Widen Punt Road or face gridlock, report warns

Adam Carey   VicRoads' long-term plan to widen Punt Road into a six-lane highway, demolishing 140 properties, has been backed in a series of expert reports.

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Man killed in Geelong in late-night fight

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Liam Mannix 8:06 AM   A man has been shot and killed after an early morning fight in Geelong.

Melbourne Express: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Yeshivah Centre abuse victims fear bullying, intimidation

A year after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse revealed widespread intimidation of ...

Timna Jacks 10:55 PM   Yeshivah Centre abuse victims still fear they will be bullied and ostracised if they disclose their abuse.

Melbourne school accused of 'whitewashing' black history

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Beau Donelly 9:33 PM   A Melbourne student has accused her school of "whitewashing" history after its music department was given the go-ahead to adapt the American musical Hairspray for its annual show.

Potential measles outbreak in Brunswick

Four cases of measles have been confirmed in Brunswick and East Brunswick in the past week.

Marissa Calligeros 8:59 PM   Four people living in the Brunswick area have contracted the disease.

100,000 Victorians living with dementia

The number of Victorians living with dementia is growing.

Jason Dowling 7:12 PM   There are almost 100,000 Victorians living with dementia and that number is expected to climb to almost 400,000 by 2050.

Victorian principal speaks out about plight of asylum seeker students

Glenroy College principal Paul Dingle has spoken out about the plight of asylum seeker students at his school.

Henrietta Cook 7:00 PM   They are dropped off at school in a white van, and escorted to the gates every morning by two burly guards.

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Bacchus Marsh pay-outs begin

Seven babies' deaths could have been prevented at Bacchus Marsh Hospital in 2013 and 2014, eminent obstetrician Euan ...

Julia Medew 6:44 PM   Families of babies who died potentially unnecessary deaths at Bacchus Marsh Hospital are accepting pay outs from the state's insurer amid predictions the medical negligence scandal could cost Victoria hundreds of millions of dollars.

Slain girl's mother smoked cannabis the day her daughter disappeared

Nikki Francis-Coslovich.

Daniella White, Sunraysia Daily 6:32 PM   The mother of toddler Nikki Francis-Coslovich has told a court she was on the verge of leaving her daughter's alleged killer, John Torney, the day before she died.

Homicide Squad probes disappearance of Bendigo mother

Mother of four Samantha Kelly has been missing since January 20.

Chloe Booker 6:31 PM   Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the suspicious disappearance of a mother of four in central Victoria.

Cleaning company and boss fined $1m over visa rorts scheme

Clinica Internationale managing director Radovan Laski, photographed in 2013.

Adam Cooper 6:14 PM   A Melbourne cleaning company and its managing director have been fined more than $1 million by a federal judge for fleecing thousands of dollars from foreign workers and failing to deliver jobs that were promised.

V/Line train wheel crisis could have damaged tracks

V/Line's VLocity train wheel wear problem may have impacted tracks used by Metro trains.

Adam Carey 6:06 PM   The wheel wear issue that has caused severe disruption to V/Line services has spread to Metro, which has found excessive wear on one of its trains and "drying" on tracks that should be lubricated. 

Andrews' Nauru pledge has captured the mood, but what's the true motivation?

Daniel Andrews

Josh Gordon, Analysis 6:05 PM   Daniel Andrews' offer to "accept full responsibility" for the asylum seekers facing the prospect of deportation has undeniably had a big impact.

Crown croupier charged with $100,000 fraud

The accused man was escorted from the gaming floor of Crown Casino.

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago 6:00 PM   A croupier at Crown Casino has been charged with serious deception charges over allegations he rigged a dice game and paid out more than $100,000 to five friends.

Melbourne priest moves to Malaysia to pursue 'young Asian men'

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Nino Bucci 5:53 PM   A Catholic priest stood down amid child sexual abuse allegations is now living abroad and is using a gay dating website to seek the company of 'young Asian men'.

Child sex assault victims to be spared trauma of retelling evidence in court

Repeating traumatic stories could cause unnecessary stress and anxiety for children giving evidence, Youth Affairs ...

Benjamin Preiss 12:15 AM   Child victims of sexual offences will no longer be required to give evidence again during appeals in higher courts, under new changes to be introduced in Parliament.

Police fear truck driver could be in wreckage after fatal crash

The scene of the fatal crash on the Glenelg Highway at Tarrington.

Marissa Calligeros, Chloe Booker 5:39 PM   One man has been killed, a teenager seriously injured, while a truck driver is also suspected to have died following a fiery crash in the state's south west.

Ferrari driver to stand trial over woman's death in road crash

Kickboxer Suleiman Abdulrahim leaving the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday.

Adam Cooper 5:17 PM   A kickboxer at the wheel of a Ferrari that was involved in a fatal crash in a Melbourne street has been committed to stand trial over the death of an elderly woman.

