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Mayne offers cash for submissions scandal on City of Melbourne’s annual actions

If you can think of any new initiatives the City of Melbourne should launch in 2015-16, come along next Tuesday and make your pitch, pocketing $20 for your efforts.

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Mayne: media go berserk as Vic Labor effectively closes the East West file

The tabloids have been crucifying Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, without giving any of the straightforward answers on the East West road project and future public infrastructure.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | VIC | 2

Mayne: tabloid beat-ups discourage local govt transparency

It’s time the daily rags stopped their contrived beat-ups of local councils. Instead, they should be focusing on a productive reform agenda to improve transparency.

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Crikey Blogs | VIC |

F1 Grand Prix: what do you get for $70 million?

This Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park is likely to cost taxpayers close to $70 million. But the benefits don’t come within cooee of that outlay; there are much better uses for the money.

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JASON WHITTAKER | VIC |

‘Someone has been untruthful’: did Dan Andrews go too far?

The brutal dismissal of the CEO and chairman of WorkSafe in Victoria over a water contamination scare left some breathless. Did the Premier go too far in publicly calling them liars? The Mandarin examines.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | VIC |

Mayne: blocking foreign investment? Xu gotta be kidding me!

Why would a supposedly pro-business federal government be so intent on restricting foreign investment in Australia?

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SALLY WHYTE | VIC |

Hope and justice: Australia holds vigils for Chan and Sukumaran

Last night, heartfelt vigils for Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were held around Australia.

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Crikey Blogs | VIC |

Andrews says full steam ahead for Melbourne Metro — but is it all hot air?

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews faces several key challenges before his promised Melbourne Metro rail tunnel comes to fruition.

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One year on from Hazelwood fire, deadly legacy lingers

The Hazelwood mine fire was not a natural disaster; it was a chronic industrial mishap of the most unnatural kind, writes freelance writer Tom Doig.

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Crikey Blogs | VIC |

Stop hating on skyscrapers

Although high-density housing can be done badly, it is also essential to the community, particularly for affordable housing.

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Crikey Blogs | VIC |

Why Melbourne Bike Share riders shouldn’t have to wear helmets

The new Victorian government has to decide what to do about the lacklustre performance of Melbourne Bicycle Share. One possible action could be to exempt it from the mandatory helmet law.

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Crikey Blogs | VIC |

What would it take to build a tram network the size of Melbourne’s?

Melbourne is fortunate it inherited the largest tram network in the world, because building something like it today — say in a city such as Sydney — would be extraordinarily expensive and difficult.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC |

Poll Bludger: what happens when the ‘wrong’ candidate wins

A complicated loophole in vote-counting legislation has awarded a seat to Labor that should have gone to the Country Alliance in Victoria.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC |

Poll Bludger: Andrews faces a daunting challenge in Vic upper house

With the excitement of an election win behind him, incoming Victorian premier Daniel Andrews must get to work on managing the makeup of his parliament.

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‘No business case’ for East West Link

The Napthine government’s signature East West Link policy would not have been able to pay for itself. Crikey Victorian politics reporter Dan Moss reports.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | VIC |

Mayne: Packer backed Andrews — now how about a new Crown hotel?

James Packer gave his support to Daniel Andrews during the election campaign, and now it seems it’s time to pay the piper.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC |

Poll Bludger: could the Greens be coming for Turnbull?

The Greens’ electoral success in Prahran was due to a number of demographic factors, with the seat an interesting mixture of hip young things and old money. Sounds like a certain federal Sydney seat we know …

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GUY RUNDLE | VIC |

Rundle: if Morrison rolls Abbott, the Greens could end up stronger than ever

The Labor Party seems fresh out of ideas. And the Greens are more than happy to eat Labor’s lunch.

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VIC |

How the Greens (probably) wiggled out of Prahran’s three-way manjam

The Victorian Greens were up against a very popular Liberal incumbent and a strong Labor candidate in the Melbourne seat of Prahran. So how did they squeeze out a win? Victorian politics journalist Dan Moss explains.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | VIC |

Mayne: Andrews’ unsustainable promises could cost Victoria its AAA rating

The Labor Left is very good and making costly promises, but will it be able to keep them without breaking the bank?

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Crikey Blogs | VIC |

Three myths about the East West Link

The East West Link was bad policy, but that’s no excuse for perpetuating bullshit about it.

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VIC |

Labor’s Port of Melbourne lease won’t be smooth sailing

Labor has promised to lease out the Port of Melbourne in order to pay to replace 50 level crossings. But Crikey Victorian politics journalist Dan Moss says the Greens might make that tricky.

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VIC |

The pedant v the blowhard: meet the men vying for what’s left of Victoria’s Libs

Denis Napthine doesn’t want to lead the Victorian Liberals, battered and humiliated, in opposition. But what sort of man would want a job like that? Crikey Victorian election correspondent Dan Moss reports.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC |

Poll Bludger: have we reached a Greens zenith?

The Greens have finally won a Victorian lower house seat, but their primary vote has not increased since last election. Is the minor party on its way up, or is this all the support it will be able to manage?

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GUY RUNDLE | VIC |

Rundle: Napthine’s loss the beginning of the end for the Right

Denis Napthine’s government has been comprehensively booted out of Victoria in a historic loss for a one-term government. And Crikey’s writer-at-large says there is more to come.

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