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Women more anxious than men after job losses

Altona residents Anthony Ang and his wife Linda Yan at their home. Anthony has been unemployed for the past 18 months since losing his job at the university last year.

Nick Toscano 12:33 AM   Linda Yan had a good feeling as she brought the kids home from school and put the shopping bags on the bench.


Labor's finances look conventional, manageable

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Peter Martin 11:20 PM   Labor has balanced its books in much the same way as has the Coalition - by finding savings, raiding the budget's contingency fund and tapping into funds set up for specific purposes, all the time making sure that their promises fell within the purposes set aside for which those fund.

Nurses to give advice at 'super pharmacies'

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Kate Hagan 11:13 PM   Labor leader Daniel Andrews chose the "sandbelt" suburb of Mordialloc to announce his plans to open 20 "super pharmacies", where a nurse would be available at night to provide advice and care. Mr Andrews said Labor would provide $28.7 million over four years for the program.

The Catholic Education Office is warning parents not to vote for the Greens in four inner-city seats the party hope to win.


Henrietta Cook and Vanessa Desloires 10:53 PM   The Catholic Education Office has intervened in the state election, warning parents not to vote for the Greens in four inner-city seats.

Temperate Dan brings you the Wowser State, one stagger-juiced pollie at a time

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews watches the running of the 2014 Melbourne Cup at JD's Sportsbar.

Tony Wright 10:37 PM   Just when you thought the Victorian election couldn't become more cheerless, along comes Daniel Andrews with his pollies' breathalyser.

Door-to-door saleswoman attacked in broad daylight

A computer-generated image of the suspect police want to speak to about the incident.

Beau Donelly 10:13 PM   Police are investigating an attack on a door-to-door saleswoman who was stalked and indecently assaulted in a suburban street in Melbourne's north.

Party is over if Labor elected as Andrews vows breath tests for MPs

Labor leader Daniel Andrews with his wife Catherine has pledged to breath test MPs should he win the Victorian election.

Marissa Calligeros 10:09 PM   State MPs would be breath tested at work and lose pay or face suspension from Parliament if found over the limit, under a pledge by Labor.

CBD attacker identified on social media

Erica Moloney, 32, who was allegedly punched in the face.

Beau Donelly 9:29 PM   A Toorak woman who was punched in the face in an unprovoked attack in Melbourne's CBD has used social media to help catch the man who allegedly bashed her.

Raids in Melbourne's north net drugs, weapons


Beau Donelly 9:01 PM   Nine people were arrested and drugs, firearms and a stolen car have been seized after a series of raids north-west of Melbourne.

Murder charge over park body find

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Beau Donelly 8:40 PM   A man has been charged with murder after the discovery of a body in a suburban park last week.   

The Labor-Greens election

Jake Niall 7:53 PM   Within the gluten-deprived, soy-rich inner suburbs north of the Yarra, where people ride bikes and trams, four seats constitute an election within the state election, and almost a separate universe.

Labor neutralises Coalition's attacks on its financial credibility after hiring Kennett-era fiscal axe man

Professor Bob Officer.

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor 7:15 PM   A final tally of opposition spending commitments has been signed off by Jeff Kennett's fiscal axe weilder as part of a late push by Labor to neuter Government attacks over financial credibility.

Victoria's economy is weak enough to justify rate cuts – SGS

Stalling: Melbourne's economy is experiencing a long slowdown.

Peter Martin 6:53 PM   So weak is Melbourne's economy that to restore it to health the Reserve Bank would need to cut its cash rate to 2 per cent, an all-time low. To restore the rest of Victoria to health it would need to cut the cash rate to 1.5 per cent.

Canberra may have to pay compo if East West cancelled

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Victorian Premier Denis Napthine.

Adam Carey 6:13 PM   Tony Abbott's threat to take back $3 billion from Victoria for the East West Link if Labor cancels the project contradicts an agreement he signed with Premier Denis Napthine seven weeks ago.

How to fight the preference whisperers


Tim Colebatch 6:12 PM   At tomorrow's state election, Victorians will have a rare freedom most of us don't know about. We can vote for individual candidates without having to fill out every square.

Election Scorecard

Daniel Andrews and
Denis Napthine shake hands at the Frankston election debate.
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12:15 AM   The Age’s state news reporters have assessed the policies and performance of both major parties in key portfolios and delivered their verdicts.

Margin Call November 27

Premier Denis Napthine visits the Murphy Transport Solution in Yarraville.

Angus Holland 6:01 PM   The leaders reveal stance on vices and other vital election issues.

Victorian state election: the seats that will decide


Tim Colebatch 5:38 PM   It could be some days before we learn who our next premier will be.

Palace Theatre damage documented weeks ago

Workers have begun stripping the interior of the Palace Theatre.

Aisha Dow 5:38 PM   The partial destruction of the interior of the Palace Theatre had begun well before demolition works were first noticed by members of the public last week, according to a new report.

Minor dredging needed for Hastings port expansion, study finds

Hastings could host Melbourne's next significant container port.

Adam Carey 12:15 AM   The Napthine government's case for building Melbourne's next big container port at Hastings has been boosted by the discovery that only minor dredging of the sea floor would be required to create access for bigger ships.

Documentary shines spotlight on youth imprisonment


Angie Fox 4:49 PM   Inmates of the Youth Unit at Port Phillip Prison in Truganina have released a documentary about their experiences in a maximum-security prison in an effort to prevent youth from engaging in criminal activity.

Elderly man jailed for abuse against young boys

Adam Cooper 4:01 PM   A 93-year-old man has been jailed for molesting four boys in his care more than four decades ago.

'Nothing short of shameful': no jail time for man whose son, 5, died in squalid home

A man whose son dies in their squalid home has been spared any time in jail.

Adam Cooper 3:44 PM   The father whose five-year-old son died after falling ill in their squalid house has been spared being sent to prison.

Former Jeff Kennett Commission of Audit chairman Bob Officer hired to scrutinise Labor policy costings

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Josh Gordon 3:11 PM   Labor has hired the former chair of Jeff Kennett's infamous Commission of Audit to independently scrutinise its policy costings.

Victorian state election: Thursday, November 27, 2014

Angus Holland 2:50 PM   Our live coverage of the 2014 Victorian election campaign. If it happens on their hustings, we'll bring it to you.

Teen drivers in horror crash deny drag racing

Mark Russell 2:29 PM   Two teenage drivers involved in a horrific crash that almost killed a young woman had been driving side by side at more than 45km/h over the speed limit but denied they were drag racing, a court has heard.

Victorian MPs on Twitter followed by flock of fake birds


Craig Butt and Scott Tibballs 2:11 PM   Victorian MPs boast a combined Twitter following of more than 175,000, but a sizeable proportion of their flock are less than genuine.

Motorcyclist killed in crash with CFA vehicle

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Marissa Calligeros 1:56 PM   A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash involving a Country Fire Authority vehicle east of Melbourne.

Man killed by cow in Geelong


Marissa Calligeros 1:46 PM   A man has died after being run down by a cow south-west of Melbourne.


The secret report Napthine won't let you see

Much work went into the preparation of a state-based reform agenda, so why has it never been released?

Victorian jobs: Hockey will have the last say

Denis Napthine's employment boast is actually an admission of failure.

State election: grubby campaign, tight result

Fifty-one days out from polling day, the battle for power is set to get nasty.