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More backlash over grand final eve public holiday

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent When the clock ticks past midnight on Thursday at a design industry ball the wage bill for the host, The Big Group, will nearly double.

Whistleblower to talk to police over alleged Labor rorts

Richard Willingham A key whistleblower in allegations that Victorian Labor MPs misused electorate officer entitlements will meet with police.

Life-saving machines for those suffering heart attacks to go to sports clubs

Richard Willingham Defibrillators that can be used on people suffering a heart attack will be made available by the Victorian government to sports clubs.

Labor confident of holding Melbourne Ports, despite Liberal and Greens challenge

Greens leader Richard Di Natale and candidate Stephanie Hodgins-May - to win the Melbourne Ports seat, Ms Hodgins-May would have to drastically increase the party's primary vote from 20 per cent.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent The Greens hope to continue their march on Melbourne's inner city and score an upset win in Melbourne Ports, a seat held by Labor by for more than half a century.

Melbourne train strike averted as Metro and union reach agreement

The last train arrives at Caulfield station before the strike on September 4.

Richard Willingham Further strike action on Melbourne's train network has been averted after the union and Metro came to a deal after marathon talks on Friday evening.

Grand Final: State government should step in for fans to get 60,000 AFL grand final tickets


Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent A push is on to double the number of AFL grand final tickets for members of the competing clubs.

Hundreds of properties to be acquired for Metro Rail Project


Josh Gordon, Tom Cowie, Richard Willingham Hundreds of properties will be compulsorily acquired by the Andrews Government to make way for the cross-city Melbourne Metro Rail project.

Victorian Auditor-General resigns

Victorian Auditor General John Doyle

Richard Willingham The watchdog of the Victorian government and public sector has resigned.

Labor candidate Peta Murphy smeared in Facebook posts by Liberal opponent

Labor's candidate for Dunkley, Peta Murphy.

Richard Willingham Dunkley's ALP candidate has come under fire for past legal work.

Prisons failing to make the state safe: Ombudsman


Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Half of Victoria's 6506 prison population comes from just six suburbs or towns: Broadmeadows, Corio, Doveton, Frankston North, Maryborough and Morwell.

Billion-dollar regional fund heavily criticised by Auditor-General

Victorian Auditor General John Doyle

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent The Regional Growth Fund lacked transparency and overstated its importance in creating jobs and stimulating investment without knowing if the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars spent...

Andrews to Turnbull: we want our rail cash

Will Malcolm Turnbull support the Melbourne Metro rail project?

Richard Willingham Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has flown to Canberra to met new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and sign a new deal with the Commonwealth and NSW on the expansion of the National Disability...

State Government backs radio station Triple R over developers

Triple R's East Brunswick studio.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Popular community radio station Triple R has been given a reprieve by the state government, after Labor intervened to stop a highrise development next to the station's East Brunswick headquarters.

Liberal leadership: Daniel Andrews wants East West billions for Melbourne Metro from Malcolm Turnbull

Daniel Andrews in Bendigo last year.

Richard Willingham Melbourne Metro rail could receive federal funding under new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull because he is "an undoubted fan" of public transport, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews hopes.

Premier Andrews raises concerns over China FTA

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says workers need protection under China FTA.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent The Victorian Premier says he supports the FTA but worker safeguards are needed.

AFL grand final: Daniel Andrews upbeat about new public holiday despite interstate threat

 CaptainsLuke Hodge and Kieran Jack hold up the AFL Grand Final cup.

Richard Willingham The march of non-Victorian footy sides towards the AFL grand final, and the prospect of an all interstate clash has failed to dent Premier Daniel Andrews' hopes for a successful first grand final eve...

Australian Grand Prix stays in Melbourne until 2023

generic thumbnail, state parliament, Victoria, Spring Street, Denis Napthine, Daniel Andrews

Richard Willingham, Neelima Choahan Melbourne has scored a win over Sydney in the race to secure the Australian Grand Prix until at least 2023.

Cannabis crops win bipartisan backing, but still need federal approval

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Cannabis cultivation in Victoria has won cross-party backing and the support of farmers and doctors but will still require changes to federal laws.

Nationals secure Warrnambool mayor to contest South-West Coast electorate byelection

Nationals candidate Michael Neoh (centre) and Moyne Shire mayor Colin Ryan meet Prime Minister Tony Abbott at a farm in Woolsthorpe.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent The Nationals have scored a major coup in their bid to win Denis Napthine's old seat, securing the defection of former Liberal member and mayor Michael Neoh to the party.

Tram and taxi strikes: warring cabbies and tram workers shut down city streets

Taxi drivers protesting over the UberX App that they say is destroying their business.

Adam Carey, Richard Willingham, Tom Cowie Melbourne's public transport network plumbed epic depths of dysfunction on Thursday when hundreds of outraged taxi industry members blocked traffic outside Parliament House just as the city's entire...