A handshake for 220 new citizens

Lucy Battersby   Amandeep Singh became an Australian citizen only on Monday, but he has been doing one of the most Australian jobs for the past two years.

Latest Victoria news

Australian historian wins $100,000 literary prize

Alan Atkinson has won the Victorian Prize for Literature.

Jason Steger 7:52 PM   Alan Atkinson has won the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature for the final volume of The Europeans in Australia

One teen dead, another fights for life, after Delahey hit and run

The scene of the hit and run.

Nick Toscano and Marissa Calligeros 7:48 PM   A teenager is dead and his friend is fighting for life after a hit-and-run at a pedestrian crossing in Melbourne's north-west.

Melbourne man charged with murder of Wodonga baby

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Nick Toscano 7:13 PM   A Melbourne man has been charged with the murder of a baby girl in Wodonga in the state's north-east in 2004.

New private college aims for international students

Benjamin Preiss and Henrietta Cook 6:19 PM   A private training provider has turned its attention to international high school students, opening a new "secondary college" in Melbourne's CBD.

Scallops the prize from a peaceful bay

Andrew diving for scallops in Port Phillip Bay near Rye.

Miki Perkins 6:13 PM   Slowly, slowly the circadian rhythms of the city have returned. And so too the peace of Port Phillip Bay near Rye.

Man bailed after admitting to importing banned food products from South Korea

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Steve Butcher 5:06 PM   A Victorian man who helped import banned food products from South Korea after outbreaks there of foot and mouth disease and "bird flu" admitted he offended because "everyone else was doing it".

Naked City Files: the Manchester Unity jewellery heist

Naked City files

John Silvester 4:45 PM   Three people died when Alex Tsakmakis raided the eighth floor of Melbourne's Manchester Unity building in early 1978.

Nurse appalled after commuters fail to help distressed teenager at Caulfield train station

Jenny Szymanski is appalled that fellow commuters heckled - or ignored - a distressed teenager threatening to jump in front of a train.

Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano 4:19 PM   A woman who helped talk down a teenager who was being taunted as he threatened to jump in front of a train approaching a suburban station is appalled dozens of commuters failed to intervene.

Former Victorian rail official hit with more child sex charges

Bob Whitehead has been accused of 32 offences.

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie 3:42 PM   A former Victorian railways official and prominent historian has been charged with 12 further child sex offences.

Cyclist dies after collision with car

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Tom Cowie and Alana Schetzer 2:44 PM   A cyclist has died after being hit by a car in Malvern on Wednesday morning.

Death by poisoning suicide, not murder, coroner rules

Anthony Mooney and his second wife, Elizabeth.

Mark Russell 2:29 PM   A coroner has found a man who died from acute strychnine poisoning had not been murdered by his ex-wife or stepson, but had taken his own life.

Court hears serial killer Peter Dupas told fellow inmate he murdered elderly woman

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Adam Cooper 2:10 PM   Serial killer Peter Dupas spoke to a cell mate about murdering a 95-year-old woman, according to the former lawyer whose testimony helped convict him of another killing.

Melbourne Express Live: Wednesday January 28, 2015

Tom Cowie 10:08 AM   Kickstart your day with breaking news, commuter and weather updates, giveaways and the hottest events.

Intruder forced woman to go to ATM

An image of a man police wish to speak to in relation to a home intrusion.

Marissa Calligeros 6:58 AM   A woman has been confronted by an intruder at her Melbourne home who marched her to an ATM and tried to force her to withdraw money.

Infrastructure chief John Fitzgerald backs away from East West Link funds warning

Infrastructure Australia acting chief John Fitzgerald

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor   Australia’s chief infrastructure adviser has backed away from a suggestion that dumping the East West Link contract could jeopardise federal funding for future Victorian projects.

A record 38 new teachers set to begin at Tarneit school

Principal Peter Devereux and 35 of the new teachers set to start the year at Tarneit P-9.

Henrietta Cook, education reporter   The class of 2015 is wearing name tags and eager to start school. A record 38 new teachers will begin at Tarneit P-9 this week, a school in the growth corridor in Melbourne's outer-west that has experienced an explosion in its student population.

Infrastructure Australia wrongly dabbling in politics

Josh Gordon, Analysis   Infrastructure Australia isn’t supposed to get involved in political squabbles.

Flavour factory pay dispute escalates to lock-in

Inside the lunchroom at the IFF factory in Dandenong, where workers have locked themselves in.  Photo supplied by Emma Kerin of the National Union of Workers.

Lucy Battersby   Dozens of workers at a chemical factory in Melbourne's east are locked inside the building and refuse to leave, after negotiations over a new enterprise agreement broke down.

Jail term for man who fired at P-plate driver's car

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Mark Russell   A man who opened fire on a terrified P-plate driver believing he was a member of the notorious Tiba crime family has been jailed for six years and three months.

Supermodel Heidi Klum rolls into Melbourne for lingerie launch

Supermodel Heidi Klum emerged from a tram to promote her new underwear collection in the Bourke Street Mall

Suzanne Carbone   On a gloomy, overcast Melbourne day, excitement grew in the Bourke Street Mall with the arrival of a tram. It was not the usual number 96, rather the Heidi Klum express.

Animal activists confront puppy farmer outside court

Veterinary nurse Kat Butterworth with German shepherd Cherry.

Rania Spooner   Animal welfare activists confront puppy farm accused outside Werribee Magistrates Court.

Car surfer risks life during Australia Day stunt

The man was filmed car surfing in Tullamarine.

Tim Doutre   Police have condemned the actions of a daredevil Melburnian caught car surfing on Australia Day in Melbourne’s north.

Call to calm down on the school run to protect children

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Liam Mannix   The state government is urging frantic parents to calm down when dropping off their children off at school.

Dialysis bus provides holiday lifeline

Lisa Cooper on the dialysis bus.

Kate Hagan   Five nights a week for the past year, Lisa Cooper has stuck two large needles in her arm and hooked herself up to a machine that clears waste from her blood.

Man dead after road rage incident

Police scene where a man died in the VicRoads car park in Burwood after an altercation following a minor accident.

Nino Bucci   A 72-year-old man has died after an apparent road rage incident in Burwood East. 

$50,000 payout over violent anti-autism posts

Philip Gluyas awarded payout after taking an anti-autism blogger to court.

Mark Russell   A junior football league umpire with Asperger's syndrome has been awarded $50,000 in damages in a defamation suit against an anti-autism blogger in the US.

Man injured in Roxburgh Park shooting

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Nick Toscano   A man has been shot in Roxburgh Park in Melbourne's outer north.

Melbourne Express Live: Tuesday January 27, 2015

Tom Cowie   Kickstart your day with breaking news, commuter and weather updates, giveaways and the hottest events.

Aboriginal rights protest disrupts Australia Day Parade

Hundreds of Invasion Day protestors march at the back of the Australian Day Parade in Melbourne's CBD

Allison Worrall   Hundreds of people marching for Aboriginal rights have disrupted official Australia Day celebrations in the Melbourne CBD.

Opinion

Left out in the cold by a state reluctant to invest

Homelessness is only the tip of the iceberg of the growing failure of governments.

The lesson my children have taught me

We are in the second week of a family holiday; at the start of last year we decided to buy a holiday home at Philip Island. 

Religious education has its place - but not instruction

The promise from Daniel Andrews to make Victoria the "education state" is both welcome and timely.

Public health the loser in fast-food bunfight

I had so much optimism for the new Labor state government. I believed it held great promise ...

Time to abandon our failed drug policies

Drug prohibition isn't working, and the new state government could do worse than look to Portugal for some fresh ideas.