Developer two levels short of a car park

The developer of a 72-level tower in the city did not build the underground car parking it pledged to.

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Man in police custody over body found in Kororoit Creek

CCTV images of a man police want to question over the  discovery of a body in Sunshine.

Rania Spooner, Craig Butt 6:51 PM   Police are searching for a man seen near where a middle-aged man's body was discovered after a "vicious assault" in Melbourne's west on Wednesday.

Andrews government pitches unconfirmed freeway project to Canberra

Victoria's Treasurer Tim Pallas has pledged to release the business case for the project.

Clay Lucas and Adam Carey 6:16 PM   A pitch by the Andrews government to Canberra asks for billions of dollars to help fund a new western suburbs freeway – despite the project still being officially under consideration.

Infrastructure gap puts brakes on economy

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Josh Gordon 6:10 PM   The Victorian economy gathered pace over the year to September, but the momentum is in danger of being curbed by a steep drop in government investment.

Majak Daw rape trial: jury deliberations go into another day

North Melbourne player Majak Daw arrives at the County Court. He has pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape.

Adam Cooper 5:53 PM   The fate of North Melbourne footballer Majak Daw is now in the hands of 12 jurors.

Another Labor union accuses Andrews of 'betrayal'

Premier Daniel Andrews

Richard Willingham 5:49 PM   Another Labor-affiliated union has declared war on Daniel Andrews' government over an "absolute betrayal" of a pre-election promise to state-employed disability workers.

Battle over paid parking in Yarraville rolls on

There's going to be a parking meter crackdown in Stonnington.

Clay Lucas 5:20 PM   The fierce battle over paid parking in Yarraville continues, with Maribyrnong council to vote on Friday over whether to suspend paid parking in the shopping village for three months.

New online application forms for intervention orders

Rather than debating the causes of domestic violence, we must take measures to prevent it.

Benjamin Preiss 5:18 PM   People who have suffered family violence will be able to apply for intervention orders online.

Man's body found in Melbourne creek

A body has been found in Kororoit Creek.

Liam Mannix 5:06 PM   The homicide squad is investigating the discovery of a man's body in a creek in Melbourne's west.

Softly softly

Street artist Vexta adds femininity to prevent tagging at police station

Street artist Vexta paints her image at the back of the St Kilda police station.

Suzanne Carbone 5:06 PM   To use a word popular among police, it would be a "brazen" act to vandalise the back of the St Kilda police station with graffiti.

Major delays on the Princes Freeway after smash closes lanes

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Patrick Hatch 4:54 PM   Commuters are facing major delays on Wednesday afternoon after a road smash closed multiple lanes on the Princes Freeway, slowing traffic to a crawl.

Sex Party vote to test Victorian MPs' support for marriage equality

The Sex Party says marriage equality is a "fundamental step in ending discrimination".

Benjamin Preiss 4:54 PM   "Why on earth does this require a plebiscite?"

Push to bring carriages closer to the edge

The large gap from the train to the platform at West Richmond station.

Maria Abbatangelo 4:51 PM   With the gap between train and platform at some stations gaping at up to a 30cm, there's growing demands to bring trains closer to the passengers.

Victoria Police put predatory officers in charge of investigations involving vulnerable women

The IBAC report examined 142 allegations of predatory behaviour by Victoria Police over the past decade.

Tammy Mills 4:49 PM   Officers with proven histories of sexually exploiting vulnerable victims of crime were given responsibility for family violence and sexual offences investigations, a damning anti-corruption report has found.

Rainbow Serpent Festival wants to test ecstasy pills

Organisers of the Rainbow Serpent Festival want pill testing introduced at next year's event.

Marika Dobbin 4:13 PM   A Melbourne music festival attended by more than 10,000 revellers each year- Rainbow Serpent- could be the first to introduce pill testing in the wake of recent drug deaths.

Confessions of a VCE chief assessor

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 01:  Retiring chief VCE assessor Marilyn Wiber poses for a photo on December 1, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Wayne Taylor/Fairfax Media)

Henrietta Cook 3:54 PM   When thousands of VCE students fling their pens to the desk, Marilyn Wiber embarks on a mammoth task.

Medicinal marijuana: Couple wants jury to decide drugs charges

Matthew and Elizabeth Pallett at home with their dog Champ.

Adam Cooper 3:04 PM   A Melbourne couple who supplied medicinal marijuana to the chronically ill say they'll take their fight against serious drugs charges to a jury, and are prepared to be jailed for their beliefs.

Buddy Franklin's Swans contract at heart of $2.5 million lawsuit

Lance Buddy Franklin's signing with the Swans made global headlines in late 2013.

Mark Russell 2:46 PM   One of the key issues at the heart of the $2.5 million lawsuit against high-profile AFL player agent Liam Pickering will be the lucrative nine-year contract Lance "Buddy" Franklin signed with the Sydney Swans in late 2013.

Guitar-swinging killer thought his mother was a demon

Supreme Court

Genevieve Gannon 1:55 PM   Man who killed his mother with an electric guitar because he believed she was the last demon on earth will spend the next 25 years in a secure hospital.

