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Is Melbourne really the world's friendliest city?

CHRIS JOHNSTON Their 'home' is stark and unfriendly. It smells like a urinal with only a tarp for cover. Sharky and Bianca had a pet dog for a companion, Boof, but they sold him on Thursday.

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Altona train crash under investigation

A Metro and V/Line train crashed in Alona on Friday night.

Deborah Gough Goya Dmytryshchak Investigations are under way to determine the cause of a crash of two trains at Altona on Friday night.

Jenny Crompton scoops Deadly Art Award at the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards on display at the Art Gallery of Ballarat

Jenny Crompton

ANNABEL ROSS 12:15am Bellbrae artist Jenny Crompton has taken out the state’s richest indigenous art prize, the $30,000 Deadly Art Award at the 2014 Victorian Indigenous Art Awards.

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Gerard McMahon 12:15am A pope, the cricket and the roar of the crowd makes the MCG the place for Gerard McMahon.

Running to help carve out our next star of the ice

Damien Newland

TOM COWIE 12:15am Ice hockey may not be one of Melbourne's traditional sports, but Damien Newland is hoping to help unearth the city's next star of the rink.

Fear of backlash for struggling schools over poor reviews

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BENJAMIN PREISS 12:15am Struggling state schools will have to reveal the results of external reviews of their performance sparking fears their reputations and standing in the community will be damaged.

Review of coronial VW death case sparks new flood of driver complaints


BEAU DONELLY 12:15am The family of a Melbourne woman who died when her car was rear-ended by a truck on the Monash Freeway hope a review of the inquest into her death will consider safety concerns raised by hundreds of Volkswagen drivers.

Crown Casino exploits loophole to create secret bank for high rollers


Chris Vedelago, Ben Butler, Marc Moncrief 12:15am Crown Casino has been operating as a secret bank for some of the country's biggest gamblers, exploiting a legal loophole to lend tens of millions of dollars in chips despite a government ban on offering credit to locals.

Melbourne Uni construction crew boss linked to outlaw bikie gang

IMAGE SOURCE Facebook PHOTO OF BELL  bikie building contractors for Chris Vedelago story THE SUNDAY AGE NEWS Pub date 24th August 2014

Chris Vedelago and Rania Spooner A construction crew run by a prominent member of an outlaw motorcycle gang has worked on Melbourne University's new architecture building, a nursing home and a Toorak mansion, further fueling concerns that bikies are infiltrating Victoria's building industry.

Minister may refer fake offensive Facebook rants to police

Matthew Guy.

FARRAH TOMAZIN Multicultural affairs minister Matthew Guy may ask police to investigate a series of Facebook posts purporting to be one of his staffers making highly racist and sexist comments about senior Liberals.

Investigation under way as trains in Altona crash separated after 19 hours

Deborah Gough, Goya Dmytryshchak 12:15am Investigations are under way to determine the cause of a crash of two trains at Altona on Friday night.

Motorcyclist dies in head-on collision at Mount Burnett

Goya Dmytryshchak 8:04pm A motorcyclist died in a head-on collision at a small rural town south-west of Melbourne on Saturday.

Liberal stalwart John Elliott considers tilt in Hawthorn

John Elliott

FARRAH TOMAZIN 6:45pm Former Carlton president John Elliott is considering running for preselection in Ted Baillieu’s blue ribbon seat of Hawthorn, with the 72-year-old boldy declaring he could help the Napthine government’s chances at November’s state election.

Seymour man missing after factory fire


1:19pm A Victorian man remains unaccounted for as fire fighters continue to black-out the smouldering remains of a central Victorian steel factory that caught fire.

Football train services disrupted after overnight crash in Altona

DEBORAH GOUGH 6:16pm Passengers travelling to the match of the round between rivals Geelong and Hawthorn have been warned to allow an extra hour to travel to the game after a crash on the Geelong line overnight.

Mystery surrounds possible abduction in Glen Iris

Fears for woman seen screaming in Glen Iris.

DEBORAH GOUGH 8:27am Two men were seen trying to bundle a screaming woman into a car boot in Glen Iris on Friday but police say no one has been reported missing.

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7:15am Watch all the videos from our August music series showcasing some of Melbourne best live bands. Today we feature Al Parkinson.

Bendigo's broad church under scrutiny as Karen monastery plans for Eaglehawk face council

Venerable Ashin Moonieinda at 
the site of the proposed  centre.

DARREN GRAY Bendigo’s growing Karen community would get their own monastery and community centre in Eaglehawk if plans recently submitted to the local council are approved.

Policing and the state election: the highest bidder wins

John Silvester Naked City dinkus.

JOHN SILVESTER The man many think will hold the balance of power in this year’s state election hasn’t cast a vote in Parliament, used a dodgy cab chit, or entered an Oriental massage house as part of a taxpayer-funded research project.

Eaglemont's Boulevard of broken bitumen much preferred to freeway link of driver dreams

Ivanhoe residents want to keep the Boulevard in a state of disrepair.

ADAM CAREY It's one of the worst roads in Melbourne, and it snakes through two of Melbourne's most exclusive suburbs. The Boulevard is long, winding and more pothole than bitumen for much of its length, and that's just how the residents like it.

St Kilda's Palais theatre at 'imminent risk of closure', says council

St Kilda's iconic Palais theatre: under threat, according to the council.

CLAY LUCAS Five years after it paid developers millions not to go ahead with plans that would have restored The Palais, Port Phillip Council wants taxpayers to pay $15 million to save it

Bendigo alliance seeks national park protection for Wellsford forest

Stuart Fraser and Rod Orr

Tom Arup, Environment Editor A campaign to make the Wellsford State Forest part of the nearby Greater Bendigo National Park has bumped along for years but has ramped up again as the 2014 state election nears. New draft logging plans has set aside 12 potential new coupes for the forest, and campaigners hopes to make the issue central to the tighly fought contest over Bendigo's two Labor held seats.

IVF pioneer Alan Trounson slams high cost of procedure in Australian clinics

Alan Trounson.

JULIA MEDEW IVF could be done for hundreds of dollars in Australia instead of $8500 if clinics stopped charging what ''the market will handle'', a pioneer of the technology says.

Front-runners emerge for safe Liberal seat of Hawthorn

John Pesutto and John Roskam

Henrietta Cook, Josh Gordon MPs will be discouraged from nominating to take over Ted Baillieu's prized seat of Hawthorn, with the Premier's legal counsel and the director of a free-market think tank emerging as front-runners in the race for a replacement candidate.


Under pressure from 'unfortunate decision'

Political tensions are rising over a country seat turf war, writes Farrah Tomazin.

Don't put Australia's treasures in state hands

Plan to trust environmental protection to the states will put natural landmarks in danger.

Napthine government fails to act on child sex abuse

Premier has only acted on three of 15 recommendations of inquiry into institutional child sex abuse.


Building a bridge to affordable housing

There are solutions if opposing interests can work together.


Suspension motion 'a bit harsh' says Shaw

MP not sure whether he will be allowed to vote on motion to suspend him.

Traffic chaos after
airport taxi crash

Two admitted to hospital and long traffic delays expected after a collision at airport

Government sets Shaw's punishment

State government will put forward a motion to suspend Frankston MP Geoff Shaw until September.


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