Billion-dollar bus contracts not value for money

Adam Carey 4:50 PM   It costs Victorians $1 billion a year to run Melbourne's public buses, yet there is no guarantee that bus operators give value for money, a scathing auditor-general's report has found.

Latest Victoria news

Grave concerns for Melbourne teen missing in Canada for 10 days

Melbourne teen Jake Kermond has not been since April 26.

Allison Worrall 11:18 AM   There are grave concerns for a young Melbourne man who has been missing in Canada for more than ten days.

Passenger describes terrifying trip through CBD

Allison Worrall 11:06 AM   A Melbourne cab driver has been caught on camera reading a newspaper while driving in the CBD.

Police hunt burglar and schoolboy sidekick

The man police wish to speak to, seen on CCTV in Horsham.

Allison Worrall 10:26 AM   Police are on the hunt for a burglar and his schoolboy sidekick following a two-day crime spree in country Victoria.

Tony Abbott signals money for new Western Distributor

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addressed speculation about Treasurer Joe Hockey's future during a radio interview.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent 10:26 AM   Tony Abbott will pour federal funds into a recently proposed new tunnel and road linking the city to Melbourne's west, "if it stacks up."

Two cops escape serious injury after their van was repeatedly rammed

Six people have been arrested after this police van was repeatedly rammed in Airport West this morning.

Allison Worrall 9:33 AM   Six people are in custody after a police car was repeatedly rammed in Airport West in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Melbourne Express Live: Thursday May 7, 2015

Express sunrise

Marissa Calligeros 9:06 AM   Kickstart your day with breaking news, commuter and weather updates, giveaways and the hottest events. Email tips, photos, video and comments to mcalligeros@fairfaxmedia.com.au or tweet to @marissa_sc or @theage.

'Was it love that put the large chef's knife into his hand?'

Suzie Oghia, another victim of domestic violence. Her former husband, Bona Lual, has been found guilty of her murder.

Mark Russell 1:08 AM   A man who fatally stabbed his estranged wife before mutilating her eyes when she was dead as their four children slept nearby has been found guilty of murder.

Spaniels unleashed to outfox scourge of the bush

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Darren Gray 12:18 AM   Sam and Jazz, two English springer spaniels, were employed last week by the Department of Environment to tackle one of the biggest scourges in the Victorian bush: the fox.

Press Council Adjudication

Press Council Adjudication

12:02 AM   The Press Council has decided its Standards of Practice were breached by a headline about James Hird.

Adass Israel School principal 'used student's home life to groom, abuse'

Malka Leifer fled Australia two days after she was sacked, on a plane ticket organised by Adass Israel Girls school.

Patrick Hatch 11:15 PM   A school principal used a student's abusive home life as a way to groom and then sexually abuse her over several years, a court has heard.

TAFE cleared over marking scandal but whistleblowers not interviewed

Box Hill TAFE have been cleared of wrongdoing, but whistleblowers smell a rat.

Henrietta Cook 11:12 PM   Whistleblowers have accused the Education Department of a cover up after their investigation into allegations of a marking scandal at Box Hill TAFE cleared the institute of any wrongdoing.

Forest of tall towers could surround Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market.

Aisha Dow 10:40 PM   The forest of tall towers at the northern end of Melbourne's CBD could be expanded to the doorstep of the Queen Victoria Market.

Boom gates down two-thirds of morning commuter peak

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Josh Gordon 12:15 AM   Boom gates at some of Melbourne's busiest level crossings are down for more than two-thirds of the morning peak, leaving motorists stranded in traffic for hours.

Werribee and Williamstown train lines heavily delayed after fire at Seddon station

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Liam Mannix 6:40 PM   A fire near Seddon train station has ground the whole of the Werribee and Williamstown train lines to a halt as fire services race to the scene.

East West Link: uncertainty lingers over federal cash

Contractors will receive $339 million after the Victorian government abandoned plans to build East West Link

Josh Gordon 6:37 PM   The East West Link has been scrapped but uncertainty remains over the $3 billion given to Victoria for the project.

IBAC: yes, my conduct was corrupt, admits school principal

Mr Giulieri proposed to set up a "mock school council meeting" to justify an invoice of more than $2300.

Timna Jacks 6:27 PM   Bogus letter requested $30,000 to pay for work that was never done.

Stolen car ploughs into Broadmeadows shopfront

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Allison Worrall and Marissa Calligeros 6:05 PM   Police are hunting the driver of a stolen car that was chased by police before crashing into a shopfront in Melbourne's north yesterday. 

Pregnant nurse attack rated 'minor' as healthcare violence reporting fails

Ambulance workers are attacked

Craig Butt 5:57 PM   The Auditor-General's report into occupational violence has found doctors and nurses faced unacceptable, and preventable, risks.

Training provider slapped with $160k fine, convicted of misleading conduct

Daniel Leong's collapsed company Keat Enterprises has been fined more than $160k and convicted of misleading conduct.

Rania Spooner 4:49 PM   A dodgy Melbourne training provider that lured accounting graduates into paying thousands for unaccredited "on-the-job" training has been fined more than $160,000 for engaging in misleading conduct.

Accused killer demanded to see girlfriend's phone bills

Kiah ODonnell: hounded by possessive, ice-using boyfriend, then killed.

Mark Russell 3:41 PM   A paranoid ice user accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend in his bedroom would demand to see her phone bills to check to see who she had been calling, a court has heard.

Paedophile whose convictions were quashed found guilty again after retrial

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Steve Butcher 3:03 PM   A paedophile jailed for more than 14 years in 2009 for sexually abusing four young girls - and whose convictions were later quashed - has again been found guilty after a retrial.

Toby Mitchell set to contest extortion, violence accusations

Former Bandidos bikie enforcer Toby Mitchell outside court in 2013.

Adam Cooper 2:14 PM   Former Bandidos enforcer Toby Mitchell is set to fight accusations he punched a man and threatened to kill him and his baby unless he was paid $300,000.

Man who blamed sleeping tablets for stabbing wife guilty of murder

Scales of justice.

Mark Russell 12:08 PM   A man who blamed sleeping tablets for causing him to fatally stab his wife 15 times has been found guilty of murder.

Why women's heart attacks are different - and deadlier

Symptoms may differ for women's heart attacks.

Alana Schetzer   Women are not being advised that they are likely to experience significantly different heart attack symptoms than men, putting them at greater risk of dying.

New machine built by Melbourne researchers keeps donor livers functioning

Ante Kelic recieved a donor liver in February, with wife Kaya at home in Moonee Ponds.

Craig Butt   Melbourne researchers have created a machine that keeps a liver functioning outside of a human body.

Teen targeted terror on Anzac Day so it wouldn't be forgotten, court hears

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Adam Cooper   One of the teenage men accused of planning to kill a police officer chose Anzac Day as the intended date because such an attack would never be forgotten, according to court documents.

Slow-draining bath leads to mineshaft under house

Ruth Black got 'quite a fright' when her plumber found an unfilled mineshaft in her bathroom.

Madeleine Wines   A Bendigo woman has her slow-draining bath to thank for revealing a mineshaft under her house.

Schools gain funding boost but fail to lock in Gonski money

David and Naomi Sirianni – pictured with sons Luka, 4, and Archer, 3 – are pleased with the big funding boost for public schooling.

Henrietta Cook, education reporter   Labor vowed to make Victoria "the education state" and their first budget locks in funding for a flurry of ambitious election promises for schools, TAFEs and disadvantaged students.

Opinion

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.

Video

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.