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Canberra may have to pay compo if East West cancelled

Adam Carey 6:13 PM   Tony Abbott's threat to take back $3 billion from Victoria for the East West Link if Labor cancels the project contradicts an agreement he signed with Premier Denis Napthine seven weeks ago.

How to fight the preference whisperers

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Tim Colebatch 6:12 PM   At tomorrow's state election, Victorians will have a rare freedom most of us don't know about. We can vote for individual candidates without having to fill out every square.

Margin Call November 27

Premier Denis Napthine visits the Murphy Transport Solution in Yarraville.

Angus Holland 6:01 PM   The leaders reveal stance on vices and other vital election issues.

Victorian state election: the seats that will decide

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Tim Colebatch 5:38 PM   It could be some days before we learn who our next premier will be.

Palace Theatre damage documented weeks ago

Workers have begun stripping the interior of the Palace Theatre.

Aisha Dow 5:38 PM   The partial destruction of the interior of the Palace Theatre had begun well before demolition works were first noticed by members of the public last week, according to a new report.

Documentary shines spotlight on youth imprisonment

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Angie Fox 4:49 PM   Inmates of the Youth Unit at Port Phillip Prison in Truganina have released a documentary about their experiences in a maximum-security prison in an effort to prevent youth from engaging in criminal activity.

Elderly man jailed for abuse against young boys

Adam Cooper 4:01 PM   A 93-year-old man has been jailed for molesting four boys in his care more than four decades ago.

'Nothing short of shameful': no jail time for man whose son, 5, died in squalid home

A man whose son dies in their squalid home has been spared any time in jail.

Adam Cooper 3:44 PM   The father whose five-year-old son died after falling ill in their squalid house has been spared being sent to prison.

Nurses to give advice at 'super pharmacies'

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Kate Hagan 3:38 PM   Labor leader Daniel Andrews chose the "sandbelt" suburb of Mordialloc to announce his plans to open 20 "super pharmacies", where a nurse would be available at night to provide advice and care. Mr Andrews said Labor would provide $28.7 million over four years for the program.

Former Jeff Kennett Commission of Audit chairman Bob Officer hired to scrutinise Labor policy costings

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Josh Gordon 3:11 PM   Labor has hired the former chair of Jeff Kennett's infamous Commission of Audit to independently scrutinise its policy costings.

Women more anxious than men after job losses

Altona residents Anthony Ang and his wife Linda Yan at their home. Anthony has been unemployed for the past 18 months since losing his job at the university last year.

Nick Toscano 3:04 PM   Linda Yan had a good feeling as she brought the kids home from school and put the shopping bags on the bench.

Victorian state election: Thursday, November 27, 2014

Angus Holland 2:50 PM   Our live coverage of the 2014 Victorian election campaign. If it happens on their hustings, we'll bring it to you.

Teen drivers in horror crash deny drag racing

Mark Russell 2:29 PM   Two teenage drivers involved in a horrific crash that almost killed a young woman had been driving side by side at more than 45km/h over the speed limit but denied they were drag racing, a court has heard.

Victorian MPs on Twitter followed by flock of fake birds

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Craig Butt and Scott Tibballs 2:11 PM   Victorian MPs boast a combined Twitter following of more than 175,000, but a sizeable proportion of their flock are less than genuine.

Motorcyclist killed in crash with CFA vehicle

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Marissa Calligeros 1:56 PM   A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash involving a Country Fire Authority vehicle east of Melbourne.

Man killed by cow in Geelong

Cow.

Marissa Calligeros 1:46 PM   A man has died after being run down by a cow south-west of Melbourne.

Temperate Dan brings you the Wowser state, one stagger-juiced pollie at a time

Tony Wright 1:42 PM   Just when you thought the Victorian election couldn't become more cheerless, along comes Daniel Andrews with his pollies' breathalyser.

Man accused of planning explosion at Victorian election

Man arrested in possession of gun powder, wiring and ammunition who allegedly planned to explode a device at the state election this weekend.

Steve Butcher 1:01 PM   Police have arrested a man in possession of gunpowder, wiring and ammunition who allegedly planned to explode a device at this weekend's Victorian state election.

Legal fraternity shaken, stirred by breath test pledge

Breath testing: Promise made.

Steve Butcher 12:54 PM   Changing times and habits among the legal fraternity may see Dan Andrews' promise of random breath testing fall flat.

Firefighter cancer advice ignored

Richard Willingham 12:04 PM   The Napthine government had advice about the link between firefighting and higher rates of cancer but refused to give firefighters access to automatic compensation, despite other Australian governments accepting the evidence.

Party is over if Labor elected as Andrews vows breath tests for MPs

Labor leader Daniel Andrew with his wife Catherine has pledged to breath test MPs should he win the Victorian election.

Marissa Calligeros 11:30 AM   State MPs would be breath tested at work and lose pay or face suspension from Parliament if found over the limit, under a pledge by Labor.

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Former banker involved in huge insider trading case will not fight extra charge

Lukas Kamay will not fight charges of sealing with the proceeds of crime stemming from one of Australia's biggest insider trading case.

Mark Russell, Georgia Wilkins 9:40 AM   A former NAB banker involved in one of the biggest insider trading cases in Australian history has decided not to fight a charge of dealing with the proceeds of crime.

Victorian election 2014: federal small business minister Bruce Billson intervenes in REIV dispute

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Josh Gordon, Mark Hawthorne 9:17 AM   Federal small business minister Bruce Billson has been accused of intervening in the state election by demanding a lobby group withdraw a campaign against the Napthine government.

Melbourne Express Live: Thursday, November 27, 2014

Larissa Nicholson 9:02 AM   Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to hit the ground running today - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling stories from The Age and beyond.

Sinkhole woman suffers heart blockage from hypothermia

The Spingvale sinkhole which is on the site of an old well.

Marissa Calligeros 1:46 AM   The woman who fell into a sinkhole in a Melbourne backyard remains in hospital with a blockage to her heart due to hypothermia.

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Tackling the east-west morning peak hour challenge

Traffic commute.

Darren Gray 1:39 AM   Our peak hour drive starts in Champagne Rise, a quiet street in the outer eastern suburb of Chirnside Park almost 40 kilometres from Melbourne's CBD. It's nearly 7am but the street is wide awake. At one house a man hangs up Christmas decorations as a young boy watches on, while across the road a man strides towards his car for the morning commute.

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Conflicting promises worry hospitals

Emergency

Julia Medew and Kate Hagan 12:45 AM   Some hospital executives are worried redevelopments promised by one major political party will not be matched by the other before Saturday's state election.

Labor vows to remove asbestos from 1200 schools

Richard Willingham and Vanessa Desloires 11:33 PM   Asbestos in 1200 Victorian state schools would be removed by 2020 under an "ambitious" $100 million Labor party plan.

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So where does that $3b come from? And go to?

Artists interpretation of the proposed east west link.

Peter Martin 11:21 PM   So Tony Abbott says he's given Victoria $3 billion for one purpose and one purpose only.

Magistrates to receive family violence training

Attorney-General Brad Hazzard says restoring QCs '''is not my highest priority''

Jane Lee 9:47 PM   Victorian magistrates will be trained on family violence, including dealing with perpetrators, as part of a plan to make women and children safer in the courts.

Opinion

The secret report Napthine won't let you see

Much work went into the preparation of a state-based reform agenda, so why has it never been released?

Victorian jobs: Hockey will have the last say

Denis Napthine's employment boast is actually an admission of failure.

State election: grubby campaign, tight result

Fifty-one days out from polling day, the battle for power is set to get nasty.