Police on watch at opposing rallies

Benjamin Millar   A violent scuffle has broken out on the steps of Richmond Town Hall as supporters of the far-right United Patriots Front attempted to storm the building.

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Journey to zero road toll will not be easy, minister warns

Almost half of deaths on Victoria's roads happen on rural roads with speeds of 100-110 km/h.

Adam Carey 5:40 PM   A 20 per cent cut in the road toll to fewer than 200 deaths a year by 2020; that is the target the Andrews government will set in a new road safety strategy to be released this year.

Hooks planted in sausage meat in Richmond dog walking park

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Siobhan Calafiore 5:31 PM   Dog owners are being warned about baits after the discovery of five metal hooks at Allan Bain Reserve.

Feeling the cold? You're not wrong

Falls Creek

Robyn Grace & Aisha Dow 5:30 PM   Winter got off to a freezing start on Monday, equalling Tullamarine's coldest morning since 1971 and almost beating the city's coldest start since 1977.

State funeral offered for Joan Kirner

Joan Kirner - Former Victorian Premier - ALP Labor - Kirner shows her support to AFL team Essendon, watching a game at the MCG / Melbourne Cricket Ground.

File (Melb) P: Kirner, Joan: Recreation
Date Filed: 24-09-1990
Neg No.: 90 - 45135 / 38

Benjamin Preiss 5:29 PM   The family of former premier Joan Kirner has been offered a state funeral to commemorate her life and achievements.

Darebin Council CEO sues one of his councillors

Darebin Council chief executive Rasiah Dev.

Clay Lucas 5:11 PM   The chief executive of Darebin Council is suing one of his own councillors for defamation, in the latest sign of instability at the inner north municipality.

Policewoman allegedly choked by her dog squad lover was 'trembling' and had visible marks

A policewoman says she was too embarrassed to contact 000 after she was allegedly assaulted by an ex-lover.

Tammy Mills and Adam Cooper 5:07 PM   A police sergeant who was the first person a colleague called after she was allegedly assaulted by her former lover said her friend was trembling and had marks on her neck, a court has been told.

Parking fine for nurse who cared too much

Parking inspectors.

Alana Schetzer 3:45 PM   A Melbourne council has come under fire after a nurse was fined after over-staying in her car space – because she had to stay at work late to inform a family their relative had just died.

IBAC: Disgraced bigwig admits stealing from schools

Nino Napoli arrives at the highly anticipated IBAC hearing on Tuesday.

Henrietta Cook 3:42 PM   Disgraced former education department official Nino Napoli has fallen on his sword, admitting he stole money from state schools.

The night Australia's female political leaders rocked it out in fishnets

Joan Kirner in 1992.

Daniella Miletic 3:40 PM   Mary Delahunty smiles when she talks about the night she, Joan Kirner and Julia Gillard pulled on fishnet stockings, bright red lipstick and leather jackets to take the stage for a performance she will never forget.

Police turn up with sledgehammers to arrest former bikie gang president

Michael Strike, 38, was found murdered last year. His body was found propped against a tree outside Keilor Cemetary.

Steve Butcher 3:16 PM   The former president of a Bandidos bikie gang chapter has been remanded in custody after failing to appear for questioning over an alleged murder.

Strip club owner sues paper over 'Madam Black Mercedes' article


Mark Russell 2:10 PM   The owner of a strip club in Shepparton is suing the Herald Sun for defamation, claiming the newspaper destroyed her reputation by linking her club to bikies and corrupt police.

Questions for Cardinal George Pell when he fronts the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

George Pell and Gerald Ridsdale before a court appearance in 1993.

Jane Lee 2:00 PM   Ever since survivor witnesses told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that George Pell tried to bribe one, and ignored another's reports of abuse, calls have been growing for him to return from the Vatican to Australia to explain himself.

Foreign students flock to far-flung suburbs


Timna Jacks 1:53 PM   Most of the country's international students are ditching the city's overpriced student housing and flocking to cheaper, sub-standard rental housing in far-flung suburbs, a new report suggests.

Animal welfare group denied share of jilted lover's $13.6m estate

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08:  A general view of  The Supreme Court of Victoria on September 8, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Mark Russell 12:49 PM   A Supreme Court judge has ruled the Victorian Animal Aid Trust is not entitled to a 20 per cent share of a $13.6 million estate in a dispute involving a bitter break-up between two lovers.

Ex-Baillieu adviser wins $27,000 payout

Former adviser to Ted Baillieu Don Coulson.

