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Anti-abortion street harassment is not peaceful protest

A women’s health clinic is taking Melbourne City Council to court to force it to protect the health and wellbeing of patients and staff. Maurice Blackburn associate Lizzie O’Shea says the anti-abortion activists outside the clinic are not exercising their rights to free assembly, they are threatening the health of vulnerable women.

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Dark Knight: is a law to keep the Hoddle St killer imprisoned constitutional?

Victorian Parliament wants to pass a law to deny Julian Knight any possibility of parole. But Maurice Blackburn associate Lizzie O’Shea says it is on shaky constitutional ground.

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BERNARD KEANE | VIC |

Toyota decision should herald the immediate end of car tariffs

The decision by Toyota to end manufacturing in Australia means there is no further rationale for our remaining car tariffs. The government should immediately dump them.

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Constitutional crisis in Victoria? Shaw, Napthine and possible scenarios

The Victorian government is hanging by a thread as independent Geoff Shaw threatens to block supply. So how might this play out? And can Denis Napthine survive until the election?

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How Victoria is quietly riding roughshod over basic freedoms

If a bill passes Victorian Parliament this month police will have extraordinary powers to curtail public assembly. Lizzie O’Shea, associate in the social justice practice at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, says basic human rights are under attack.

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CRIKEY INTERN | VIC |

When gay sex was a crime: campaign to expunge records goes national

Victoria and South Australia will finally expunge those convicted of consensual gay sex. So will other states follow? Crikey intern Broede Carmody examines the roadmap.

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CRIKEY INTERN | VIC |

Open for debate? Taxpayers’ big investment in a fortnight of tennis

The Australian Open costs taxpayers millions to keep in Melbourne, but is it money well spent? Crikey intern Broede Carmody reports.

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WILLIAM BOWE | VIC |

Poll Bludger: Griffith, state polls to test Abbott government mettle

Three state elections and some important byelections are likely to test voters’ loyalty to the newly minted Abbott government. Crikey’s resident polling analyst previews the electoral year.

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VIC |

Backwards step: Labor flouts affirmative action rules

Labor’s powerful national executive has intervened to allow male-heavy preselections for the Victorian election. Emily’s List research fellow Tanja Kovac asks: the party has a rule on affirmative action, so why is it being ignored?

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BERNARD KEANE | VIC |

How high-speed rail could destroy your suburb

Protecting the corridor of a high-speed rail network that will never be built will inflict significant damage on outer suburbs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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ANDREW CROOK | VIC |

Ladies’ choice: secret Labor doc shows affirmative action gains

The Victorian branch of the ALP is still falling behind the national target when it comes to female representation, but with fewer men being elected this time around, gains are being made.

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How the Vic government justifies handouts to US military giants — or not

The Victorian government handed millions of taxpayer dollars to US defence giant SAIC with no justification and no reference to the company’s many scandals, write Bernard Keane and Farz Edraki.

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BERNARD KEANE | VIC |

Managing the Snowy River, where ‘independence’ is a weakness

The NSW government intends to dump an independent scientific committee that guarded the health of the Snowy River for a hand-picked, government-controlled body.

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ANDREW CROOK | VIC |

Victorian bureaucrat facing questions over child protection scandal

A high-ranking secretary at Victoria’s Department of Education has been mentioned in a local government scandal involving the mismanagement of child sexual assault allegations.

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ANDREW CROOK | VIC |

Pedal to the metal as RACV board stoush revs up

The RACV board election stoush is reaching fever pitch.

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ANDREW CROOK | VIC |

Albo v Bill: Butler, Feeney rally troops for Labor leadership

The battle between Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese for the Labor Leadership is ratcheting up. David Feeney will lead Shorten’s campaign, pitting him against Mark Butler for “Albo”.

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Bandt’s Greenstown, the last hipster holdout in our dystopia

Freelance writer Mel Campbell is in Greenstown with Adam Bandt, where everyone is donning ponchos, stockpiling lattes and readying themselves for the culture wars to come.

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ANDREW CROOK | VIC |

Mirabella scrambling as polling puts Indi on knife edge

The battle for Indi has turned white hot as Sophie Mirabella pulls out all stops to hold on to her crumbling fiefdom. New campaign material hides the candidate from view.

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ANDREW CROOK | VIC |

A Liberal MP on the road to defend his pocket of blue in Victoria

Out beyond the Labor strongholds, Liberal MP Dan Tehan is hitting the highways to maintain his healthy margin in the Victorian seat Wannon. Crikey went along for the ride.

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ANDREW CROOK | VIC |

Liberal HQ spy fears force Victorian press gallery hacks out

Journos in Melbourne are spitting chips after they were told to shift from their spiritual home by Denis Napthine’s mandarins. It seems paranoid Liberal operatives thought they were being spied on.

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ANDREW CROOK | VIC |

Labor outrage as Greens HTVs pulped after ‘admin error’

Labor has accused the Greens in Victorian of ratting on a national preference deal and deliberately running “open” tickets.

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ANDREW CROOK | VIC |

In La Trobe, Smyth trying to put the brakes on Liberal slide

Most people are polite at Berwick Station as they’re accosted by Labor candidate Laura Smyth, but she has a huge challenge to hold La Trobe. Crikey spent the day in the outer-Melbourne seat.

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GUY RUNDLE | VIC |

Bandt or not, Melbourne is turning a shade of Green

There’s a well-oiled machine in a dingy Melbourne office block working overtime to keep Greens MP Adam Bandt in Parliament. But the social shifts in the progressive seat are more helpful.

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The school of hard (door) knocks for a Lib in Labor-land

For the challenger, it takes plenty of shoe leather — and front — to hit the campaign trail in a safe seat. The Citizen’s Michael Roddan tagged along with one such political hopeful.

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ANDREW CROOK | VIC |

The internal dirt-digging exercise against Labor’s Hotham candidate

Clare O’Neil has won endorsement to run for Labor in Hotham, but not before internal party rivals tried to discredit her with dirt-digging into her past.

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