No rail, but new $100m airport road opens

Road links airport to Western Ring Road, and will take up to 15,000 cars a day off Tullamarine Freeway.

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New Victorian Governor a first in more ways than one

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews and Linda Dessau AM, Linda  is sworn in as the 29th Governor of Victoria at Government house. 1st July 2015. Fairfaxmedia The Age news Picture by Joe Armao

Shane Green 10:31 PM   Linda Dessau has made history boldly, becoming Victoria's first female Governor. Yet there is another first that needs to be acknowledged and celebrated: she is also the state's first Jewish Governor.

Another twist in the Julie Ann Garciacelay cold case, 40 years on

Julie Garciacelay disappeared from her Carlton flat 40 years ago and has not been seen since.

Nino Bucci 10:27 PM   Julie Ann Garciacelay was sitting in her North Melbourne flat having a drink with a former boxer, a career criminal and a crime reporter.

Second Aussie killed fighting with Kurds

Gold Coast man Reece Harding, 23, was killed after he stood on a land mine while fighting IS in Syria.

Karlis Salna 9:30 PM   Tony Abbott has warned people considering taking up arms against Islamic State to resist the urge, after a second Australian was killed alongside Kurdish forces fighting the extremist group.

Washing smalls a big boon to homeless spirits

Clean streets: Tony Bautista (left) and Michael Jager (middle) take their clothes out of the washer ready for the drier from the mobile van Orange Sky Laundry as Steve Cook (right) looks on.

Carolyn Webb 8:52 PM   Street people and charities have lauded a new free mobile laundry service for the homeless that has started in Melbourne.

Friends pay tribute to teens killed in Avonsleigh crash


Alana Schetzer, Tammy Mills 8:30 PM   Three teenagers from the same football and netball club have been killed and another seriously injured after a horror smash in Melbourne's outer east.

Trains suspended on Werribee line


Craig Butt 7:33 PM   The Werribee and Williamstown lines have been suspended after a person was hit by a train.

Government faces $1m compensation bill over Point Nepean

Protesters at Point Nepean last year objecting to the proposal to develop the quarantine station site.

Tom Arup 7:03 PM   The Andrews government is facing a compensation bill of up to $1 million after negotiations to wind back a resort development in the Point Nepean National Park fell over, killing the project.

School councils set for a shake-up


Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks 6:43 PM   Parents could be the new frontline in the fight against corruption in schools, with new training being rolled out to help school councils identify fraud.

Two cars involved in fiery crash in Melbourne's south


Liam Mannix 6:31 PM   Two cars have been involved in a flaming collision in Melbourne's south.

St Kilda West leads charge in big property price boom

Agent Adrian Wood sold this St Kilda West home in February for $2.2 million - a long way off the $17,000 houses like it traded for the last time it sold in 1976. A new Valuer-General report shows St Kilda West house prices shot up 58 per cent last year alone.

Clay Lucas 5:53 PM   A big jump in what Victorians paid for houses and apartments in 2014, according to new official state government sales records, has put the spotlight firmly back on whether Australians are being priced out of home ownership.

Police investigate motorcycle pursuit and death

The motorcyclist was killed at the scene, just 100 to 200 metres from where police first put on their lights and sirens.

Deborah Gough 5:31 PM   A motorcyclist has died in a head-on collision just "seconds" after police attempted to intercept the rider in a suburb in Melbourne's south-east.

Fresh fires at Metropolitan Remand Centre after prison riot quelled

Victoria Police Special Operations Group members outside the Melbourne remand centre.

Tom Cowie, Nino Bucci, Rania Spooner 5:30 PM   Fire crews are again on the scene of a blaze at the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall, a day after inmates rioted and lit fires at the prison.

Victorian solar feed-in-tariff set to be cut for 2016

Tilting: Victorians with solar PV were once paid as much as 60 cents per kilowatt-hour before tariff arrangements were changed in 2012.

Tom Arup 5:15 PM   Victorian households with rooftop solar could get as little as five cents a kilowatt-hour for the power they pump back into the grid next year, under a proposed decision by the state's Essential Services Commission.

Civil libertarians air concerns over family violence offender register

Civil liberties groups have expressed reservations about a Victoria Police proposal for a family violence register.

Bianca Hall 4:48 PM   Civil libertarians say a Victoria Police proposal for a register of domestic violence offenders, that could be accessed by the public, could be open to abuse.

