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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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 10:58 PM   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.

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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 9:30 PM   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 5:43 PM   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 12:15 AM   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 5:19 PM   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 4:52 PM   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 4:31 PM   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


Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent 12:15 AM   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


Peter Martin 3:58 PM   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 12:15 AM   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 12:58 PM   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.

Body found in burnt-out car at Eumemmerring

Forensic Police inspect the burnt out remains of a Commodore in Oliver Road Reserve in Eumemmerring. 27th March 2015. Photo by Jason South

Marissa Calligeros, Allison Worrall   Police are yet to formally identify a body found in a burnt-out Holden Commodore in Melbourne's south-east.

Comedian stands up and owns up to being a bully

"It's about finding something funny in the stories that have happened," says comedian Mick Neven, who is now friends with his one-time victim.

Suzanne Carbone 12:15 AM   In a somewhat cathartic show, Mick Neven bares some bleaker parts of his soul and helps audience members do the same.

Woman trapped and dragged beside Metro train at Malvern station

The woman is taken from Malvern station on a stretcher.

Marissa Calligeros   A woman was running to catch her 7.55am train to Flinders Street when her hand became jammed in the carriage doors. She now owes her life to the quick-thinking passengers who spotted her.

Melbourne hotels booked out for Cricket World Cup final

The MCG is holy ground to many.

Aisha Dow   Melbourne is facing a weekend room shortage as cricket fans descend on the city for the World Cup final.

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Adrian Bayley found guilty of raping three women before he raped and murdered Jill Meagher

Adrian Earnest Bayley outside Melbourne Supreme Court in June 2013.

Mark Russell   Adrian Bayley has been found guilty of raping three women – one in 2000 and two others just months before he raped and murdered Jill Meagher.

Daughter's tears of pride at sculpture of WWI hero father

Alby Lowerson, VC winner.

Carolyn Webb 12:15 AM   With maps of Australia on his buttons and an unused grenade in one pocket, Alby Lowerson will bravely beckon comrades for generations to come.

Wynne 'gets the band back together' on rewrite of Plan Melbourne

Minister for Planning Dick Wynne in Royal Park, Parkville.

Clay Lucas   A group of senior advisors to the Napthine government who quit claiming political interference in their work writing Melbourne's 40-year planning strategy have been reappointed by the Andrews government to rewrite parts of the plan.

Parole board yet to complete electronic system

Former High Court judge Ian Callinan.

Nino Bucci and Richard Willingham   The Adult Parole Board is yet to complete an electronic database for parolees, despite it being one of the key recommendations of a high-level review commissioned after the murder of Jill Meagher into how the justice system failed.

Advocates attack organisers of disability summit for lack of inclusion

Deborah Haygarth being carried off stage by organisers at the National Disability Summit in Melbourne

Beau Donelly   Disability advocates have slammed the organisers of a national disability conference after a speaker was carried onto the stage because it was not wheelchair accessible.

Adrian Bayley found guilty of raping three women before he raped and murdered Jill Meagher

Adrian Ernest Bayley

Mark Russell   One of Victoria’s most notorious criminals – the man who brutally raped and murdered Jill Meagher in 2012 – has been found guilty of raping three other women, with some of the offences committed while he was on parole for a string of other heinous crimes.

How Adrian Bayley was transformed from cocky and arrogant to a whimpering, emasculated shell of a man

Adrian Ernest Bayley leaving court in 2013.

Chris Johnston   Adrian Bayley's police interview in which he admitted repeatedly raping then strangling Jill Meagher with his hands three Septembers ago showed him to be above all one thing: pitiful.

Disability summit fails disabled speaker


A disabled speaker had to be lifted from her wheelchair onto the stage before she spoke at the National Disability Summit in Melbourne.


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.


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".