'On the end of a mobile': union body sounds alarm for insecure workers

The Age, News, photo by Justin McManus. Protest by workers at Parliament house over the casualisation of the workforce. ...

Nick Toscano 5:03 PM   A growing number of Australians have little control over when and how often they work.

Sex Party tries to legalise Uber in Victoria

Sex Party's Fiona Patten  says services such as Uber are 'part of our new sharing economy and they aren't going away'.

Lucy Battersby 4:59 PM   Sex Party MP Fiona Patten is introducing a bill to Victoria's state parliament which she hopes will lift restrictions on ride-sharing services such as UberX.

'Put me in jail', tearful Nene King tells judge after he warns over court outburst

Nene King has told the court that  her life 'went off the rails' after her third husband's death.

Mark Russell 4:16 PM   'Liar! Liar Liar!' says former magazine queen of ex-friend accused of ripping her off to the tune of $40,000 when she was a drug addict.

Build a bank, block the highway – flood plan aims to protect town residents

Paul Crawford uses a boat during the Bridgewater flood in January 2011.

Levee banks would be built along the Loddon River and a temporary levee would be installed across the Calder Highway before floodwaters hit, under a plan to avoid a repeat of the devastating flooding of 2011 which smashed the town of Bridgewater.

Painting keen-eyed op shop boss thought 'a bit special' turns out to be just that

The 'striking, simple' painting hangs in the Brunswick op-shop. The price tag? $1800

Daniella Miletic 3:55 PM   'Striking' artwork left in a Vinnie's donation bin is found to be a valuable piece of Aboriginal art - and the shop has given it a price tag to match.

Australian Grand Prix goes from noisier pit lane to recreating Melbourne's lanes

Grand Prix ambassador Brittany Davis waves the flag for Melbourne.

Suzanne Carbone 3:41 PM   At this 21st birthday party, the noise will be blasted louder than the year before and the fashion will be very 1990s.

"I'm so scared of making them angry" - why we don't show their faces

Premier Daniel Andrews,  with asylum seekers' children at Melbourne Zoo, has called on federal government to let them ...

Jason Dowling 3:05 PM   Showing the faces of children that could be sent to Nauru would not break Australian law, but would not be in the best interest of the children, according to the Human Rights Law Centre.  

Dad busted on school run was three times over the limit

Father stopped on school run was found to have blood alcohol concentration of 0.169.

Chloe Booker 2:15 PM   Father stopped driving daughter to school found to have blood alcohol concentration of 0.169.

Case dropped against man accused of trying to fight IS

Jamie Williams leaves court after federal prosecutors dropped their case against him.

Adam Cooper 1:59 PM   Federal prosecutors have dropped a criminal case against a Melbourne man who was accused of trying to fight in the Middle East against Islamic State.

Lettuce farm could have salmonella answers in days

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Staff Reporters 12:22 PM   The source of a salmonella outbreak that prompted a nationwide recall of pre-packaged lettuce from Victoria could be known this week.

Commuter pain as trouble trifecta hits Craigieburn train line

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Marissa Calligeros, Deborah Gough 10:48 AM   A trouble trifecta hit the Craigieburn line on Tuesday morning.

Melbourne Express: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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Opinion

Andrews' port plan is a fraud on the west

Victoria is facing an infrastructure fiasco rivalling the desalination plant.

Indifference threatens a jewel in Victoria's heritage

In a crook of a hill outside Melbourne, a rare example of Victoria's heritage is crumbling.

A perfect storm led to hospital baby deaths

We must demand transparency and a change in attitude at Bacchus Marsh Hospital.

Hunt’s Melbourne 2200: on a road to nowhere

Environment Minister is still playing Abbott-style politics and his  proposals ignore fiscal realities.

The urban myth we just can't shake off

We have the world's most urban culture but  we see ourselves as red-dirters, outbackers, bushies.

Hail the fight for workplace safety

The decline in workplace deaths would have been unachievable without the vigilance of unions.

Fighting fire with fire: sometimes it goes wrong

The recent Lancefield bushfires highlight the need to have a plan and then use it.

A premier who keeps his promises? Really?

Premier Daniel Andrews has stuck to his guns, and his commitments.

Flash heatwave forebodes dangerous summer

In less than a week, the bushfire season has descended upon us.

Open letter to Gillon McLachlan

Victim of Brownless' "strippers" comment says the AFL chief should use his power to change the culture of The Footy Show.

Don't be fooled by Andrews' port trickery

Privatising the port to pay for level-crossing removals is a modern version of the pea and thimble trick.

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V/Line conductor filmed punching man

Passenger films a V/Line employee as he repeatedly kicks and punches a 46-year-old man at Broadford station.

Andrews wants Melbourne Metro cash from Turnbull

Daniel Andrews wants the allocated $3 billion for East West link to fund the Melbourne Metro.

Inside Australia's goat farming industry

We export the largest quantity of this meat in the world, but most Australians know little about goat farming.