Developer two levels short of a car park

The developer of a 72-level tower in the city did not build the underground car parking it pledged to.

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Heart of darkness: Melbourne University’s racist professors

Tyson Holloway-Clarke and Odette Kelada outside the Richard Berry building at the University of Melbourne.

Marika Dobbin 8:35 PM   They are Melbourne University's founding fathers, but also its biggest racists.

Jazz and champagne, this is your local cemetery

The New Orleans Swamp Dogs (from left) Leonid Grigoryan, Simon Vancam, Clint Smith and Ian Hellings at Springvale Cemetery.

Benjamin Preiss 7:29 PM   It is a standard Melbourne Sunday session with live jazz, drinks and outdoor tables but in the most unlikely of locations.

Pill testing at festivals will save lives: emergency doctor

Dr David Caldicott

Benjamin Preiss 6:39 PM   Revellers at Victorian music festivals would be allowed to test the make-up of drugs they're planning to take, if a campaign by a prominent emergency doctor succeeds.

Push to lower driving age in Victoria to 17

There are calls to lower the P-plate age in Victoria.

Benjamin Preiss 4:59 PM   The driving age in Victoria should be lowered to 17 to bring it in line with other parts of Australia, a state MP says.

Airport car park so big it now has its own film

Filmmaker Elle Marsh at the Melbourne Airport carpark - the star of her new film Vacant.

Jason Dowling 4:55 PM   It is unique outside the United States, churns through about $125 million a year and has now been turned into a short film - welcome to Melbourne Airport…. car park.

How to stem tide of illegal guns: police propose new laws

Shotguns are one of the most popular weapons in the underworld.

Nino Bucci 4:21 PM   Tough laws banning guns from being kept at hobby farms or holiday houses, and forcing owners to keep weapons in more secure safes, should be introduced to prevent firearms from falling in the hands of criminals, a senior Victoria Police officer says.

Four more level crossings to go in Sydenham, Dandenong South, Lyndhurst and Williamstown North

The Andrews government wants to remove 50 level crossings by 2022.

Anna Whitelaw 1:41 PM   Four more level crossings have been earmarked for removal as Premier Daniel Andrews marked his first 12 months in office.

Sunshine North house fire forces neighbours to evacuate


Neelima Choahan 11:05 AM   More than 25 firefighters battled to control a blaze that engulfed a vacant house in Sunshine North and forced neighbours to evacuate in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Springvale man 'not really' drinking, despite recording double legal blood-alcohol limit

Police nabbed a 21-year-old Springvale man driving double the limit.

Neelima Choahan 11:05 AM   A 21-year-old man caught driving in Oakleigh on Sunday morning with a blood alcohol level double the legal limit told the police he wasn't "really" drinking.

The (illegal) art of decrypting tags

Photos featured in 'Grit: An exhibition on the tag'.

Aisha Dow 8:12 AM   You probably see it every day in Melbourne. Some will recognise it as one of Melbourne's most-distinctive tags.

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Business and community groups urge Andrews to fire up

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews - most people believe his government has done a good job its first year in office.

Farrah Tomazin 7:42 AM   Business leaders, community groups and academics have urged Daniel Andrews to fire up over the next 12 months, but most have given his government the tick of approval for its efforts so far.

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Andrews must learn from the past and manage the future

Daniel Andrews in Bendigo promoting Diversity. Premier Daniel Andrews  with Bendigo MPs Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards

Farrah Tomazin 1:44 AM   ANALYSIS: If political leaders can be shaped by the lessons of their predecessors, Daniel Andrews had a valuable template for what not to do.

Pass or fail: experts rate the first year of the Andrews government

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews - most people believe his government has done a good job its first year in office.

Farrah Tomazin 1:42 AM   How is the Andrews government shaping Victoria? Experts across key fields give the Premier and his team the thumbs up or thumbs down.

More teeth for corruption watchdogs

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Farrah Tomazin 12:24 AM   Victoria's anti-corruption watchdog will get unprecedented powers to probe MPs and judges for misconduct in office as part of a long-awaited shake up of the state's integrity laws.

