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Andrews flags more freedoms as state races to 80% milestone

Andrews flags more freedoms as state races to 80% milestone

Newly liberated Melburnians could be granted more freedoms in less than a week, with an emotional Daniel Andrews flagging a further easing of restrictions and incentives for people to return to the city.

  • by Annika Smethurst and Marta Pascual Juanola

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COVID backflip won’t hurt Andrews, but hospital woes open new wound

COVID backflip won’t hurt Andrews, but hospital woes open new wound

Lockdown fatigue has enabled voters to accept a dramatic political change of course, but concern remains about the pressure on Victoria’s health system.

  • by Annika Smethurst
Banyule mayor steps down for personal reasons following IBAC appearance

Banyule mayor steps down for personal reasons following IBAC appearance

Rick Garotti was questioned over two days in public anti-corruption commission hearings this week as part of an investigation into the misuse of taxpayer funds and staff for factional activities. 

  • by Sumeyya Ilanbey
Victoria scraps quarantine for fully vaccinated overseas travellers

Victoria scraps quarantine for fully vaccinated overseas travellers

Victoria will follow the lead of NSW and no longer expect travellers to isolate either at home or in hotels if they are fully vaccinated and test negative to COVID-19 on arrival.

  • by Annika Smethurst, Sumeyya Ilanbey and Rachel Eddie
Coalition schism widens after Guy reneged on gay conversion law amendment

Coalition schism widens after Guy reneged on gay conversion law amendment

At least eight opposition MPs have expressed anger at the Victorian Liberal leader and his new equality spokesman, James Newbury, for abandoning a party room agreement to address concerns raised by medical, legal and faith groups.

  • by Sumeyya Ilanbey and Paul Sakkal
Greens eyeing off five Melbourne seats in hopes of hung parliament

Greens eyeing off five Melbourne seats in hopes of hung parliament

Four Melbourne seats will be key to the Greens’ federal election bid to force Labor into a power-sharing arranged if the next election delivers a hung parliament.

  • by Annika Smethurst
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Suspicious ballots could force council by-election

Suspicious ballots could force council by-election

Dozens of suspect ballots from last year’s Moreland City Council election will be made public in a move that might force thousands of voters back to the polls.

  • by Rachel Eddie
Coalition’s Zoom chat turns nasty as gay conversion stoush explodes
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Coalition’s Zoom chat turns nasty as gay conversion stoush explodes

A Victorian opposition online meeting descended into chaos – and a whole lot of swearing – over a shadow minister’s promise on laws banning the controversial therapy.

  • by Sumeyya Ilanbey and Paul Sakkal
‘When will it end?‘: Preps’ burning question on COVID

‘When will it end?‘: Preps’ burning question on COVID

After almost a term of remote learning, teachers say the social and psychological transition back to the classroom might take time.

  • by Madeleine Heffernan and Adam Carey
IBAC appearance of community leader accused of pocketing $75,000 pushed back

IBAC appearance of community leader accused of pocketing $75,000 pushed back

Somali Australian Council of Victoria founder Hussein Haraco has been handed a temporary medical exemption, as IBAC heard taped calls of factional leaders discussing plans to “go racism” in response to questions from reporters.

  • by Sumeyya Ilanbey
As it happened: Community organisation allegedly pocketed $100,000 in grants

As it happened: Community organisation allegedly pocketed $100,000 in grants

A community organisation that was awarded grants by the Banyule City Council has been accused of diverting the funds for personal use, a corruption hearing has been told.

  • by Tammy Mills and Sumeyya Ilanbey