City looks behind facades with new heritage rules

Shane Green 8:30 AM   Melbourne City Council plans new grading system for heritage buildings.

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Parole board chief stands down after mafia link

Head of the Adult Parole Board of Victoria, Justice Bill Gillard.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker 5:57 PM   Victorian parole board chief Bill Gillard has been forced to step down from his role after revelations he advised the alleged head of Melbourne's mafia on how to fight the police chief commissioner's decision to ban him from Crown casino.

Murder of Melbourne pastry chef Renea Lau one of the worst: Crown prosecutor

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Adam Cooper 4:58 PM   A senior Crown prosecutor has described the murder of a pastry chef whose body was found in Melbourne's Kings Domain as one of the worst-case murders, akin to the death of Jill Meagher.

Victoria government, Linfox inject $26m to keep Jetstar flying to Avalon

Avalon Airport has struggled to compete against Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport.

Josh Gordon, Matt O'Sullivan 4:33 PM   Jetstar has committed to increasing flights to Avalon Airport near Geelong after the Victorian government and the airport's owner, Linfox, agreed to a $26 million funding lifeline over the next decade.

Funding to Coroner recommends barriers for deadly bridge

Bridge suicide memorial.

Jane Lee 4:05 PM   Permanent safety barriers should be built on one of Melbourne's deadliest bridges, a coroner has found, but funding for upgrades was diverted by the Federal Government for the failed East West link.

Police reach injured Mount Buffalo Gorge climber


Deborah Gough and Marissa Calligeros 2:17 PM   Police have reached an injured climber after he fell while abseiling down Mount Buffalo Gorge but not before he endured temperatures as low as zero overnight.

Elderly woman killed in Mornington crash

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Marissa Calligeros 2:16 PM   An elderly woman has died after a car hit a tree on the Moorooduc Highway at Mornington.

Education department chief sacked

Victorian secondary colleges and primary schools are alleged to have taken part in a scheme to siphon off taxpayer money.

Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie 2:13 PM   Victorian secondary colleges and primary schools were allegedly involved in a corrupt scheme involving the diversion of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to companies or figures linked to senior education official Nino Napoli.

'Snow coming, coming, coming': Victorian teenager recalls Nepal avalanche horror

People approach the scene after an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp.

Marissa Calligeros 1:52 PM   Trapped in the maelstrom Camille Thomas could see nothing but white.

Daylesford family safe and well after Nepal earthquake

Jordana Headberry was trekking in Nepal and has not yet made contact with her family.

Deborah Gough, Marissa Calligeros, Beau Donelly 1:45 PM   A young Victorian family feared lost in the Nepal earthquake is safe and well, relieved family members have confirmed.

Shooting death linked to ice syndicate

Shooting victim Josh Jell.

Nino Bucci 12:42 PM   A man who died from gunshot wounds after being dropped at a suburban hospital had recently been in prison, and may have been killed as part of a feud between drug dealers.

Nepal earthquake: Victorians among missing

Francis and Jen Comber with their two young daughters Rani and Neve.

Chloe Booker, Tom Arup, Benjamin Preiss 11:31 AM   More than a dozen Victorians are among a growing number of Australians missing following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal which has killed more than 1800 people.

Car crash creates chaos on Bolte Bridge

Transurban operates the CityLink toll road in Melbourne.

Robyn Grace 11:13 AM   A multiple-vehicle collision has closed two lanes on the Bolte Bridge, bringing outbound traffic to a standstill.

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Robyn Grace 10:49 AM   A live daily blog bringing you what you need to know to hit the day running.

Sonia Sharp to leave after public sector commissioner review

Premier Daniel Andrews promised before last year's state election that Dr Sonia Sharp, then a deputy secretary of the Department of Education and Early Childhood, would be sacked by a Labor government

Jane Lee 10:47 AM   A senior state government bureaucrat will resign following criticism of her handling of an English child sex abuse crisis by an inquiry.

Support level misses mark for new tram stops


Adam Carey 11:22 PM   Melbourne's expanding fleet of low-floor trams is being allocated to tram routes that lack wheelchair-accessible stops, while accessible tram stops are being built on routes that have no low-floor trams.

Call for Andrews to lift debt to build infrastructure

Melbourne is in need of new infrastructure projects.

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor 7:53 PM   With government borrowing costs at historic lows, there is a growing consensus that the public private partnership model, which relies on ongoing payments to the private sector to build and maintain infrastructure, should be re-examined.