One dead in collision at Vervale


Goya Dmytryshchak 11:16 PM   One person has died and three have been hospitalised after a two-car collision south east of Melbourne.

Sandringham line trains delayed after skateboarder injured

Metro train

Goya Dmtryshchak   City-bound trains on the Sandringham line were delayed by up to an hour after a skateboarder was injured at Windsor station.

Driver mows through Coburg mall

Sydney Road in Coburg.

Deborah Gough   A driver has mowed through a pedestrian mall, knocking down all in his path, including a toddler's stroller, in an inner northern suburb.

Three hospitalised after fire engulfs Glenroy home

House fire in View Street, Glenroy.

Deborah Gough and Goya Dmytryshchak   Two people have been treated for burns to their face at a house fire in Melbourne's northern suburbs.

How excessive tweeting lets dad off the hook

Two zebra finches.

Bridie Smith 12:15 AM    Ever get annoyed that you're carrying more of the parenting load than your partner? You're not alone. Birds do too.

Countdown to Flagstaff Station opening on weekends

Flagstaff station will open on weekends as of next year, but possibly earlier.

Deborah Gough and Goya Dmytryshchak   Flagstaff railway station will be open on weekends at some time in the next 32 days.

United Patriots Front and No Room for Racism clash in central Melbourne

Member of  Reclaim Australia  during simultaneous rallies between the ideologically opposed groups in Melton on November 22, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hopkins/Fairfax Media)

John Elder   For the second time in a week, members of the far-right, anti-Islamist United Patriots Front have clashed with anti-racism protesters in Melbourne.

It's Groundhog Day at Point Nepean

Protesters at Point Nepean in 2014 objecting to the former government's proposal to develop the quarantine station site.

Jason Dowling   It's 2003 and the Brisbane Lions has won the AFL premiership, no one has an iPhone and Mark Zuckerberg is creating havoc at Harvard University experimenting with social networking sites.

My Place sees peace and serenity valued

My Place, Buxton Lane.

Goldie Alexander 12:15 AM   Renaming this lane means it is untrammelled for more years, Goldie Alexander says.

Man chases down wife's stolen car, burglar crashes

A burglar got more than he bargained for after stealing a car from Williamstown.

Deborah Gough   Burglar forced to flee on foot after collision ends bid to escape in stolen vehicle.

Teen and man make citizen's arrest

A man and a teenage neighbour conducted a citizen's arrest of a would-be burglar, holding him until police arrived.

Deborah Gough   A man and a teenage boy performed a citizen's arrest, thwarting a burglary in a Geelong suburb.

'St Kilda schoolgirl' Kim Duthie loses fight to have Ricky Nixon's tell-all book banned

Kim Duthie outside court in Melbourne this week.

Mark Russell   Supreme Court allows disgraced former AFL player agent to publish his book, 'Ricky Nixon — My Side', which details their relationship.

Port Phillip Bay seabed set to sail into private hands in port lease

Vast stretches of Port Philip Bay are likely to be transferred into private hands next year.

Adam Carey   Vast stretches of Port Phillip Bay, including the heads between Point Nepean and Queenscliff, are likely to be transferred into private hands next year when the Port of Melbourne is leased to pay for the Andrews government's signature level-crossings project.

Shorten allies used disgraced HSU for branch stacking scam

The branch-stacking scandal came to a head on Thursday night.

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar   A massive Labor membership scam based on the use of anonymous gift cards and covered up by senior party figures used the offices of the disgraced HSU.

One year in, Andrews is determined to deliver

Daniel Andrews says his government is "setting a cracking pace".

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor   If Daniel Andrews learnt anything from the Abbott, Napthine and Baillieu governments, it is that voters want results, not navel gazing; they want a sensible discussion, not ideology. Above all, they want competence, not chaos.

Man killed in car crash in central Victoria

A 28-year-old man has died in a car crash north of Yea on Friday afternoon.

Timna Jacks   A 28-year-old man has died in a car crash north of Yea on Friday afternoon.


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.


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.