$30m windfall after Guy's OK to apartment tower

The Singapore-based owners of a prime chunk of Swanston Street's CUB site have made a massive windfall profit - just seven months after Matthew Guy gave planning approval for a 77-level skyscraper.

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Victims of paedophile priest may be linked to church fires

Reader Garry Furlong took this picture at 7.15am as the fire tore through the historic St James Church.

Nino Bucci 5:04 PM   Police are investigating whether the victims of a paedophile priest started two fires at separate churches on the same day.

Police cheer sports fans who dob in racist, homophobic spectators

Footy fans are reporting racial and homophobic abuse in the crowd to the police

Aisha Dow 4:54 PM   In a trend applauded by police, Victoria's sporting fans are increasingly dobbing in racist and homophobic abuse, often leading to offenders being charged with criminal offences or booted from sporting events.

Australian cities boom as Melbourne closes in on Sydney

Melbourne grew by almost 100,000 people in the last year alone.

Clay Lucas 4:24 PM   Melbourne is closing in on Sydney as the nation's biggest city, growing by almost 100,000 people in the last year alone, new data from the  Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.

Collins Street now open after diesel spill

Firefighters outside the Reserve Bank on Collins Street, Melbourne CBD.

Marissa Calligeros, Rania Spooner 3:56 PM   A large diesel spill at the Reserve Bank has closed Collins Street in Melbourne's CBD.

Housboat fire: four children in hospital

Flames engulf the house boat.

Nino Bucci 3:25 PM   Four children have been injured after a boat fire on Lake Eildon.

Cyclist critical after being hit by car in St Kilda West


Vanessa Desloires 3:19 PM   A cyclist is fighting for his life after being hit by a car in St Kilda West this morning.

Labor dumps Dandenong rail plan for dramatic new project

Pakenham-Cranbourne rail project scrapped

Adam Carey 2:56 PM   Another major transport project kickstarted by the former Napthine government, an upgrade of the Dandenong railway line, has been scuppered by Labor.

Scrapped Dandenong rail upgrade mostly good news for commuters

Train stopped at Flinders Street Station.

Adam Carey 2:53 PM   The announcement that the Andrews government has killed its predecessor's proposed fix for chronic overcrowding on the Cranbourne-Pakenham rail lines is mostly good news for commuters.

Former priest David Rapson convicted of rape, indecent assault charges

David Rapson leaves the Magistrates Court in 2012.

Adam Cooper 2:14 PM   Former priest David Rapson has been found guilty of sexually assaulting six boys in his care at a Catholic boarding school in trials that can only now be reported.

Body 'invaders' made ice user stab to death pub worker, court told

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Mark Russell 1:03 PM   A man has claimed his body was overtaken by ‘‘invaders’’ before he killed a bar staff supervisor at a Carlton hotel.

'Humiliation' led to jilted man's plan to kill ex-fiancee's new lover, court hears


Mark Russell 12:31 PM   A man jilted by his first cousin who he was planning to wed in an arranged marriage decided to have her new lover killed because he had been publicly humiliated, a court has heard.

From 'beacon of success' to jail: 12 years for cocaine trafficking


Steve Butcher 11:35 AM   A former South Yarra businessman once considered a "beacon of success" has been jailed for 12 years for trafficking cocaine with an estimated street value of up to $17 million.

Widow sues building firm after workers' compo denied

Isabel Klanja and her two sons are in desperate need.

Nick Toscano 9:40 AM   A widow and her two young sons are fighting for compensation after a four-metre wall collapsed and killed a tradesman on a Melbourne worksite.

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Yolanda Redrup 9:01 AM   A live blog bringing you the information you need to get your day off to a good start.

$2m cash stash: woman accused of childcare racket

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Marissa Calligeros 8:42 AM   Police have seized $2.1 million in cash after busting a racket operating in the family day care sector.

Yavaz Kilic jailed after engulfing pregnant partner in flames

Steve Butcher 7:31 AM   A 22-year-old man who poured petrol over his pregnant partner and set her alight has been jailed for 14 years for what a Melbourne judge called "horrific violence" and an "incomprehensible" crime.

'Impostor' gynaecologist could have been injecting patients with unknown animal blood products

Raffaele Di Paolo, a Melbourne man accused of posing as a gynaecologist and infertility expert.

Julia Medew and Adam Cooper 1:01 AM   A Melbourne man accused of posing as a gynaecologist and IVF expert may have been giving his patients animal products as an alternative treatment for infertility.

