Hoddle Street fix remains years away

Promised $60 million congestion fix, pledged by Daniel Andrews in opposition, will have to wait.

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Fire at Seddon station shuts down Werribee and Williamstown train lines

Rail.

Liam Mannix 5:34 PM   A fire near Seddon train station has ground the whole of the Werribee and Williamstown train lines to a halt as fire services race to the scene.

Billion-dollar bus contracts not value for money: auditor-general

Transdev won a competitive tender to run 30 per cent of Melbourne's bus network.

Adam Carey 4:50 PM   It costs Victorians $1 billion a year to run Melbourne's public buses, yet there is no guarantee that bus operators give value for money, a scathing auditor-general's report has found.

Training provider slapped with $160k fine, convicted of misleading conduct

Daniel Leong's collapsed company Keat Enterprises has been fined more than $160k and convicted of misleading conduct.

Rania Spooner 4:49 PM   A dodgy Melbourne training provider that lured accounting graduates into paying thousands for unaccredited "on-the-job" training has been fined more than $160,000 for engaging in misleading conduct.

Stolen car ploughs into Broadmeadows shopfront

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Allison Worrall and Marissa Calligeros 4:15 PM   Police are hunting the driver of a stolen car that was chased by police before crashing into a shopfront in Melbourne's north yesterday. 

Accused killer demanded to see girlfriend's phone bills

Kiah ODonnell: hounded by possessive, ice-using boyfriend, then killed.

Mark Russell 3:41 PM   A paranoid ice user accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend in his bedroom would demand to see her phone bills to check to see who she had been calling, a court has heard.

Paedophile whose convictions were quashed found guilty again after retrial

County Court

Steve Butcher 3:03 PM   A paedophile jailed for more than 14 years in 2009 for sexually abusing four young girls - and whose convictions were later quashed - has again been found guilty after a retrial.

East West Link: uncertainty lingers over federal cash

Contractors will receive $339 million after the Victorian government abandoned plans to build East West Link

Josh Gordon 2:35 PM   Uncertainty remains over whether the Abbott government will attempt to claw back the $3 billion it gave to Victoria for the defunct East West Link, amid concerns denying the state infrastructure funding could cost it seats at next year's federal election.

Toby Mitchell set to contest extortion, violence accusations

Former Bandidos bikie enforcer Toby Mitchell outside court in 2013.

Adam Cooper 2:14 PM   Former Bandidos enforcer Toby Mitchell is set to fight accusations he punched a man and threatened to kill him and his baby unless he was paid $300,000.

IBAC: 7 overseas trips for school business manager

Mary Hannett, the business manager at Chandler Park Primary School, travelled four times to the US and three times to New Zealand, care of the Education Department, resulting in one report.

Timna Jacks 1:35 PM   An unqualified business manager at Chandler Park Primary School who filled out allegedly false invoices to pay for sacked Victorian Education Department chief Nino Napoli's wine, went on seven overseas trips funded by the school and received more than $10,000 in bonuses over four months.

Pregnant nurse attack rated 'minor' as healthcare violence reporting fails

Ambulance workers are attacked

Craig Butt 12:18 PM   A case in which a pregnant health worker was kicked in the stomach was classed as a minor incident, an Auditor-General's' report has found.

Man who blamed sleeping tablets for stabbing wife guilty of murder

Scales of justice.

Mark Russell 12:08 PM   A man who blamed sleeping tablets for causing him to fatally stab his wife 15 times has been found guilty of murder.

Why women's heart attacks are different - and deadlier

Symptoms may differ for women's heart attacks.

Alana Schetzer 12:03 PM   Women are not being advised that they are likely to experience significantly different heart attack symptoms than men, putting them at greater risk of dying.

'Was it love that put the large chef's knife into his hand?'

Suzie Oghia, another victim of domestic violence. Her former husband, Bona Lual, has been found guilty of her murder.

Mark Russell 11:30 AM   A man who fatally stabbed his estranged wife before mutilating her eyes when she was dead as their four children slept nearby has been found guilty of murder.

New machine built by Melbourne researchers keeps donor livers functioning

Ante Kelic recieved a donor liver in February, with wife Kaya at home in Moonee Ponds.

Craig Butt 10:25 AM   Melbourne researchers have created a machine that keeps a liver functioning outside of a human body.

Teen targeted terror on Anzac Day so it wouldn't be forgotten, court hears

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Adam Cooper 10:17 AM   One of the teenage men accused of planning to kill a police officer chose Anzac Day as the intended date because such an attack would never be forgotten, according to court documents.

Slow-draining bath leads to mineshaft under house

Ruth Black got 'quite a fright' when her plumber found an unfilled mineshaft in her bathroom.

Madeleine Wines 8:57 AM   A Bendigo woman has her slow-draining bath to thank for revealing a mineshaft under her house.

Schools gain funding boost but fail to lock in Gonski money

David and Naomi Sirianni – pictured with sons Luka, 4, and Archer, 3 – are pleased with the big funding boost for public schooling.

Henrietta Cook, education reporter 1:14 AM   Labor vowed to make Victoria "the education state" and their first budget locks in funding for a flurry of ambitious election promises for schools, TAFEs and disadvantaged students.

Still in the dark over White Night

The Forum Theatre in Flinders Street during White Night 2015.

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran 10:52 PM   The future for the all-night cultural festival remains unclear despite an $80 million boost to the body that manages the event.

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 8:06 PM   Tim Pallas has delivered a 'back to basics' budget rather than a blockbuster. 

Principal of key banker school calls scheme 'a web of intrigue'

Peter Paul leaving the IBAC hearing.

Timna Jacks 8:02 PM   First banker school principal to appear before IBAC admits spending on overseas trips and wine but insists he was blind to corruption.

Andrews commits over $500m for 100,000 new 'high-skill' jobs

The ranks of the ACT public service continued to swell in the past year.

Nassim Khadem 8:00 PM   Victorian businesses and start-ups will get more than half a billion in funding as the state government pledges to create over 100,000 "high-skill, high-wage" jobs.

Principal's exit arranged by school council member, court told

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Patrick Hatch 7:24 PM   A member of a Melbourne school's council arranged plane tickets to whisk the school's principal out of the country after abuse allegations were raised, a court has heard.

Hospital agrees to female-only doctor requests after complaint

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Miki Perkins 12:15 AM   Monash Health will changes its policies to give priority to requests from women for a female doctor because of religious beliefs, cultural concerns or past trauma.

'I was carrying her around the house in disbelief'

The court heard the girl's parents give their accounts of the events leading up to their daughter's death.

Aisha Dow 7:08 PM   An inquest into the death of a baby who died after sleeping on a mattress with her parents has heard the parents' accounts of the event.

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 6:39 PM   Cash for schools, hospitals and services are at the heart of Tim Pallas' first budget as Labor seeks to fulfil local election commitments.

Fines and property taxes boost budget

Traffic

Jason Dowling 6:27 PM   Motorists are paying almost $420,000 a day on average on "toll road evasion fines" Victoria's budget papers reveal.

Hospital boost includes 100 new beds

Health

Craig Butt 6:25 PM   More than 100 new hospital beds will be added where they are most needed over the next year, while hospitals will also receive an extra $250 million in funding.

Victoria's public sector wages bill balloons

More firefighters add to rising government sector wage bill

Jason Dowling 6:21 PM   Victoria's public sector wages bill is climbing as the new government hires staff to rebuild services.

Public housing ignored, but Victorian 2015 budget delivers for social services

Mikakos

Benjamin Preiss 6:16 PM   The public housing waiting list will get scant relief from the state budget with demand still far outstripping supply.

Opinion

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.

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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.