While Melbourne melted ... Mount Buller was dusted with summer snow

Buller had a dusting of fresh snow on the second day of summer, ahead of mountain bike season on Saturday.

Liam Mannix 12:36 PM   It might have been 34 degrees in Melbourne on Tuesday, but it was snowing in the Alps.

Teach teenagers to read says NAPLAN chief

Teenagers' numeracy and literacy skills have stagnated, prompting a warning from Australia's curriculum authority.

Henrietta Cook 10:42 AM   With results in the national literacy and numeracy tests failing to get much better, one education expert has come up with a simple solution.

Stuart Rattle's killer boyfriend avoids longer jail term

Michael O'Neill, the ex-partner and murderer of interior designer Stuart Rattle.

Mark Russell 10:26 AM   The man known as 'The Talented Mr Ripley' because of the way he constantly lied will not have his jail sentence increased for murdering the internationally-renowned interior designer.

Train delayed again? Here's a map showing why it might be faster to walk ...

Melbourne's rail map, with walking times added.

Liam Mannix 10:19 AM   How often have you been stuck waiting for a delayed train – shout out to the Craigieburn line – and wondered whether it would be faster to walk?

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Faster myki readers being trialled on new E-Class trams

Next-gen myki readers for trams. The Age. December 2, 2015. Supplied.

Adam Carey 8:26 AM   Tram travellers still won't be able to top-up their myki cards on-board a tram in 2016, but if it's any consolation, they might get to touch-on with a high-speed "next generation" myki reader instead.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 24:  A general view of Punt Road looking  south towards South Yarra on August 24, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Fairfax Media)

Angus Holland 8:10 AM   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.

Too much screen time is biggest health concern for kids, parents say

Excessive screen time has been nominated by adults as the biggest health problem for children.

Tom Cowie 6:07 AM   Worried parents have nominated excessive screen time as their biggest health fear for children, higher than drug use, asthma and cancer.

Arrest warrant issued for comedian Greg Fleet

Comedian Greg Fleet

Liam Mannix 3:29 AM   Comedian was due to show up in court on Tuesday on charges of stealing from a friend to fund his heroin addiction. He failed to appear.

Man in hospital after suspected shooting in Broadmeadows

A man is in hospital after an alleged shooting in Campbellfield.

Craig Butt 12:49 AM   A man is in hospital after a suspected shooting in Broadmeadows.

'The Gender Fairy': a new chapter in transgender education for kids

Jo Hirst launches her book with Evie, a 10-year-old trangender girl.

Miki Perkins 12:46 AM   Imagine your young child tells you they are transgender. You scour the internet for info and talk to experts, but find no books suitable for them. What do you do? This Melbourne mother decided to write her own, an Australian first.

Teenage boy in Somerton crash dies in hospital

The scene of the crash in Somerton.

Craig Butt 9:02 PM   A 15-year-old boy has died in hospital from injuries he sustained after a car he was in slammed into a truck in Somerton on Monday morning.

Fears Telstra phone tower jeopardises safety in fire-risk areas

Donna Kelly and Trish Dunlop in Glenlyon are concerned over the location of Telstra's proposed phone tower.

Darren Gray 8:18 PM   Residents of high-fire-risk areas near Daylesford are urging Telstra to reconsider the proposed location of a new mobile phone tower, amid concerns it will risk safety by not giving adequate coverage and that the decision has been made for economic reasons.


Andrews' port plan is a fraud on the west

Victoria is facing an infrastructure fiasco rivalling the desalination plant.

Indifference threatens a jewel in Victoria's heritage

In a crook of a hill outside Melbourne, a rare example of Victoria's heritage is crumbling.

A perfect storm led to hospital baby deaths

We must demand transparency and a change in attitude at Bacchus Marsh Hospital.

Hunt’s Melbourne 2200: on a road to nowhere

Environment Minister is still playing Abbott-style politics and his  proposals ignore fiscal realities.

The urban myth we just can't shake off

We have the world's most urban culture but  we see ourselves as red-dirters, outbackers, bushies.

Hail the fight for workplace safety

The decline in workplace deaths would have been unachievable without the vigilance of unions.

Fighting fire with fire: sometimes it goes wrong

The recent Lancefield bushfires highlight the need to have a plan and then use it.

A premier who keeps his promises? Really?

Premier Daniel Andrews has stuck to his guns, and his commitments.

Flash heatwave forebodes dangerous summer

In less than a week, the bushfire season has descended upon us.

Open letter to Gillon McLachlan

Victim of Brownless' "strippers" comment says the AFL chief should use his power to change the culture of The Footy Show.

Don't be fooled by Andrews' port trickery

Privatising the port to pay for level-crossing removals is a modern version of the pea and thimble trick.


V/Line conductor filmed punching man

Passenger films a V/Line employee as he repeatedly kicks and punches a 46-year-old man at Broadford station.

Andrews wants Melbourne Metro cash from Turnbull

Daniel Andrews wants the allocated $3 billion for East West link to fund the Melbourne Metro.

Inside Australia's goat farming industry

We export the largest quantity of this meat in the world, but most Australians know little about goat farming.