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  1. Mirka Mora service to honour a 'bold, brave and colourful' lifeRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Sep 13 | The Age

    The State Memorial for much loved artist Mirka Mora will be a celebration rather than a formal occasion, say organisers. Julia Zemiro will host the public service at the Palais Theatre, billed as "a celebration of Mirka's bold, brave and colourful life" on September 25 at 2pm and Kate Ceberano is tipped to sing.


  2. Labor offers a $4838 battery bonanza for homes with solar panelsRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Sep 10 | The Age

    Victorian homeowners will be paid nearly $5000 towards the cost of household solar batteries by a re-elected Andrews government in the latest move aimed at making the state Australia's leader in domestic-scale renewable energy. The latest promise of subsidies for small-scale renewable energy, to be announced on Tuesday, will see households who already have solar panels able to claim half the cost - up to $4838 - of batteries that can store energy generated on their rooftops.


  3. 'Huge season': Victorian snowfields mark record year after heavy fallsRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Aug 25 | The Age

    The most recent snow statistics from the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council show Victorians are making the most of the conditions, with visitor numbers more than 30 per cent higher than the 10-year average at Mount Baw Baw, Lake Mountain, Mount Stirling and Mount Buller. As of August 19 , 672,769 people had visited the Victorian snow resorts, 45,842 higher than last year's record year.


  4. Federation Square gets temporary heritage protection from Apple storeRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Aug 22 | The Age

    Federation Square has been granted heritage protection until late 2018 as a government body deliberates on whether to permanently protect the site, a decision that could prevent an Apple Store being added to the precinct. The order comes after the National Trust of Australia's Victorian branch nominated Federation Square for heritage protection in early August following the state government's plans to build an Apple Store on the site, which were released in December 2017.


  5. Is this Melbourne's favourite ceiling? 50 years on, we're still looking up at NGVRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 17, 2018 | The Age

    From the mezzanine overlooking the National Gallery of Victoria's Great Hall, you feel you might reach up and touch the glowing cut-glass lozenges of Leonard French's famed ceiling. The coloured chunks seem almost edible, like the lolly windows of the fairytale cottage Hansel and Gretel nibbled.


  6. Rein in sceptics or we'll walk: Victoria's ultimatum on energy schemeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 30, 2018 | The Age

    Victoria is refusing to sign up to the National Energy Guarantee until Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull can give assurances that his entire caucus is locked in behind the scheme. The ultimatum from the Andrews government is the latest obstacle before the Turnbull government as it seeks to end 15 years of political inertia on climate policy and push through an energy blueprint that has been attacked as too timid by renewables advocates and too green by internal critics.


  7. Victoria's top road cop moves to private sectorRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 9, 2018 | The Age

    Victoria's top road cop Doug Fryer will leave the force next month to take up a position at Lindsay Fox's logistics company Linfox. The move to the private sector comes after Assistant Commissioner Fryer spent almost three years as the head of road policing at Victoria Police.


  8. Public holidays: why we need two moreRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 10, 2018 | The Age

    Make no mistake, on 364 of the 365 days of the standard calendar year, my heart beats pure republican red. But on one day each year - today in most states and territories and a few months later in Queensland and Western Australia - the heart of every true blue Australian beats a royal blue, as we ditch work to commemorate the official birthday of her majesty, the Queen of England.


  9. Flu vaccine: 800,000 new doses ordered to meet national shortageRead the original story w/Photo

    May 25, 2018 | The Age

    Victoria's supply of flu vaccines is almost exhausted and remaining supplies will be reserved for those at most risk of falling seriously ill until more stocks can be secured. The Turnbull government said it had sourced 800,000 additional vaccines to meet record nationwide demand this year, however most of these doses will not be available until mid-July.


  10. Public wants government to force power companies to offer cheaper deals, poll findsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 7, 2018 | The Age

    Most Victorians are very concerned about rising power prices, lack trust in electricity retailers and want the Andrews government to step in and force them to offer cheaper deals, a poll has found. The ReachTel poll of 1124 residents across Victoria was taken on the night of January 29, one day after a series of local network failures left 90,000 customers without power during a heatwave.


  11. At 255, annual Victorian road toll down on 2016 but Shepparton area hit extra hardRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 1, 2018 | The Age

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  12. Labor MP blasts federal government over support for ACT's 'gold-plated' light railRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 19, 2017 | The Age

    A federal Labor MP has blasted the Commonwealth for chipping in $69 million for Canberra's light rail through its asset recycling scheme, in spite of Victoria gaining $877 million from the same program. Lalor MP Joanne Ryan, who represents about 124,000 people in the south-western suburbs of Melbourne, hit out at the cost of the 12-kilometre line from Gungahlin to Civic, claiming Canberra's tram came at the "expense" of her constituents.


  13. Baby quokka Cinnamon hops to life at Australian Reptile ParkRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 11, 2017 | The Age

    The first baby quokka to be born at the Australian Reptile Park has taken her first hops just in time for the Christmas school holidays. Cinnamon was born in August and after spending a few months in her mum Coco's pouch took her first hops in the NSW Central Coast wildlife sanctuary this week.


  14. State's first Aboriginal woman MP Lidia Thorpe speaks of genocide, lingering disadvantageRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 28, 2017 | The Age

    The scent of burning eucalyptus leaves and of Green political triumph mingled in the air outside Parliament House on Wednesday, where hundreds of supporters of Victoria's first Aboriginal woman MP gathered for a ritual smoking ceremony. In a hand-sewn possum-skin cloak and black high heels, Greens MP Lidia Thorpe was cheered as she strode up the steps of Parliament and through the front door to deliver her first speech.


  15. The conscription campaign that divided AustraliaRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 19, 2017 | The Age

    As casualty lists soared on the Western Front in the Great War, Australians twice voted to reject the introduction of conscription. From 1914, enlistment in the Australian Imperial Force was restricted to volunteers but from mid-1916 encouraging enough eligible recruits became increasingly difficult.


  16. Ten flu deaths at nursing home amid serious management failureRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 12, 2017 | The Age

    A fatal flu outbreak at a Wangaratta nursing home, where 10 residents died of influenza and two others from respiratory illness, was worsened by serious management failures, a scathing government audit has found. In response, the St John's Village nursing home accepted the resignation of its own former acting care services manager and referred him to his professional body for potential sanction.


  17. Same-sex marriage: Yes, 'no' voters are not necessarily bigotedRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 12, 2017 | The Age

    Jill Murphy's article reveals the contradictions present in the minds of many in the same-sex marriage "yes" camp. She feels rage that a survey is being done in the first place.


  18. Assisted Dying: Euthanasia advocates slam Victorian 'drug cocktail' proposalRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 7, 2017 | The Age

    A proposal to create a new euthanasia pill using a cocktail of legal medication has been slammed by assisted dying advocates on the eve of one of state parliament's most contentious debates. With Victoria set to decide if terminally ill patients should have the right to an assisted death, the Andrews government has approached Monash University's pharmacy department to research the kind of pill that could be developed if the legislation passes.


  19. Fast $2 billion gain could buy decades of regret for Victorian governmentRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 4, 2017 | The Age

    Victorians could spend decades regretting any haste by the state government to chase an easy pay day in return for another lucrative public asset: the state's land titles registry. But the Andrews government, chuffed with the success of last year's 50-year lease of the Port of Melbourne, and flush with the $9.7 billion injection into the state's coffers, looks to be in the mood to do another deal.


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