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  1. How the conservatives drove Julia Banks out of the Liberal PartyRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Nov 27 | The Age

    Julia Banks was caught in her Melbourne home with a news photographer camped outside when she started to wonder why she was still in the Liberal Party. It was the week after Banks had delivered a damning judgment on the bullying and intimidation she witnessed during the August leadership spill, and she was the subject of a whispering campaign to cut her down.


  2. Blame game begins as crushing defeat in Victoria throws the spotlight on CanberraRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Nov 24 | The Age

    The Liberal Party's disastrous performance in the Victorian election has put the Morrison government on course for a crushing defeat at next year's federal poll, as a brawl breaks out over whether Malcolm Turnbull's demise was to blame for the shock result. Premier Daniel Andrews easily won Saturday's election following a surge to Labor in a swag of seats across the state, including marginal electorates held by the Liberals.


  3. Cricket needs a tight, tense Test series - and that's what it will getRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Nov 23 | The Age

    With the upheaval that has suffocated the vitality out of Australian cricket, playing and administrative, and forced the national selectors to tread a path between rookies and pallid veterans, India find themselves dealing with the heady heights of favouritism on a foreign field. Given the subcontinental team's dreadful record away from home, their position on top of the International Cricket Council's Test rankings deserves some scrutiny.


  4. Door-to-door salesman and telemarketers spruiking energy banned in Andrews pledgeRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Nov 19 | The Age

    Energy retailers would be banned from using door-to-door or cold call sales tactics as part of broader push to try and better protect customers from getting ripped off, the Andrews government has pledged. The promises, to be announced on Tuesday, will also see energy companies who carry out wrongful disconnections fined $250,000, which is double the current civil penalty and will make it the highest fine in the country.


  5. Liberals step up pressure for Andrews debateRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 6, 2018 | The Age

    The Victorian Liberals are trying to step up pressure on Labor to agree to a leaders' election debate between Opposition leader Matthew Guy and Premier Daniel Andrews on ABC TV. The parties have already agreed to a debate in a 'News People Forum' on the Sky channel three days before the election, with recruitment of 100 swing voters for the audience already underway.


  6. Why Victoria is spending billions on infrastructure but still struggling to keep upRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 4, 2018 | The Age

    Victoria's record level of infrastructure spending is struggling just to maintain current assets, as transport and other services groan from population growth. A KPMG analysis of state and federal government capital expenditure shows that, of the 4 per cent growth in public spending on infrastructure, more than 3.5 per cent is needed just to cover depreciation and population growth, leaving a fraction for a "pure" net increase in new infrastructure.


  7. Coalition attack ads target Labor over taxesRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 4, 2018 | The Age

    Opposition shadow treasurer Michael O'Brien promised a Coalition government would not increase taxes to pay for its infrastructure commitments. "Labor simply cannot afford to pay for everything they've announced," he said.


  8. Capping Melbourne's population growth is not the solutionRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 1, 2018 | The Age

    Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has announcedthat a Coalition government would stop "urban claustrophobia" if successful in November's state election. The pledge comes after Premier Daniel Andrews announced the Labor government would build a massive suburban rail loop if re-elected.


  9. Victoria urges Josh Frydenberg to secure better funding dealRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 23, 2018 | The Age

    Victoria is still being short-changed on federal infrastructure funding and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg should deliver a better deal for his home state, the Andrews government has claimed. The state and federal governments are again set on a collision course over funding allocations for Victoria as the state's booming population places mounting pressure on infrastructure.


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

    Sep 13, 2018 | 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.


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

    Sep 10, 2018 | 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.


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

    Aug 25, 2018 | 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.


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

    Aug 22, 2018 | 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.


  14. 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.


  15. 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.


  16. 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.


  17. 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.


  18. 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.


  19. 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.


  20. 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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