Government claims $853m education black hole

More than $800 million of state money earmarked for Victorian schools has disappeared.

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St Andrews remains rich in community spirit

Illustrator Pat Reynolds has been living in St Andrews for 28 years.

Alana Schetzer 12:15 AM   The suburb of St Andrews is home to the largest taxable income in Victoria.

Only one Melbourne suburb affordable when families flee violence

Bernadette, (left, with a family member) and her daughter Thalia (centre), who have both had to relocate.

Miki Perkins 8:26 PM   The critical shortage of housing for families fleeing violence is the big, expensive issue the Royal Commission into Family Violence will be forced to confront.

Comment: "Education State" looking for excuses

Schools are ready to mark the Andrews government on 'the Education State' promises

Henrietta Cook, Benjamin Preiss 8:06 PM   They promised to make Victoria "The Education State", a slogan that will soon be emblazoned on Victorian number plates.

Schools used to pay for alcohol and coffee machines, IBAC hearing reveals

Jeff Rosewarne, former acting secretary of the Education Department.

Benjamin Preiss 8:05 PM   A former top Education Department official asked primary schools to pay thousands of dollars for alcohol and coffee machines to dodge public scrutiny.

Big business demands construction work


Josh Gordon, State Political Editor 8:04 PM   The Master Builders Association of Victoria has warned short and medium-term infrastructure project are urgently needed to offset the loss of jobs and investment triggered by the decision to dump the East West Link.

Sarah Cafferkey murder probe focus on possible accomplices, police investigation

Sarah Cafferkey

Adam Cooper 8:04 PM   Victoria's State Coroner will investigate the murder of Sarah Cafferkey, in an inquest that will include looking at what roles others played in helping Steven Hunter dispose of the young woman's body.

Melbourne Metro: $1.5b in next week's budget, says Daniel Andrews


Clay Lucas and Richard Willingham 8:01 PM   More than $1 million a day will be spent on average for the next four years to plan a new rail tunnel beneath the CBD, before construction even begins.

Last ever Camry rolls off the line at Toyota's Altona plant

Toyota Launches the new Camry, the last car to be made in Australia, at the Altona Factory. 28th April 2015. Photo by Jason South.

Tom Cowie 7:56 PM   Toyota has begun its long goodbye from manufacturing in Australia, unveiling the last car to be built at its Altona plant before the company winds up local operations in 2017.

Hundreds of high-rise towers to be investigated for fire danger

The Lacrosse Building fire may lead to a class action by the block's residents.

Aisha Dow and Simon Johanson 7:02 PM   Hundreds of high-rise buildings will need to be investigated for fire-prone exteriors, after a report into a tower inferno in Docklands exposed the use of flammable and "non-compliant" construction material.

Wool trader fined over fleecing customers on quality

Melbourne Magistrates Court

Adam Cooper 6:15 PM   A wool buyer has been fined $15,000 by a magistrate for selling bales that were falsely branded as prime Merino fleece, in crimes that could have tarnished Australia's reputation as the world's largest industry exporter.

Sonia Sharp leaving public service despite positive review

Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings revealed that the review found  the decision to hire Dr Sharp was in line with protocols for hiring senior public servants.

Jane Lee 6:14 PM   A senior state bureaucrat Premier Daniel Andrews promised to sack if Labor won government is leaving the public service, despite a favourable review into why she was hired.

Jail for daylight rape of schoolgirl


Mark Russell 6:10 PM   An intellectually disabled man who attacked and raped a 16-year-old girl while he was on parole has been jailed for five years.

'Conscious and deliberate': murder verdict over brutal killing with chair

Supreme Court of Victoria

Mark Russell 5:38 PM   A man who claimed he was too drunk to remember brutally killing his partner with a steel chair has been found guilty of murder.

Judge slams Legal Aid over handling of murder case

Murder victim Renea Lau.

Mark Russell, Adam Cooper 5:27 PM   A Supreme Court judge has lashed out at cash-strapped Victoria Legal Aid over its handling of the case involving a man who raped and murdered a Chinese pastry chef in Melbourne's Kings Domain.

No inquest into murder of Jill Meagher

Jill Meagher

Adam Cooper 5:20 PM   The State Coroner has acceded to the wishes of Jill Meagher's family and has ruled out an inquest into her 2012 murder.

No date yet for Flagstaff weekend openings

 Flagstaff Station on the City Loop.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent 4:48 PM   Flagstaff Station remains closed on weekends despite all political parties committing to the city loop station's opening on Saturdays and Sundays.

'She was an inspiration to all of us... a gem'

Former Melbourne resident Renu Fotedar: 'She was an inspiration to us all'.

Deborah Gough 4:47 PM   Melbourne's Kashmiri community has lost a "gem" in the earthquake in Nepal, a close friend of Australian citizen Renu Fotedar has said.

The plan to curb carnage on a country Victorian road after horror crash

Kelly Crowley and her son Ethan, 9, were killed in a crash over the March long weekend.

Tammy Mills 3:39 PM   A section of a country highway north of Melbourne will have its speed limit reduced after a spate of fatal car crashes, including the collision that killed a Yarra Glenn mother and son in March.

Overseas jaunt brings down two top former officials

Not one to miss out: Jeff Rosewarne, former acting secretary of the Education Department.

Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie 2:54 PM   If it wasn't being slowly exposed in a corruption inquiry in the County Court, many Victorian parents would struggle to believe the evidence about how large sums of money meant for the state's school system have been systemically rorted by two allegedly corrupt officials.

School paid $5000 for official's coffee machines

Not one to miss out: Jeff Rosewarne, former acting secretary of the Education Department.

Richard Baker 2:38 PM   Victoria's former top education public servant had primary schools pay thousands of dollars for furniture and coffee machines for his home via a false invoicing scam, IBAC has heard.

Mail thief steals packages from St Kilda Road apartment building

The man police wish to speak to.

Marissa Calligeros 12:55 PM   A thief has broken into mail boxes at a Melbourne apartment building and made off with a number of packages.

Mornington crash claims second life


Marissa Calligeros 12:47 PM   An elderly man has become the second person to die after a car slammed into a tree on the Mornington Peninsula.

Drunk woman dobbed in


Robyn Grace 11:27 AM   A drunken woman has been dobbed in to police after getting into her car outside a supermarket in a town near Geelong.

Father punched in front of children by graffiti vandals

The two men police wish to speak to.

Marissa Calligeros 9:12 AM   A father has been assaulted in front of his young children after making a comment towards two graffiti vandals in a Melbourne laneway.

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Robyn Grace 9:07 AM   A live daily blog bringing you what you need to know to hit the day running.

Thieves steal trailer, mow down owner

The man spotted his stolen trailer being towed in Keysborough.

Marissa Calligeros 8:46 AM   A man suffered severe leg injuries as he was run over by thieves towing his own trailer.

MFB: Docklands apartment tower fire fuelled by material in building's walls

The Lacrosse Building fire may lead to a class action by the block's residents.

By Nick Toscano and Rania Spooner 8:27 AM   The rapid spread of a fire through a Docklands apartment tower was contributed to by combustible construction materials, a review has found, sparking an investigation into building practices and paving the way for an expensive class action.


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.

Putting a stop to the endless recyclables cycle

I can't live for the moment. Instead I wish my life away in two-week increments.

Found ... in a land where searchers do not give up

We might reflect that Australia is a land where searchers and rescuers do not give up.


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.