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An East Melbourne abortion clinic takes anti-choice protesters to court for harassing patients and staff.

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Five injured in wall collapse at Cranbourne Shopping Centre

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Rania Spooner 2:47 PM   A temporary wall collapse inside a Melbourne shopping centre has hospitalised two people, including an elderly woman, and injured another three.

No budget blockbuster as Victoria's new government settles in

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05:  A general view of the media release given to journalists in the Victorian Budget media lock-up as Treasurer Tim Pallas prepares to release his first budget on May 5, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Josh Robenstone/Fairfax Media)

Peter Martin 2:40 PM   Tim Pallas has delivered a 'back to basics' budget rather than a blockbuster. 

Hoddle Street fix remains years away as other upgrades get green light

Less than $2 million was set aside for a study into Hoddle Street's promised congestion fix.

Clay Lucas 2:16 PM   Hoddle Street's promised $60 million congestion fix, pledged by Daniel Andrews in opposition, will have to wait a few more years yet, after his government set aside less than $2 million for a study.

Victorian state budget 2015: Like a big local council budget, with very little shock-and-awe

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Josh Gordon 2:08 PM   The government may have laid the groundwork to deliver 96 per cent of its election promises in its first budget, but it is the remaining 4 per cent which could ultimately cause it heartache for Labor towards the end of the political cycle.

Schools gain funding boost but fail to lock in Gonski money

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Henrietta Cook, education reporter 1:58 PM   Labor vowed to become "the Education State" and their first budget locks in funding for a flurry of ambitious election promises for schools, TAFEs and disadvantaged students.

Anzac Day terror accused teens plotted to run down, behead police, court told

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Adam Cooper 1:57 PM   Two teenagers arrested over an alleged terror plot had planned to run down in a car and behead a police officer on Anzac Day, a court has heard.

Victorian State Budget 2015: Schools and hospitals the big winners

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas gave his pre-budget press conference at Treasury Place before the Andrews Labor Gov't delivers its first budget. Photo by Penny Stephens. The Age. 4TH MAY 2015

Richard Willingham 1:53 PM   Cash for schools, hospitals and services are at the heart of Tim Pallas' first budget as Labor seeks to fulfil local election commitments.

Vic budget: hold the handouts

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Marc Moncrief 1:50 PM   Government's budget gives message that budgets of Victoria's households are in pretty good shape.

Victorian Budget 2015: The Palais will be saved, but when?

St Kilda's Palais Theatre.

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran 1:41 PM   St Kilda's iconic Palais Theatre will remain a live music venue with confirmation of $13.4 million towards repairs of the heritage listed building in Tuesday's state budget, but a timeline for restoration remains unclear.

Stuck truck causes City Road chaos

Work begins to remove the stricken truck in South Melbourne.

Deborah Gough 1:28 PM   Yet another truck has failed the height test, wedging itself under the City Road rail bridge in South Melbourne, and bringing traffic to a standstill.

Gabi Grecko vows never to go nude in public again

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Gabi Grecko leaving Magistrates court where she was found guilty of wilful/obscene exposure. The Age, News, picture by Justin McManus 05/05/2015
Gabi Grecko leaving Magistrates court where she was found guilty of wilful/obscene exposure.

Steve Butcher 12:12 PM   Glamour model Gabi Grecko has promised never again to walk or appear naked in public.

Espy to close, as grungy music venue undergoes a makeover

The Esplanade, St Kilda

Aisha Dow & Allison Worrall 11:55 AM   One of Melbourne's favourite live-music venues, The Esplanade Hotel, will close its doors for months on end in order to complete major renovations, which sources say will include a new elevated restaurant.

Victoria Police to share new DNA evidence in unsolved 1995 Geelong rape case

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11:35 AM   New DNA evidence will be shared with other jurisdictions to help police find the man who brutally raped a woman in Victoria almost 20 years ago.

Man pushed onto train tracks during argument at Flinders Street Station

 A still from CCTV of the man being shoved onto the tracks at Flinders Street Station.

