Police probe arson, assault at Swan-owned hotel

Police probe links to bikies in investigation into a bashing of a construction foreman before fire at hotel.

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Mediators to resolve toxic disputes in schools

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Henrietta Cook 5:43 PM   Independent mediators will be rolled out in Victorian schools to help settle toxic disputes between parents and principals.

Cool change sweeps Melbourne CBD

Taylor Zanetic, Emmerson Zanetic and Georgia Owen from Perth in St Kilda Beach on Monday.

Robyn Grace, Marissa Calligeros, Nick Toscano 5:36 PM   Melbourne temperature drops 10 degrees in a matter of minutes.

RMIT teachers to strike over new pay offer

RMIT teachers are set to walk off the job on Thursday after rejecting the university's pay offer.

Timna Jacks 5:20 PM   Up to 600 RMIT teachers will walk off the job on Thursday, leaving two out of three classes without a teacher.

Cool change sparks bushfire fears

An Emergency warning has been issued for the Lancefield area, north-west of Melbourne.

Allison Worrall, Robyn Grace 4:25 PM   Almost 200 properties are under threat from an out-of-control bushfire burning about 80 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.

Netball administrator stole $209,000, court told

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Adam Cooper 4:12 PM   A netball administrator siphoned $209,000 of money earmarked for junior and social players into her own bank accounts because she felt the sport owed her, a court has heard.

Victoria to grow its own medical marijuana

A strictly controlled licensing scheme to produce medicinal cannabis in Victoria now only needs sign-off from the federal government.

Josh Gordon 3:11 PM   Victoria is set to become the first state in Australia to legalise marijuana cultivation to treat serious medical conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy and chronic pain.

'I realised I could forgive my past'

Poet Abe Nouk: taught himself to read and write three years ago.

Beau Donelly 2:40 PM   Three years ago Abe Nouk taught himself to read and write. Next week he will perform at the Sydney Opera House, competing for the national title of the Australian Poetry Slam.

Accused murderer talked about werewolves, court told

Homeless man Wayne 'Mousey' Perry before his death.

Mark Russell 2:25 PM   A former Melbourne Grammar student had been acting strangely talking about werewolves before killing a homeless man, a court has heard.

The best thing to do if a disaster hit Melbourne

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Aisha Dow 1:07 PM   Workers and residents in Melbourne's central business district could be forced to walk en masse to the outskirts of the city in the aftermath of major natural disaster or deliberate attack.

TPP: what's in it for me?

An assembly line worker at the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. NUMMI  auto plant in Fremont, California, builds a Toyota Tacoma truck.

Marc Moncrief 1:06 PM   Consumers unlikely to see lower prices soon, if ever, analysts say.

Man accused of preparing to fight in Syria not a weirdo, court hears

Amin Mohamed denied wanting to go to Syria to fight on the frontline.

Mark Russell 12:50 PM   A man accused of preparing to fight in Syria did not tell his work colleagues what he was doing because he did not want them to think he was a weirdo, a court has heard.

Missing 73-year-old bushwalker found

Burrowa-Pine Mountain National PArk

Marissa Calligeros, Allison Worrall 12:12 PM   An eagle-eyed Police Air Wing pilot spotted the missing walker sitting on a rock

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Teen who met stranger online still missing, 12-year-old found safe

Still missing: 14-year-old Jade Robson-Whitehouse.

Rania Spooner 8:14 AM   Missing girl Lasela Fue has been found safe and well, while another Victorian girl, believed to have met a stranger online, remains missing.

Bushfires already as mercury heads towards 35C

A property was destroyed in a bushfire in Wensleydale.

Allison Worrall and Alana Schetzer 10:49 AM   A bushfire destroyed a home south-west of Geelong on Monday night and threatened other homes before being brought under control by firefighters.

ALP jobs for the girls claims

Minister for Women  Fiona Richardson.

Mark Hawthorne, Josh Gordon 10:35 AM   Minister for Women Fiona Richardson has been accused of using ALP membership records to try and stack government boards with higher income female party members.

New species of mammal discovered: meet the hog-nosed rat

Meet the newest mammal discovered: the hog-nosed rat from Indonesia.

Bridie Smith 9:47 AM   As rats go, this one is pretty cute. And until Tuesday, the world was oblivious to its existence.

