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Government urged to remove LGBTI discrimination in schools

The changes proposed by the Greens in a private members' bill will go before the Victorian Parliament.

Bianca Hall 4:40 PM   Transgender students would be able to attend same-sex religious schools, and gay and lesbian teachers would be allowed to work at religious schools, under changes the Greens have proposed to Victorian discrimination laws.

Residential parking permits under fire

The site of the planned Christ Church Grammar campus at 120 Toorak Road West in South Yarra.

Aisha Dow 4:30 PM   Residential parking permits under fire 

Melbourne train strike: what we know about the commuter disruption

Metro train.

Tom Cowie 3:52 PM   Metro has released a timetable of the last train services in and out of the city before industrial action by the Rail, Train and Bus Union takes place at 10am on Friday.

Green light for Melbourne train strike

Metro train.

Adam Carey, Marissa Calligeros and Clay Lucas 3:48 PM   Train services could yet run as normal on Thursday, if Metro and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union can agree on how to manage a pre-dawn one-hour strike, but Friday's strike looks certain.

No clean getaway for man who stole ute and crashed into two police cars

Victoria Police.

Steve Butcher 3:25 PM   There was no clean getaway for Ronald William Tracey in the V8 Holden ute he stole - his terrifying driving ended when he crashed into two police unmarked vehicles, one carrying members of the Victoria Police special operations group.

Financial controller stole $681,000 from Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens for sex, lavish lifestyle

County Court

Adam Cooper 3:15 PM   A former manager at one of Melbourne's top hotels is in custody for stealing $681,000 from the hotel to fund a secret life of male prostitutes, restaurants, hotel stays and trips interstate. 

Hardline United Patriots Front vows return to Bendigo

BENDIGO, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 29:  Members of / Reclaim Australia / No Room For Racism / United Patriot Front (UPF) / clash with / Victoria Police / during an anti-mosque rally on August 29, 2015 in Bendigo, Australia.  (Photo by Meredith O'Shea/Fairfax Media)

Beau Donelly 3:11 PM   Anti-Islam protesters have threatened to return to Bendigo this month as part of a sustained campaign to stop the regional city's first mosque being built.

Three years' jail for criminals associating with each other too often

Victoria Police's Chief Commissioner,  Graham Ashton.

Nino Bucci 2:29 PM   New consorting of criminals law looks to have consistent laws across Australia.

Fancy coming round for Netflix and chill? It's not the casual invitation you might assume

While EzyFlix struggled Netflix's Australian user numbers continue to climb.

Rachel Wells 2:25 PM   "Netflix and chill" is the latest social media-driven phrase to take over the internet (FYI, although it sounds harmless, it is actually a euphemism for "hooking up" or having sex).

Melbourne 'drug trafficker' on bail set for deportation to Iraq

Immigration minister Peter Dutton with Philip Ruddock and Senator Concetta Fiervanti-Wells during Amelia conference on the National Consultations on Citizenship at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 20 August 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Nino Bucci, Cameron Houston, Tammy Mills 10:53 AM   An alleged major drug trafficker with links to an outlaw bikie gang faces deportation by the Abbott Government to Iraq.

Thursday train cancellations

'Despite all drivers turning up for work today, some were told their services were no longer required.'

10:02 AM   Planned train cancellations for Thursday, September 3

Melbourne Express: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Express sunrise

Deborah Gough 9:33 AM   Melbourne Express is a live blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.

Worker sexually assaulted at sex club

The man police wish to speak to over the Swanston Street sex assault. Thumbnail.

Marissa Calligeros 8:39 AM   A female worker at an adult entertainment venue in Melbourne's CBD has been seriously sexually assaulted.

Betfair used by gangland figure Horty Mokbel for money laundering

Horty Mokbel (left) and Paul Sequenzia.

Nino Bucci, Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker 7:59 AM   Leading online gambling agency Betfair is being used by underworld figure Horty Mokbel as an online bank and suspected money laundering vehicle for millions of dollars, raising serious integrity concerns.

Women wanted for safe Liberal seats

Senior Opposition frontbencher Mary Wooldridge.

Richard Willingham 1:50 AM   Looming byelections in safe Liberal seats are the perfect opportunity for more women to enter the party's parliamentary ranks, senior party members say.

