Plan to widen Punt Road revealed

VicRoads publishes long-term plans for a six-lane highway through the heart of South Yarra.

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Latest Victoria news

LGBTI acting

Ellen Page: Stop calling straight actors 'brave' for playing gay characters

Ellen Page: "I’m never going to be considered brave for playing a straight person."

10:06 PM   "I’m never going to be considered brave for playing a straight person, and nor should I be."

Search for boys missing in Yarra Ranges

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Goya Dmytryshchak 9:51 PM   Police and SES crews are searching for three boys missing in the Upper Yarra Reservoir Park in Reefton.

Cyberhate

Chvrches frontwoman hits back at online trolls

Lauren Mayberry: "The response to the video, that to me just seemed ludicrous."

Kate Ferguson 9:08 PM   Lauren Mayberry was threatened with rape and branded a slut and a whore after release of new video.

Green scare: Labor and Liberals rethink strategies in Victoria

Greens state member for Melbourne Ellen Sandell.

Farrah Tomazin 12:15 AM   The rising threat of the Greens is forcing the major parties to dramatically rethink their political strategies, with Labor considering moving a key minister from the inner city and the Liberal Party ramping up efforts to safeguard its blue ribbon seats.

$200k Colombian hit on Mick Gatto

Mick Gatto, target of a  $200,000 hit.

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago 12:15 AM   South American gang bosses believe Mick Gatto was responsible for a shipping container full of contraband going missing from Melbourne docks.

Teenage girl killed in car crash in Kew

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Goya Dmytryshchak 8:02 PM    A teenage girl has died after the car she was in lost control and slammed into a road sign and a tree in Kew.

Dismaland

Melbourne's Dismaland artist takes it to the street

Lush's public art event in Hosier Lane Street saw art patron Andrew King posing as museum security.

Philippa Hawker 12:15 AM   Melbourne graffiti artist Lush thought he was being trolled when he received an email invitation from artist and activist Banksy​ to take part in an international art event.

Two boys escape burning house in Lalor

Fire trucks could get the power to change traffic lights.

Goya Dmytryshchak 7:57 PM   Firefighters say two children were lucky to escape a burning house after clothes drying in front of a heater caught fire in Melbourne's north on Saturday.

Door opens to new bike lanes on St Kilda Road

Bicycle Victoria chief executive Craig Richards on St Kilda Road.

Adam Carey 12:15 AM   Separated bike lanes will be built along five kilometres of St Kilda Road if a VicRoads study comes up trumps for cyclists.

Jobs for mates? Leaked report reveals FOI 'unusual' expenses

The freedom-of-information watchdog is under scrutiny.

Farrah Tomazin 12:15 AM   Victoria's freedom-of-information watchdog has been embroiled in a "jobs for mates" controversy after spending almost $1 million on contractors linked to the outgoing commissioner's old workplace.

Designer pair push Australiana to the edge for fashion week

Lia Tabrah and Kate Geck bring their love of Australiana to Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

Suzanne Carbone 12:15 AM   If two rebel fashionistas were in a rock band, they'd be called Kids in the Kitschen.

Bendigo mosque protest: Anti-mosque and anti-racism protesters clash

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Tom Cowie 6:53 PM   Police deployed capsicum spray as violent scuffles broke out between two opposing protest groups at an anti-mosque demonstration in Bendigo on Saturday afternoon.

Punched and abused: the price of fighting for equality

PHOTO by Meredith O'Shea . Rowena Allen (Victoria's new gender and sexuality commissioner ) and partner kaye with teenager Sam and six-year-old Alex
 THE AGE, 24th August 2015

Jill Stark 12:15 AM   Being silent is not in Rowena Allen's nature. But her openness has come at a cost.

My Place: Kew Golf Club

Diamonds in the rough: It's hard to beat golf on a good day.

Jun Kim 12:15 AM   Golf is a serious business, at least until one takes a giant swing to miss the ball completely.

Skye-ward big bang in Melbourne's south-east

Police were called to the scene of a possible pipe bomb explosion in the south-east Melbourne suburb of Skye on Saturday morning.

