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Farmers look to China for a bountiful new age

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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Melbourne terror shooting: It's the lone wolf, not the terror cell

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.

Terror suspect shot dead after two police officers stabbed in Endeavour Hills


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.

Melbourne Express: September 24, 2014

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.


EPA investigates Hazelwood coalmine operator

DARREN GRAY 12:15am The EPA has started collecting formal witness statements as part of its investigation into the long-running Hazelwood coalmine fire.

Sex abuse centre to open in Dandenong

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.

East West builders seek $500 million kill fee

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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.

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One dead, two stabbed in Endeavour Hills

Police at the scene.

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.

Managing the risk of East West Link a fraught business

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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.

Out-of-control car narrowly misses receptionist in Carrum Downs

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.

Court told East West Link contract should not be signed before judges decide

Artists interpretation of the proposed East West Link.

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.

Children's 'happy pills' toy comes under fire

The 'Happy Pills' toy being sold at a Port Melbourne toy shop.

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.

Uniting Church teams up with developer for controversial skyscraper project

EastEnders members Maureen Capp and David Dunoon say the Uniting Church's plans to demolish the Princess Mary Club to make way for a skyscraper should be rejected.

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.

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Lifetime Poof Doof bans for clubbers on ice

Poof Doof owner Anthony Hocking.

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.

Julian Knight banned from buying ABC documentary on Hoddle Street murders

Hoddle Street mass murderer Julian Knight.

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.

Police crackdown on security and scalping at grand final

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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.

Museum Victoria secures endangered fin whale skeleton

Artist's impression of the fin whale, which can grow to 27 metres in length.

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.

Award-winning Melbourne tree-saving program ‘best in the world’

Keeping the trees green: Alexandra Avenue beside the Yarra.

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.

Mother of Darcey Freeman who was thrown from West Gate Bridge awarded compensation from VicRoads

Darcey Freeman.

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.

Lisa McLaughlin faces court over Seaford stabbing murder of Graham Stevens

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TAMMY MILLS A woman has appeared in court charged with the weekend stabbing murder of a man in Seaford.

Man charged with wife's murder in Wallan faces court

Melbourne Magistrates Court

TAMMY MILLS The man charged with the murder of his wife in country Victoria has appeared in the court.

Revving in Wyndham Street, Shepparton, but too drunk to drive

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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.

David Whitelegg charged with murder after woman's body found in Wallan house

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CAROLINE ZIELINSKI A 53-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of a woman in Wallan.

Melbourne Express: September 23, 2014

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Fire services levy paying workplace lawyers

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.

Show brings out the peacock in draught horses

Moment in the spotlight: Max Marriott and son Andrew, left, with stars of the show.

Darren Gray, Rural Affairs Reporter As a young market gardener in the 1950s and 1960s, Max Marriott found that the family's Clydesdales had a significant advantage over their mechanised competitor - the tractor - when ploughing the fields. The Clydesdales simply never got bogged.


It's only the most
liveable city for some

For those outside a 10km radius of the CBD, Melbourne's liveability loses its lustre.

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10 years for one-punch killings is too long

The proposed minimum sentence of 10 years' jail could do more harm than good.

Sexting: it all comes back to religion

Ian Botham has learned the hard way that 'viral' is the last word you want attached to your penis. 

Labor’s East West Link ‘policy’ is pathetic

There's no longer even a pretence that proper process has been followed.

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Trauma in the fire brigade - Danny Ward

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Teaching with a difference at Templestowe

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Shaw's own vote keeps him in Parliament

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