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Premier poised to return to a different Victoria

Premier poised to return to a different Victoria

Premier Daniel Andrews returns to work on Monday, but the mindset of the Victorian electorate has changed in his absence.

  • by Shaun Carney

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‘Massive financial hit’: Dandenong Ranges businesses smashed by storms

‘Massive financial hit’: Dandenong Ranges businesses smashed by storms

Businesses in the Dandenong Ranges are hurting after Victoria’s fourth lockdown and prolonged closures due to the recent storms.

  • by Benjamin Preiss
Demand for co-education surges as girls-only schools lose ground
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Education

Demand for co-education surges as girls-only schools lose ground

Growth of enrolment in Victorian co-ed schools is almost five times higher than growth in girls’ schools, new figures show.

  • by Madeleine Heffernan and Craig Butt
Indoor mask edict a ‘handbrake’ on workers returning to office

Indoor mask edict a ‘handbrake’ on workers returning to office

While Victoria took another step towards normalcy, one business leader said lifting office capacity to 75 per cent was close to pointless with mask rules in place.

  • by Michael Fowler, Melissa Cunningham and Craig Butt
Government ducked scrutiny on state of emergency powers, integrity group says

Government ducked scrutiny on state of emergency powers, integrity group says

As the Andrews government negotiates specific pandemic laws to be in place from December, an independent group of lawyers says powers must become reversible and be scrutinised to “rein in executive power”.

  • by Michael Fowler
Silencing transgender conversation leads us nowhere
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Gender

Silencing transgender conversation leads us nowhere

While neither side in this debate is motivated by malice, the tone is nasty because the fight has an existential character: both parties rightly see themselves as victims of patriarchal violence, and both feel as if their safety, and very identity, is at stake.

  • by Julie Szego
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Police union, opposition and lawyers demand protection of QR data

Police union, opposition and lawyers demand protection of QR data

Victorians’ confidence in the QR check-in system will be weakened unless rules are tightened so that only the Health Department can see the data, the state government has been warned.

  • by Michael Fowler
Police sought access to QR check-in data intended for contact tracing

Police sought access to QR check-in data intended for contact tracing

Police unsuccessfully requested on three occasions names and phone numbers volunteered to venues.

  • by Michael Fowler
Emergency national cabinet meeting to discuss vaccine rollout

Emergency national cabinet meeting to discuss vaccine rollout

Emergency meeting of National Cabinet on Monday morning will discuss vaccine rollout as NSW Premier warns the next few days will be critical to halting Sydney outbreak.

  • by Sumeyya Ilanbey, Cara Waters and Anna Patty
Well-connected ex-banker takes on council over Elsternwick tower plan

Well-connected ex-banker takes on council over Elsternwick tower plan

A Melbourne businessman has hired a barrister and lobbyists to fight a tower over his back fence approved by Glen Eira Council. The council isn’t backing down.

  • by Clay Lucas
Fresh headache for Greg Hunt as grassroots campaign sets sights on his seat
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Greg Hunt

Fresh headache for Greg Hunt as grassroots campaign sets sights on his seat

A community-led election challenge to Greg Hunt in his Mornington Peninsula electorate is to be launched on Saturday.

  • by Noel Towell