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IBAC changes 'may not have time to be debated'

Major changes to IBAC include allowing the watchdog to undertake preliminary investigations before determining whether to dismiss, investigate or refer a complaint.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Long-awaited changes to Victoria's anti-corruption watchdog have been introduced to Parliament, but there are fears the important changes may not be voted on before the election.

Labor will honour Crown deal

The latest Crown expansion deal  has been pushed by the Napthine government without the social and economic impact assessment  that was required for the last casino expansion.

Richard Willingham and Jason Dowling A $910 million deal to expand gambling at Crown Casino has been pushed by the Napthine government without a social and economic impact assessment that was required for the last casino expansion,...

Post-traumatic stress and cancer: Grim threats to modern firefighters

In the line of duty: Glen Cavanagh (left) and Brian O'Connell.

Richard Willingham Long gone are the days where firefighters dealt with just fires. They pick up body parts, deal with murder victims and are often first on the scene at horrific road smashes.

John Pesutto wins preselection for seat of Hawthorn

John Pesutto.

Richard Willingham Premier Denis Napthine's legal counsel, John Pesutto, has won preselection for the prized seat of Hawthorn that has been vacated by retiring former premier Ted Baillieu.

Libs and Labor reverse order on laps of the circus ring

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Richard Willingham The charade that passed for parliamentary debate in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday was a mirror image of the showdown in June that saved the political career of rogue MP Geoff Shaw.

Libs angered by Denis Napthine's failed attempt to oust independent MP Geoff Shaw

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Henrietta Cook, Josh Gordon, Richard Willingham Premier Denis Napthine's failed attempt to expel Geoff Shaw has infuriated Liberal MPs, who have questioned their leader's tactics just 85 days before the state election.

Geoff Shaw the survivor lives to fight another day

Geoff Shaw.

Richard Willingham, Henrietta Cook, Josh Gordon Geoff Shaw will continue to inflict pain for the Napthine government after Labor rejected a Coalition attempt to expel the controversial MP from State Parliament.

Labor set to block motion to expel Geoff Shaw

Geoff Shaw in Parliament on Wednesday

Josh Gordon and Richard Willingham Labor will vote against expelling embattled independent MP Geoff Shaw, saying it would not be involved in a cheap political stunt.

Denis Napthine moves to expel Frankston MP Geoff Shaw

Geoff Shaw

Richard Willingham Premier Denis Napthine is set to move to expel rogue independent MP Geoff Shaw because his apology to Parliament about misuse of his parliamentary entitlements lacked sincerity.

Four to fight for preselection in Ted Baillieu's seat of Hawthorn

Former premier Ted Baillieu.

Richard Willingham The field for the race for preselection in the plum state Liberal seat of Hawthorn has been finalised with four people putting their hand up for the spot.

Pressure on state Labor to suspend local government figure over weapons probe

Michael Teti

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and Richard Willingham Victorian Labor and local government official Michael Teti may face fresh weapons charges in a development that is likely to increase pressure on opposition leader Daniel Andrews to suspend Mr Teti...

Seats to watch

Eltham is one to watch because it's not on many people's radar.

Richard Willingham November's state election is going to be exceptionally tight. Despite the polls putting the ALP well ahead political experts tip them to narrow and strategists from both sides say that the election...

Liberals in sudden backdown from right-wing conference

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Richard Willingham and Dan Harrison Senior Liberals from the Abbott and Napthine governments have made an embarrassing eleventh hour withdrawal from attending a controversial right wing conference.

MP Brad Battin's wife in tears after being shoved by East West Link protesters

Police arrest a protester.

Richard Willingham and Carolyn Webb The wife of Liberal MP Brad Battin was left in tears after being pushed and shoved at Thursday's night heated anti-East West Link protest

Protesters vow to block World Congress of Families attendees

Robert Clark.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Opponents of the hard-right World Congress of Families have vowed to block conference attendees from getting into its meeting on Saturday, although they do not know where it will be held.

Former Republican Mike Huckabee accuses 'sexual radicals' of maligning families congress

Richard Willingham, Josh Gordon Former US republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee✓ has slammed opponents of this weekend's controversial meeting of the World Congress of Families✓ in Melbourne, accusing ''sexual...

Tackling domestic violence should be election priority, say advocate groups

Domestic violence

Richard Willingham Victoria's domestic violence problem must become the number one issue at the state election, a collection of legal and advocate groups have demanded. 

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Napthine government ready to banish Geoff Shaw from Parliament

Geoff Shaw.

Josh Gordon, Richard Willingham The Napthine government decides balance-of-power MP can inflict no further damage to the Coalition's legislative agenda.

Kennett wants betting advertising banned

Jeff Kennett.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent The multi-party Senate would support a full ban of advertising and sponsorship of corporate bookmakers, the chairman of Beyond Blue Jeff Kennett says.

Chandler Highway bridge motorists to earn better run after state election

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Richard Willingham Traffic congestion at one of Melbourne's worst bottlenecks, the Chandler Highway bridge, will be eased regardless of who wins the state election.