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Ben is an investigative reporter at The Age

Secret phone taps used in union blackmail probe

Nick Toscano and Ben Schneiders A series of mobile phone intercepts appears to be a key component in the police case against two top officials of Victoria's biggest construction union.

New toll road financial data kept secret by Andrews government

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders The Andrews government has refused to release independent assessments of a controversial new toll road scheme

Alcoa knocks back Andrews government cash

The MV Portland moored at Portland's Lee breakwater, supported by a protest camp in the foreground.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders Aluminium giant Alcoa forged ahead with the contentious foreign outsourcing of its shipping despite a multimillion bid by the Andrews government to avert the move and protect local jobs

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.

Labor to 'cover up' branch-stacking scandal

Bill Shorten.

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar Victorian Labor is expected on Thursday evening to endorse a high-level "cover-up" of a major branch-stacking scandal involving pre-paid gift cards, in a move that will protect close allies of...

Labor looking for TV celebrities as battle for Wills heats up

Former Ten newsreader Helen Kapalos

Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar and Richard Willingham Labor factional chiefs are sounding out non-ALP media celebrities as possible preselection candidates amid a frenzy of manoeuvring for the high profile seat of Wills in Melbourne's north west

Liberals profit at Fishermans Bend

Fishermans Bend has seen a dramatic increase in land values since it was rezoned in 2012.

Royce Millar, Chris Vedelago, Ben Schneiders Senior Liberal party figures and donors, including the party's federal treasurer, have reaped multi-million windfalls from the former Baillieu government's signature urban renewal project  in...

Bill Shorten wants tough action on Victorian ALP's mega branch-stacking scam

The scam has been linked to factional leaders close to Bill Shorten and Stephen Conroy.

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar Bill Shorten has intervened in the branch stacking scandal engulfing the Victorian ALP telling the party to root out bogus membership rorts and clean up its act

Labor launches inquiry into mega-branch-stacking scam

The scam has been linked to factional leaders close to Bill Shorten and Stephen Conroy.

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar Labor has suspended its internal elections and will launch an investigation into one of the biggest ever branch-stacking scams to hit the Victorian Labor Party

Shorten allies in HSU lose Fair Work case, evidence unreliable

Ben Schneiders The head of a scandal-plagued Health Service Union branch in Victoria – and close ally of Bill Shorten – has lost her legal right to enter workplaces due to her role in a testing scam

Bill Shorten's union took hundreds of thousands from building company

Bill Shorten when he was national secretary of the Australian Workers Union.

Ben Schneiders, Royce Millar, Nick Toscano One of Australia's biggest builders paid Bill Shorten's union nearly $300,000 after he struck a workplace deal that cut conditions and saved the company as much as $100 million on a major Melbourne...

NSW contaminated in comparison to Victoria, says minister on corruption

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders Victoria has a cleaner political culture than NSW so may not need the same tough scrutiny of corruption and campaign donations.

Labor's own in dark on private school deal

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Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders The experts elected by the ALP to shape education policy were not consulted about their party's contentious guarantee of special funding to private schools.

Labor versus Labor as East West Link fight gets messier

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews may have to pay the new Labor government in Queensland over the East West Link.

Ben Schneiders and Clay Lucas The investment arm of Queensland's new state Labor government could reap hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation from its Victorian Labor counterpart stemming from the axed East West Link...

The life and times of Henry Kaye

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Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar Henry Kaye became Australia's most notorious property spruiker during the long real estate boom of the late 1990s to early 2000s.

Royal commission takes aim at CFMEU, recommends charges against senior officials

The Age News Picture by Wayne Taylor 18th May 2014.  CFMEU official John Setka at the ALP State conference at Mooney Valley racecourse today.

Ben Schneiders and Anna Patty The head of Victoria’s militant construction union, John Setka, should be considered for charges of blackmail and coercion while the construction union acts in ‘‘wilful defiance of...

Napthine in new grant row over former horse race partner's apartment project

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Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders Premier Denis Napthine is embroiled in a new regional grants row in his Warrnambool-based electorate after announcing hundreds of thousands of dollars for street works that could benefit an apartment...

Warning on regional grants used to help Denis Napthine's horse-racing partner's business expansion ignored

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar The state government approved regional grants to help the expansion of a business run by a wealthy horse-racing partner of Premier Denis Napthine despite advice that use of the funds was...

East West Link cost to taxpayers should be released: experts

Artists impression of East West link western gateway.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders Why shouldn't the public know? It is the public paying for it after all, says an associate professor.

MP Cesar Melhem denies using slush fund to buy his way into Parliament

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Nick Toscano and Ben Schneiders Embattled state Labor MP Cesar Melham has strongly denied claims he bought his way into parliament through his use of a controversial slush fund