Remand centre back under control after prison riot

The Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall is back under Corrections Victoria control, after heavily armed riot police used tear gas to quell a prison riot which raged into the night on Tuesday.

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Victorian solar feed-in-tariff set to be cut for 2016

Tilting: Victorians with solar PV were once paid as much as 60 cents per kilowatt-hour before tariff arrangements were changed in 2012.

Tom Arup 5:15 PM   Victorian households with rooftop solar could get as little as five cents a kilowatt-hour for the power they pump back into the grid next year, under a proposed decision by the state's Essential Services Commission.

Friends pay tribute to teens killed in Avonsleigh crash


Alana Schetzer, Tammy Mills 4:49 PM   Three teenagers from the same football and netball club have been killed and another seriously injured after a horror smash in Melbourne's outer east.

Civil libertarians air concerns over family violence offender register

Civil liberties groups have expressed reservations about a Victoria Police proposal for a family violence register.

Bianca Hall 4:48 PM   Civil libertarians say a Victoria Police proposal for a register of domestic violence offenders, that could be accessed by the public, could be open to abuse.

A new governor with new purpose

Linda Dessau AM, the 29th Governor of Victoria, is driven by purpose. Fairfaxmedia The Age news Picture by Joe Armao

Jeremiah Ganicoche 4:27 PM   The inauguration of Victoria's first female Governor was conducted with the fanfare and ceremony due the occasion but there was the definite air of purpose for the new Governor.

Train network faces chaos as Metro staff move closer to strike

Negotiations for a new workplace agreement have broken down.

Nick Toscano, Workplace Reporter 3:41 PM   Melbourne's train network faces potential chaos with the public transport union taking steps towards widespread industrial action.

Carpenter who attacked man outside South Melbourne nightclub wins appeal against immediate jail sentence


Stephen Butcher 3:36 PM   A carpenter who "savagely" attacked a man outside a South Melbourne nightclub, breaking his jaw and nose, has won an appeal against an immediate jail sentence.

Another twist in the Julie Ann Garciacelay cold case, 40 years on

Juli Garciacelay disappeared from her Carlton flat 40 years ago and has not been seen since.

Nino Bucci 3:16 PM   Julie Ann Garciacelay was sitting in her North Melbourne flat having a drink with a former boxer, a career criminal and a crime reporter.

New Victorian Governor a first in more ways than one

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews and Linda Dessau AM, Linda  is sworn in as the 29th Governor of Victoria at Government house. 1st July 2015. Fairfaxmedia The Age news Picture by Joe Armao

Shane Green 3:05 PM   Linda Dessau has made history boldly, becoming Victoria's first female Governor. Yet there is another first that needs to be acknowledged and celebrated: she is also the state's first Jewish Governor.

Mother of three sexually abused boy for more than two years

County Court

Mark Russell 2:25 PM   A mother of three was sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy for more than two years before she fell pregnant to him, a court has heard.

Fresh fires at Metropolitan Remand Centre after prison riot quelled

Victoria Police Special Operations Group members outside the Melbourne remand centre.

Tom Cowie, Nino Bucci, Rania Spooner 1:26 PM   Fire crews are again on the scene of a blaze at the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall, a day after inmates rioted and lit fires at the prison.

Pollie days in the sun as jet-setting Victorian MPs take a winter break

Premier Daniel Andrews.

Richard Willingham 12:43 PM   As Victorians work through winter chills many of the state's politicians are jetting off overseas for warmer climes during parliament's winter break.

Suspicious white powder found on plane at Melbourne Airport

Passengers wait in long queues after Australian Border Force staff hold a two-hour strike at Melbourne Airport.

Tom Cowie 11:12 AM   Firefighters are investigating suspicious white powder found on a plane at Melbourne Airport, as travelers struggle with delays caused by a customs and immigration strike.

Judith Durham named 2015 Victorian of the Year

Judith Durham was awarded for her outstanding public and community service.

Carolyn Webb 10:35 AM   Revered singer Judith Durham has been named the 2015 Victorian of the Year at a ceremony a Melbourne Town Hall.

