Developer two levels short of a car park

The developer of a 72-level tower in the city did not build the underground car parking it pledged to.

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Victorian Liberal MP Graham Watt explains Rosie Batty snub

Rosie Batty addressing the joint sitting of  the Victorian Parliament on Thursday.

5:38 PM   A Victorian MP who refused to join a standing ovation for Rosie Batty says family violence has "incredible sensitivity" for him.

"Worried well" may be having unnecessary colonoscopies, doctor says

Some people could be getting unnecessary colonoscopies, new research shows.

Julia Medew 5:31 PM   The "gluten-free" movement and fast "McDonald's-style" medicine may be driving people to have unnecessary and invasive bowel investigations funded by Medicare, a leading doctor says.

Actor Jeremy Kewley pleads guilty to child sex offences

Neighbours actor Jeremy Kewley.

Adam Cooper 4:35 PM   An actor with credits on some of Australia's most popular television programs has pleaded guilty to sex offences against children.

Police receive 420 family violence calls since Tuesday

Rosie Batty attended a joint sitting of Parliament in which family violence survivors addressed MPs.

Benjamin Preiss 4:13 PM   Police in Victoria have responded to 420 family violence calls since Tuesday, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton says.

Dead body found in the Yarra River near Melbourne Aquarium

Melbourne Aquarium on the north bank of the Yarra river.

3:52 PM   A dead body has been discovered in the Yarra River near the Melbourne Aquarium.

PSO charged with assault


Chloe Booker 3:51 PM   A Protective Services Officer has been charged over an alleged off-duty assault.

Party guest believed Majak Daw denial, court hears

Majak Daw appears at the Victorian County Court supported by his family.

Adam Cooper 3:04 PM   A guest at a party where Majak Daw allegedly raped a girl has told a trial he thought the alleged victim and her friend were "over-reacting" and that he told the accused he believed his denial.

Labor to 'cover up' branch-stacking scandal

Bill Shorten.

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar 2:09 PM   Victorian Labor is expected on Thursday evening to endorse a high-level "cover-up" of a major branch-stacking scandal involving pre-paid gift cards, in a move that will protect close allies of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Huge variations in surgery and mental health treatment

There are huge variations in use of psychiatric drugs across Australia.

Jane Lee and Julia Medew 1:23 PM    

Million-dollar reward to solve bush grave killing

Albert Pisani's remains were found in a shallow grave.

Tammy Mills 12:53 PM   A $1m dollar reward to solve the death of a man found in a bush grave in country Victoria almost 30 years ago has been announced.

Coalition seeks to toughen up Victorian drug laws

New ice laws are expected to pass the lower house on Thursday.

Nino Bucci 12:52 PM   Hardline drug laws billed by the Andrews government as vital in the fight against ice could be made even harsher, under an amendment proposed by the Coalition.

State trying to turn $110m bridge project into yuppies versus puppies: residents

Residents protest VicRoads' plans for the Chandler Highway bridge.

Clay Lucas 12:50 PM   Residents whose homes will be badly affected by a new bridge unlocking one of Melbourne's worst traffic chokepoints say the Andrews government is trying to turn their fight to protect their houses into a battle between them and Guide Dogs Victoria.

Banned for 99 years: Driver's record shocks police, magistrate in Albury

The motorist's breath test didn't surprise police, but his driving record was another matter.

12:33 PM   It was a moment when magistrate Tony Murray realised he might not have seen it all - a driver suspended for 99 years.

Melbourne's most expensive park: public pays $19m to developer who paid $4m

The new plan for Melbourne's most expensive park.

Clay Lucas 12:33 PM   Welcome to Melbourne's most expensive park: a small playground to be created in South Melbourne that, thanks to Opposition leader Matthew Guy's rezoning of the Fishermans Bend urban renewal area, will cost taxpayers $14 million more than its developer owner paid for it.

AFL ordered to hand over Essendon supplements saga documents

Hal Hunter at Essendon training in 2012.

Mark Russell 12:19 PM   The AFL has been ordered to hand over documents relating to Essendon's 2012 controversial supplements program to former rookie player Hal Hunter to help him decide whether to sue for damages.

Lloyd Williams sues clinic over Melbourne Cup horse

The writ says HCR purchased Amralah in 2014 for the purpose of competing in races in Australia, with its main mission to win the Melbourne Cup.

Mark Russell 11:16 AM   Four-time Melbourne Cup winner Lloyd Williams has launched legal action over the alleged negligent veterinary treatment of his horse, Amralah, which had to be scratched from the race that stops a nation.

Trains resume after City Loop shutdown

Mobile phones will now work in the City Loop.

Liam Mannix 10:51 AM   Passengers were stranded in the City Loop this morning after a man ventured onto the tracks near Melbourne Central.

Melbourne Express: Thursday, November 26, 2015

Express sunrise

Tom Cowie 8:50 AM   Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running – news, weather and transport updates, plus compelling content from The Age and beyond.

