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Chris Vedelago

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Mick Gatto defies taxman over outstanding $10 million bill

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago The Australian Tax Office has rejected an offer of $500,000 from Mick Gatto to settle his outstanding $10 million tax bill amid concerns the underworld figure has concealed his wealth among family...

Firefighters forced to use Melways to find emergency scenes

Fire Brigade

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston Without access to GPS navigation technology, firefighters must manually work out the quickest routes to an emergency with the $63 map book.

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Police raid home and business of rock 'n' roll promoter Andrew McManus

Cameron Houston, Kate McClymont and Chris Vedelago Two properties linked to Melbourne businessman Andrew McManus have been raided by detectives from NSW and Victoria Police after claims by the controversial music promoter that he was the owner of...

Police fear delays in tough new laws are turning Victoria into a `bikie Switzerland'

Peter Emerton, President of the Mongols Motorcycle club, based on the Central Coast, photographed at Mooney Mooney. He did not want to be identified. Sun Herald News. 03 March 2011. Photo by Simon Alekna.

Chris Vedelago, Nick Toscano Senior police are frustrated that the Napthine government has dragged its heels on introducing tougher laws to deal with bikie gangs.

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Roberta Williams to be targeted under proceeds-of-crime laws

Roberta Williams

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston Roberta Williams' bid to exploit her gangland notoriety through a series of publishing, television and film deals will be blocked by a Coalition or Labor government under Victoria's new...

Goldfingers strip club may become apartments

Melbourne's sex industry.

Alana Schetzer and Chris Vedelago Melbourne's infamous Goldfingers stripclub could be stripped of its CBD home after its building was put up for sale amid speculation the property will be sold to a developer who plans to demolish it...

Victorian State Election 2014: Push to reform donor laws

The ALP has turned to a grassroots fundraising campaign ahead of the state election.

Royce Millar, Chris Vedelago If this were NSW, Bill McNee could be in a lot of trouble. In Victoria, 20 days out from an election Labor is favoured to win, he is just a very anxious developer.

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Fishermans Bend rail re-routing runs into tower projects


State Premier Denis Napthine has raised the hackles of Victorian real estate agents and small businesses, who have pledged $1 million to an anti-Napthine campaign during the election campaign.

Royce Millar, Clay Lucas, Chris Vedelago The Napthine government's rushed re-routing of the new underground rail line to Fishermans Bend is disrupting plans for billions of dollars of residential and commercial projects in Docklands and...

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Low-end buyers shut out of Fishermans Bend

New suburb: Government envisions Fishermans Bend could house 80,000 people over the next 40 years.

Royce Millar, Chris Vedelago, Clay Lucas The government's promise on housing affordability in its pet urban renewal project is under question in the wake of spiralling prices.

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Catholic priest escapes punishment for drunk-driving death

Lenient sentence: A Catholic priest has been allowed to serve at a church in Melbourne's western suburbs for more than six years despite being convicted of killing a man and injuring a teenager in a drunken car crash in Croatia.

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago, Sasa Lekovic A Catholic priest has been allowed to serve at a church in Melbourne's western suburbs for more than six years despite being convicted of killing a man and injuring a teenager in a drunken car crash...

Developers likely to be given public land for Federation Square East project

Fed Square East

Chris Vedelago Ownership of Melbourne's largest proposed public precinct, Federation Square East, is set to be handed over to a developer free-of-charge if the Napthine government wins re-election.

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Police help fund anti-extremism course for imams

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Shakespeare, the notorious conman, surfaces in Victoria

Danny Robert Shakespeare

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago One of Australia's most notorious conmen has surfaced in Victoria and has already attracted the attention of police after refusing to pay deposits for the purchase of two million-dollar properties in...

Daughter of prominent legal family on cocaine trafficking charges

Drugs were allegedly found by police at Kristina Hampel's South Yarra home in an August raid.

Cameron Houston and Chris Vedelago The daughter of a retired Supreme Court judge has been charged with cocaine trafficking offences in the latest controversy to confront one of Melbourne's most prominent legal families.

Police deny Williams deal

Carl Williams.

Chris Vedelago and Cameron Houston Victoria Police and the state government are now denying they ever struck a deal for the testimony of drug kingpin Carl Williams in a controversial move that could impede future attempts to obtain...

Payout possible to Roberta Williams as a victim of crime

Williams. Roberta Williams leaves a hairdressing salon today.   her ex husband Carl Williams was killed in the Barwon Prison yesterday.    Melbourne Age. news. photo by Angela Wylie. April 19 2010.

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston The family of slain drug kingpin Carl Williams is eligible to receive compensation of up to $742,000 from the state government after medical experts acknowledged they are legitimate victims of crime.

Stonnington Council conceals plans to acquire 450 properties

Stonnington city council

Chris Vedelago Stonnington Council has blocked the release of a secret report that would reveal to hundreds of inner suburban home owners and businesses whether the city is planning to buy their properties to turn...

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Hits and misses: The real Mob Wives of Melbourne

Danielle McGuire,

Chris Vedelago and Cameron Houston The wives, girlfriends and lovers of Australia's criminal underworld are set to become the subject of a new reality TV show based on the hit US series, Mob Wives.

Our most-burgled suburbs: City's outer west, inner north hotspots for thieves

Burglary crime

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago and Craig Butt Residential burglaries have fallen across Victoria over the past five years, but a swathe of growth suburbs in Melbourne's outer-west continue to be prime targets for thieves.