Police want family violence register

Police have called for a family violence register based on a British model.

Nino Bucci 9:46 AM   A register of family violence offenders that could be accessed by the public needs to be considered to stop serial brutes from abusing more victims, according to Victoria Police.

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Three teenagers killed in horror smash in Melbourne's east


Liam Mannix 8:45 AM   Three teenagers have died and a fourth is in hospital after a horror smash in Avonsleigh in Melbourne's outer east.

Strike to hit passengers at Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport.

Neelima Choahan 7:23 AM   Passengers are being told to expect delays as Border Force public servants plan a half-day strike at the Melbourne Airport on Wednesday.

Prisoners riot at Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall

Victoria Police Special Operations Group (SOG) members are seen outside the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall.

Tammy Mills, Craig Butt, Tom Cowie and Liam Mannix 12:46 AM   Police are using tear gas as prisoners are believed to be forcing their way into the control room and trying to break through a front door at the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall, 20 kilometres west of Melbourne.

Education Department crackdown in wake of damning IBAC hearings

Former senior Victorian Education Department official Nino Napoli was involved in the "banker schools" scandal.

Timna Jacks, Henrietta Cook, Benjamin Preiss 12:26 AM   The Education Department is cracking down on corruption in its ranks, vowing to overhaul its structure, culture and financial system in response to a damning anti-corruption inquiry.

Powdered alcohol banned in Victoria

Authorities argue powdered alcohol spells trouble for teens.

Richard Willingham 12:15 AM   The Abbott government does not believe there needs to be a federal ban of powdered alcohol, despite pleas from Victoria.

IBAC's powers used to excellent effect in Education Department probe

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Richard Baker 11:33 PM   IBAC's public hearings into serious corruption within Victoria's Education Department have quelled doubts over the new watchdog's ability to bring criminality and misconduct to light.

Brighton's boating set in skirmish over broken slipway

A fight has broken out at Royal Brighton Yacht Club's over its unusable boat ramp, which has left six yachts stranded inside repair yards there.

Clay Lucas 8:10 PM   A battle over a collapsed slipway is fraying temperatures among the boating set at Brighton.

Children abusing parents accounts for 10pc of domestic violence

Civil liberties groups have expressed reservations about a Victoria Police proposal for a family violence register.

Richard Willingham 7:17 PM   One in 10 cases of domestic abuse is directed at parents from their children with the state suffering a "critical gap" in services to tackle adolescents who use violence in the home.

Western Bulldogs pokies development to get apartments

Artist's impression of the Edgewater development.

Benjamin Millar 6:38 PM   A western suburbs council is seeking urgent changes to planning laws that have paved the way for Australia's first residential development above a pokies venue.

Fifty-storey skyscraper approved in South Yarra

Larry Kestelman's proposed Capitol Grand at the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street in South Yarra has been approved by VCAT.

Clay Lucas 6:34 PM   The highest skyscraper outside Melbourne's city centre has been approved, with the state planning tribunal giving the go ahead to the 50-storey Capitol Grand development at the corner of Chapel Street and Toorak Road.

Unions to gain power of staffing levels in industrial agreements

Labour force

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor 6:29 PM   Unions would be given free rein to bargain over public service staff levels and even specific appointments under a radical industrial overhaul proposed by the Andrews government.

Godfather's son Vincent Benvenuto buried in Mentone

The funeral of Vince Benvenuto at St Patrick's Church in Mentone.

6:26 PM   The son of a Melbourne Mafia godfather was been laid to rest in a funeral attended by hundreds of mourners in St Patrick's Catholic Church in Mentone in Melbourne's south-east on Tuesday.


Port plan suffers under aggressive politics

It is the new template for political opposition in Australia: bash the bejesus out of your opponents.

Andrews needs to act on Cesar Melhem allegations

As the allegations against Labor's upper-house whip pile up, Daniel Andrews looks like a man in hiding.

No upside for Andrews in minister’s downfall

Despite talk of factional payback, allegations of bullying by Adem Somyurek must be taken seriously.

It's time to spend, so start borrowing

Self-serving myths about public debt should be exposed.

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.


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.