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New laws return ownership of Indigenous artefacts to traditional owners

New laws return ownership of Indigenous artefacts to traditional owners

All Victorian institutions, businesses and individuals now have legal obligations to hand over Aboriginal ancestral remains.

Fighting for the small pleasures that make a city a society

Fighting for the small pleasures that make a city a society

Why do we have to fight these battles over and over? Why must companies and governments continue to destroy our public treasures?

Will Victorian Liberals abandon their local democracy tonight?

Will Victorian Liberals abandon their local democracy tonight?

The Victorian Liberals are raising the ire of their members by denying rank-and-file members a vote on preselections, and they're not the only party doing it.

Jane's back in the game, but Labor has played itself

Jane's back in the game, but Labor has played itself

A factional deal has landed Jane Garrett a safe upper house seat in Victoria, but what's been put on the line to get her there?

Riot racket: what does it cost for police to protect far-right trolls?

Riot racket: what does it cost for police to protect far-right trolls?

Protecting events put on by international far-right personalities has become a costly side gig for police.

Rundle: the left will never win a 'zero tolerance' competition against the right

Rundle: the left will never win a 'zero tolerance' competition against the right

The Australian right's "law and order" rhetoric combined with the left's oversimplification and focus on state power are combining to bear down on black and Indigenous communities.

Can Daniel Andrews maintain good faith through the treaty process?

Can Daniel Andrews maintain good faith through the treaty process?

The Victorian government has a long way to go if Indigenous Australians are going to trust it to maintain good faith in treaty negotiations.

The instability of Labor's latest factional stability deal

The instability of Labor's latest factional stability deal

Victorian Labor's most recent factional maneuvers could hand both state and federal elections to the Liberals.

Is Victoria's new jail time for bad bosses just a meaningless gesture?

Is Victoria's new jail time for bad bosses just a meaningless gesture?

Victorian Labor has grabbed headlines by threatening to send dodgy bosses to jail, but it might not be so easy to put in action.

New Labor faction stonewalls at state conference

New Labor faction stonewalls at state conference

A gag motion at the Victorian Labor conference on the weekend was a product of a CFMEU-AWU alliance, a first outing for the "Industrial Left – Centre Unity" faction, working together smooth as butter knife on toast.