Deborah Gough 2:58 PM   A massive explosion detonated in Melbourne's south-east in the early hours of Saturday.

Major road works disrupt traffic ...twice

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Deborah Gough 12:23 PM   Emergency gas works and the removal of a railway level crossing are disrupting traffic on key arterial roads in Melbourne's inner east.

Teen boy missing

Rahul Kumar, of Keysborough, missing since Friday.

Deborah Gough 11:06 AM   Police are appealing for help to find missing teenager Rahul Kumar missing since Friday. 

Director of Public Prosecutions appeals Victoria's first baseline sentence

The Director of Public Prosecutions says the four-year jail term is "manifestly inadequate".

Adam Cooper 9:04 AM   Man convicted of incest sentenced under new regime could spend only four years in jail despite maximum term being 25 years.

Melbourne Express: Saturday, August 29

Good morning, Melbourne.

Patrick Hatch and Anna Prytz 8:04 AM   All the news you need to know before you get out of bed.

Batmania, the city that never was

Flinder Street station - the heart of Melbourne.

Neil McMahon   Happy birthday, Melbourne - 180 years old tomorrow! And perhaps, let's be honest, not entirely sure what anniversary it is you're celebrating.

Abbott's border protection force coming to a street corner near you

Why Victoria Police thought it would be a good idea to lend its name to this exercise in buffoonery is anyone's guess.

Josh Gordon   Border protection? On Bourke Street? What the?

Masked bandits shoot at man in home invasion at Caroline Springs

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Chloe Booker   Masked intruders have shot at a man after they ordered him to lie on the ground in a violent home invasion in Melbourne's west.

Woman four times over the limit on second run to bottle shop at Langwarrin

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Chloe Booker   A woman has been nabbed driving more than four time over the the legal blood alcohol limit on the way to a bottle shop in Melbourne's south-east.

Adults count the cost of poor maths skills

Josh Cawse has returned to study to improve his numeracy skills at Chisholm Institute of TAFE.

Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks   Adults are heading back to the classroom to learn basic maths skills they failed to pick up in school.

Border Force fiasco: Operation Fortitude cancelled amid protests

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Tammy Mills, Nicole Hasham, Richard Willingham   Widespread community backlash leads to the cancelling of Operation Fortitude, which would have seen people questioned about their visa credentials on Melbourne's streets.

Adults count the cost of poor maths

Maths teaching is  vitally important to the growth and productivity of our country.

Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks   "I've left my glasses at home," the 30-year-old with perfect vision said.

Former Premier Denis Napthine to bow out

Bowing out... Denis Napthine

Richard Willingham, Josh Gordon   Former premier Denis Napthine and one of his most senior ministers, Terry Mulder, are expected to bow out of politics next week, paving the way for dual byelections in their neighbouring western district seats.

Man charged over toddler Nikki's death

Nikki Francis-Coslovich.

Tammy Mills, Nino Bucci, Marissa Calligeros, Chloe Booker   A 31-year-old man has been charged over the death of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich in Mildura.

Celebrated musician Allan Yang charged with child sex offences

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Steve Lillebuen   A well-known Melbourne saxophone player, who is celebrated in China and once taught music at Scotch College, has been charged with child sex offences.

Apology from Liberals in Tasmania over Mantach failure

Former Liberal Party state director Damien Mantach.

Andrew Darby   The Liberal Party has moved to clear its record with the Australian Electoral Commission over a $48,000 debt repaid in Tasmania by former director Damien Mantach, as Labor calls for a police investigation.

Opinion

Victoria: the education state, or ghetto?

Daniel Andrews needs to show that he cares about state schools.

Get on board, get on the bus

Driving to work is a tedious affair, but it has its compensations.

City's rail system is broken but who will pay to fix it?

Yes, the system is broken, but it is difficult to know who to blame for breaking it.

Why Melbourne's growth  is outpacing Sydney's

People could be flocking here for the coffee and cool bars. Or something else entirely.

The Hotel Windsor has become a political football

Bureaucratic obstructions are likely to result in an own-goal for heritage lovers.

Tobacco ban in prisons won't work

Rather than incite unrest, Andrews should make it more likely prisoners will want to stop smoking.

Video

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.