Yeshivah Centre chief rabbi Zvi Telsner quits

Melbourne's Yeshivah College.

Chloe Booker 11:05 PM   Yeshivah Centre chief rabbi Zvi Telsner has stood down after he allegedly accused a sex abuse victim of trying to destroy his community and called another "crazy".

Melbourne weather: Why we're glad to say goodbye to winter

Cold winter weather in Melbourne.

Alana Schetzer 10:32 PM   We did it. Winter 2015 is officially gone.

Geelong Grammar students afraid to report abuse

Boarding house horror: There have been accusations of sexual abuse at Geelong Grammar.

Henrietta Cook 8:23 PM   Students at one of Australia's most prestigious private schools suffered serious sexual abuse up until 2007, with victims afraid to report the abuse due to a "code of silence", the royal commission has heard.

All-night trains promise under threat as Metro and union fight over pay deal

RTBU State Secretary Luba Grigorovitch and Assistant Secretary and Tram & Bus Divisional Secretary Phil Altieri.

Adam Carey 7:37 PM   The union representing Metro Trains staff is refusing to agree to plans to run trains all night on Fridays and Saturdays, putting a key Labor promise in jeopardy.

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The Stokehouse: almost no work done despite promise of spring 2015 reopening

The Stokehouse burns down in January 2014.

Clay Lucas and Cameron Houston 7:01 PM   More than 18 months after it burnt down, the $12 million rebuild of St Kilda's Stokehouse restaurant is yet to begin – despite planning approvals being fast-tracked a year ago, and a 12-year extension being handed to the venue's leaseholder by the Andrews government.

Homicide Squad detectives probe ice link to toddler's death

Nikki Francis-Coslovich, who was found dead in the roof cavity of the Mildura home she lived in with her mother and three older sisters.

Tammy Mills and Nino Bucci 6:56 PM   The man accused of murdering two-year old Mildura toddler Nikki Francis-Coslovich had ongoing battles with drugs including methamphetamine, sources say.

Alleged drug trafficker caught planning hit for kingpin while on bail

Comanchero member Mohammad Oueida was allegedly caught on prison intercepts discussing debt collection

Nino Bucci 6:54 PM   Intelligence reports published after member of outlaw bikie gang appealed decision to cancel his parole.

'Treated like dogs': Border Force raid Maribyrnong Detention Centre

Asylum seekers were woken at 2.30am to find their rooms being raided.

Neelima Choahan 6:51 PM   Detainees probably shifted to make room before the cancelled Operation Fortitude, refugee advocate says.

A football grand final for the disadvantaged: 'It makes me feel like I belong in life.'

Collingwood Knights players Renee Bonnici and Cody Miles.

Chloe Booker 6:47 PM   Four years ago Peter Burns was sleeping under a bridge after losing his job in the construction industry during the financial crisis.

Feral deer taken out in Parks Victoria cull

Feral deer cause substantial environmental damage.

Darren Gray 6:36 PM   As deer numbers rise, organised culls are essential to protect our national parks.

Man helped crime syndicate illegally import 9 million cigarettes


Adam Cooper, Cameron Houston 6:31 PM   The director of a logistics company helped a crime syndicate illegally import into Melbourne about nine million cigarettes worth an estimated $9 million, a court has heard.

Almost 100 workers sacked at Williamstown as shipbuilding work dries up

A Navy ship being bulit by shipbuilders BAE systems in Williamstown. The company is to make an announcement soon. 16th June 2015. The Age Fairfaxmedia News Picture by JOE ARMAO

Liam Mannix 6:08 PM   Almost 100 workers on the Williamstown shipyards have been sacked today as military shipbuilding work dries up.


Victoria: the education state, or ghetto?

Daniel Andrews needs to show that he cares about state schools.

Get on board, get on the bus

Driving to work is a tedious affair, but it has its compensations.

City's rail system is broken but who will pay to fix it?

Yes, the system is broken, but it is difficult to know who to blame for breaking it.

Why Melbourne's growth  is outpacing Sydney's

People could be flocking here for the coffee and cool bars. Or something else entirely.

The Hotel Windsor has become a political football

Bureaucratic obstructions are likely to result in an own-goal for heritage lovers.

Tobacco ban in prisons won't work

Rather than incite unrest, Andrews should make it more likely prisoners will want to stop smoking.


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.