Patrick Hatch 11:04 AM   A man was left lying barely conscious on train tracks at Flinders Street Station when an argument over a cigarette turned nasty.

Melbourne weather: Showers and damaging winds until early next week

A severe weather warning has been issued across the state, with damaging winds of about 60km/h and gusts of up to 100km/h expected.

Patrick Hatch 11:02 AM   The wind and rain dampening Melbourne's mood on Tuesday won't be going anywhere soon, weather forecasters say.

Slippery con man jailed for seafood fraud

Rocco Calabrese will spend the next year behind bars.

Adam Cooper 10:14 AM   A fraudster who wrote dud cheques to order tonnes of seafood and hire a luxury car has been jailed and warned that coming the raw prawn again will earn him more prison time.

Man with knife in tree in Northcote

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Alana Schetzer, Patrick Hatch 7:15 AM   Police are currently negotiating with a man in Northcote who climbed up a tree brandishing a weapon on Monday afternoon.

Dan the torpeodos as Andrews ups periscope for budget QandA

Premier Daniel Andrews at the Royal Children's Hospital advising parents against leaving children in parked cars in hot weather. Picture by Salona Chithiray. 07/01/2015. The Age.

Liam Mannix 10:35 PM   Up Periscope – Daniel (Dan) Andrews is the first political leader in Australia to take to the new live streaming app.

Homeless, young job seekers miss out as services close

Ann Scully and Wallace Caravalho at Cafe2go which is run by Youth Projects.

Miki Perkins 7:32 PM   Victorian welfare agencies that have helped hundreds of homeless people hunt for jobs will have to close their specialist employment services after missing out on millions of dollars in federal funding.

Disabled, families and sporting clubs winners from state budget

The Andrews government aims to deliver on election promises.

Josh Gordon, Benjamin Preiss, Richard Willingham 7:30 PM   People with disabilities, families with young children, and local sporting clubs are set to be winners from a state budget aimed boosting services and delivering election promises.

Students at over-crowded Preston school lose oval

Students at Bell Primary School campaign against the portable classrooms.

Timna Jacks 7:01 PM   As students at over-crowded Bell Primary School in Preston lose half of their play area to portable classrooms, the third floor of the heritage-listed building remains vacant.

Transurban lobbyists were former advisers in previous Labor govt

Treasurer Tim Pallas, whose former roads adviser from 2010 is now a lobbyist for Transurban, which has proposed a $5.5 billion road through Melbourne's west.

Clay Lucas 6:52 PM   The role of lobbyists in the Andrews government is under scrutiny, after it emerged that the Treasurer's former chief of staff when Labor was previously in power is now a lobbyist for Transurban.

Xavier abuse victims say nine cases 'tip of the iceberg'

Mark Fabbro, a victim of abuse at Xavier College, has called for greater transparency.

Timna Jacks 6:49 PM   Victims of abuse at Xavier College believe the principal's mention of nine cases at the school in the 1960s and 1970s was "grossly inadequate".

Data shows needy state schools miss out on funding: AEU

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Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks 6:44 PM   The union hopes the figures put pressure on the Andrews government to commit to the final two years of the Gonski agreement.

Mandarin goes online in Victorian classrooms

Grade 5 students from St Josephs Catholic Primary School in Mernda learning Chinese via Skype.

Timna Jacks 6:41 PM   Mandarin classes are increasingly being taught by Beijing-based teachers via Skype in regional and rural Victorian schools because of a shortage of local teachers and resources.

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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.

Fight terrorism by partnering with Muslims

Deradicalisation needs police work, but it’s the Islamic community’s responsibility.

Money talks at state schools

Growing class divide in state system is due to schoosl having lots of  middle-class parents.

What happened to that swag of footy cliches?

Before these articulate ex-champs took to the mike, footy commentary had its own unique vocabulary.

Putting a stop to the endless recyclables cycle

I can't live for the moment. Instead I wish my life away in two-week increments.

Found ... in a land where searchers do not give up

We might reflect that Australia is a land where searchers and rescuers do not give up.


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.