Five arrested in counter-terrorism raids

Police have charged an 18-year-old man with conspiring to plan a terrorist attack on Anzac Day, following multiple raids across Melbourne.

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Firefighters threaten to campaign against Shorten

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Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent 5:42 PM   Bill Shorten's bid to become Prime Minister could be hampered by firefighters in Victoria campaigning against the Labor party.

More private schools discount fees to attract students

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Henrietta Cook, education reporter 5:24 PM   Last minute booking website School Places offers discounts of up to 50 per cent at 30 Victorian private schools; up from 11 schools a year ago.

Rain, hail and wind as cold front brings wintry blast

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Anna Whitelaw 5:06 PM   Melburnians are fond of saying the city can experience four seasons in a single day, and on Sunday the city lived up to its reputation.

We don't understand why young people are doing this: Premier

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Richard Willingham 4:50 PM   Authorities and governments are still grappling with why young Australians are being attracted to evil terror plots, Premier Daniel Andrews says.

A mind-altering journey into the heart of something called Bicycle Day

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 19:  Revellers at the Bicycle Day all night dance party at The Railway Hotel in Brunswick on April 19, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Bicycle Day celebrates the discovery of the psychedelic effects of LSD, or Acid, by Doctor Albert Hoffman in April 1943, who took a dose of his newly formulated concoction and then went on a bicycle ride.  (Photo by Paul Jeffers/Fairfax Media)

Konrad Marshall 4:38 PM   I don't know where I am, but I know I've never been here before.

Terror suspect detained without charge

Sevdet Besim in the back of a police car after his arrest.

Allison Worrall 2:30 PM   An 18-year-old Hampton Park man is being detained without charge following his arrest in counter-terrorism raids across a number of suburbs in Melbourne's south east on Saturday.

Man shot dead in car

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Anna Whitelaw 12:31 PM   Homicide squad detectives are investigating the fatal drive-by shooting of a father of six in Altona Meadows in the early hours of Sunday.

Neighbours say they woke to screams as terror raids began

"We woke to shouting": Neighbours on the terror raids in Hallam.

Liam Mannix 12:31 AM   Witnesses say men dressed in black and carrying torches and weapons battered down the door of a house in Hallam before taking one man away.

Thousands may lose direct rail services to South Yarra and Richmond

South Yarra Station, which could be bypassed by the new Metro rail tunnel.

Farrah Tomazin 12:28 AM   One of the city's busiest train lines could be re-routed as part of the Melbourne Metro Rail project, leaving thousands of passengers without a direct service to South Yarra and Richmond stations.

Man charged over Notting Hill indecent assaults

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Benjamin Millar 12:14 AM   A 20-year-old Deer Park man has been charged over a series of indecent assaults in Melbourne's south-east last weekend.

Anzac merchandise being blocked as inappropriate

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Chris Vedelago, Jill Stark 12:15 AM   The Church of Scientology has topped a list of organisations and businesses that have been blocked by the government from exploiting the ANZAC legacy for profit and self-promotion.

Puppy farm laws fast-tracked

One of the dogs rescued from the puppy farm.

Marc Moncrief 11:01 PM   The RSPCA and local councils will have new powers to seize animals from abusive breeders under laws that have been fast-tracked by the state government.

The hidden cost of Hazelwood

Hazelwood Power Station has an estimated social cost of more than $900 million a year.

Tom Arup and Adam Morton 12:15 AM   The Hazelwood brown coal power plant is a survivor. A large emitter of greenhouse gases, it has been the target of two unsuccessful government attempts to pay for its closure and outlasted carbon price laws.

Muslim conspiracies and the man charged with Anzac terror

Sevdet Besim, arrested on Saturday, had demanded CCTV footage of the shooting of terrorism suspect Numan Haider.

Michael Bachelard, Chris Vedelago 9:10 PM   Two days after police shot dead 18-year-old terror suspect Numan Haider last September, another Islamic teen firebrand, Sevdet Besim, responded on Twitter, demanding CCTV footage of the event.

States to join NSW medical marijuana trials

Many people with terminal illness want to use medical cannabis to relieve their pain, says Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy.

