Lalor

HSU chief frontrunner for Lalor

Kimberley Kitching

Clay Lucas and Richard Willingham Health Services Union general manager Kimberley Kitching has emerged as a frontrunner to replace former prime minister Julia Gillard in her safe western suburbs seat of Lalor.

Gillard choice for Lalor firms as favourite

Joanne Ryan running for Julia Gillard's old electorate. Pictured with Partner John Murnane. Family Michael Patterson 25, Anthony Patterson 23 (stripe jumper) and James Patterson 22 (collar top) at Werribee.  
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Royce Millar Joanne Ryan firms as favourite amid preselection wrangling that threatens to tarnish comeback.

Two men shot in Lalor

Paul Millar Police are investigating a shooting in Lalor earlier this morning in which two men were wounded.

Family of girl missing for 40 years pleads for her return

Anna Banitskas' family, left to right, Loretta Pantou, Peter and Chris Banitskas.

Yolanda Redrup Despina and Sotirios Banitskas lived in their family home for almost 40 years, holding onto a small glimmer of hope their much-loved daughter would one day return. 

Drunk driver had child on board

Aisha Dow A mother has been charged with endangering life after she crashed her car while driving with her 7-year-old son on board.

Woman injured in Brunswick hit-and-run

Caroline Zielinski A woman has been killed as she was getting into a taxi in a hit-and-run in Melbourne's north.

Trio found not guilty of murdering 'vampire' gigolo Shane Chartres-Abbott

'Vampire gigolo' Shane Chartres-Abbott six days before he died.

Mark Russell Three men have been found not guilty of murdering self-proclaimed "vampire" gigolo Shane Chartres-Abbott who was gunned down in cold blood in front of his pregnant girlfriend and her father.

The Hazelwood mine fire at Morwell - what went wrong

Fire smoulders 'like lava' in the Hazelwood mine.

Darren Gray Was the Morwell mine fire the result of a perfect storm of events, or was it the inevitable consequence of a perfect mess?

Students get to have their say on homework

Students Tess Shacklock and Ron Garcia.

Benjamin Preiss Teachers set homework, ask if students have done it then don't bother to look at it, students tell parliamentary inquiry. 

Vengeance behind murder of 'vampire gigolo' Shane Chartres-Abbott, court told

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Mark Russell More than a decade after a self-proclaimed "vampire gigolo" was gunned down in cold blood, three men are standing trial accused of his murder, allegedly motivated by vengeance.

Man charged with attempted murder after CBD shooting

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Jane Lee A man has been charged with shooting a pedestrian in Melbourne's CBD.

Fouad Elfayegh charged with attempted murder over CBD shooting

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Steve Butcher A man has been charged with attempted murder in relation to a shooting in Melbourne’s CBD last month.

Melbourne's oldest family home on the market

Robert Wuchatsch with family members Dorothy Kelly (left) and Betty Barba.

Jason Dowling One of the state’s earliest and most complete examples of rural German architecture and of Victoria’s early multicultural settlement is on the market.

Shooter feels remorse over killing of 'vampire' gigolo

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Mark Russell He gunned down a self-proclaimed "vampire" gigolo in cold blood in broad daylight in front of the sex worker's girlfriend and her father, but the killer says he now regrets what he did.

Brothers charged over shopping centre brawl

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Nino Bucci and Rania Spooner Two brothers allegedly involved in a daylight brawl at a shopping centre have handed themselves in to police.

Learner driver three times over limit after crashing, police say

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Deborah Gough A 59-year-old learner permit driver allegedly crashed while driving at three times the legal blood alcohol limit on Friday night, police say.

Bendigo Bank claims $1.5m from Crown for stolen funds

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Jason Dowling Crown Casino could face a $1.5 million bill if it is found to have known - or should have known - that a former bank employee was ''unlikely to have gained access to the sorts of funds she expended...

Four arrested over gaming venue armed robbery

Caroline Zielinski Four people have been arrested in relation to the armed robbery of a gaming venue in Melbourne's CBD in February.

Identities' parade

Jani Vata and his wife Vjollce Marashi plead guilty to multiple charges.

Steve Butcher A married father of three faces deportation from Australia - for a third time - after his 10-year "charade" of false identities, fake documents and lies that exploited the immigration and passport...

Youth jailed for stabbing mother whose house he egged

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Andrea Petrie A youth who fatally stabbed a Victorian mother who gave chase after he and his friends egged her Lalor house has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for what a judge has described as a "senseless"...