A new governor with new purpose

Linda Dessau AM, the 29th Governor of Victoria, is driven by purpose. Fairfaxmedia The Age news Picture by Joe Armao

Jeremiah Ganicoche 4:27 PM   The inauguration of Victoria's first female Governor was conducted with the fanfare and ceremony due the occasion but there was the definite air of purpose for the new Governor.

Car parts maker underpaid migrant $16,000


Nick Toscano 12:15 AM   A Melbourne car parts manufacturer has been forced to reimburse an exploited migrant worker who was grossly underpaid below the minimum wage and denied penalty rates for more than four years.

Train network faces chaos as Metro staff move closer to strike

Negotiations for a new workplace agreement have broken down.

Nick Toscano, Workplace Reporter 3:41 PM   Melbourne's train network faces potential chaos with the public transport union taking steps towards widespread industrial action.

Carpenter who attacked man outside South Melbourne nightclub wins appeal against immediate jail sentence


Stephen Butcher 3:36 PM   A carpenter who "savagely" attacked a man outside a South Melbourne nightclub, breaking his jaw and nose, has won an appeal against an immediate jail sentence.

Mother of three sexually abused boy for more than two years

County Court

Mark Russell 2:25 PM   A mother of three was sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy for more than two years before she fell pregnant to him, a court has heard.

Pollie days in the sun as jet-setting Victorian MPs take a winter break

Premier Daniel Andrews.

Richard Willingham 12:43 PM   As Victorians work through winter chills many of the state's politicians are jetting off overseas for warmer climes during parliament's winter break.

Suspicious white powder found on plane at Melbourne Airport

Passengers wait in long queues after Australian Border Force staff hold a two-hour strike at Melbourne Airport.

Tom Cowie 11:12 AM   Firefighters are investigating suspicious white powder found on a plane at Melbourne Airport, as travelers struggle with delays caused by a customs and immigration strike.

Judith Durham named 2015 Victorian of the Year

Judith Durham was awarded for her outstanding public and community service.

Carolyn Webb 10:35 AM   Revered singer Judith Durham has been named the 2015 Victorian of the Year at a ceremony a Melbourne Town Hall.

Police want family violence register

Police have called for a family violence register based on a British model.

Nino Bucci 9:46 AM   A register of family violence offenders that could be accessed by the public needs to be considered to stop serial brutes from abusing more victims, according to Victoria Police.

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Three teenagers killed in horror smash in Melbourne's east


Liam Mannix 8:45 AM   Three teenagers have died and a fourth is in hospital after a horror smash in Avonsleigh in Melbourne's outer east.

Strike to hit passengers at Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport.

Neelima Choahan 7:23 AM   Passengers are being told to expect delays as Border Force public servants plan a half-day strike at the Melbourne Airport on Wednesday.

Prisoners riot at Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall

Victoria Police Special Operations Group (SOG) members are seen outside the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall.

Tammy Mills, Craig Butt, Tom Cowie and Liam Mannix   Police are using tear gas as prisoners are believed to be forcing their way into the control room and trying to break through a front door at the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall, 20 kilometres west of Melbourne.

Education Department crackdown in wake of damning IBAC hearings

Former senior Victorian Education Department official Nino Napoli was involved in the "banker schools" scandal.

Timna Jacks, Henrietta Cook, Benjamin Preiss   The Education Department is cracking down on corruption in its ranks, vowing to overhaul its structure, culture and financial system in response to a damning anti-corruption inquiry.


Port plan suffers under aggressive politics

It is the new template for political opposition in Australia: bash the bejesus out of your opponents.

Andrews needs to act on Cesar Melhem allegations

As the allegations against Labor's upper-house whip pile up, Daniel Andrews looks like a man in hiding.

No upside for Andrews in minister’s downfall

Despite talk of factional payback, allegations of bullying by Adem Somyurek must be taken seriously.

It's time to spend, so start borrowing

Self-serving myths about public debt should be exposed.

Now for better projects than East West Link

A happy conjunction is open to the Andrews government if it does two things.

City planning gears up to go into neutral body

Battle over Link validates need for a neutral body to take politics out of infrastructure planning.

Disability crisis: why won’t anything change?

Despite rapes, deaths and neglect in care, the disability sector is obsessed with self-protection.


A Golden Age of China at NGV

Gallery throws its doors open for a major exhibition showcasing Chinese treasures from the 1700s.

Females 'shouldn't be alone in parks'

The public, especially females, should be cautious following the brazen stabbing murder.

Abbott: 'I just want to see the East-West link built'

Prime Minister won't confirm if Victoria will lose the $1.5bn pledged towards the East West Link.