Government claims $853m education black hole

More than $800 million of state money earmarked for Victorian schools has disappeared.

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Overseas jaunt brings down two top former officials

Not one to miss out: Jeff Rosewarne, former acting secretary of the Education Department.

Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie 2:49 PM   If it wasn't being slowly exposed in a corruption inquiry in the County Court, many Victorian parents would struggle to believe the evidence about how large sums of money meant for the state's school system have been systemically rorted by two allegedly corrupt officials.

School paid $5000 for official's coffee machines

Lover of good coffee: Jeff Rosewarne

Richard Baker 2:38 PM   Victoria's former top education public servant had primary schools pay thousands of dollars for furniture and coffee machines for his home via a false invoicing scam, IBAC has heard.

Melbourne Metro: $1.5b in next week's budget, says Daniel Andrews

A Doncaster-to-the-city light rail link would be the equal of adding 2.5 lanes to the Eastern Freeway.

Clay Lucas and Richard Willingham 2:36 PM   The Melbourne Metro rail project under central Melbourne, budgeted at between $9 billion and $11 billion, will get $1.5 billion in next Tuesday.

Comment: "Education State" looking for excuses

Schools ready to mark the Andrews government on 'the Education State' promises

Henrietta Cook 2:13 PM   They promised to make Victoria "The Education State", a slogan that will soon be emblazoned on Victorian number plates.

Sarah Cafferkey murder probe focus on possible accomplices, police investigation

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Adam Cooper 1:57 PM   Victoria's State Coroner will investigate the murder of Sarah Cafferkey, in an inquest that will include looking at what roles others played in helping Steven Hunter dispose of the young woman's body.

Jail for daylight rape of schoolgirl

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Mark Russell 1:03 PM   An intellectually disabled man who attacked and raped a 16-year-old girl while he was on parole has been jailed for five years.

Mail thief steals packages from St Kilda Road apartment building

The man police wish to speak to.

Marissa Calligeros 12:55 PM   A thief has broken into mail boxes at a Melbourne apartment building and made off with a number of packages.

Mornington crash claims second life

Emergency.

Marissa Calligeros 12:47 PM   An elderly man has become the second person to die after a car slammed into a tree on the Mornington Peninsula.

'She was an inspiration to all of us... a gem'

Former Melbourne resident Renu Fotedar: 'She was an inspiration to us all'.

Deborah Gough 11:48 AM   Melbourne's Kashmiri community has lost a "gem" in the earthquake in Nepal, a close friend of Australian citizen Renu Fotedar has said.

Drunk woman dobbed in

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Robyn Grace 11:27 AM   A drunken woman has been dobbed in to police after getting into her car outside a supermarket in a town near Geelong.

Judge slams Legal Aid in murder trial

Murder victim Renea Lau.

Mark Russell, Adam Cooper 11:23 AM   A Supreme Court judge has lashed out at cash-strapped Victoria Legal Aid over its handling of the case involving a man who raped and murdered a Chinese pastry chef in Melbourne's Kings Domain.

Father punched in front of children by graffiti vandals

The two men police wish to speak to.

Marissa Calligeros 9:12 AM   A father has been assaulted in front of his young children after making a comment towards two graffiti vandals in a Melbourne laneway.

Melbourne Express: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Express sunrise

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

Thieves steal trailer, mow down owner

The man spotted his stolen trailer being towed in Keysborough.

Marissa Calligeros 8:46 AM   A man suffered severe leg injuries as he was run over by thieves towing his own trailer.

MFB: Docklands apartment tower fire fuelled by material in building's walls

The Lacrosse Building fire may lead to a class action by the block's residents.

By Nick Toscano and Rania Spooner 8:27 AM   The rapid spread of a fire through a Docklands apartment tower was contributed to by combustible construction materials, a review has found, sparking an investigation into building practices and paving the way for an expensive class action.

IBAC claims big scalp on day one of education corruption hearing

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Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie 7:57 AM   A stellar 30-year public service career was destroyed in hours.

Company directors 'must face fines' for deaths

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Nick Toscano, Workplace Reporter 8:19 PM   Negligent company directors would be held personally liable and face heavy penalties including jail when an employee is killed in the workplace, under major reforms being urged by trade unions.

Murder of Melbourne pastry chef Renea Lau one of the worst: Crown prosecutor

Murder victim Renea Lau.

Adam Cooper 7:18 PM   A senior Crown prosecutor has described the murder of a pastry chef whose body was found in Melbourne's Kings Domain as one of the worst-case murders.

Teacher barred from the classroom after 49 complaints

George Steele's classroom behaviour cost him his job.

Henrietta Cook, education reporter 7:14 PM   A teacher who allegedly let students play knife games, and failed to supervise a student who set fire to a book in class has been barred from teaching.

Education department chief sacked

Education department chief Nino Napoli, who allegedly ran a corrupt multimillion-dollar scheme that stole school funds, has been sacked.

Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie 7:13 PM   Victorian secondary colleges and primary schools were allegedly involved in a corrupt scheme involving the diversion of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to companies or figures linked to senior education official Nino Napoli.

Finks bikie gang open Melbourne clubhouse

Finks members on their road trip to the new Ringwood clubhouse.

Nino Bucci 6:21 PM   The notorious Finks motorbike outlaws are back in town after a hiatus and revamp, however, criminal activities remain unchanged.

Parole board chief stands down after mafia link

Head of the Adult Parole Board of Victoria, Justice Bill Gillard.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker 6:15 PM   Victorian parole board chief Bill Gillard has been forced to step down from his role after revelations he advised the alleged head of Melbourne's mafia on how to fight the police chief commissioner's decision to ban him from Crown casino.

Victoria government, Linfox inject $26m to keep Jetstar flying to Avalon

Avalon Airport has struggled to compete against Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport.

Josh Gordon, Matt O'Sullivan 4:33 PM   Jetstar has committed to increasing flights to Avalon Airport near Geelong after the Victorian government and the airport's owner, Linfox, agreed to a $26 million funding lifeline over the next decade.

Funding to Coroner recommends barriers for deadly bridge

Bridge suicide memorial.

Jane Lee 4:05 PM   Permanent safety barriers should be built on one of Melbourne's deadliest bridges, a coroner has found, but funding for upgrades was diverted by the Federal Government for the failed East West link.

Police reach injured Mount Buffalo Gorge climber

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Deborah Gough and Marissa Calligeros   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.

Elderly woman killed in Mornington crash

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Marissa Calligeros   An elderly woman has died after a car hit a tree on the Moorooduc Highway at Mornington.

'Snow coming, coming, coming': Victorian teenager recalls Nepal avalanche horror

People approach the scene after an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp.

Marissa Calligeros   Trapped in the maelstrom Camille Thomas could see nothing but white.

Daylesford family safe and well after Nepal earthquake

Jordana Headberry was trekking in Nepal and has not yet made contact with her family.

Deborah Gough, Marissa Calligeros, Beau Donelly   A young Victorian family feared lost in the Nepal earthquake is safe and well, relieved family members have confirmed.

Opinion

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.

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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.