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Parliament headed for port showdown

Richard Willingham and Benjamin Preiss The fate of the billions of dollars earmarked for Victorian infrastructure will become clearer this week, with parliament to scrutinise Labor's plan to lease the Port of Melbourne.

Farmers to receive $200m from proposed Port of Melbourne sale

Port of Melbourne

Richard Willingham Premier Daniel Andrews has increased the political pressure on the Coalition over its opposition to the port sale by announcing a $200 million agriculture infrastructure and jobs fund.

Moreland councillor Michael Teti expelled by Labor after links to Mafia boss

Richard Willingham ALP formally expels councillor for bringing the party into disrepute after revelations he worked for Mafia criminal Frank Madafferi.

Adem Somyurek's lawyers raised concerns about the investigation early

Minister for Small Business, 
Innovation and Trade, Adem Somyurek was forced to resign from his role after an inquiry found he had physically assaulted his chief of staff.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Complaints about the investigation into dumped Victorian minister Adem Somyurek were raised with the Premier several weeks before the final findings were made public.

Western district town ordered onto bottled water over contamination fears

Residents of Penshurst will be given bottled water while tests are carried out on the town's water supply.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Hundreds of residents of a western Victorian town are being urged to only drink bottled water after the government revealed concerns over chemical contamination of the water supply.

Premier Daniel Andrews backs his deputy James Merlino after factional criticism

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has backed his deputy James Merlino.

Richard Willingham and Benjamin Preiss Premier Daniel Andrews has backed his deputy James Merlino in the face of criticism from scorned Labor MP Adem Somyurek.

'On like Donkey Kong': Somyurek's fall could start factional war

Adem Somyurek

Richard Willingham If Premier Daniel Andrews thinks his troubles are over with the sacking of Adem Somyurek, he is wrong.

Adem Somyurek resigns as Small Business Minister after bullying investigation

Victorians are among the most ignorant in the English-speaking world when it comes to the question of the bank-rolling of their political leaders.

Benjamin Preiss, Clay Lucas and Richard Willingham Small Business Minister Adem Somyurek has resigned following bullying allegations made by a staff member.

Pokies: Victorian punters lose more than $2.5 billion

Victorians lost more than $2.5 billion on poker machines in 2014-15

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent $2.57 billion. That is how much Victorians lost on the state's 26,000 poker machines last financial year.

Victorian firefighters seek industrial action

A Victorian firefighter at work. The union is seeking protected action over ongoing EBA negotiations.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Victorian firefighters are ramping up their battle with the Labor government, seeking protection from the industrial umpire to take strike action over a continued delay on a new pay deal.

Boat turnbacks: Greens' Melbourne stranglehold strengthens

Labor's policy on boat turnbacks and asylum seekers may cost it votes to the Greens.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Bill Shorten's support for boat turn-backs will help the Greens win votes in Victoria but should not cost Labor any lower house seats at the next election, experts and strategists say.

Brunswick could abandon Labor over coal seam gas: poll

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Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Support for coal seam gas mining by the Andrews government would sound the death knell for Labor in the seat of Brunswick, new polling shows.

Too many people getting unnecessary hospital care: Premier Daniel Andrews

Premier Daniel Andrews wants a greater focus on preventive health.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent About 60,000 people are getting expensive hospital care that could have been avoided, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says.

Victoria shortchanged on infrastructure cash: analysis

The Abbott government refuses to provide funding for urban rail projects and argues Victoria has been allocated less cash because the Andrews government does not have any projects to fund.

Josh Gordon and Richard Willingham Victoria is being short-changed almost $1 billion a year in Commonwealth infrastructure funding, amid claims Prime Minister Tony Abbott has abandoned the state ahead of the next federal...

Andrews government may bypass Abbott government policies on renewables

If Australia wants to keep within its carbon emissions budget a switch from coal to renewable energy is vital.

Richard Willingham Premier Daniel Andrews says his government is close to announcing plans to boost investment and jobs in the renewable energy sector by bypassing the Abbott government's policies.

Victorian schools the future for international student market

Students.

Timna Jacks and Richard Willingham International students should be enrolled in more Victorian schools to help boost the state's $4.7 billion foreign education sector over the coming decades, a government paper has suggested.

Bypassing parliament would reduce port sale value: Premier

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Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Bypassing parliament to sell the Port of Melbourne could reduce the price, Premier Daniel Andrews says.

Labor to use level crossing removals in federal election campaign

Labor will use level crossing removals as part of its federal election strategy in Melbourne

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Daniel Andrews' plan to remove 50 level crossings in suburban Melbourne is being used as a federal campaign tool to help Labor take seats from Abbott government MPs at the next election.

Grand Final Holiday: new public holidays to cost state up to $900 million

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

Richard Willingham Victorians may be ready to enjoy two new public holidays, including one on grand final eve, but the cost to the state could be nearly $900 million a year.

Labor pushes on with level crossing plan despite upper house pressure

Labor vows to push on with level crossing removals despite upper house pressure

Alana Schetzer and Richard Willingham The state government has declared it will go ahead with plans to remove nine level crossings in Melbourne's south-east, despite the Coalition blocking the Port of Melbourne sale that would have...