Six teens injured as tree falls at Lake Eildon campsite on night of wild weather

The SES received more than 750 calls for help during Wednesday's night of wild winds.

Liam Mannix 7:54 AM   Six teenagers have been injured in Lake Eildon after a night of wild weather toppled a tree in their camp site north-east of Melbourne.

Majak Daw's accuser claims he raped second girl

Former North Melbourne footballer Majak Daw outside the County Court on Monday with his sister, Sarah Daw.

Timna Jacks, Rania Spooner 11:07 PM   Former AFL footballer Majak Daw has been accused of raping a second girl while he was in high school.

Bids made for Windsor Hotel as planning dispute deepens

The Windsor is known as the Duchess of Spring Street.

Aisha Dow 9:46 PM   The owners of the Windsor Hotel say they have received a flood of offers of up to $130 million from those wanting to buy the heritage building.

Victoria braces for fire danger with day of high temperatures and strong winds

Temperatures are expected to soar across Victoria on Wednesday.

Chloe Booker, Timna Jacks 9:23 PM   Wild and hot winds have hit Melbourne as much of the state remains on high alert for extreme fire danger as a cool change approaches.

Students banned from playing on unsafe oval

Footscray Primary School students on the oval where asbestos has been found.

Henrietta Cook 7:13 PM   Students have been banned from playing on a dusty oval at Footscray Primary School that is riddled with asbestos.

Ombudsman asked to investigate alleged Labor rorts

Greens leader Greg Barber says the allegations have affected public confidence in MPs.

Benjamin Preiss 7:04 PM   The Victorian Ombudsman has been instructed to investigate allegations Labor misused electorate officer entitlements in the lead-up to the November state election.

Woman fighting for life after Thomastown house fire

Firefighters are working to contain the blaze.

Chloe Booker 6:59 PM   A woman is fighting for her life after suffering critical burns to her face and airway during a fire in Melbourne's north.

Man discovered drowned at Frankston Beach

Frankston Beach.

Chloe Booker 6:22 PM   A man has drowned off a pier at Frankston Beach in the wild weather on Wednesday afternoon.

Tireless voice for women with disabilities wins lifetime gong

 Keran Howe, who was injured in car accident that left her with a spinal cord injury, has been given a lifetime achievement award at the National Disability Awards.

Miki Perkins 10:00 PM   An car accident at age 19 left Keran Howe with spinal cord injuries, and she has been advocating for women with disabilities ever since.

Pharmacists to give vaccines and manage chronic diseases in Victoria

Pharmacists will take on some doctors' tasks in Victoria from next year.

Julia Medew 1:15 AM    Pharmacists will monitor their customers' conditions and manage medications, including giving vaccinations, in a trial with a group of doctors next year.

Claims a common antidepressant killed baby Summer

Sonja Jamsek​.

Liam Mannix   A commonly-prescribed antidepressant may be implicated in the death of a day-old baby, a Victorian coroner has heard.

Coalition transport ad cost $5 million in taxpayer funds

A still from the $15 million Moving Victoria ad campaign.

Benjamin Preiss   The former Coalition government splurged $5 million in taxpayer money on a transport advertising campaign conducted in the months leading up to the state election.


Andrews' port plan is a fraud on the west

Victoria is facing an infrastructure fiasco rivalling the desalination plant.

Indifference threatens a jewel in Victoria's heritage

In a crook of a hill outside Melbourne, a rare example of Victoria's heritage is crumbling.

A perfect storm led to hospital baby deaths

We must demand transparency and a change in attitude at Bacchus Marsh Hospital.

Hunt’s Melbourne 2200: on a road to nowhere

Environment Minister is still playing Abbott-style politics and his  proposals ignore fiscal realities.

The urban myth we just can't shake off

We have the world's most urban culture but  we see ourselves as red-dirters, outbackers, bushies.

Hail the fight for workplace safety

The decline in workplace deaths would have been unachievable without the vigilance of unions.

Fighting fire with fire: sometimes it goes wrong

The recent Lancefield bushfires highlight the need to have a plan and then use it.

A premier who keeps his promises? Really?

Premier Daniel Andrews has stuck to his guns, and his commitments.

Flash heatwave forebodes dangerous summer

In less than a week, the bushfire season has descended upon us.

Open letter to Gillon McLachlan

Victim of Brownless' "strippers" comment says the AFL chief should use his power to change the culture of The Footy Show.

Don't be fooled by Andrews' port trickery

Privatising the port to pay for level-crossing removals is a modern version of the pea and thimble trick.


V/Line conductor filmed punching man

Passenger films a V/Line employee as he repeatedly kicks and punches a 46-year-old man at Broadford station.

Andrews wants Melbourne Metro cash from Turnbull

Daniel Andrews wants the allocated $3 billion for East West link to fund the Melbourne Metro.

Inside Australia's goat farming industry

We export the largest quantity of this meat in the world, but most Australians know little about goat farming.