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Jason Dowling

Jason Dowling has been a reporter at The Age for more than a decade. He has been State Political reporter for The Sunday Age and City Editor for The Age and is now a senior reporter at The Age.

Muzzle on council rates

Jason Dowling Local council rates would likely increase next financial year by the lowest amount in a decade under a proposed new cap.

Shout and wobble at the pub and it may be your last drink

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Jason Dowling and Aidan Hurst Ever been refused a drink? No? Well you may soon be thanks to new "intoxication guidelines" making it easier for bar staff to spot someone who has had enough.

When will an Aboriginal Victorian be elected to State Parliament?

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Jason Dowling and Beau Donelly Victoria's Parliament is more than 150 years old – yet not one person has sat in the seat of power and identified as an Aboriginal Victorian.

Toll Port Phillip shipping routes urges peak boating body

Steven Potts, chief executive of the Boating Industry Association of Victoria, says tolls could help pay for new boat ramps, piers, jetties, walkways.

Jason Dowling Port Phillip Bay, Western Port and almost 1000 kilometres of Victorian coastline should be given dedicated funding like freeways and public transport to improve sustainability, build more boat ramps...

The long road to leadership and jobs in remote communities

Jason Dowling It is a long way from the Western Desert of the Pilbara to BHP Billiton's Collins Street headquarters, especially if English is not your first language and your normal "office"  is about half a...

Salvation Army survey reveals thousands living off less than $10 a day

Thousands of Australians visiting Salvation Army Emergency Relief centres are living on less than $18 a day.

Jason Dowling "We are heading to Victorian-era England where three families lived in a couple of rooms."

Who is the minister accused of bullying his staff, Adem Somyurek?

Adam Somyurek says the allegations are

Jason Dowling Adem Somyurek is an old school Labor politician, active in the factions and good with party numbers. 

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank folds in battle with Crown casino

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Jason Dowling  Bendigo and Adelaide bank have walked away empty-handed from a multimillion-dollar court action against Crown casino.

Grand stoush over who designs multi-storey buildings

Jason Dowling It's a design battle on a grand scale over a provocative advertising campaign featuring a broccoli. 

Wyndham Vale horror: Police plea for help after three children die

The car involved in the tragedy is pulled out of a lake.

Bianca Hall, Tammy Mills, Jason Dowling and Allison Worrall Wyndham Vale's Lake Gladman is a place where children come to feed the ducks and play; it is not a place of death. What happened at 3.

Ombudsman Deborah Glass wants changes for 21st century role

Ombudsman Deborah Glass (second from left)  and her team, Stephen Mumford, Jenny Hardy and Megan Philpot, want change in the office.

Jason Dowling Ombudsman Deborah Glass wants great flexibility in her office.  

Dogs are OK but cows banned in Victoria's national parks

Jason Dowling In the week a new bill was introduced into state Parliament to ban cattle from the Alpine and River Red Gum National Parks, the government said there are no plans to ban dogs from eight national...

Developers odds-on to win at planning tribunal

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Jason Dowling The house always wins, or in the case of Victoria's planning tribunal – big housing developments nearly always win, new research indicates.

Don't give Victoria residents a bigger say - developers

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18:  Grocon ceo Carolyn Viney (L) poses for a photo with Property Council Victoria Executive Director Jennifer Cunich on February 18, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Ms Viney has been appointed President of Property Council Victoria.  (Photo by Josh Robenstone/Fairfax Media)

Jason Dowling Residents should not be given a bigger say at Victoria's planning tribunal because it would not be "fair", according to a developer lobby group.

World-class basketball, soccer and baseball eyed for Victoria among talk of Olympic bid

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Jason Dowling, Benjamin Preiss and Roy Ward Could the NBA be coming to town?

Melbourne 'should bid' for 2032 Olympics

A general view shows the Olympic stadium with the illuminated Olympic rings in Berlin March 5, 2015. Berlin, which staged the Games in 1936, and Hamburg are battling for the green light from the German sports authorities to launch a bid for the 2024 or 2028 summer Olympics. A final decision by the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) between the two cities will be taken on March 21. Picture taken March 5, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)

Jason Dowling Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has backed a push for Melbourne to bid for the 2032 Olympic Games, saying tickets sales would "go through the roof".

Few Victorians sign up for flexible power price benefits

Flexible pricing options are not being adopted by consumers with smart meters.

Jason Dowling Victorians could be missing out on cheaper electricity because providers are failing to promote flexible pricing associated with the smart meter roll-out.

Call for mine revamp program to boost Latrobe Valley

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Jason Dowling Scores of former coal miners should be employed to rehabilitate old mine sites in the Latrobe Valley to boost its economy, a new economy campaigner says.

Call us if you need bill help: energy retailers

ERM shares rose 1.7 per cent in early trading on Thursday to $2.34 at 10.20 am.

Jason Dowling and Aisha Dow Victoria's big power companies say they are doing everything they can to reduce the number of customers having their gas and electricity switched off despite disconnections hitting record levels.

Soaring power costs leads to record number of disconnections in Victoria

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Jason Dowling The number of Victorian homes having their gas and electricity disconnected has hit staggering levels with the state government ordering an urgent inquiry be undertaken by the energy watchdog.