Steve Butcher 11:12 AM   An adviser to former premier Ted Baillieu has been awarded more than $27,000 for breach of contract after he was sacked by the Napthine government.

Victoria's first female premier Joan Kirner dies aged 76

Joan Kirner.

Aisha Dow 9:34 AM   Victoria's first and only female premier, Joan Kirner, has died after a battle with oesophageal cancer.

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Deborah Gough 9:26 AM   Melbourne Express is a live blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.

Joan Kirner, the rock star: The Late Show remembers

Joan Kirner belts out <i>I Love Rock and Roll</i>.

Alana Schetzer 7:44 AM   Joan Kirner may have been depicted hundreds of times wearing polka dots, but it is the image of her in a leather jacket, holding a guitar, and belting out a rock song, that many Victorians remember the most.

Police hunt road-rage offender who shot victim in leg


Alana Schetzer 1:21 AM   Police have released the image of a man they are hunting over a terrifying road-rage incident in the state's north-west on Sunday, in which left one man was shot in the leg and the incident was witnessed by small two children.

Deadly bridge will finally get safety barriers

Transport Minister Luke Donnellan will announce on Tuesday that the state government will upgrade the bridge.

Jane Lee 11:46 PM   The Andrews government will build safety barriers on one of Melbourne's deadliest bridges next year.

Police edit shooting victim's Wikipedia page

Liam Mannix 11:45 PM   Someone using a Victoria Police computer has been anonymously whitewashing a Wikipedia page on the death of 15-year-old Tyler Cassidy, shot and killed by police, to remove sentences critical of the force's handling of the incident.

Promoted to an impossible job as Premier, Joan Kirner made tough decisions

Joan Kirner concedes defeat at the tally room in October 1992.

Josh Gordon 10:44 PM   When Joan Kirner became premier in August 1990, she was bequeathed a political and economic mess.

Joan Kirner dies: the former premier remembered

Joan Kirner leaves Parliament House, Melbourne after elected Victoria's first female deputy premier.

Shane Green 10:42 PM   I first encountered the remarkable force that was Joan Kirner in a simple downtown office. It was the best part of 35 years ago, and Kirner was heading up the Victorian Federation of States School Parents' Clubs.

Joan Kirner: what I've learnt

Joan Kirner on the beach in 2004 near her home in Williamstown.

Joan Kirner 10:03 PM   I'm not tolerant of injustice. I'm not a very tolerant person, as all my friends will tell you. If you want to progress, you need to take different people with you and listen to different points of views.

Joan Kirner reflects on political cartoons

John Spooner

Joan Kirner 10:00 PM   What do you do with your favourite political cartoons? Do you store them in your memory file or cut them out, and stick them on your fridge? Don't say you ignore them. No politician or political cartoonist can cope with that.

Joan Kirner makes dignified departure as opposition leader

Joan Kirner concedes defeat at the tally room of the 1992 Victorian state election.

Hugo Kelly 9:39 PM   As she handed over the state ALP leadership to Jim Kennan in front of caucus yesterday, Joan Kirner commented quietly that the leader-elect did not break down and cry at the news of her resignation.

Melbourne CBD restaurant on fire


Alana Schetzer 9:27 PM   Firefighters are currently at the scene of a fire in Melbourne's CBD, with the corners of Russell and Lonsdale streets blocked.

Joan Kirner: my perfect weekend

Nelson Mandela, arrives in Melbourne greeted by Premier Joan Kirner at Melbourne Airport.
Date: 25/10/1990
Photographer: Craig Golding

Roland Rocchiccioli 9:06 PM   Joan Kirner's favourite holiday spot: Wilson's Promontory

It's still hard Labor

Joan Kirner

Joan Kirner 8:17 PM   Has Labor lost its will to increase the number of women in Parliament? Former Victorian premier Joan Kirner calls for a change in culture.

Lend Lease sued for $20 million over Austin leaks

Ambulances outside the Emergency entrance at the Austin Hospital.

Craig Butt and Clay Lucas 6:33 PM   Defective construction works at the Austin Hospital have caused extensive plumbing problems, a Supreme Court writ alleges, leading the Andrews government to sue builder Lend Lease for costs "in excess of $20 million".


No upside for Andrews in minister’s downfall

Despite talk of factional payback, allegations of bullying by Adem Somyurek must be taken seriously.

It's time to spend, so start borrowing

Self-serving myths about public debt should be exposed.

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.


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.