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.
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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.
One of the most dangerous times in an abusive relationship is when it ends – which was when Clare Wood was murdered by her ex-partner.
Giving people the right to ask about their partner’s history of domestic violence sounds like a good idea – but there are good reasons why Rosie Batty and others have raised concerns.
Joan Kirner, Victoria’s first – and so far only – female premier, has died at the age of 76.
The career of late former Victorian premier Joan Kirner illustrated the story of the Australian Left from the Whitlam era to the present day.
The states could ‘top up’ renewable funding to encourage development.
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With the federal cuts to the renewable energy target, the states are stepping up to fill the gap.
Power shift: Richard Di Natale’s elevation as the new Greens’ leader, replacing Tasmanian Christine Milne, marks the rise of the Victorian Greens.
The balance of power in Australian green politics has shifted with the choice of Victorian Senator Richard Di Natale as Greens' leader – and the speed of the change is a lesson for other parties.
Regional Forest Agreements were supposed to give certainty to both loggers and conservationists. But they haven’t.
The 20-year-old agreements that are supposed to safeguard much of Australia's forests, are not working. Now they are up for renewal, and it's time for a complete rethink, writes David Lindenmayer.
Research has shown that when sex work is illegal, street sex workers who are victims of sexual assault are reluctant to report it to police.
There is a non-binding precedent in Victoria that allows judges to consider the victim's sexual experience when passing sentence on a sex offender – but only when the "victim is a prostitute".
Rabbits can strip grasslands bare and chew through young woody trees.
On Christmas Day 1859, the Victoria Acclimatisation Society released 24 rabbits for hunting, to help settlers feel more at home. Given the millions of dollars in damage to agricultural productivity that…