Call for action to tackle Victoria's wild deer population


Darren Gray 12:15 AM   Deer are competing with native animals for feed in Victoria.

Lena Dunham: 'When I was raped, I felt powerless'

Lena Dunham at Variety's annual Power of Women event

7:23 PM   Lena Dunham talks about her evolution as a feminist and surviving a sexual assault.

Cattle grazing vote hangs in balance

To graze or not to graze: Should cattle be allowed in Alpine National Park?

Tom Arup, Benjamin Preiss 6:58 PM   Next week's vote will decide whether cattle will be allowed to graze in Victoria's national parks.

Victorian Nepalese travel to set up relief camp in Kathmandu

Rescuers look for victims under a collapsed building in Kathmandu.

Tom Arup 6:54 PM   The Nepalese community in Victoria rally quickly to help family and friends in quake-stricken Nepal.

Al-Furqan had no permit for religious gatherings

Harun Mehicevic, leader of the closed Al-Furqan Islamic Centre.

Nino Bucci 6:16 PM   A controversial Islamic centre linked to extremism could have been closed years ago, as it did not have a council permit for religious gatherings.

Two men die in Geelong car crash

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MELBOURNE, April 26 AAP - Two men have died after their car hit a tree on a remote road in rural Victoria.

IBAC turning spotlight on alleged fraudulent use of education funds

Victorian secondary colleges and primary schools are alleged to have taken part in a scheme to siphon off taxpayer money.

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie 12:15 AM   Victoria's anti-corruption agency will on Monday outline explosive details of how millions of dollars meant to benefit students has been stolen or fraudulently misused by a ring of allegedly crooked senior public servants and school leaders.

How do you solve a problem like radical Islam?

Harun Mehicevic, leader of the closed al-Furqan Islamic Centre.

Michael Bachelard, Nino Bucci   Another Islamic radical organisation crumpled under the pressure of serious scrutiny last week and shut the doors on its shrinking band of followers.

Still looking for justice after 17 years

Seventeen years on, Dianne and Bob Heller continue to fight for justice.

Farrah Tomazin   Bob and Dianne Heller still remember the day they arrived at their small business to find the locks had been changed overnight.

Senior Rabbi attacks anti-halal campaign as 'ignorant and prejudiced'

Rabbi Moshe Gutnick.

Liam Mannix   One of Australia's most-senior Rabbi has come to the defence of Australia's Muslim community, comparing anti-halal sentiment to anti-Semitism.

Motorcylist dies in Wyndham Vale


Goya Dmytryshchak   A motorcyclist has died after his bike crashed and caught fire in Melbourne's west on Saturday.

If Melbourne Victory's a finalist just where will the winner's trophy be contested?

Victory's Mark Milligan celebrates a goal.

Michael Lynch    There's a lot going on in the world of Australian soccer, including the usual measure of controversy. Michael Lynch lifts the lid on the latest doings in the round-ball game.

Broken jaw, nose: Brawl at junior footy

Brawl at junior footy league

Goya Dmytryshchak   A teenager is in hospital after a brawl involving about 30 players at a junior football match in Melbourne's north-west on Saturday.


Now for better projects than East West Link

A happy conjunction is open to the Andrews government if it does two things.

City planning gears up to go into neutral body

Battle over Link validates need for a neutral body to take politics out of infrastructure planning.

Disability crisis: why won’t anything change?

Despite rapes, deaths and neglect in care, the disability sector is obsessed with self-protection.

Fight terrorism by partnering with Muslims

Deradicalisation needs police work, but it’s the Islamic community’s responsibility.

Money talks at state schools

Growing class divide in state system is due to schoosl having lots of  middle-class parents.

What happened to that swag of footy cliches?

Before these articulate ex-champs took to the mike, footy commentary had its own unique vocabulary.

Putting a stop to the endless recyclables cycle

I can't live for the moment. Instead I wish my life away in two-week increments.

Found ... in a land where searchers do not give up

We might reflect that Australia is a land where searchers and rescuers do not give up.


A Golden Age of China at NGV

Gallery throws its doors open for a major exhibition showcasing Chinese treasures from the 1700s.

Females 'shouldn't be alone in parks'

The public, especially females, should be cautious following the brazen stabbing murder.

Abbott: 'I just want to see the East-West link built'

Prime Minister won't confirm if Victoria will lose the $1.5bn pledged towards the East West Link.