Darren Gray Australian agriculture could be on the verge of a new age and should aim to become ''the deli'' of China by focusing on its premium markets, according to Farmers' Federation chief Brent Finlay.
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JOHN SILVESTER 11:04am The low key meeting outside a suburban police station that left two police injured and a Muslim teenager dead is the reality of the terror threat in Australia.
Cameron Houston, Craig Butt, Tammy Mills, Rania Spooner, Caroline Zielinski and Henrietta Cook 10:49am An 18-year-old man has been shot dead by counter-terrorism police and two policemen have been stabbed in Melbourne's outer south-east.
TIMNA JACKS 5:59am Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.
DARREN GRAY 12:15am The EPA has started collecting formal witness statements as part of its investigation into the long-running Hazelwood coalmine fire.
NINO BUCCI 12:15am A $10 million centre at the forefront of Victoria Police's fight against sexual abuse will open in Dandenong on Wednesday.
Mark Hawthorne, Adele Ferguson, Josh Gordon 11:45pm The consortium negotiating to build Melbourne's East West Link toll road is demanding a $500 million kill fee in its contract with the Victorian Government, after Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews vowed to axe the project should Labor win power at the November state election.
Craig Butt 6:14am One man has been shot dead by counter-terrorism police and two policemen have been stabbed in Melbourne's outer south-east.
JOSH GORDON 7:35pm Interpreted one way, the inclusion of a “kill” clause in the East West Link contract might be seen as an attempt to booby-trap the deal.
CRAIG BUTT 6:44pm A receptionist is lucky to be alive after a car ploughed through the window of her office in Melbourne's south-east, narrowly missing her.
JANE LEE 6:25pm The Napthine government should not be able to start building the East West Link while judges decide whether it has misrepresented its economic benefits to the public, a court has heard.
Yolanda Redrup 6:26pm A Port Melbourne cafe and children's toy shop has come under scrutiny from health experts and the state's consumer affairs body for selling "Happy Pills" to children.
CLAY LUCAS 7:01pm The Uniting Church has entered into what critics say is an unholy alliance with Leighton Properties, which will see the developer handed prime Lonsdale Street land that was gifted to the church by philanthropists in the 1920s.
TAMMY MILLS 5:05pm Organisers of Melbourne gay dance party Poof Doof say they will ban clubbers on ice for life in a move to combat the "sadness and exhaustion" stemming from the drug.
MARK RUSSELL 2:45pm Hoddle Street mass murderer Julian Knight has been banned from sending a letter to the ABC asking to buy a copy of the documentary on his 1987 shooting rampage.
CAROLINE ZIELINSKI 2:42pm Security will be tightened like never before and scalpers could be fined up to $400,000 under a tough police crackdown ahead of the Grand Final.
Yolanda Redrup 1:58pm A skeleton of the world's second largest animal, the fin whale, will be housed at Museum Victoria after the 25 tonne creature washed up on an isolated Victorian beach last week.
AISHA DOW 1:16pm Drastic measures taken by Melbourne City Council to save the city's heat-ravaged trees have been recognised with a global climate change award.
MARK RUSSELL 7:35pm The mother of Darcey Freeman, the four-year-old killed after being thrown from the West Gate Bridge in 2009, has won a confidential settlement from VicRoads.
TAMMY MILLS A woman has appeared in court charged with the weekend stabbing murder of a man in Seaford.
TAMMY MILLS The man charged with the murder of his wife in country Victoria has appeared in the court.
CAROLINE ZIELINSKI A man who blew more than six times the legal alcohol limit has been nabbed trying to drive his car while it was in neutral.
CAROLINE ZIELINSKI A 53-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of a woman in Wallan.
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NICK TOSCANO The head of Melbourne’s fire brigade has revealed that money collected from Victorian property owners is being used to foot expensive legal bills in a long-running industrial stoush with the firefighters’ union.
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