Easter in Melbourne still more than chocolate and hot cross buns

Caroline Zielinski Despite what the supermarkets would have Melburnians believe, Easter is not just about chocolate and hot cross buns.

National credit card debt up by 8%

Online boom puts more shoppers in harm's way.

Beau Donelly Australians spent a record $70.1 billion on credit cards between December and February.

What price a pedestrian's safety? A mere $91 study finds

Adam Carey How much are you prepared to pay to reduce pedestrian injuries or deaths in car accidents?

Back to school: the trial and joys of a graduate teacher

Benjamin Preiss Harry Knock's first term teaching Indonesian and English at Eltham High School might have been his last.

Explosions raise police union concerns over safety of new uniform

victoria police uniform

Nick Toscano Victoria's police union has raised concerns about the safety of the force's new uniforms.

Jobs blow for steel firms at loss of Webb Dock work

Webb Dock

Ben Schneiders Local steel firms have missed out on work on the massive expansion of Webb Dock, in a move expected to lead to job losses at a major manufacturer in Premier Denis Napthine's electorate in Portland.

Ill times for medical research as institutes face ballooning costs as support declines

Prof Brendan Crabb (AAMRI President & Burnet Institute Director) 
Prof Geoffrey Donnan (Florey Institute Director) 
Mr Harold Mitchell (Florey Board Chair) 
Prof Rob Shepherd (The Bionics Institute) 
Prof Garry Jenning (Baker IDI Director) 
Prof Doug Hilton (Walter and Eliza Hall director) 16th April 2014. Photo by Jason South.

Bridie Smith Victoria's top medical research institutes face a funding crisis, with costs of research ballooning as state government support has flatlined.

Higher ATAR makes university science places harder to get into

Scientist holding petri dish Laboratory technician - generic pic

Craig Butt and Benjamin Preiss VCE students face an uphill battle to study science at university next year, if recent trends continue.

Building sites risky places, Grollo says

Grocon bpss Daniel Grollo.

Construction sites are risky environments and incidents such as Melbourne's triple-fatal wall collapse can sometimes occur, the head of construction company Grocon says.

Nervous break for Places Victoria staff as jobs spilled

Jason Dowling One hundred and forty staff at state government developer Places Victoria will go into their Easter break with no idea whether they have a job, after they were told at a briefing Wednesday all...

Police probe death of two children at home

The deaths of two children on Easter Sunday in Melbourne have sparked a homicide investigation

Steve Lillebuen Two children have died on Easter Sunday in Melbourne, sparking a homicide investigation.

Country teams Yarra Glen and Yarra Junction will play for the Pride Cup

Simon Caldwell and Dean de Munk

Jill Stark Australian football's first gay-pride game will be staged next month in a landmark AFL-sponsored event, led by country footballers.

Environmental hurdles for airport rail link

Melbourne Airport

Farrah Tomazin Rail link would pass through contaminated sites and threaten environmentally sensitive areas.

Private schools in race to impress with best facilities

Dr Michael Davies

Konrad Marshall and Matthew Knott The state's top private schools are locked in a facilities 'arms race', spending up to $20 million a year on upgrades to sports, arts and educational buildings.

Bomber mechanic: When I go, I'll go big

Glenn Sanders

Cameron Houston and Mary Alexander A town was fearful of Glenn Sanders in the days before his death.

Labor could tear up East West Link contract if it wins election


Adam Carey Should Labor win the November state election, there is no legal impediment stopping it from tearing up the contract for the East West Link if it is sincere in its opposition to the road project,...

Jill Meagher's husband warns of 'monster myth' in campaign against violent men

Steve Lillebuen Jill Meagher's widowed husband has broken his silence to support abused women, warning against ''ingrained sexism'' and the ''monster myth'' around men who commit appalling crimes.

RSPCA slams government over 'backflip' on puppy farms

Caroline Zielinski The RSPCA has slammed the state government's "last-minute" amendments to the animal welfare breeding code and accused it of backflipping on key policies designed to stamp out illegal puppy farms.

Napoleon's ring and hair stolen from Mount Martha house


Portrait of Napoleon 
Bonaparte with colours of the French flag in the 

Caroline Zielinski Police are chasing a thief who stole French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte's ring, hair, snuff box and a ribbon inscribed by Napoleon himself in 1815 from a house in Melbourne's south-east.

New lead in $4m Richmond 'road gang' armed robbery

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Police have searched a far north Queensland property over an unsolved $4 million armoured car robbery on a Melbourne freeway almost 20 years ago.