Disgraced bigwig's taxpayer-funded toupee

Henrietta Cook   Disgraced former Education Department boss Nino Napoli spent thousands of dollars on his toupee, and suggested his cousin bill state schools for the expensive wig.

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'You f---ing pepper-sprayed him for no reason'

Images of the confrontation outside Moreland train station from the YouTube video.

Marissa Calligeros 12:06 PM   A Melbourne man claims he was pepper sprayed at "point blank" by a Protective Services Officer at train station in Melbourne's north on Thursday night.

Relief on way for ring road 'pinch point' as Tony Abbott agrees to chip in


Adam Carey 11:49 AM   A dangerous "pinch point" on the Western Ring Road will be widened and made safer after the Abbott government matched a $150 million commitment from the Victorian government to upgrade the road.

Former Melbourne Grammar School student in court charged with murder


Mark Russell 11:34 AM   A government psychiatrist will interview in July a former Melbourne Grammar School student charged with murdering a homeless man to assess if he was psychotic.

Making apartments better will make them pricier: architect

Craig Yelland, director of Plus Architecture, is a big advocate for apartment living. He is pictured in his Port Melbourne apartment, where has lived for five years with his wife and two children.

Clay Lucas 11:32 AM   New rules to ensure better apartments are built in Melbourne would improve living conditions but cost buyers tens of thousands of dollars more, the director of a national architecture firm says.

Woman shot in Northcote, gunman on the run

Joe's Organic Market, where police were called to the shooting early on Friday morning.

Marissa Calligeros, Tammy Mills, Alana Schetzer 10:49 AM   A gunman is on the run after a woman was shot in Melbourne's north on Friday morning.

Bomb squad examining suspicious package in Sunshine


Marissa Calligeros 9:57 AM   Explosive experts are examining a suspicious package found in a car in Melbourne's west.

Melbourne Express Live: Friday May 29, 2015

Express sunrise

Tom Cowie 9:03 AM   Kickstart your day with breaking news, commuter and weather updates, giveaways and the hottest events.

Geelong Powerball: 17th syndicate member emerges


Marissa Calligeros, Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago 8:50 AM   A 17th syndicate member who claims to have been duped of his share of a $16.6 million Powerball win by a former colleague has reportedly emerged.

Melbourne-made double-decker bus ready to rumble when Regional Rail Link opens

Carl Thomas of Volgren in the double-decker bus.

Adam Carey 8:07 AM   Double-decker buses: London has them, Hong Kong has them and next month Melbourne will have them too.

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Melbourne Jihadi brides: 12 young women flee suburbs to join IS

Afghan women wearing the traditional burqa in Kabul

Marissa Calligeros 7:45 AM   At least 12 young Melbourne women, some as young as 18, have tried to join Islamic State in Syria in the past two months, Victoria's anti-terrorism intelligence unit has revealed.

Crisis housing for violent men would keep them out of the shadows

Family violence can't be solved unless the perpetrators get help too, says the Council to the Homeless.

Chris Johnston 6:42 AM   Better crisis housing should be given to male perpetrators of domestic violence, according to a "thorny" new submission to the Royal Commission into family violence.

Driverless cars: closer and safer than you think

The interior of the Mercedes F 015, a driverless model.

Richard Willingham 6:01 AM   The age of driverless cars and trucks is rapidly approaching and will help improve road safety by wiping out human error, a global transport summit has heard. And Australia's Deputy PM backs their use.

Australia's winter likely to be drier and milder than usual as El Nino kicks in

Dry conditions in western Queensland may spread further over winter.

Peter Hannam 12:10 AM   Most of Australia can expect a drier and warmer than usual winter as the influence of an El Nino takes hold – although the first few days of the season won't feel very balmy.

Stay away: Council tells staff not to come to work amid fears of weekend rally clashes

Yarra Council fear rallies planned for Richmond this weekend could end in the same kind of violence seen between opposing groups in Federation Square (pictured) in April.

Beau Donelly 9:19 PM   Yarra Council has warned staff to stay away from Richmond Town Hall on Sunday amid fears of a violent clash between anti-Islam activists and protesters defending minority groups.

'Another priest' present when Gerald Ridsdale abused a child in his bedroom, royal commission hears

Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale can't remember who else was in the room when he abused a child.

Jane Lee, Rania Spooner 8:23 PM   A royal commission has heard that another priest was present when Gerald Ridsdale abused a child in his bedroom, but he says he cannot remember who it was.


