Metro pulls up short to meet performance targets

Adam Carey   Metro is terminating trains part-way along the line hundreds of times a week, dumping passengers short of their destination in a perverse race to meet performance targets.

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Michael Kroger sets out plan to overhaul Victorian Liberal Party

Michael Kroger, Victorian president of the Liberal Party.

Farrah Tomazin 10:29 PM   The Victorian Liberal Party is set to be overhauled, with new president Michael Kroger announcing sweeping plans to review the Coalition agreement, give more power to local branches, and recruit more women to parliament “one way or the other”.

ALP members reject Port of Melbourne sale

Victoria's acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright (left), with premier Daniel Andrews.

Steve Lillebuen 9:39 PM   Rank and file Labor members have told Daniel Andrews to scrap his planned sale of the Port of Melbourne.

Christian lobby calls for right to discriminate on gay adoption

The Victorian government has ordered a review of Victoria's adoption laws, with proposed changes likely to be introduced into Parliament by the middle of the year.

Farrah Tomazin 12:15 AM   Faith-based adoption want to give agencies the right to refuse to place a child in the care of gay couples.

Caffeine hits start at 6 for early-morning worshippers

Coffee

Liam Mannix 12:15 AM   The market for good coffee before the sun rises is booming.

Can new approaches save women's lives?

Illustration: Michael Mucci.

Melissa Fyfe 12:15 AM   Victorians wanting to stop perpetrators from committing domestic assaults are considering how to rein in violent men.

Half of legal, board posts to go to women

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews

Steve Lillebuen, Liam Mannix 7:54 PM   The Victorian Labor government has committed to appointing women to fill at least half of all openings in court and public boards while the Labor party itself will now hold direct elections for its state parliamentary leader.

Jill Meagher's family hits back at priest's derogatory comments

Jill Meagher.

Benjamin Millar 7:51 PM   Jill Meagher's family have lashed out at a Catholic priest’s "disgusting" and "stupid" comments after he told parishioners that had murdered Melbourne woman's faith been stronger, she would have been "home in bed" and not walking down a street on the night she was brutally raped and killed.

New exhibition looks at the Turkish Australian perspective on Gallipoli

Serpil Senelmis and Nilgun Guven at the No Vacancy Gallery, home to an exhibition focusing on the Turkish perspective of Gallipoli.

Konrad Marshall 12:15 AM   One century on, notes Nilgun Guven, and war is still happening. Lives are still being lost. And we are still wrestling with how to talk about what happened 100 years ago.

Masa Vukotic's friends celebrate the 'princess of pink'

Friends and family gather in Queen Victoria Gardens to remember Masa Vukotic.

Chloe Booker 4:49 PM   Dressed in pink frills, lace and bunny ears, Masa Vukotic's friends tearfully clapped and cheered as 17 white doves were released - one for each year of her short life.

Burglar steals television, hails getaway taxi

Benjamin Millar 3:53 PM   A burglar who stole a large television set from a Melbourne medical supply shop on Saturday morning has made his getaway in a passing taxi.

Man rushed to hospital after parachuting accident near Geelong

Ambulance

Patrick Hatch 1:54 PM   A parachutist has been rushed to hospital after he descended suddenly near Geelong on Saturday and suffered serious injuries when he hit the ground.

My Place: Watching AFL at the MCG

Footy

Ebony Rocci 1:27 PM   Year 11 student Ebony Rocci feels at home amid the roar of the crowd at the 'G.

Ashram could wind up amid sex abuse allegations

The headquarters of Shiva School of Meditation and Yoga in Mount Eliza.

Jane Lee 1:25 PM   A Melbourne ashram could be wound up and closed amid allegations its members were sexually and physically abused there.

Andrews commits to appointing women to half of all senior legal and government board positions

Women in boardroom

Steve Lillebuen 11:52 AM   At least half of all Victorian judges, magistrates and major public board members will be women in a new workplace equality commitment made by the state government. In a speech opening the state ALP conference in Melbourne on Saturday, Premier Daniel Andrews said he wasn't proud to see the number of women in some senior government positions was actually falling.

Karen refugee 'Star Boy' has global following for his homemade music videos

Hsa Hae, or "Star Boy", volunteers at the Werribee Mansion Community Gardens to learn English and gain life skills.

Miki Perkins 11:06 AM   Hsa Hae is the most world-famous, self-made pop star you have never heard of.

