City looks behind facades with new heritage rules

Shane Green 8:30 AM   Melbourne City Council plans new grading system for heritage buildings.

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Police reach injured Mount Buffalo Gorge climber


Deborah Gough 9:28 AM   Police have reached an injured climber after he fell while abseiling down Mount Buffalo Gorge but not before he endured temperatures as low as zero overnight.

Melbourne Express: Monday, April 27, 2015

Express sunrise

Robyn Grace 9:07 AM   A live daily blog bringing you what you need to know to hit the day running.

Nepal earthquake: Victorians among missing

Francis and Jen Comber with their two young daughters Rani and Neve.

Chloe Booker, Tom Arup, Benjamin Preiss 12:19 AM   More than a dozen Victorians are among a growing number of Australians missing following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal which has killed more than 1800 people.

Support level misses mark for new tram stops


Adam Carey 11:22 PM   Melbourne's expanding fleet of low-floor trams is being allocated to tram routes that lack wheelchair-accessible stops, while accessible tram stops are being built on routes that have no low-floor trams.

Shooting death linked to ice syndicate

Shooting victim Josh Jell.

Nino Bucci 9:41 PM   A man who died from gunshot wounds after being dropped at a suburban hospital had recently been in prison, and may have been killed as part of a feud between drug dealers.

Call for Andrews to lift debt to build infrastructure

Melbourne is in need of new infrastructure projects.

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor 7:53 PM   With government borrowing costs at historic lows, there is a growing consensus that the public private partnership model, which relies on ongoing payments to the private sector to build and maintain infrastructure, should be re-examined.

Call for action to tackle Victoria's wild deer population


Darren Gray 12:15 AM   Deer are competing with native animals for feed in Victoria.

Lena Dunham: 'When I was raped, I felt powerless'

Lena Dunham at Variety's annual Power of Women event

7:23 PM   Lena Dunham talks about her evolution as a feminist and surviving a sexual assault.

Cattle grazing vote hangs in balance

To graze or not to graze: Should cattle be allowed in Alpine National Park?

Tom Arup, Benjamin Preiss 6:58 PM   Next week's vote will decide whether cattle will be allowed to graze in Victoria's national parks.

Victorian Nepalese travel to set up relief camp in Kathmandu

Rescuers look for victims under a collapsed building in Kathmandu.

Tom Arup 6:54 PM   The Nepalese community in Victoria rally quickly to help family and friends in quake-stricken Nepal.

Al-Furqan had no permit for religious gatherings

Harun Mehicevic, leader of the closed Al-Furqan Islamic Centre.

Nino Bucci 6:16 PM   A controversial Islamic centre linked to extremism could have been closed years ago, as it did not have a council permit for religious gatherings.

Two men die in Geelong car crash

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3:14 PM   MELBOURNE, April 26 AAP - Two men have died after their car hit a tree on a remote road in rural Victoria.

IBAC turning spotlight on alleged fraudulent use of education funds

The IBAC will investigate whether money destined for students has been siphoned off by a ring of crooked public servants and school leaders.

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie 12:15 AM   Victoria's anti-corruption agency will on Monday outline explosive details of how millions of dollars meant to benefit students has been stolen or fraudulently misused by a ring of allegedly crooked senior public servants and school leaders.

How do you solve a problem like radical Islam?

Harun Mehicevic, leader of the closed al-Furqan Islamic Centre.

Michael Bachelard, Nino Bucci 10:37 AM   Another Islamic radical organisation crumpled under the pressure of serious scrutiny last week and shut the doors on its shrinking band of followers.

Still looking for justice after 17 years

Seventeen years on, Dianne and Bob Heller continue to fight for justice.

Farrah Tomazin   Bob and Dianne Heller still remember the day they arrived at their small business to find the locks had been changed overnight.

Senior Rabbi attacks anti-halal campaign as 'ignorant and prejudiced'

Rabbi Moshe Gutnick.

Liam Mannix   One of Australia's most-senior Rabbi has come to the defence of Australia's Muslim community, comparing anti-halal sentiment to anti-Semitism.

Motorcylist dies in Wyndham Vale


Goya Dmytryshchak   A motorcyclist has died after his bike crashed and caught fire in Melbourne's west on Saturday.

If Melbourne Victory's a finalist just where will the winner's trophy be contested?

Victory's Mark Milligan celebrates a goal.

Michael Lynch    There's a lot going on in the world of Australian soccer, including the usual measure of controversy. Michael Lynch lifts the lid on the latest doings in the round-ball game.

Broken jaw, nose: Brawl at junior footy

Brawl at junior footy league

Goya Dmytryshchak   A teenager is in hospital after a brawl involving about 30 players at a junior football match in Melbourne's north-west on Saturday.

Australian doctor in IS propaganda video

Australian doctor Tareq Kamleh in the IS propganda video.

Patrick Hatch   An Australian man claiming to be a doctor has appeared in an Islamic State propaganda video urging other health professionals to join the group's new health service.

Grassroots Anzac service draws hundreds

Poppies are seen prior to the ANZAC Day service at Port Melbourne.

Bridie Smith   Enhanced with a red poppy, the small white crosses stood to attention in the wet grass beside the bicycle track. On each one, a soldier's name had been written in black ink.

Man dies after being found unconscious on ship in Port Phillip Bay


Goya Dmytryshchak   A man has been found unconscious on a ship in Port Phillip Bay.

Cliff plunge: Boy, 6, seriously hurt

Boy serious after fall from cliff

Goya Dmytryshchak   Child was climbing a tree when branch snapped sending him tumbling 10 metres down a cliff.

Anzac Day: Peaceful commemorations amid heavy police presence

An increased police presence at Anzac Day events in Melbourne.

Farrah Tomazin   A significantly enhanced security presence - including a trebling of police numbers and a directive for members to carry guns - contributed to peaceful Anzac Day commemorations in Melbourne in the wake of last week's terror raids.

Anzac 100: Rain doesn't stop crowds at Melbourne's Anzac dawn service

Young and old attended the dawn service at Melbourne's Shrine.

Konrad Marshall   More than 80,000 have braved wet and cold conditions to attend the dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing.

They walked tall, leaving their walkers, canes and wheelchairs behind

Pride: Nancy Crofts of the RAAF poses for her portrait.

Julie Power   Ninety five-year-old World War II veteran Nancy Crofts stood tall, shunning help from nursing home staff when she arrived to have her photo taken as part of a massive pro-bono project to capture the remaining 14,000 World War 2 veterans in printed portraits.

'Time for revolution' on Islamic school's oppression of women

'Pseudo-science and patriarchy' rules Al-Taqwa College, says former student Lamisse Hamouda.

Henrietta Cook   A former Al-Taqwa College student has accused embattled principal Omar Hallak of enforcing a "patriarchal system of oppression" at Victoria's largest Islamic school.

After 20 years, the coach kicks on

Auskick at Mack Oval.  Pictured with the ball is Jordy Beks. 140615LP29 Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Liam Mannix   The uniquely engaging nature of Auskick requires parents to be active participants rather than spectators.

DLP crossbencher urges Andrews to give funding vouchers for homeschoolers


Farrah Tomazin   Parents who homeschool their children should get financial incentives to cover their education costs, according to one of Victoria's new crossbenchers.


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.


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".