Five arrested in counter-terrorism raids

Police have charged an 18-year-old man with conspiring to plan a terrorist attack on Anzac Day, following multiple raids across Melbourne.

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Police to investigate complaint from Aboriginal teen's family

Broken windows at a house in Hallam after Saturday's terror raids.

Clay Lucas, Patrick Hatch 9:51 AM   A Melbourne teenager whose home was searched during Saturday's terror raids claims an officer kicked him in the head while he was under arrest.

Baby fights for life after car crashes into home

The scene of the crash.

Marissa Calligeros 8:58 AM   A four-month-old girl is fighting for her life in hospital after a car slammed into her family's Geelong home.

They didn't see it coming: Car crashes into clairvoyant business

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Marissa Calligeros 7:45 AM   A clairvoyant business in Melbourne's north may have to undergo some remodelling in the future.

Home owner in hospital after car crash fight

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Marissa Calligeros 7:28 AM   A home owner is in hospital after confronting a couple whose car crashed into the brick fence of his Melbourne home on Sunday night.

Premier backs police actions despite criticism over teen's detention

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews argues police need powers for the good of the community, but an expert has said this risks relations between the two.

Allison Worrall 1:40 AM   Premier Daniel Andrews has backed the detention of a teen terror suspect without charge, saying police need the legislative framework and power to be able to ensure public safety.

Father killed in drive-by shooting in Altona Meadows

The victim Khaled Abu Hasna.

Anna Whitelaw 10:58 PM   Homicide squad detectives are investigating a drive-by shooting of a man killed in his mother's driveway in Altona Meadows early on Sunday. 

Phone psychic in nepotism claim over Aboriginal land

Sonia Murray.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker 12:15 AM   Federal Court Justice Michelle Gordon has made a series of damning findings about the role of four former directors of the Bunurong Land Council.

A mind-altering journey into the heart of something called Bicycle Day

Revellers at the Bicycle Day all night dance party at The Railway Hotel in Brunswick.

Konrad Marshall 6:59 PM   I don't know where I am, but I know I've never been here before.

Firefighters threaten to campaign against Shorten


Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent 6:56 PM   Bill Shorten's bid to become Prime Minister could be hampered by firefighters in Victoria campaigning against the Labor party.

Bring forward infrastructure, urges industry group

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Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent 12:15 AM   Level-crossing removals must be expedited to help fill the infrastructure gap left by East West Link and stimulate Victoria's infrastructure agenda, the Australian Industry Group says.

Young men lack counter-terrorism outlet

Kuranda Seyit, secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria, says Australian communities need more access to programs to counter extremism.

Nino Bucci 6:43 PM   Despite announcing three programs to counter terrorism last August, the government has only just issued funds for one of them.

More private schools discount fees to attract students

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Henrietta Cook, education reporter 5:24 PM   Last minute booking website School Places offers discounts of up to 50 per cent at 30 Victorian private schools; up from 11 schools a year ago.

Rain, hail and wind as cold front brings wintry blast

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Anna Whitelaw 5:06 PM   Melburnians are fond of saying the city can experience four seasons in a single day, and on Sunday the city lived up to its reputation.

We don't understand why young people are doing this: Premier

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Richard Willingham 4:50 PM   Authorities and governments are still grappling with why young Australians are being attracted to evil terror plots, Premier Daniel Andrews says.

Terror suspect detained without charge

Sevdet Besim in the back of a police car after his arrest.

Allison Worrall 2:30 PM   An 18-year-old Hampton Park man is being detained without charge following his arrest in counter-terrorism raids across a number of suburbs in Melbourne's south east on Saturday.

Man shot dead in car

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Anna Whitelaw 12:31 PM   Homicide squad detectives are investigating the fatal drive-by shooting of a father of six in Altona Meadows in the early hours of Sunday.

Neighbours say they woke to screams as terror raids began

"We woke to shouting": Neighbours on the terror raids in Hallam.

Liam Mannix   Witnesses say men dressed in black and carrying torches and weapons battered down the door of a house in Hallam before taking one man away.

