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Assisted dying legislation is likely to be introduced in Victorian Parliament within a month, and be based on a report launched today by Brian Owler and Jill Hennessy. JOE CASTRO/AAP

Victoria may soon have assisted dying laws for terminally ill patients

Public opinion, shifting views in the health profession and international trends allowing assisted dying mean it will be lawful in Australia at some point. But will it be lawful in Victoria soon?
Police speak with members of the public outside the Buckingham Serviced Apartments in Brighton, Melbourne, following the violent attack on Monday night. AAP/Julian Smith

Tougher national parole laws won’t end the violence

As difficult as it is to concede, lone-actor, grievance-fuelled violence cannot be solved simply by tightening justice processes.
Daniel Andrews has announced reforms to Victoria’s bail laws following the events in Melbourne’s CBD last Friday. AAP/Angus Livingston

After Bourke St, Victoria should not rush in on bail reform

Australia needs to be very careful not to allow the bail system to become a political scapegoat at the hands of commentators exercising 20/20 hindsight.
Friday’s post-COAG press conference saw a blunter approach from the assembled first ministers. AAP/Lukas Coch

Disgruntlement on show after COAG meeting

A ragged COAG meeting has ended with a split over a new competition agreement and public swipes at Malcolm Turnbull and his government.
Victoria needs an improved web of accountability to link various sectors together to ensure family violence perpetrators are made visible and accountable. Ensuper from www.shutterstock.com

Reforms to Victoria’s family violence responses must close the web and bring perpetrators into view

Victoria's family violence system unintentionally protects male perpetrators by making them invisible and providing opportunities for them to avoid responsibility.
Malcolm Turnbull may struggle to persuade Daniel Andrews and some other state leaders to back major tax change, though Mike Baird has been arguing for reform. Sam Mooy/AAP

Turnbull faces his most taxing test yet: wooing the states to overhaul the GST

Despite all the media coverage, don't expect any clear decisions on national tax reform on Friday. But we should see more progress on other issues, including domestic violence and violent extremism.
Taxpayers are the ultimate losers when governments fail to manage expensive infrastructure projects. AAP/Joe Castro

East-West Link shows miserable failure of planning process

How many times do taxpayers have to go down the same road before governments seriously assess how expensive infrastructure decisions are made?
In recent times, Victoria has reverted to the punitive approach that once filled the Old Melbourne Gaol, with little thought for the long-term consequences. Flickr/Eva

State of imprisonment: Victoria is leading the nation backwards

Victoria was once characterised by low imprisonment rates and innovative corrections policy. The state now has Australia's highest rate of growth in imprisonment.
Victoria’s new Labor government has set up an Australian-first royal commission into family violence. AAP/Julian Smith

Explainer: Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence

It is difficult to capture just how important a royal commission with this focus is. For too long, family violence has taken, threatened and pervaded the lives of so many in the Victorian community.
Victoria’s new government has promised to “tear up” the contracts for the controversial East-West Link project. Courtney Biggs/AAP

Rip up the contracts? Why public-private infrastructure deals need to change

Victoria’s public-private partnerships (PPPs) are a mess. Their democratic standing has never been lower. They have always trumpeted better value for money and more timely delivery, but with the contract…
Daniel Andrews and his ministers swear an oath to comply with the law, which includes the obligations of public office as a public trust. AAP/Julian Smith

Politicians forget what public trust means – we must remind them

There cannot be a more important office or more challenging role than being a member of parliament. This is especially so for government MPs and ministers, including the newly elected Victorian ministry…
Queensland Labor under Annastacia Palaszczuk has claimed a lead in the polls ahead of next year’s state election. AAP/Dan Peled

One down, two to go? Labor revival puts incumbents on edge

The rule of thumb in Australian politics has been that voters are reluctant to throw out governments after a single term. And if they do, it’s during a major crisis. Perhaps that’s a measure of Australians…
Victoria’s voters have spoken – and they have said no to Melbourne’s new freeway tunnel. AAP Image/Julian Smith

The East-West Link is dead – a victory for 21st-century thinking

Labor’s state election victory in Victoria has fatally undermined Melbourne’s most controversial tunnel, the now-doomed East-West Link, with new Premier Daniel Andrews pledging to rip up the contracts…
Victorian premier-elect Daniel Andrews and his colleagues now have the chance to demonstrate unity, discipline and functionality to a swinging electorate. AAP/Joe Castro

Victorian election: Labor triumph or Coalition disaster – or neither?

After Daniel Andrews and Labor’s decisive victory in the Victorian state election at the weekend, there has been – not unexpectedly – a welter of post-election opinion trying to account for the rather…
What seats will decide the political fortunes of Daniel Andrews and Denis Napthine at the ballot box this weekend? AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Explainer: five key seats to watch in the Victorian election

The Victorian election is just days away and the campaigning is reaching a final crescendo. Both the Labor and Liberal parties are saturating the local airwaves with advertisements. All of the polls point…

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