

Jason Dowling has been a reporter at The Age for more than a decade. He has been State Political reporter for The Sunday Age and City Editor for The Age and is now a senior reporter at The Age.

Drinking recycled effluent 'inevitable' in smarter Australia

Jason Dowling It is inevitable that Australians will be drinking recycled effluent in coming decades, the lead author of a scientific report launched on Wednesday says.

Melbourne water use surges

Generic hose and water.

Jason Dowling The shackles are well and truly off Melbourne's water use with the city recording usage for the third week in a row well above any level reached last summer.

Amcor suspected in oil leaks

Amcor paper recycling mill.

Jason Dowling Incident-plagued Amcor paper mill site in Alphington is under investigation again by the Environment Protection Authority after 200 litres of turbine oil spilled into the Yarra.

Resorts plan for Great Ocean Road

Jason Dowling Swaths of farmland along the Great Ocean Road set to be developed in bid to boost local economy.

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St Kilda beach among most polluted

Jason Dowling St Kilda Beach has been rated 'unacceptable' for swimming today and tomorrow because of pollution.

Home insulation overhaul insists on upgraded electrical standards


Jason Dowling The first changes to national guidelines for installing ceiling insulation since the bungled federal government home insulation scheme will be introduced next month.

Expert report on insulation could have spared lives

Climate Change minister Greg Combet

Jason Dowling A SECRET report from an expert advisory panel might have saved lives and hundreds of millions of dollars had the federal government commissioned it before launching its disastrous $2.

A swim in the bay this weekend? Forget it

Jason Dowling Melburnians have been warned not to swim at any of Melbourne's three dozen monitored beaches tomorrow because of pollution expected to run into the bay following heavy rain tonight.

'Dirty' petrol station sites fuel community anger with push on for clean-up


Jason Dowling Cleaning up petrol station sites once business has closed can cost millions and take years.

Councils to crack down on pit bulls

Jason Dowling and Miki Perkins Councils warn dangerous dogs such as pit bulls not registered by the end of September could be seized and destroyed.