Police across Victoria made it clear that family violence was considered to be ‘different’ to the primary investigative mandate of their work.
Police remain critical in the effort to tackling family violence in all its forms. But more than just a commitment to extra police and training is needed to improve outcomes for victim-survivors.
Gifted children can benefit from being grouped together in specialist schools or classes.
Failing to provide an appropriate education for students who are gifted increases the risk of mental health issues, boredom, frustration, and behavioural problems.
Australian sport may only account for 1.6% of total household spend, but its macro impact on the economy is strong.
Australian sport will never have the commercial clout to bring the economy out of recession or solve a regional unemployment problem. But it is more than a fringe player in the economic game.
Victoria’s mountain ash ecosystem is vulnerable to collapse.
From fisheries to forestry, there's a pattern to collapsing ecosystems and industries. If we can predict them, maybe we can avoid the damage.
Apex graffiti sprayed on the wall of a tennis club in the Melbourne suburb of Prahran.
In the age of social media and online self-promotion, being the subject of a moral panic can not only be a source of pride, but also an inducement to offend.
Road fatalities could increase if young people start driving solo at 17.
New research reveals there is no evidence to suggest a higher driver licensing age in Victoria has caused higher unemployment rates for 17-year-olds.
Lights out for Hazelwood, but other power stations can pick up the slack.
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The potential shutdown of Victoria's Hazelwood power station could leave a large gap in coal-fired baseload generation. But other coal power stations have plenty of spare capacity to fill the gap.
The car-based logic of Melbourne’s 1969 transport plan has been deeply implanted into Victorians’ collective consciousness.
Most enlightened governments have realised the focus on private cars at the expense of active and public transport is not viable.
The Grampians after a bushfire in 2014.
The Grampians, like much of Australia, has swung from Millennium Drought to Big Wet and back again, putting animal populations on a rollercoaster that could get worse as climate change bites.
Protesters march against fracking in Melbourne.
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Victoria will permanently ban unconventional gas, and extend a moratorium on onshore gas until 2020.
The Western Distributor project announced by the Andrews government will benefit Melbourne’s suburban residents in the west and north, but inner-city elites are mobilising against it.
It's a project that creates benefits for Melbourne's western suburbs and the state as a whole. But the inner-city elite don't like it and recent experience suggests their opinion holds sway.
Victoria has joined three other states and territories in setting a renewable energy target.
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Victoria has announced a renewable energy target of 40% by 2025.
Malcolm Turnbull featured prominently at a recent volunteer firefighter rally on the steps of Victorian state parliament.
With a popular state Labor government and premier in charge, the economy picking up speed and the state budget in substantial surplus, federal Labor had every reason to see Victoria as its own.
Blue-green algae in the Murray River upstream of Mildura in April.
Toxic algal blooms were unheard of in Australia's major waterways before 1991. Now the Murray River has been struck by four major events in less than a decade, with more likely in the future.
Victoria’s wildflowers: best enjoyed up close.
Victoria's volcanic plains offer fertile ground for grasslands teeming with wildflowers. But that same fertility has also made the plains a tempting target for grazers and growers, and developers too.
Research shows that elevated rail, like this design for Moreland station, has many advantages.
Evelyn Hartojo, Melbourne School of Design
Elevated rail to remove level crossings, done properly, has many benefits – and the alternatives are more disruptive and costly. But announcing projects with little consultation is asking for trouble.
Graduates of a 2015 Tertiary Entry Program, which paves the way into university courses, with lead author and CQUniversity’s Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Engagement, Bronwyn Fredericks (fourth from left) and Provost Hilary Winchester (far right).
If we're serious about closing the gap in Indigenous education, our new research shows the value of building better bridges into universities and vocational education.
The fire season has arrived in southern Australia, but with a big El Niño driving hotter temperatures, will this be worse than other summers?
The numbers of people in Victoria’s prisons are unsustainable and in part due to recent policy changes.
Victoria is failing in relation to rehabilitation of prisoners and post-release support. The consequence is that more people are imprisoned, more often.
Sport in Victoria, as with other aspects of life, has had its ups, downs and handballs.
AAP Image/Julian Smith
Victorians, like their New South Wales cousins, exercise more often than Queenslanders, who enjoy a better year-round climate. And they beat all other states hands-down when it comes to spectator numbers.