Thousands may lose direct rail services to South Yarra and Richmond

South Yarra Station, which could be bypassed by the new Metro rail tunnel.

Farrah Tomazin   One of the city's busiest train lines could be re-routed as part of the Melbourne Metro Rail project, leaving thousands of passengers without a direct service to South Yarra and Richmond stations.

Man charged over Notting Hill indecent assaults


Benjamin Millar   A 20-year-old Deer Park man has been charged over a series of indecent assaults in Melbourne's south-east last weekend.

Anzac merchandise being blocked as inappropriate


Chris Vedelago, Jill Stark   The Church of Scientology has topped a list of organisations and businesses that have been blocked by the government from exploiting the ANZAC legacy for profit and self-promotion.

Puppy farm laws fast-tracked

One of the dogs rescued from the puppy farm.

Marc Moncrief   The RSPCA and local councils will have new powers to seize animals from abusive breeders under laws that have been fast-tracked by the state government.

The hidden cost of Hazelwood

Hazelwood Power Station has an estimated social cost of more than $900 million a year.

Tom Arup and Adam Morton   The Hazelwood brown coal power plant is a survivor. A large emitter of greenhouse gases, it has been the target of two unsuccessful government attempts to pay for its closure and outlasted carbon price laws.

Muslim conspiracies and the man charged with Anzac terror

Sevdet Besim, arrested on Saturday, had demanded CCTV footage of the shooting of terrorism suspect Numan Haider.

Michael Bachelard, Chris Vedelago   Two days after police shot dead 18-year-old terror suspect Numan Haider last September, another Islamic teen firebrand, Sevdet Besim, responded on Twitter, demanding CCTV footage of the event.

States to join NSW medical marijuana trials

Many people with terminal illness want to use medical cannabis to relieve their pain, says Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy.

Nicole Hasham   Victoria is set to join NSW's medical marijuana trials aimed at helping children with epilepsy, the terminally ill and people on chemotherapy, in a bid to build the case for the groundbreaking treatment.

Gold miner hopes revised plans for open-cut mine in Stawell will be approved

Sherrie Hunt overlooks part of the site where the new open-cut mine could be built.

Benjamin Preiss   Proposed site is near homes and previous applications have twice been rejected on environmental grounds.

East West probe "limited" without proper audit powers, watchdog warns

Possibility: The state government could be left with dozens of properties acquired as part of the freeway plan.

Farrah Tomazin   An investigation into the east west link is likely to be hampered because the Andrews government has not delivered on a pledge to give the state's financial watchdog full authority to scrutinise public private partnerships.

Bookshop linked to terror suspects

The Al-Furqan book store in Springvale South.

Nino Bucci   Harun Mehicevic is a charismatic and influential "sheikh" who encourages a strict interpretation of Islam but is unlikely to openly support jihad, according to former followers.

Security stepped up amid ANZAC Day terror threat

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Farrah Tomazin   Security will be significantly beefed-up across the state on ANZAC Day after an ISIS-inspired terrorist plot was intercepted by police.


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.

Dallas Brooks: a hall full of memories

From school prize-giving to the teenage thrill of a big concertl, this hall has been home to it all.

Bikes and cars: slow down on our crowded roads

Our roads are busier than ever, and we need patience, good manners and common sense.

Does the premier finally see through PPP rorts?

Deals for infrastructure are fleecing the public, but Andrews might be smart enough to see through it.

Remembering Masa Vukotic on our journey

We need to focus on the needs of the victim and challenge the behaviour of the perpetrator.

Why your electricity bill might be a real shocker

Deregulating retail electricity prices has pushed up some customers’ bills by $800 a year in Victoria.

Liberals are not better economic managers

Liberals rushed to close the East West deal for political reasons, exposing us to unnecessary risk.


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.

What's wrong with fighting in an octagon?

There has been much controversy surrounding Victoria lifting the ban on 'cage fighting'.

Rare frilled shark caught off Victoria

Fisherman who caught a rarely-sighted frilled shark says looks like "something out of a horror movie".