Remand centre back under control after prison riot

The Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall is back under Corrections Victoria control, after heavily armed riot police used tear gas to quell a prison riot which raged into the night on Tuesday.

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Melbourne Express: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Deborah Gough 8:08 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.

Police want family violence register

Police have called for a family violence register based on a British model.

Nino Bucci 7:29 AM   A register of family violence offenders that could be accessed by the public needs to be considered to stop serial brutes from abusing more victims, according to Victoria Police.

Strike to hit passengers at Melbourne Airport

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Neelima Choahan 7:23 AM   Passengers are being told to expect delays as Border Force public servants plan a half-day strike at the Melbourne Airport on Wednesday.

Prisoners riot at Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall

Victoria Police Special Operations Group (SOG) members are seen outside the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall.

Tammy Mills, Craig Butt, Tom Cowie and Liam Mannix 12:46 AM   Police are using tear gas as prisoners are believed to be forcing their way into the control room and trying to break through a front door at the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall, 20 kilometres west of Melbourne.

Education Department crackdown in wake of damning IBAC hearings

Former senior Victorian Education Department official Nino Napoli was involved in the "banker schools" scandal.

Timna Jacks, Henrietta Cook, Benjamin Preiss 12:26 AM   The Education Department is cracking down on corruption in its ranks, vowing to overhaul its structure, culture and financial system in response to a damning anti-corruption inquiry.

Powdered alcohol banned in Victoria

Authorities argue powdered alcohol spells trouble for teens.

Richard Willingham 12:15 AM   The Abbott government does not believe there needs to be a federal ban of powdered alcohol, despite pleas from Victoria.

IBAC's powers used to excellent effect in Education Department probe

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Richard Baker 11:33 PM   IBAC's public hearings into serious corruption within Victoria's Education Department have quelled doubts over the new watchdog's ability to bring criminality and misconduct to light.

Brighton's boating set in skirmish over broken slipway

A fight has broken out at Royal Brighton Yacht Club's over its unusable boat ramp, which has left six yachts stranded inside repair yards there.

Clay Lucas 8:10 PM   A battle over a collapsed slipway is fraying temperatures among the boating set at Brighton.

Children abusing parents accounts for 10pc of domestic violence

Community Legal Centres want family violence to be treated like deaths in custody, for which inquests are now mandatory.

Richard Willingham 7:17 PM   One in 10 cases of domestic abuse is directed at parents from their children with the state suffering a "critical gap" in services to tackle adolescents who use violence in the home.

Three teenagers killed in horror smash in Melbourne's east

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Liam Mannix 7:01 PM   Three teenagers have died and a fourth is in hospital after a horror smash in Avonsleigh in Melbourne's outer east.

Western Bulldogs pokies development to get apartments

Artist's impression of the Edgewater development.

Benjamin Millar 6:38 PM   A western suburbs council is seeking urgent changes to planning laws that have paved the way for Australia's first residential development above a pokies venue.

Fifty-storey skyscraper approved in South Yarra

Larry Kestelman's proposed Capitol Grand at the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street in South Yarra has been approved by VCAT.

Clay Lucas 6:34 PM   The highest skyscraper outside Melbourne's city centre has been approved, with the state planning tribunal giving the go ahead to the 50-storey Capitol Grand development at the corner of Chapel Street and Toorak Road.

Unions to gain power of staffing levels in industrial agreements

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Josh Gordon, State Political Editor 6:29 PM   Unions would be given free rein to bargain over public service staff levels and even specific appointments under a radical industrial overhaul proposed by the Andrews government.

Godfather's son Vincent Benvenuto buried in Mentone

The funeral of Vince Benvenuto at St Patrick's Church in Mentone.

6:26 PM   The son of a Melbourne Mafia godfather was been laid to rest in a funeral attended by hundreds of mourners in St Patrick's Catholic Church in Mentone in Melbourne's south-east on Tuesday.

IBAC: Questions still to be answered

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Benjamin Preiss 5:47 PM   The IBAC hearings into the Education Department have raised questions about what will come next and how individuals will be held accountable.

Say it ain't snow: winter blues for Victorian ski resorts

An image taken by the 'Ruined Castle' camera at Falls Creek on Tuesday.

Jessica Wright 4:58 PM   A forecast of a single day of snowfall this week will be cold comfort to Victorian ski resorts starved of the white stuff.

Heritage-listing bid dropped after outrage from Surrey Hills residents

Philip Derham, Annie and Karen Merriel in front of the obsolete tower in Surrey Hills.

Jeremiah Ganicoche 4:50 PM   Surrey Hills residents are delighted a 45-metre man-made monolith in their suburb won't be heritage listed, and could now be demolished.

Former headmaster of prestigious school teaches while unregistered

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Steve Butcher 4:13 PM   An internationally renowed Melbourne educator has been convicted and fined $8000 on charges that included teaching while unregistered.

Man killed by his second wife over group sex demands

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Mark Russell 3:31 PM   The family of David Creamer who was killed by his second wife after he demanded she take part in group sex are seeking compensation for pain and suffering.

Former lottery winner admits bashing nursing home resident who later died

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Mark Russell 2:44 PM   A former lottery winner has admitted attacking another nursing home resident who had wandered into his room and later died from a brain injury.

Customers made to pay to check leaky heaters

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Marc Moncrief 1:49 PM   An estimated 12,000 heaters in Victoria are at risk of leaking dangerous gas, but the manufacturer says it won't pay to have all of them checked, despite assurances by Energy Safe Victoria.

Passengers left out of the Loop as Metro cuts corners to run trains on time

Metro has resorted to bypassing Melbourne's underground stations to avoid running late.

Adam Carey 12:41 PM   The number of trains skipping the City Loop has soared this year, new figures show, as Metro resorts to bypassing Melbourne's underground stations at near record levels to avoid running late.

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Victorian road death culprits: speed, alcohol, teenage males

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Tammy Mills 12:27 PM   The drug ice was a factor in only 4 per cent of culpable driving cases despite a growing prevalence in the community, with two-thirds of killer drivers speeding or alcohol-affected, a new study has found.

Melbourne Express: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Deborah Gough 9:13 AM   Melbourne Express is a live blog bringing you a morning primer of what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.

Greek financial mess a quagmire for Melburnians

Paul Nikakis, whose mother recently passed away in Greece, is struggling to secure his inheritance.

Neelima Choahan and Jeremiah Ganicoche   Paul Nikakis might lose more than money in the fast escalating Greek financial crises. He might lose his mother's legacy.

Koorie culture arrives front and centre in Melbourne

Artist Robyne Latham and Koorie Heritage Trust chief executive Tom Mosby: The new trust headquarters open on Thursday.

Carolyn Webb   One of Victoria's Indigenous cultural hubs, the Koorie Heritage Trust, is moving into Federation Square with a confronting performance piece involving staring.

Sexual offence law overhaul to address victim injustices

A government review found Victoria's sexual offence laws were complex, inconsistent and unclear, further traumatising victims.

Nino Bucci   An overhaul of sexual offence laws will crack down on the most depraved child abusers and drastically reduce appeals and retrials in rape cases.

Opinion

Port plan suffers under aggressive politics

It is the new template for political opposition in Australia: bash the bejesus out of your opponents.

Andrews needs to act on Cesar Melhem allegations

As the allegations against Labor's upper-house whip pile up, Daniel Andrews looks like a man in hiding.

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.

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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.