Snorkel-trip passenger hit by boat propellers when he jumped off Moonraker dolphin swim tour, court told

Torie Mackinnon was reversing the boat when Mr McVeigh jumped.

Adam Cooper 12:58 AM   A passenger on a snorkelling trip suffered fatal injuries when he jumped from a boat and into its propellers, a court has heard.

Maserati impounded at Violet Town for speeding


Chloe Booker 11:24 PM   A Sydneysider has had his two week old Maserati impounded for speeding in Victoria's north east.

Homophobia rife among young men

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School football team captain Sean Towner at Waverley Park oval.

Miki Perkins, Rachel Browne 12:15 AM   Sean Towner at eight years old was just a tall, goofy kid. Almost a head above the pack with a Bieber-blonde bob, he was a long-limbed embodiment of enthusiasm over skill with a deep hankering to play the game like both his brothers.

Former fire chief urges Victorian government to keep burns target

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Darren Gray 12:15 AM   The former chief fire officer of the state's environment department has urged the Andrews government to retain the 5 per cent fuel reduction burning target to reduce the threat of bushfires.

Two men dead in car crashes at Campbellfield and Portland

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Chloe Booker 7:42 PM   Two men have died in separate car crashes on Victoria's roads on Monday.

Melbourne mulling plan to ban al fresco smoking

Outdoor smoking will be banned at eateries in some Melbourne laneways, but the lord mayor is calling for a city-wide ban.

Lucy Battersby 7:42 PM   Smokers should be banned from outdoor dining areas at cafes and restaurants, Melbourne's lord mayor said on Monday, with Victoria the only state in Australia permitting a post-meal puff at the table.

Muslim school principal issued please explain

Headmaster of Al-Taqwa College in Truganina, Omar Hallak.

Henrietta Cook, education reporter 7:42 PM   The principal of Victoria's largest Islamic school has been called to a meeting with state government officials to explain why he told students that Islamic State was a plot by Western countries.

Rapist says taking ice made him torture woman hostage in Preston hotel

The Rydges Bell City complex in Preston where the woman was held.

Mark Russell 7:13 PM   A father of three has blamed his use of large amounts of  the drug ice as the reason why he repeatedly raped, beat and degraded a terrified Dutch backpacker held hostage for six weeks in a Melbourne hotel room.

VCAT leads on female members, Supreme Court lags

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal female members pose for a portrait on Monday in Melbourne.  Under new rules being introduced by the Victorian State Government, judiciary appointments must be at least 50 per cent women.

Richard Willingham, Rania Spooner 6:43 PM   Women make up just 11 per cent of the elite pool of barristers from which Victoria's top judges are chosen, presenting a major headache for the Andrew' government's target to have half of all judicial appointees be women.

Fire at St James Church a relief, says actor

St James Church in flames.

Tammy Mills, Patrick Hatch, Benjamin Preiss 6:23 PM   Hollywood actor Rachel Griffiths says it was a "relief" to see fire tear through St James Church on Monday morning because of the history of child sex abuse there.

Opposition accuses Andrews of short-changing schools

Premier  Daniel Andrews has been accused of already failing to deliver on education in Victoria.

Henrietta Cook, Education Reporter 6:11 PM   The state government has been accused of short-changing 13 schools by $36 million, with the Opposition saying the money is desperately needed for building upgrades.

Melbourne's public transport good to go on Google

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Adam Carey 6:08 PM   Melbourne is perhaps days away from being able to use Google Maps to plan a public transport journey across the state - something that can already be done in every other capital city in the country - after the Andrews government released timetable data on Monday.


Bikes and cars: slow down on our crowded roads

Our roads are busier than ever, and we need patience, good manners and common sense.

Does the premier finally see through PPP rorts?

Deals for infrastructure are fleecing the public, but Andrews might be smart enough to see through it.

Remembering Masa Vukotic on our journey

We need to focus on the needs of the victim and challenge the behaviour of the perpetrator.

Why your electricity bill might be a real shocker

Deregulating retail electricity prices has pushed up some customers’ bills by $800 a year in Victoria.

Liberals are not better economic managers

Liberals rushed to close the East West deal for political reasons, exposing us to unnecessary risk.


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.

What's wrong with fighting in an octagon?

There has been much controversy surrounding Victoria lifting the ban on 'cage fighting'.

Rare frilled shark caught off Victoria

Fisherman who caught a rarely-sighted frilled shark says looks like "something out of a horror movie".