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An East Melbourne abortion clinic takes anti-choice protesters to court for harassing patients and staff.

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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 1:14 AM   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.

No budget blockbuster as Victoria's new government settles in

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05:  A general view of the media release given to journalists in the Victorian Budget media lock-up as Treasurer Tim Pallas prepares to release his first budget on May 5, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Josh Robenstone/Fairfax Media)

Peter Martin 8:06 PM   Tim Pallas has delivered a 'back to basics' budget rather than a blockbuster. 

Principal of key banker school calls scheme 'a web of intrigue'

Peter Paul leaving the IBAC hearing.

Timna Jacks 8:02 PM   First banker school principal to appear before IBAC admits spending on overseas trips and wine but insists he was blind to corruption.

Andrews commits over $500m for 100,000 new 'high-skill' jobs

The ranks of the ACT public service continued to swell in the past year.

Nassim Khadem 8:00 PM   Victorian businesses and start-ups will get more than half a billion in funding as the state government pledges to create over 100,000 "high-skill, high-wage" jobs.

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 7:53 PM   In a world-first hoped to improve life-saving liver transplant rates, Melbourne researchers have created a machine that keeps a liver functioning outside of a human body.

Principal's exit arranged by school council member, court told

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Patrick Hatch 7:24 PM   A member of a Melbourne school's council arranged plane tickets to whisk the school's principal out of the country after abuse allegations were raised, a court has heard.

Hospital agrees to female-only doctor requests after complaint


Miki Perkins 12:15 AM   Monash Health will changes its policies to give priority to requests from women for a female doctor because of religious beliefs, cultural concerns or past trauma.

'I was carrying her around the house in disbelief'

The court heard the girl's parents give their accounts of the events leading up to their daughter's death.

Aisha Dow 7:08 PM   An inquest into the death of a baby who died after sleeping on a mattress with her parents has heard the parents' accounts of the event.

Victorian State Budget 2015: Schools and hospitals the big winners

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas gave his pre-budget press conference at Treasury Place before the Andrews Labor Gov't delivers its first budget. Photo by Penny Stephens. The Age. 4TH MAY 2015

Richard Willingham 6:39 PM   Cash for schools, hospitals and services are at the heart of Tim Pallas' first budget as Labor seeks to fulfil local election commitments.

Fines and property taxes boost budget


Jason Dowling 6:27 PM   Motorists are paying almost $420,000 a day on average on "toll road evasion fines" Victoria's budget papers reveal.

Hospital boost includes 100 new beds


Craig Butt 6:25 PM   More than 100 new hospital beds will be added where they are most needed over the next year, while hospitals will also receive an extra $250 million in funding.

Victoria's public sector wages bill balloons

More firefighters add to rising government sector wage bill

Jason Dowling 6:21 PM   Victoria's public sector wages bill is climbing as the new government hires staff to rebuild services.

Public housing ignored, but Victorian 2015 budget delivers for social services


Benjamin Preiss 6:16 PM   The public housing waiting list will get scant relief from the state budget with demand still far outstripping supply.

Grazing ban for national parks to take hold

Cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park.

Tom Arup 6:14 PM   A ban on cattle grazing in national parks will take effect after with the Andrews government secured enough numbers to pass the laws in the Victorian Parliament's upper house late on Tuesday.

$1m to clear applications in central Melbourne off planning minister's desk

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 11:  Victorian Planning Minister MP Richard Wynne addresses the audience at a PCA conference on March 11, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Pat Scala/Fairfax Media) *** Local Caption *** Richard Wynne

Clay Lucas 6:04 PM   An extra $1 million will be thrown at the state's planning department in a bid to clear applications from developers for central Melbourne.

Relief from commuter crush years away despite billions in budget

Standing room only: No respite yet for these passengers on a  crowded Melbourne commuter train.

Adam Carey 5:54 PM   Congested level crossings in Melbourne's eastern and north-western suburbs will be among the first 17 of 50 Labor promises will go in the next eight years.

Murder accused tells court he didn't know gun was loaded

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Mark Russell 5:49 PM   A man accused of deliberately fatally shooting his girlfriend in the head has told a Supreme Court jury he was looking after the gun for drug dealers and did not know it was loaded.

A big local council budget, with very little shock and awe

State budget

Josh Gordon 5:43 PM   The government may have laid the groundwork to deliver 96 per cent of its election promises in its first budget, but it is the remaining 4 per cent that could ultimately cause it heartache.

Victorian budget 2015: environment focus on parks, waterway health

Labor Bellarine MP Lisa Neville

Tom Arup 5:34 PM   Plans to boost the state's renewable energy industry and protect endangered species are off to a modest start, with the Andrew's government making only a handful of new commitments in its first budget.

Melbourne weather: Showers and damaging winds until early next week

A severe weather warning has been issued across the state, with damaging winds of about 60km/h and gusts of up to 100km/h expected.

Patrick Hatch 5:33 PM   The wind and rain dampening Melbourne's mood on Tuesday won't be going anywhere soon, weather forecasters say.

Victorian state budget: the family

The Sirianni family at home in East Bentleigh.

5:32 PM   Naomi Sirianni, a stay-at-home to Luca, 4 and Archer, 3, is pleased with the big funding boost for public schooling, as her oldest son will soon start school.

Boy was not approached by stranger in white van, police

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Rania Spooner 5:15 PM   A young boy at the centre of attempted abduction claims in Melbourne's inner north was not approached by a stranger in a white van but did get a "fright," police say.

Victorian state budget: youth

Daniel Paproth loves the 24-hour public transport.

Alana Schetzer, Liam Mannix 5:14 PM   $50 million for 24-hour public transport trial proves a winner for 24-year-old media worker.

Victorian Budget 2015: The Palais will be saved, but when?

The government has committed $13.4 million towards the restoration of St Kilda's Palais Theatre.

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran 4:41 PM   The government has committed $13.4 million towards the Palais Theatre restoration but a timeline remains unclear.

Five injured in wall collapse at Cranbourne Shopping Centre

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Rania Spooner 4:30 PM   A temporary wall collapse inside a Melbourne shopping centre has hospitalised two people, including an elderly woman, and injured another three.

Homeless, young job seekers miss out as services close

Ann Scully and Wallace Caravalho at Cafe2go which is run by Youth Projects.

Miki Perkins 4:27 PM   Victorian welfare agencies that have helped hundreds of homeless people hunt for jobs will have to close their specialist employment services after missing out on millions of dollars in federal funding.

Hoddle Street fix remains years away as other upgrades get green light

Less than $2 million was set aside for a study into Hoddle Street's promised congestion fix.

Clay Lucas 4:04 PM   Hoddle Street's promised $60 million congestion fix, pledged by Daniel Andrews in opposition, will have to wait a few more years yet, after his government set aside less than $2 million for a study.


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.