Barak portrait to tower over Melbourne

Aisha Dow 3:53 PM   After six months under wraps, a 31-storey portrait of indigenous leader William Barak was momentarily revealed to the world on Monday.

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Hundreds of starving koalas killed in 'secret culls'

Not stoned, just tired... the misunderstood koala.

Staff reporters 12:12 PM   More than 600 starving koalas were killed in secret culls, but authorities say they were needed.

First cage fight in Victoria to be held in November

Benjamin Preiss 11:56 AM   The first cage fight in Victoria will be held in November after the state government moved to lift a ban on the enclosures.

Melbourne: the world's sixth most expensive city

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Marissa Calligeros 11:38 AM   Melbourne may bask in the title of the world's most liveable city, but it comes at a price.

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Truck, car collide in St Albans

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Marissa Calligeros 11:34 AM   A truck and a car have collided on the Western Ring Road in Melbourne's north west.

Huge rally begins unions' anti-Abbott campaign

Unions rally in Melbourne

Nick Toscano 11:26 AM   Thousands of workers have converged on central Melbourne as unions mobilise nationally against the Abbott government's workplace relations agenda.

'Machinegun', machetes and other weapons allegedly found in woman's car

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Marissa Calligeros 11:22 AM   A young woman has allegedly been found with a massive stash of weapons including an automatic machinegun in her car at Sunbury.

Man pleads guilty to Yarra Junction caravan park murder

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Mark Russell 11:11 AM   A man has pleaded guilty to murdering a woman at a Yarra Junction caravan park in Melbourne’s outer east.

Glenroy man Brok Hughes pleads guilty to killing partner's son Zane Bradbury

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Mark Russell 10:58 AM   A man has pleaded guilty to killing his partner’s three-year-old son.

Police yet to identify pedestrian killed on Geelong Road

A computer-generated image of the unidentified pedestrian.

Marissa Calligeros 8:10 AM   A man who was hit and killed by a truck in Brooklyn more than two weeks ago has not yet been identified.

Superb lyrebird a natural firefighter and protector of other species

Superb lyrebirds reduced forest litter by 1.66 tonnes per hectare over a nine-month period.

Darren Gray 6:32 AM   Victoria's forests have an unlikely fire warden: the superb lyrebird.

Rural isolation traps women in violent relationships

It is estimated that violence perpetrated against women alone costs the Australian economy $13.6 billion each year.

Richard Willingham 2:39 AM   Women in rural and regional areas are more likely to be the victims of domestic violence than those in Melbourne.

Newly discovered primitive moth 'a living dinosaur'

It is less than 10mm long, but the aptly named enigma moth was recently discovered on Kangaroo Island.

Bridie Smith 7:00 AM   A newly discovered species of moth that is so primitive it is being described as a living dinosaur has prompted scientists to redraw the insect's family tree.

WorkSafe heads sacked over Fiskville CFA centre

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Richard Willingham, Nick Toscano 7:48 PM   WorkSafe heads have been sacked over the contamination of water at Fiskville CFA training facility.

Neighbour battles CFA over smoke risks

Neville Callow, whose farm is next to the CFA training facility

Richard Willingham 7:41 PM   After a long-running battle, Ned Callow and the Country Fire Authority's Fiskville training centre are searching for a solution.

Children swamp emergency departments

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Julia Medew 7:38 PM   Young children and people aged in their 20s are visiting Victorian public emergency departments in greater numbers than the elderly, a surprising new study that calls for more resources to better match demand has found.

Gonski reforms architect attacks Andrews government over school funding

Dr Ken Boston: "To market this as Gonski is to do Gonski a grave disservice."

Henrietta Cook, education reporter 7:05 PM   An architect of the Gonski education reforms has lashed out at the Andrews government, saying their new school funding law will do nothing to fix disadvantage and inequity in Victorian schools.

School visits to orphanages cause more harm than good

An Australian run orphanage in Phnom Penh.

Henrietta Cook, education reporter 7:02 PM   Schools that take students on volunteering trips to Asian orphanages are causing psychological damage to children in care, an academic has warned.

Daughter cut from $5m will for witnessing mother's adultery, court told

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Mark Russell 6:47 PM   A woman missed out on sharing in almost $5 million because she accidentally stumbled across her mother having sex with the family doctor when she was a child, a court has heard.

Melbourne cyclist numbers on the rise

Volunteer Sarah Morrison records cyclists on their way to work on Super Tuesday.

Yolanda Redrup 5:57 PM   Melbourne cyclists were out in force on Super Tuesday, with numbers up as much as 17 per cent in some of the city’s commuter hot spots.

Pet owner fined after dogs maul woman in park

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Steve Butcher 5:23 PM   A Staffordshire terrier cross and a Great Dane that attacked, mauled and seriously injured a woman in Yarra Bend Park in Kew may now be destroyed.

Man dies after train surfing accident

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Yolanda Redrup 5:19 PM   A 23-year-old Albert Park man has died following an alleged train surfing accident in Melbourne’s south-east in late February.

Alleged burglar crashes into police - literally

The scene of the crash on Clarendon Street.

Marissa Calligeros and Vanessa Desloires 2:54 PM   On-the-run burglar has run into police, quite literally.

Cleaner sexually assaulted in shopping centre lift

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Marissa Calligeros 2:00 PM   Shopping centre cleaner was sexually assaulted while cleaning a lift.

Former Yeshivah Centre employee charged with sexual assault offences while in prison

Melbourne's Yeshivah College.

Jane Lee 1:36 PM   A former employee of ultra-orthodox Jewish institution Yeshivah Centre has been charged with indecent assault offences that he allegedly committed while in prison.

Man jailed over bashing at Ringwood McDonald's

Steve Butcher 12:32 PM   A man who bashed and seriously injured a patron with a metal stool in a McDonald's restaurant has had a non-jail sentence overturned after an appeal by Victoria's Director of Public Prosecutions.

Rail jobs saved, for now, as Andrews orders new trains

Premier Daniel Andrews at the Ballarat Alstom train factory in 2014.

Adam Carey   Five new Metro trains will hit Melbourne's rail network from late next year after the Andrews government threw a lifeline to a Ballarat factory that was facing possible closure.


Victoria's reputation will take a hammering

'A responsible government ... doesn't rip up contracts.'

Across the great divide - a tale of two Melbournes

Charles Dickens wrote his novel, A Tale of Two Cities, about London and Paris. 

Andrews faces testing times in first term

Government is learning how difficult it is to negotiate its way through a parliament filled with micro-parties.

East West: Is Victoria open for blackmail?

If Dan Andrews pays compensation, it will set a terrifying precedent.

Is Daniel Andrews the new Keating?

Is Andrews going to be the progressive Labor premier ready to seize the moment?

Metro Rail – keep the plans on track this time

The trains will become even more crowded in the next decade. Will we cope?

Victorian masterpiece deserves to be restored

Flinders Street Station was the headstone of the city's wild days and nights.


Rare frilled shark caught off Victoria

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

Andrews to negotiate East-West payout

Government may face a compensation bill of up to $1.2b for scrapping the East West Link.