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Victorian opposition leader loses second senior staff member in eight days

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Victoria’s opposition leader, Matthew Guy, has lost a second senior staff member in eight days, less than four months out from the state election, following the abrupt resignation of his director of communications. Le...

Victorian chimney in Leeds to be shortened over public safety fears

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A Victorian chimney in Leeds – seen as a significant local landmark by campaigners – is to be shortened due to safety fears. The 33-metre structure, which is more than 150 years old, is part of the Grade II-listed Sto...

Victorian Liberal leader Matthew Guy appoints close friend as new chief of staff

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Victoria’s opposition leader, Matthew Guy, has hired close friend Nick McGowan to replace Mitch Catlin as his chief of staff. Catlin resigned last week after the Age reported he had proposed to ask a Liberal party don...

Bail laws need to change to reduce harm to children, Victorian inquiry finds

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Victorian MPs have called on the government to reform the state’s bail laws in an effort to reduce the harm caused to children as a result of their parents being imprisoned. The final report from an inquiry into child...

Victorian government asks police, Ibac to investigate proposed deal with Liberal donor

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The Victorian government has asked police and integrity bodies to investigate revelations the opposition leader’s chief of staff proposed to ask a Liberal party donor to make more than $100,000 in payments to his busi...

Victorian public hospitals could not prevent doctors from providing abortions under new bill

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Public hospitals in Victoria would not be allowed to stop doctors from providing abortions under a bill being introduced to state parliament this week by the crossbench MP Fiona Patten. The legislation follows the ove...

History of violence: how a murder-suicide ended a bloody chapter in a small Victorian town

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Death was never far behind Kevin Knowles. It was there when he and his partner, Amanda Bourke, spent the day drinking with Stephen Johnston in 2016. Johnston was savagely beaten at his home in Victoria’s south-west an...

‘Time to end this debate’: ombudsman finds no evidence Daniel Andrews facilitated Victorian Labor’s ‘red shirts’ scheme

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Victoria’s ombudsman has found no evidence that the premier, Daniel Andrews, “designed, propagated or facilitated” the so-called “red shirts” scheme that saw almost $400,000 in public funds misused during the 2014 ele...

Victorian ministers breached codes in ‘shocking’ misuse of public funds to fuel branch stacking, Ibac finds

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Two former Daniel Andrews government ministers breached parliamentary codes of conduct when they misused public funds to fuel a vast branch-stacking operation, an integrity investigation has found. But the investigati...

Victorian spoke of wanting police to kill him before he was shot dead, inquest hears

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A Victorian man who was shot dead by police after violently assaulting his mother told a social worker that he wanted an officer to kill him so his pain would end, an inquest has heard. Gabriel Messo, who had bipolar ...

‘Suspect’ excused from giving evidence at missing Victorian woman’s inquest

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The man police believe is the main suspect in the disappearance of a young pregnant woman has been excused from giving evidence in a Victorian inquest because it may incriminate him. Krystal Fraser, 23, was just days ...

Former reporter faces up to 20 years in a Victorian prison over fatal crash

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Trent Evans’ life descended into chaos after he suffered a mental health breakdown while working as a television news journalist in Queensland, a court has heard. The 45-year-old former Channel 7 reporter was homeless...

Jane Garrett, Victorian Labor MP, dies from breast cancer aged 49

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Former Victorian emergency services minister and long-time Labor MP Jane Garrett has died from breast cancer at the age of 49. The former emergency services minister, an MP since 2010, was diagnosed with the disease ...

‘Covid has broken us’: warnings of a mass resignation among Victorian paramedics

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Bill Briggs had worked as a paramedic for more than three decades when, during Victoria’s second extended Covid lockdown, he “lost the plot”. “I was just plodding along, doing the job, not getting any complaints from ...

‘Robust management plan’ being developed for lobbyist-linked Victorian minister

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Victoria’s new planning minister, Lizzie Blandthorn, will make independent decisions despite a potential conflict of interest with her lobbyist brother, the state government says. Blandthorn, who took over the plannin...

Victorian cabinet to get major overhaul as deputy premier and three senior ministers confirm retirements

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Four senior Victorian government ministers, including the deputy premier, James Merlino, have confirmed they will quit politics, paving the way for a massive shake-up of the government’s leadership group just five mon...

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