Sins of omission: the testimony of Gerald Ridsdale

Gerald Ridsdale tells the commission he does remember George Pell.

Jane Lee 6:56 PM   In his blind loyalty to those who have failed him, Gerald Ridsdale has betrayed those he has already failed.

Former OPI boss to investigate bullying claims against Adem Somyurek

Former Office of Police Integrity boss Michael Strong is considered one of Victoria's toughest integrity watchdogs.

Benjamin Preiss 6:48 PM   Former Office of Police Integrity boss Michael Strong will lead the investigation into bullying allegations against a Victorian Labor MP.

Department charged for staff, many of whom never set foot in school, IBAC told

Disgraced Education Department boss Nino Napoli.

Henrietta Cook 6:45 PM   A company owned by a relative of disgraced education official Nino Napoli charged the Education Department $689,000 for services and temporary staff, many who never set foot in a school.

Short bursts of exercise helps regulate type 2 diabetes, research shows

Mechanic Steve Aumann was part of a study that found short bursts of excercise helps to regulate blood sugar levels in diabetics.

Craig Butt 12:15 AM   Short bursts of exercise between periods of sitting down can help people with type 2 diabetes regulate their condition, new research has found.

State and federal ministers head for education showdown

Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne.

Josh Gordon 6:00 PM   Victorian and South Australian governments say states may be unable to deliver "high quality" standards for all students because of federal budget cuts.

Replacing flammable high-rise cladding a costly, logistical nightmare: experts

Firefighters at the scene of the Lacrosse building fire last November.

Allison Worrall, Aisha Dow 5:25 PM   Removing and replacing combustible cladding in an average high-rise building would be a logistical nightmare and could cost millions of dollars, according to industry experts.

$60 million written off on value of inefficient TAFE computing system


Benjamin Preiss 5:00 PM   An IT system used by Victorian TAFE colleges has plummeted in value amid the latest report of massive financial losses in the sector.

Multi-millionaire lottery winner denies he cheated former co-workers

Gary Baron says he won on his own lottery ticket, not with a syndicate's.

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago 4:58 PM   Courier turned multi-millionaire Gary Baron has broken his silence to publicly deny he cheated 14 former colleagues of a share in a $16.6 million lottery windfall.

Tatts Group to hand over winning lottery ticket details in $16.6 million cheat claim in Supreme Court

Tatts Group has 14 days to hand over the information.

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago 4:40 PM   The Supreme Court of Victoria has instructed Tatts Group to hand over details of a winning lottery ticket to a syndicate who claim they have been cheated of their share in a $16.6 million windfall.

Cesar Melhem cut deal to drive down workers' pay, royal commission hears

State Labor MP Cesar Melhem: The opposition has called for him to be stood down.

Nick Toscano, Anna Patty 4:38 PM   Embattled state Labor MP Cesar Melhem cut a deal whereby a cleaning firm gave his union thousands of dollars in return for driving down workers' pay, a royal commission has heard.

Andrews wants $60 million in federal funding for medical research

Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews and Health Minister Jill Hennessy.

Craig Butt 4:06 PM   Premier Daniel Andrews has called on the federal government to contribute $60 million towards a Melbourne-based centre for new medical technologies.

Police urged to take their names off electoral roll


Tammy Mills 3:58 PM   Police officers are being urged to take their names off the electoral roll in the latest security measure for Victorian police amidst fears of a targeted terror attack.

New images released in racist attack and assault on Melbourne train

From police

Tammy Mills 3:47 PM   Police have released security footage stills of three men they want to speak to over a vile racial and bigoted attack on a Melbourne train that ended with a commuter being assaulted.

Logging in East Gippsland losing up to $5.5 million a year

Environmental activists in East Gippsland.

Tom Arup 3:09 PM   Logging in East Gippsland is not commercial viable and cutting down native forests across the region lost the state $5.5 million last financial year, internal government documents reveal.

First baby pygmy hippopotamus born at Melbourne Zoo in 33 years

Melbourne Zoo's brand new pygmy hippopotamus appears to be feeding well.

Tom Cowie 2:47 PM   Excited Melbourne Zoo keepers have welcomed the birth of a baby pygmy hippopotamus, the first to be born at Melbourne Zoo for 33 years.


No upside for Andrews in minister’s downfall

Despite talk of factional payback, allegations of bullying by Adem Somyurek must be taken seriously.

It's time to spend, so start borrowing

Self-serving myths about public debt should be exposed.

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.


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.