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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.

Which community benefits from AFL poker machine venues?

Jason Dowling AFL clubs with poker machines are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars earmarked as a "community benefit" on their own facilities and venues and one local council is not happy.

Reports of assaults in aged care up 10 per cent in past year

Jason Dowling The number of reported assaults at Australia's aged care services has increased by more than 10 per cent in one year to 2625.

Pokies break the house sending 103-year old Bendigo Club to the wall

The Bendigo Club, which paid almost $2 million for its initial 40 gaming poker entitlements, says it will be unable to make its next repayment.

Jason Dowling and Mark Hawthorne It is not just ordinary Victorians being sent to the wall by poker machines, a club in Bendigo says buying poker machines has sent it broke.

Victoria tops tourism survey as a destination for shopping, sport and the arts

Tourists shopping in Melbourne: Larni Davies from Hobart and Cherida Palmer from Adelaide.

Jason Dowling Shops, sports and the arts – that's how potential local tourists have viewed Victoria.

The hidden killer: you're eating more of it than you know

Excess consumption raises the risk of strokes, heart disease and kidney disease.

Jason Dowling It's the scourge that's far more deadly than car crashes and that we consume daily, often unnoticed.

Student loans: we will track you down around the world

Jason Dowling The tax office and education department will track former students around the world to force them to pay back student loans.

Too many selfies, not enough 'experience seekers' at top tourism spot

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Jason Dowling A new Twelve Apostles lookout called the "beam", eco lodges, glamping, tree huts and new visitor centres are all being considered to boost tourism at one of Victoria's most popular tourist...

It's Groundhog Day at Point Nepean as master plan goes back to drawing board

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.

Airport car park so big it now has its own film

Jason Dowling 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.

Brown coal in the dock – where to for Victoria now?

Shanghai Electric Australia planned to build a $119 million demonstration plant in Victoria but the project has been shelved.

Jason Dowling A taxpayer-funded $25 million "advanced coal" project for the Latrobe Valley has been withdrawn with future use of Victoria's massive brown coal reserves under the microscope.

Ride-sharing costs: Uber drivers fined near $600,000 as hire-car battle goes on

Taxi drivers protesting over Uber at Parliament House. Victoria's Taxi Services Commission says it has issued 355 infringement notices to uberX drivers.

Jason Dowling Drivers for ride-sharing service uberX have been issued hundreds of tickets in a little more than a year.

Melbourne grand prix: tax bill tops $61.7 million

Melbourne Grand Prix 2015 at the Albert Park. F1 qualifying session. 14 March 2015. The Age News. Photo: Eddie Jim. (no.55 Carlos Sainz Jr)

Jason Dowling The cost to taxpayers of hosting Melbourne's Grand Prix has topped $60 million-a-year for the first time, with the total outlay by Victorians over two decades reaching $500 million.

Infrastructure Victoria: What do we need the most? Time to talk

Jason Dowling What is the most important project for Victoria in the next five years? What about the next 30 years.

Big decisions needed to make 'fundamentally unsafe' road system safe for cyclists: expert

 Roads are a complex environment for cyclists.

Jason Dowling New research has provided a top 10 list of why cyclists crash in Victoria. 

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Surgeons urge 'more responsible attitude' to bike helmet laws

A young woman is pulled over in Sydney Road and shown how to wear her helmet correctly in a police blitz.

Jason Dowling Bike helmet laws don't make us unhealthy.  

Raining gifts at Melbourne's water companies

Gifts

Jason Dowling Overseas conferences, study tours, shopping vouchers, slabs of beer, tickets to Spring Fashion Week, the tennis, Spring Carnival, football, grand prix - there is no gift too big or small for...

Crane traffic chaos to last all week

Motorists can expect more peak-hour stress.

Jason Dowling Commuters travelling to and from the city face long delays as a partially collapsed crane awaits removal.

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

Enjoying a quiet beer.

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.