Nicole Hasham 12:15 AM   Victoria is set to join NSW's medical marijuana trials aimed at helping children with epilepsy, the terminally ill and people on chemotherapy, in a bid to build the case for the groundbreaking treatment.

Gold miner hopes revised plans for open-cut mine in Stawell will be approved

Sherrie Hunt overlooks part of the site where the new open-cut mine could be built.

Benjamin Preiss 12:15 AM   Proposed site is near homes and previous applications have twice been rejected on environmental grounds.

East West probe "limited" without proper audit powers, watchdog warns

Possibility: The state government could be left with dozens of properties acquired as part of the freeway plan.

Farrah Tomazin 12:15 AM   An investigation into the east west link is likely to be hampered because the Andrews government has not delivered on a pledge to give the state's financial watchdog full authority to scrutinise public private partnerships.

Bookshop linked to terror suspects

The Al-Furqan book store in Springvale South.

Nino Bucci 6:39 PM   Harun Mehicevic is a charismatic and influential "sheikh" who encourages a strict interpretation of Islam but is unlikely to openly support jihad, according to former followers.

Security stepped up amid ANZAC Day terror threat

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Farrah Tomazin   Security will be significantly beefed-up across the state on ANZAC Day after an ISIS-inspired terrorist plot was intercepted by police.

Hundreds farewell lake crash children

Akon Guode (centre), the mother of three children killed in a lake in Wyndham Vale, makes her way from the funeral service on Saturday.

Patrick Hatch   Mourners say goodbye to the three 'angels' who died when the car their mother was driving crashed into a lake in Melbourne's south-west last week.

Hurstbridge train line closed after fatal incident

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Benjamin Millar   The Hurstbridge train line remains closed late this afternoon as police continue to investigate a fatal incident near Heidelberg station.

Goldfields jail converted into stunning 1000 seat theatre

Ulumbarra Theatre, in Bendigo, is near completion, and retains glimpses of the building's former purpose.

Darren Gray   Ronald Ryan performed in a jailhouse play alongside other Bendigo Jail inmates housed inside the imposing prison walls more than 50 years ago.

Father who beat children with cricket bat refused 'Working with Children' check

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Jane Lee   A teacher who beat his children with a miniature cricket bat because he believed the Bible required him to do so can no longer legally work with children.

The fate of the city’s East West Link acquisitions

Nadege Morel and her husband Davis are preparing to move house after their home of more than half a century was acquired by the previous government for the East West Link.

Aisha Dow   More than a dozen homes acquired for the East West Link are empty and are likely to remain so for months. Others are being rented out to their previous owners for no or very little rent.

My Place

John Morton's Victorian home.

John Morton 12:15 AM   The railway is the beating heart of John Morton's sense of home.

Rural women project highlights 'invisible farmers'

Alana Johnson from a property near Benalla is one of the forgotten faces of women on the land. Museum Victoria is doing a special research project with UniMelb on uncovering some of the faces and names that have gone unrecognised for too long , called "Invisible Farmers Project". 15th April 2015. Photo by Jason South

Konrad Marshall   Women of the land are telling their stories - and those of their predecessors - as part of the newly launched Invisible Farmers Project, being conducted by Museum Victoria with the University of Melbourne.

Dandenong flexes its manufacturing muscle in city square

The Age, News, picture by Justin McManus. 17/04/2015. Made in Dandenong. Local industry highlights all the heavy transport products that are made in Dandenong. Workers  who make parts for the Bombardier E Class Tram.

Adam Carey   Dandenong flexed manufacturing muscle on Friday when local industry jammed the suburb's city square with an exhibition of locally built trains, trams and automobiles.

Police hunt man over Notting Hill sex attacks

Police wish to speak to this man over indecent assaults in Notting Hill

Vanessa Desloires   Police are hunting a man who indecently assaulted three women in Melbourne's south-east last week. 

It's a west side story as trams switch routes for Metro rail tunnel

Yarra Trams becomes the first cab off the rank to secure city lodgings.

Adam Carey   More than a third of Melbourne's tram routes will be forced to run a different course through the city during the long period of disruption while Swanston Street is dug up to build the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel.

Opinion

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.

Dallas Brooks: a hall full of memories

From school prize-giving to the teenage thrill of a big concertl, this hall has been home to it all.

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.

Video

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".