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Youths on motorbikes rob woman on Darebin Creek Trail


Patrick Hatch 4:42 PM   Youths on motorbikes terrorised and robbed a woman as she walked home on a popular walking trail in Melbourne's north last week, police say.

Grim stats put Swanson Street on map for cycle safety

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Vanessa Desloires and Greta Walters 4:40 PM   The City of Melbourne council area is over-represented in serious accidents involving cyclists.

New trains won't meet growing demand, report finds

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Adam Carey 4:35 PM   The Napthine government's $3.9 billion promise to buy a new train every month for 10 years will not even come close to meeting the demand Victoria's rapidly rising population is expected to create, new analysis shows.

Minor parties could storm the upper house

Tim Colebatch 4:11 PM   A poll watcher predicts the Coalition will lose seats to the Sex Party, the Shooters and Fishers, the Liberal Democrats, the Country Alliance – and Labor and the Greens.

Victorian State Election: Friday, November 28

Lucy Battersby 3:14 PM   Last day of campaigning before Victorians head to the polls.

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New coalmine fire in Latrobe reignites safety fears


Rania Spooner 2:38 PM   A fresh coalmine fire in the Latrobe Valley has reignited concerns about the state's fire preparedness nearly a year after the Hazelwood mine fire covered Morwell in hazardous smoke.

Man charged over murder at Dandenong Park

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Steve Lillebuen 2:35 PM   Homicide detectives will have to sift through more than 600 hours of CCTV footage gathered from around a suburban Melbourne park as part of an investigation into the killing of a 43-year-old man.

Election candidates criticise VEC over queues, staffing and locations

The VEC has come under fire.

Henrietta Cook 1:54 PM   Candidates have hit out at the Victorian Electoral Commission ahead of tomorrow's election, raising concerns about large queues at early voting centres, poor staffing levels and inappropriate locations.

Victoria's best election day sausage sizzles

Pork barrel: Many schools hosting polling booths will be looking to get more bang for their election day sausage.

Marissa Calligeros 4:30 PM   Voter decisions: mustard or no mustard, onion or no onion?

Thousands of Victorians unfit to vote


Jane Lee 11:55 AM   Anyone who is eligible to vote can object to another person being on the roll.

Doctor Mervyn Jacobson jailed for a year for manipulating the sharemarket

Dr Mervyn Jacobson pictured in 2008.

Mark Russell 11:44 AM   A doctor who once claimed to be worth $100 million has been jailed for a year for manipulating the sharemarket for financial gain.

Up to 40 witnesses could be called in Michelle Buckingham murder trial in Shepparton

Tammy Mills 11:34 AM   A four-week trial into the cold-case murder of a Shepparton teenager could hear from up to 40 witnesses and be held in her home town, a court has heard.

The Labor-Greens election

Jake Niall 10:51 AM   Within the gluten-deprived, soy-rich inner suburbs north of the Yarra, where people ride bikes and trams, four seats constitute an election within the state election, and almost a separate universe.

Snowboarder Marcelle Kelly wins $300k damages over shopping accident

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Mark Russell 10:21 AM   Former champion snowboarder Marcelle Kelly has been awarded more than $300,000 in damages after being hit by a slab of marble while shopping in Camberwell.

Napthine in new grant row over former horse race partner's apartment project

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Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders 10:04 AM   Premier Denis Napthine is embroiled in a new regional grants row in his Warrnambool-based electorate after announcing hundreds of thousands of dollars for street works that could benefit an apartment project proposed by his wealthy former horse race partner.

Melbourne Express Live: Friday, November 28, 2014

Larissa Nicholson 8:58 AM   Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to hit the ground running today - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling stories from The Age and beyond.

Amateur football clubs fear St Kilda's return to the Junction

Scott Tibballs 8:00 AM   Two Albert Park sports clubs have slammed the Coalition's election pledge to return St Kilda Football Club to the Junction Oval.