Minister horrified, families sickened by 'coffin-like' box

The two-metre-tall "desensitising box" in the classroom.

Nick Toscano, Beau Donelly 9:40 AM   Victoria's disability minister says he is horrified by revelations of a "desensitising box" at a Melbourne autism centre, and has expanded a probe into one of the country's leading disability service providers.

Victoria sleepwalking towards 2020 renewable energy goal

A wind farm in Port Fairy, Victoria.

Tom Arup 8:22 AM   Victoria could hit its initial 20 per cent renewable energy target for 2020 by barely lifting a finger, energy analysts have found.

'One in nine' Victorians driving on illicit drugs

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Aisha Dow 8:08 AM   One in nine motorists tested for illicit drugs over the grand final long weekend returned a positive result.

Private school parents have highest aspirations: report

Private school parents have higher aspirations for their children than those at state and Catholic schools, new research says.

Henrietta Cook 1:06 AM   Private school parents set higher goals for their children than those with kids at state and Catholic schools, new research says.

CityLink and Tullamarine Freeway $1.3 billion widening to start

Work will begin on the widening of the Tullamarine Freeway on Tuesday.

Tom Cowie 11:49 PM   Work will begin after Monday night's evening peak on the $1.34 billion widening of the Tullamarine Freeway and Citylink.

Bayside Melbourne's history of mysterious fires

 St Kilda Pier Kiosk , which burnt down overnight on  September 11,  2003.

Rania Spooner 10:37 PM   There's an eerie regularity about catastrophic fires at entertainment venues along Melbourne's bay that can't be hosed down.

Missing bushwalker to spend second night lost in forest

Police and search and rescue teams are searching for a missing 73-year-old bushwalker.

Allison Worrall 9:09 PM   A 73-year-old bushwalker will spend his second night lost in a national park in Victoria's north after he failed to return from a hike on Sunday.

Frankston train services suspended after pedestrian struck by train

Metro train.

Aisha Dow 9:05 PM   A pedestrian has been struck and killed by a train in Frankston on Monday.

Volunteers create an urban Eden from rubbish dump in Merri Creek

The Age, News, picture by Justin McManus 05/10/2015. Bruce and Anne McGregor have been volunteering to clean up and revegetate the Merri Creek for 39 years.

Carolyn Webb 8:38 PM   A new exhibition celebrates the volunteer-led transformation of Merri Creek.

Funeral held for victim of hit-and-run

Andrea Lehane.

Blair Thomson 8:30 PM   Family and friends gathered in Beechworth on Monday to farewell Andrea Lehane, 34, who was killed after being hit by a mini-motorbike in a car park at the Carrum Downs shopping centre near Melbourne on September 23.

Home destroyed in Wensleydale bushfire

One home has been destroyed in a bushfire in Wensleydale, south-west of Geelong.

Allison Worrall 7:49 PM   A bushfire has destroyed one home in a regional town south-west of Geelong, as residents of Wensleydale have been told to flee. 


Open letter to Gillon McLachlan

Victim of Brownless' "strippers" comment says the AFL chief should use his power to change the culture of The Footy Show.

Don't be fooled by Andrews' port trickery

Privatising the port to pay for level-crossing removals is a modern version of the pea and thimble trick.

Dan's cunning play

Meet Daniel Andrews, the premier salesman trying to spruik Victoria on the world stage.

Better get used to it ... Melbourne is strike city

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union's  march towards industrial action is not an isolated movement.

We must double our refugee intake

Our intake of Syrian refugees is not generous by world standards. Australia should double its intake.

Victoria: the education state, or ghetto?

Daniel Andrews needs to show that he cares about state schools.

Get on board, get on the bus

Driving to work is a tedious affair, but it has its compensations.

City's rail system is broken but who will pay to fix it?

Yes, the system is broken, but it is difficult to know who to blame for breaking it.

Why Melbourne's growth  is outpacing Sydney's

People could be flocking here for the coffee and cool bars. Or something else entirely.


V/Line conductor filmed punching man

Passenger films a V/Line employee as he repeatedly kicks and punches a 46-year-old man at Broadford station.

Andrews wants Melbourne Metro cash from Turnbull

Daniel Andrews wants the allocated $3 billion for East West link to fund the Melbourne Metro.

Inside Australia's goat farming industry

We export the largest quantity of this meat in the world, but most Australians know little about goat farming.