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Easter transport works to cause major delays

Patrick Hatch, Nick Toscano A "city-shaping" Easter blitz on road, rail and tram works is expected to cause major delays for commuters across Melbourne, starting on Thursday morning.

Poland to get a taste of Melbourne through painter Robert Clinch

Artist Robert Clinch with the Yorkshire brewery building in Collingwood. 19th April 2014. Photo by Jason South

ANNABEL ROSS Contemporary realist painter Robert Clinch is giving Poland a taste of urban Melbourne.

Victorian babies get more intensive care hospital beds

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Five new neonatal intensive care unit cots will be funded in the May 6 state budget.

What price a pedestrian's safety? A mere $91 study finds


ADAM CAREY How much are you prepared to pay to reduce pedestrian injuries or deaths in car accidents?

Councils face big legal fees over banned dog laws

Dangerous dog

Lucinda Schmidt Councils are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars defending court cases brought by dog owners challenging Victoria's controversial restricted breeds laws.

Easter in Melbourne still more than chocolate and hot cross buns

Bishop Peter Stasiuk

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI Despite what the supermarkets would have Melburnians believe, Easter is not just about chocolate and hot cross buns.

Explosions raise police union concerns over safety of new uniform

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Nick Toscano Victoria's police union has raised concerns about the safety of the force's new uniforms.

Ill times for medical research as institutes face ballooning costs as support declines

Prof Brendan Crabb (AAMRI President & Burnet Institute Director) 
Prof Geoffrey Donnan (Florey Institute Director) 
Mr Harold Mitchell (Florey Board Chair) 
Prof Rob Shepherd (The Bionics Institute) 
Prof Garry Jenning (Baker IDI Director) 
Prof Doug Hilton (Walter and Eliza Hall director) 16th April 2014. Photo by Jason South.

BRIDIE SMITH Victoria's top medical research institutes face a funding crisis, with costs of research ballooning as state government support has flatlined.

National credit card debt up by 8%

Online boom puts more shoppers in harm's way.

Beau Donelly Australians spent a record $70.1 billion on credit cards between December and February.

Back to school: the trial and joys of a graduate teacher

Harry Knock

Benjamin Preiss Harry Knock's first term teaching Indonesian and English at Eltham High School might have been his last.

Companies freeloading on unprotected interns

Colleen Chen

CLAY LUCAS Before she started as an intern at a booming Melbourne arts publishing company, Colleen Chen was asked to sign a contract. It stated she would be unpaid for her 12-week placement. Any work she did would remain exclusively the company's possession. And she would not be covered by workplace insurance.

Jobs blow for steel firms at loss of Webb Dock work

Webb Dock

BEN SCHNEIDERS Local steel firms have missed out on work on the massive expansion of Webb Dock, in a move expected to lead to job losses at a major manufacturer in Premier Denis Napthine's electorate in Portland.

Dogs on death row

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Lucinda Schmidt Victoria's restricted breed laws have failed to cut the number of dog attacks while costing local councils hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

Police probe death of two children at home


Steve Lillebuen 7:03pm Two children have died on Easter Sunday in Melbourne, sparking a homicide investigation.

New driver loses car in Geelong road blitz

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI 11:04am An 18-year-old man has lost his car just two weeks after gaining his licence following a police blitz in Geelong on Saturday night.

Easter road toll: man hit by car in Box Hill


CAROLINE ZIELINSKI 11:14pm A young man is dead after being hit by a car in Melbourne’s east overnight, making him the first person to die on Victoria’s roads this Easter.

Mt Sturgeon rescue: men trapped on ledge for seven hours

8:39am Two men have been rescued after being stranded on a mountain ledge for more than seven hours.

Country teams Yarra Glen and Yarra Junction will play for the Pride Cup

Simon Caldwell and Dean de Munk

JILL STARK Australian football's first gay-pride game will be staged next month in a landmark AFL-sponsored event, led by country footballers.

Business pushing for umpire to settle disputes on infrastructure projects

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FARRAH TOMAZIN Business wants the state government to set up aninfrastructure umpire to curb disputes.

Plug pulled on schools' disastrous Ultranet computer system

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FARRAH TOMAZIN After $180 million in taxpayer funds and years of political angst, the most bungled computer system to hit Victorian schools has finally been switched off.

Environmental hurdles for airport rail link

Melbourne Airport

FARRAH TOMAZIN Rail link would pass through contaminated sites and threaten environmentally sensitive areas.

Private schools in race to impress with best facilities

Dr Michael Davies

Konrad Marshall and Matthew Knott The state's top private schools are locked in a facilities 'arms race', spending up to $20 million a year on upgrades to sports, arts and educational buildings.

Leaping lions awaken Bendigo's dragon

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Steve Lillebuen Homan Leung heard a gasp or two when he began the delicate process of awakening Bendigo's dragon. The 29-year-old, from Sydney, had been tucked inside the belly of his black and gold lion costume when it suddenly leapt to its feet and, like a big puppy dog, scampered around the stage before a few thousand people on Saturday.

Requests swamp Napthine's FOI watchdog

The report found that the FOI system should be simpler to use.

Farrah Tomazin and Henrietta Cook The Napthine government's pledge to reform freedom-of-information laws is in disarray.

My place: Near the water

Nature has away of seeping into our subconscious.

Susan Lyzac Life by the ever-flowing water can be both unnerving and inspiring.


Is baseline sentencing such a good plan after all?

Thanks to 'baseline sentencing', the state’s prison population will keep on rising.

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Hey Danny, why don't you order the Inferno Pizza?

From my childhood, I have been a lifelong victim to humiliating female-dares.

Secret footballer reveals all about the AFL

Anonymous athlete's article claims that social media has curtailed players' sexual exploits.

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Caves Hotel at
Buchan burns down

A fire destroys the Buchan Caves Hotel overnight, leaving a damage bill of about $1 million.

Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale sentenced

Notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale has been sentenced to a further eight years in jail.

Victorian inspectors
push for handguns

Ticket inspectors want firearms if the state government continues with plans for spot fines.

Police send SMS to speeding driver

Woman turns herself in after receiving an SMS from police following a high-speed chase.

Wave rider

The adventures of surf pioneer Peter Troy.

Moomba in pictures

All the colour and excitement of the Moomba Parade and Festival.