Women more anxious than men after job losses

Altona residents Anthony Ang and his wife Linda Yan at their home. Anthony has been unemployed for the past 18 months since losing his job at the university last year.

Nick Toscano 12:33 AM   Linda Yan had a good feeling as she brought the kids home from school and put the shopping bags on the bench.


Labor's finances look conventional, manageable

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Peter Martin 11:20 PM   Labor has balanced its books in much the same way as has the Coalition - by finding savings, raiding the budget's contingency fund and tapping into funds set up for specific purposes, all the time making sure that their promises fell within the purposes set aside for which those fund.

Nurses to give advice at 'super pharmacies'

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Kate Hagan 11:13 PM   Labor leader Daniel Andrews chose the "sandbelt" suburb of Mordialloc to announce his plans to open 20 "super pharmacies", where a nurse would be available at night to provide advice and care. Mr Andrews said Labor would provide $28.7 million over four years for the program.

The Catholic Education Office is warning parents not to vote for the Greens in four inner-city seats the party hope to win.


Henrietta Cook and Vanessa Desloires 10:53 PM   The Catholic Education Office has intervened in the state election, warning parents not to vote for the Greens in four inner-city seats.

Temperate Dan brings you the Wowser State, one stagger-juiced pollie at a time

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews watches the running of the 2014 Melbourne Cup at JD's Sportsbar.

Tony Wright 10:37 PM   Just when you thought the Victorian election couldn't become more cheerless, along comes Daniel Andrews with his pollies' breathalyser.

Door-to-door saleswoman attacked in broad daylight

A computer-generated image of the suspect police want to speak to about the incident.

Beau Donelly 10:13 PM   Police are investigating an attack on a door-to-door saleswoman who was stalked and indecently assaulted in a suburban street in Melbourne's north.

Party is over if Labor elected as Andrews vows breath tests for MPs

Labor leader Daniel Andrews with his wife Catherine has pledged to breath test MPs should he win the Victorian election.

Marissa Calligeros 10:09 PM   State MPs would be breath tested at work and lose pay or face suspension from Parliament if found over the limit, under a pledge by Labor.

CBD attacker identified on social media

Erica Moloney, 32, who was allegedly punched in the face.

Beau Donelly 9:29 PM   A Toorak woman who was punched in the face in an unprovoked attack in Melbourne's CBD has used social media to help catch the man who allegedly bashed her.

Raids in Melbourne's north net drugs, weapons


Beau Donelly 9:01 PM   Nine people were arrested and drugs, firearms and a stolen car have been seized after a series of raids north-west of Melbourne.

Murder charge over park body find

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Beau Donelly 8:40 PM   A man has been charged with murder after the discovery of a body in a suburban park last week.   

Labor neutralises Coalition's attacks on its financial credibility after hiring Kennett-era fiscal axe man

Professor Bob Officer.

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor 7:15 PM   A final tally of opposition spending commitments has been signed off by Jeff Kennett's fiscal axe weilder as part of a late push by Labor to neuter Government attacks over financial credibility.

Victoria's economy is weak enough to justify rate cuts – SGS

Stalling: Melbourne's economy is experiencing a long slowdown.

Peter Martin 6:53 PM   So weak is Melbourne's economy that to restore it to health the Reserve Bank would need to cut its cash rate to 2 per cent, an all-time low. To restore the rest of Victoria to health it would need to cut the cash rate to 1.5 per cent.

Margin Call November 27

Premier Denis Napthine visits the Murphy Transport Solution in Yarraville.

Angus Holland 6:22 PM   The leaders reveal stance on vices and other vital election issues.


The secret report Napthine won't let you see

Much work went into the preparation of a state-based reform agenda, so why has it never been released?

Victorian jobs: Hockey will have the last say

Denis Napthine's employment boast is actually an admission of failure.

State election: grubby campaign, tight result

Fifty-one days out from polling day, the battle for power is set to get nasty.