A handshake for 220 new citizens

Lucy Battersby   Amandeep Singh became an Australian citizen only on Monday, but he has been doing one of the most Australian jobs for the past two years.

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Melbourne Express Live: Tuesday January 27, 2015

Tom Cowie 6:14 AM   Kickstart your day with breaking news, commuter and weather updates, giveaways and the hottest events.

Infrastructure chief John Fitzgerald backs away from East West Link funds warning

Infrastructure Australia acting chief John Fitzgerald

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor 8:04 PM   Australia’s chief infrastructure adviser has backed away from a suggestion that dumping the East West Link contract could jeopardise federal funding for future Victorian projects.

A record 38 new teachers set to begin at Tarneit school

Principal Peter Devereux and 35 of the new teachers set to start the year at Tarneit P-9.

Henrietta Cook, education reporter 6:24 PM   The class of 2015 is wearing name tags and eager to start school. A record 38 new teachers will begin at Tarneit P-9 this week, a school in the growth corridor in Melbourne's outer-west that has experienced an explosion in its student population.

Infrastructure Australia wrongly dabbling in politics

Josh Gordon, Analysis 6:21 PM   Infrastructure Australia isn’t supposed to get involved in political squabbles.

Flavour factory pay dispute escalates to lock-in

Doors and lock

Lucy Battersby 5:45 PM   Dozens of workers at a chemical factory in Melbourne's east are locked inside the building and refuse to leave, after negotiations over a new enterprise agreement broke down.

Jail term for man who fired at P-plate driver's car

Supreme Court

Mark Russell 5:08 PM   A man who opened fire on a terrified P-plate driver believing he was a member of the notorious Tiba crime family has been jailed for six years and three months.

Supermodel Heidi Klum rolls into Melbourne for lingerie launch

Supermodel Heidi Klum emerged from a tram to promote her new underwear collection in the Bourke Street Mall

Suzanne Carbone 4:40 PM   On a gloomy, overcast Melbourne day, excitement grew in the Bourke Street Mall with the arrival of a tram. It was not the usual number 96, rather the Heidi Klum express.

Animal activists confront puppy farmer outside court

Veterinary nurse Kat Butterworth with German shepherd Cherry.

Rania Spooner 4:25 PM   Animal welfare activists confront puppy farm accused outside Werribee Magistrates Court.

Car surfer risks life during Australia Day stunt

The man was filmed car surfing in Tullamarine.

Tim Doutre 3:33 PM   Police have condemned the actions of a daredevil Melburnian caught car surfing on Australia Day in Melbourne’s north.

Call to calm down on the school run to protect children

Speed cameras

Liam Mannix 3:27 PM   The state government is urging frantic parents to calm down when dropping off their children off at school.

Dialysis bus provides holiday lifeline

Lisa Cooper on the dialysis bus.

Kate Hagan 2:40 PM   Five nights a week for the past year, Lisa Cooper has stuck two large needles in her arm and hooked herself up to a machine that clears waste from her blood.

Man dead after road rage incident

Police scene where a man died in the VicRoads car park in Burwood after an altercation following a minor accident.

Nino Bucci 1:25 PM   A 72-year-old man has died after an apparent road rage incident in Burwood East. 

$50,000 payout over violent anti-autism posts

Philip Gluyas awarded payout after taking an anti-autism blogger to court.

Mark Russell 11:28 AM   A junior football league umpire with Asperger's syndrome has been awarded $50,000 in damages in a defamation suit against an anti-autism blogger in the US.

Man injured in Roxburgh Park shooting


Nick Toscano 9:13 AM   A man has been shot in Roxburgh Park in Melbourne's outer north.

Melbourne Express Live: Tuesday January 27, 2015

Tom Cowie 9:02 AM   Kickstart your day with breaking news, commuter and weather updates, giveaways and the hottest events.

Aboriginal rights protest disrupts Australia Day Parade

Hundreds of Invasion Day protestors march at the back of the Australian Day Parade in Melbourne's CBD

Allison Worrall   Hundreds of people marching for Aboriginal rights have disrupted official Australia Day celebrations in the Melbourne CBD.

Actors bring humour to new sex education resource

Favourites: from left, Kylie Minogue, Craig McLachlan, Anne Charleston and Ian Smith.

Henrietta Cook, education reporter   A new teaching kit for Victorian schools hopes to breathe new life into awkward sex education classes by including advice on how to use condoms from well-known Australian actors.

Car bursts into flames on CityLink

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Nick Toscano   A car has burst into flames and caused traffic snarls on CityLink near the Punt Road exit.

Family violence services face cuts

Family violence: The sins of the father:

Miki Perkins   Family violence experts have echoed Australian of the Year Rosie Batty's calls for the government to guarantee long-term funding to specialist women's services.

High-end cars stolen from Doncaster home

Stolen Porche

Allison Worrall   Three high-end cars with a combined value of more than $300,000 have been stolen from a property in Melbourne's north east. 

Drug setup found in murdered butcher's home

One of the two men who police say used the credit card of retired butcher Raymond Parker, who was found bashed to death last month.

Rania Spooner   The investigation into the bashing death of a "knockabout" retired butcher has turned towards two suspects who used his stolen credit cards in the days before his body was discovered.

Australia Day award for 'everyone' who campaigned against East West Link


Marissa Calligeros   The Yarra City Council has given an Australia Day Citizen Award to “everyone” who campaigned against the $6.8 billion East West Link.

Serious sex offender found in Narre Warren

Daniel Luke Walls

Allison Worrall   A serious sex offender missing since Friday has been arrested after a member of the public spotted him and alerted police.

Service station robbed three times in four days, man arrested

Police tape.

Allison Worrall   A thief who allegedly robbed the same Melbourne service station three times in four days has been arrested.

Uggies or thongs? Cool conditions for national day


Robyn Grace   Melburnians will be faced with the most Australian of choices to celebrate their national day: uggies or thongs.

Boozed-up cops took trousers off, put road cones on their heads


Joelle Dally   Three police officers have been rebuked for booze-fuelled behaviour after their colleagues expelled them from a Christchurch bar.

Man lost near Lakes Entrance found alive

Alan Bricknell was found by the police helicopter walking along Ninety Mile Beach.

Anna Whitelaw   A 67-year-old man has found alive by a police helicopter after being lost for more than 26 hours near Lakes Entrance.

Aborigines will lay crumpled paper wreaths to mark Invasion Day

Activists prepare for Invasion Day in Collingwood.

Liam Mannix   Early in the morning on Australia Day, a small group of Aborigines will gather, with flowers made from crumpled paper in red, yellow and black, and piece together a series of floral wreaths. Later, in a sombre ceremony, they will be laid on the steps of Parliament.


Left out in the cold by a state reluctant to invest

Homelessness is only the tip of the iceberg of the growing failure of governments.

The lesson my children have taught me

We are in the second week of a family holiday; at the start of last year we decided to buy a holiday home at Philip Island. 

Religious education has its place - but not instruction

The promise from Daniel Andrews to make Victoria the "education state" is both welcome and timely.

Public health the loser in fast-food bunfight

I had so much optimism for the new Labor state government. I believed it held great promise ...

Time to abandon our failed drug policies

Drug prohibition isn't working, and the new state government could do worse than look to Portugal for some fresh ideas.