State grant for meat mogul inappropriate

Midfield Meat

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar   The state government approved regional grants to help the expansion of a business run by a wealthy horse-racing partner of Premier Denis Napthine despite advice that use of the funds was inappropriate.

Subpoena threat over Ultranet deal

Concerned: State Education Minister Martin Dixon.

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie   Ultranet IT project sparked a lawyers' letter to former education minister Bronwyn Pike.

Parties fail on donation reform

Australia's dollar rose for a ninth day, climbing 0.7 per cent to US73.77¢, after advancing the most since December 2011 last week.

Royce Millar   Companies contracted to build the Napthine government's contentious East West toll road are among the many political donors hidden from the view of Victorians as they prepare to vote.

Uni analysis shows East West link price tag to reach $17.8 billion

An artist's impression of Melbourne's East West Link.

Royce Millar, Ben Schneiders and Josh Gordon   The Coalition's signature infrastructure project will be a drain on the public purse until the mid-2040s, an analysis shows.

Labor MP acted 'improperly' with slush fund, unions royal commission told

State Labor MP Cesar Melhem.

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar   Embattled state Labor MP Cesar Melhem ‘‘improperly’’ used his position and breached the duties he owed his former union by raising more than $500,000 for a slush fund that was later spent on political donations.

Low-end buyers shut out of Fishermans Bend

New suburb: Government envisions Fishermans Bend could house 80,000 people over the next 40 years.

Royce Millar, Chris Vedelago, Clay Lucas   The government's promise on housing affordability in its pet urban renewal project is under question in the wake of spiralling prices.

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Sex trafficking, slavery and forced marriage on the rise in Australia, say police


Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and Nino Bucci   Fear is hindering federal police investigations into sex slavery, forced marriages and the child bride trade as numbers continue to rise in Australia.

Top Alfred surgeon under probe


Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker   The Alfred Hospital has launched an internal inquiry into allegations made by five of its doctors that a top surgeon may have placed Victorian patients at risk.

Clive Palmer faces unfair dismissal claim after alleged colourful send-off at Coolum

Clive Palmer: 'We employ thousands.'

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie   Clive Palmer faces an unfair dismissal claim from a former employee at his Queensland resort who has told the Fair Work Commission that billionaire MP allegedly referred to him as a "fat c…" just before ordering his sacking in June.

Oil, gas, mining and logging companies face crackdown on overseas payment disclosure

Price fixing investigation: Regulator eyes indigenous site mining deals.

Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie   Australian oil, gas, mining and logging companies would be required to publicly disclose payments made to foreign governments under a proposed new law.

Questions arise over Christopher Pyne's taxpayer-funded trip with his wife to London and Rome

Education Minister Christopher Pyne and his wife billed taxpayers $30,000 for a trip to Europe.

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie   The Abbott government is facing more scrutiny over travel entitlements, with fresh documents revealing Education Minister Christopher Pyne and his wife had a taxpayer-funded $30,000 trip to London and Rome in April.