Relatives of Carol and Greig Friday travel to Germanwings crash site

Carol Friday and son Greig Friday.

Tammy Mills 1:15 AM   Relatives of the Melbourne mother and son killed in the Germanwings crash flew out on Friday afternoon bound for the site where flight 4U9525 came down in the French Alps.

Melbourne priest apologises for derogatory comments about Jill Meagher

Jill Meagher.

Beau Donelly   A Catholic Church official has apologised after a priest told parishioners that had murdered Melbourne woman Jill Meagher's faith been stronger, she would have been "home in bed" and not walking down a street on the night she was brutally raped and killed.

Prosecutor: Passengers shrieked as jet crashed into Alps

The Germanwings Airbus A320 airliner crashed in the French Alps with 150 people on board.

John Bacon and Doug Stanglin   USA Today

Melbourne bursting at seams as Cup fever hits

Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates after bowling out India's Umesh Yadav to win their Cricket World Cup semifinal by 95 runs in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Alana Schetzer   Up to 90,000 Aussies and Kiwis will pack the MCG to watch Australia take on New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup final.

State coroner critical of guards' inaction, absent cameras in fatal jail attack

Scales of justice

Adam Cooper   An inmate fatally bashed at a Fulham prison could still be alive had guards been more responsive and CCTV cameras been in place, the state coroner has found.

Stickers for taxis in bid to cut door-opening accidents

Cyclist accident St Peters

Adam Carey   Stickers warning taxi passengers to look out for bikes will begin appearing in Melbourne cabs by Easter, as the industry moves to tackle sometimes deadly dooring incidents with cyclists.

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Crown bouncers showed 'wilful disregard' for training in pinning man to floor, state coroner rules

Anthony Dunning who died after an altercation with Crown bouncers.

Adam Cooper   Crown casino bouncers displayed "a culture of wilful disregard for training and procedures" when they restrained a patron who lost consciousness and four days later died, the state coroner has found.

Police appeal for witnesses of six-car crash

The vehicle involved in the incident.

Yolanda Redrup   Victoria Police is appealing for witnesses following a multi-car crash caused by a red light runner in West Melbourne on Thursday.

Elderly man crashes into bookshop

The car is removed from the bookshop in Fairfield.

Yolanda Redrup   An elderly man has had a lucky escape after he lost control of his car and crashed into a shopfront in Fairfield, according to Victoria Police.

Scrutiny of Victoria's pubs and clubs dramatically drops

gambling.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent   Scrutiny of Victoria's pubs, clubs, restaurants, gaming venues and bottle shops has plummeted by more than 70 per cent over the past four years, worrying officials.

Queensland outshone, Victoria is Australia's No.1 destination

Population

Peter Martin   Victoria is outshining Queensland as the No.1 destination for Australians moving interstate.

Barry White's voice is worth bottling in arts and science project

Artists Debbie Symons and Jasmine Targett are collecting water in 1000 vintage bottles.

Suzanne Carbone   The sound of Barry White's velvet voice is an aphrodisiac for swooners and the disco god's inclusion in a Melbourne arts project is making water and science sexy. You are right to say: "A dozen oysters, please.''

Criminal case to proceed against young mother accused of killing baby

supreme court

Mark Russell   The Supreme Court trial of a young mother accused of killing her newborn baby and leaving her under a tree will go ahead, after the Director of Public Prosecutions refused to drop the criminal case against her.

Two injured in Wallan pub birthday brawl

Police car.

Marissa Calligeros   Pub brawl sours man's 21st birthday celebrations.

Former Christian Brother jailed for abusing 20 boys at six schools over 14 years

Edward Dowlan in 1994.

Mark Russell   A former Christian Brother who was part of a notorious paedophile ring involving the clergy in Ballarat has been jailed for a minimum of three years for abusing 20 young boys.

Opinion

Remembering Masa Vukotic on our journey

We need to focus on the needs of the victim and challenge the behaviour of the perpetrator.

Why your electricity bill might be a real shocker

Deregulating retail electricity prices has pushed up some customers’ bills by $800 a year in Victoria.

Liberals are not better economic managers

Liberals rushed to close the East West deal for political reasons, exposing us to unnecessary risk.

Birthing policies must be based on women's needs

The key to making home birth safe is to ensure that a woman's care is appropriate for her.

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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".