Latest Victoria news

Early votes set new record

Voters lodge early votes.

Jason Dowling 5:11 PM   Voters have set a new record for early voting in Victoria with postal and pre-poll votes surging past 1 million.

From the desert to the sandbelt

Labor leader Daniel Andrews votes at Albany Rise Primary School, Mulgrave, with his wife Cath.

Shane Green 5:03 PM   The road to Yaapeet Primary at the edge of the Big Desert is usually an empty place. But on election day in Victoria, the strip of bitumen in the Wimmera town was buzzing with something approaching traffic.

Geoff Shaw's last stand in Frankston

Geoff Shaw outside the early voting booth in Frankston.

Henrietta Cook 2:36 PM   Geoff Shaw hasn't give up the fight yet.

Victorian state election 2014: Greens leave preferences blank in key seats, angering Labor

PHOTO by Meredith O'Shea  greens launch THE SUNDAY AGE, 15th November 2014

Richard Willingham 1:46 PM   The Greens are running open tickets in key marginal seats, angering Labor who have accused the Greens of helping the Napthine government.

Victorian state election 2014: Leaders hit polling day early, for the long march home

Premier Denis Napthine greets a voter at Drill Hall voting booth in Portland.

Staff reporters 1:18 PM   Premier Denis Napthine has started election day with underdog status in the far-west of the state, in Portland, from where he will make a 350-kilometre trek before polls close at 6pm.

Ballots and balls: the doodle scrutineers most often find

Creative voting: Many voters who decline to state their political preference doodle on the ballot papers.

Chris Vedelago 10:47 AM   Those who don't want to express their political choices often doodle on ballot papers.

How a man called Shaw shirt-fronted the 57th Parliament

Embroiled in controversy: Victorian Independent MP Geoff Shaw.

Henrietta Cook 10:22 AM   Geoff Shaw's days as an MP look almost certain to end.

Campaign moments to treasure forever

Clive Palmer announces Palmer United Party candidates for the Victorian election.

Tom Cowie 10:13 AM   More than once, it was awkward.

Two men charged with murder over Beaumaris body find

Police at the scene in Beaumaris in November 11 this year.

Anna Whitelaw 8:32 AM   Two men have been charged with murder over the death of the man whose body was found in bushes at a Beaumaris beach in November.

Motorcyclist dies, another critical after separate crashes

Ambulance service

Anna Whitelaw 7:53 AM   The death of a motorcyclist this morning in Toorak caps off a horrific week on Victoria’s roads.

Two men charged with murder of man found near Ricketts Point beach

Jason Edward Stone.

Beau Donelly 12:13 AM   Two people have been charged with the murder of a man whose body was found near a beach track in Melbourne's south-east.

Five seats to watch on election night

Emblematic: Frankston sets the narrative for the Coalition's four years in office.

Jason Dowling 10:11 PM   Frankston, Bentleigh Carrum, Yan Yean, Buninyong.

Highway crash claims man's life

generic thumbnail, police, justice, crime, law

Beau Donelly 9:55 PM   A man is dead and a woman is fighting for life after a head-on collision between a car and a truck in East Gippsland.

Grim stats put Swanston Street on map for cycle safety

Road block.

Vanessa Desloires and Greta Walters 9:44 PM   The City of Melbourne council area is over-represented in serious accidents involving cyclists.

Comments 47

Victorian State Election: Big guns in town for final run, but not Abbott

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop in Question Time on Thursday.

Richard Willingham 8:53 PM   Past, present and aspiring premiers were joined by some of the big guns of Australian politics on the final day of the Victorian election, but not one of them was Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Liberals' election-eve union thuggery claims fall flat

Daniel Andrews has threatened to sack the Ambulance Victoria board.

Patrick Hatch and Beau Donelly 8:45 PM   An election-eve Liberal party point-scoring attempt may have backfired, with claims that police were called to pre-polling stations over union "thuggery" seemingly fabricated. 

New coalmine fire in Latrobe reignites safety fears


Rania Spooner 6:09 PM   A fresh coalmine fire in the Latrobe Valley has reignited concerns about the state's fire preparedness nearly a year after the Hazelwood mine fire covered Morwell in hazardous smoke.

Victorian election: your guide to election day

Opposition leader Daniel Andrews and Premier Denis Napthine.

Greta Walters, Sian Johnson and Hannah Francis 5:24 PM   All the information you need to cast your vote.

Salinity levels continue to cause concern for Gippsland Lakes

Gippsland Lakes.

Alana Schetzer 5:24 PM   A lack of monitoring of salinity levels in the world-renowned Gippsland Lakes could put the wetlands at further risk, with a recent government report acknowledging it did not know the long-term risks the problem presents.

State election campaign likely to come down to the wire

Illustration: Joe Benke

Josh Gordon 6:00 PM   Labor looks to be heading for a narrow win in a knife-edge state election likely to come down to just a handful of seats.

Comments 100

Election night TV coverage: Keep your remote handy

Legendary: For many, no election night is complete without ABC election analyst Antony Green.

Neil McMahon   These days you can safely turn on the set and avoid the thing entirely. But for political junkies it's no contest.

Youths on motorbikes rob woman on Darebin Creek Trail


Patrick Hatch   Youths on motorbikes terrorised and robbed a woman as she walked home on a popular walking trail in Melbourne's north last week, police say.

New trains won't meet growing demand, report finds

State elections

Adam Carey   The Napthine government's $3.9 billion promise to buy a new train every month for 10 years will not even come close to meeting the demand Victoria's rapidly rising population is expected to create, new analysis shows.

Policeman facing domestic violence assault charge

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay's public campaign against domestic violence is being undermined by charges being laid against some of his officers.

Tammy Mills and Cameron Houston 12:15 AM   A policeman who will be charged for a domestic violence assault following a wedding in Victoria's high country has been suspended.

Minor parties could storm the upper house

Tim Colebatch   A poll watcher predicts the Coalition will lose seats to the Sex Party, the Shooters and Fishers, the Liberal Democrats, the Country Alliance – and Labor and the Greens.

Victorian State Election: Friday, November 28

Lucy Battersby   Last day of campaigning before Victorians head to the polls.

Comments 62

Man charged over murder at Dandenong Park

Victoria Police.

Steve Lillebuen   Homicide detectives will have to sift through more than 600 hours of CCTV footage gathered from around a suburban Melbourne park as part of an investigation into the killing of a 43-year-old man.

Election candidates criticise VEC over queues, staffing and locations

The VEC has come under fire.

Henrietta Cook   Candidates have hit out at the Victorian Electoral Commission ahead of tomorrow's election, raising concerns about large queues at early voting centres, poor staffing levels and inappropriate locations.


The secret report Napthine won't let you see

Much work went into the preparation of a state-based reform agenda, so why has it never been released?

Victorian jobs: Hockey will have the last say

Denis Napthine's employment boast is actually an admission of failure.

State election: grubby campaign, tight result

Fifty-one days out from polling day, the battle for power is set to get nasty.