Concerns grow over school councils in inner city

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Inner city Melbourne school principals are worried that changes to the rules for school councils will make their dealings with parents harder

Ten places to be at Flemington on the big day

Melbourne Cup finish.

Jessica Wright Whether you are a bird headed for the Cage, a VRC member or a guest, or if you simply have a general admission ticket for the Big Dance - then we have the lowdown on where you should be and what's on...

Bad buildings in wrong places: urban heritage expert bemoans Melbourne high-rise boom

'There's a lot of very second-rate buildings going up':  Professor Andrew Saint.

Shane Green Melbourne's high-rise boom is being dominated by second-rate buildings, according to a leading international architecture expert.

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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.

Police investigate death of elderly man

Allison Worrall Homicide detectives are investigating the suspicious death of an elderly man in Yarraville in Melbourne's west.

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...

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.

Napthine rules the Victorian twitter roost

Darryn Lyons

Craig Butt Victorian parliamentarians have amassed more than 150,000 Twitter follows, but lag behind many of their federal, and even local, government counterparts.

Victorian State Election: Libs and Greens deny preference deal

Preference flows in some seats will be crucial in the Victorian election.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent The Liberals and the Greens have denied doing a deal after both parties registered preference-free how to vote cards with the Victorian electoral commission.

Liberal candidate sacked over links to porn star

LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 09:  Adult film actress Sunny Leone arrives at the 27th annual Adult Video News Awards Show at the Palms Casino Resort January 9, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Richard Willingham, Allison Worrall MELBOURNE, Nov 23 AAP - The Victorian government is in damage control a week out from the state election after sacking a candidate whose campaign was set to include an adult film star.

Port Phillip inmate stabbed


Tammy Mills An inmate at Port Phillip Prison has been taken to hospital following a stabbing on Sunday.

Bikie link to arson attack on St Kilda restaurant

Damage to Republica restaurant next to the St Kilda bath house after a petrol bomb was thrown at the door.

Cameron Houston and Tammy Mills Outlaw bikie gangs involved in extortion are the main suspects in an arson attack on a St Kilda restaurant.

Counterfeit money operation busted in Stawell: police

A counterfeit money-making operation in Victoria's west has been busted with the arrests of three people and seizure of fake notes and counterfeiting equipment, police say.

Man escapes Bundoora house fire

A man who fell asleep in the lounge of his north Melbourne home has woken to find the place well alight.

Calder Freeway chaos: cars swerve to miss oncoming driver

Wrong way, go back sign

Anna Whitelaw A man has caused mayhem on the Calder Freeway on Saturday morning after allegedly speeding along the wrong side of the road for five kilometres, forcing other motorists to swerve out of the way.

Coffee with Joan Kirner

Former premier Joan Kirner.

Peter Wilmoth 24 years after she made history by becoming the first female premier of Victoria, Joan Kirner continues to be active in politics.

Alcohol seized after police raid Comanchero stronghold

Goya Dmytryshchak Police seized a large amount of alcohol during a raid on the clubhouse of an outlaw motorcycle gang at Williamstown.

My Place Column

Janine Joseph The nearby Dandenongs are a breath of fresh air after the big smoke, says Janine Joseph.

Two-year-old stuck in drain for an hour

Goya Dmytryshchak A two-year-old boy was trapped in a drain for an hour after a mishap in the backyard of his Blackburn home on Saturday night.

Truck impounded under hoon laws

Goya Dmytryshchak A truck driver had his b double impounded under hoon legislation after police found a mother and her 14-month-old child travelling in the rear cabin.