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Paul Sakkal is a Victorian political reporter for The Age.

Coalition’s Zoom chat turns nasty as gay conversion stoush explodes
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Coalition’s Zoom chat turns nasty as gay conversion stoush explodes

A Victorian opposition online meeting descended into chaos – and a whole lot of swearing – over a shadow minister’s promise on laws banning the controversial therapy.

  • by Sumeyya Ilanbey and Paul Sakkal

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Suspect fundraisers attended by Andrews, Marles, Shorten
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Suspect fundraisers attended by Andrews, Marles, Shorten

The head of the firefighters’ union raised the alarm in 2018 about fundraising events that he suspected may have been used improperly to pay for stacking Labor branches.

  • by Paul Sakkal
Labor dissidents mull appeal after court supports branch takeover

Labor dissidents mull appeal after court supports branch takeover

In a major win for Anthony Albanese and Daniel Andrews, the ALP’s takeover of its Victorian branch amid branch-stacking allegations has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

  • by Paul Sakkal
Renovation rescue with sector set to get back on the tools next week
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Renovation rescue with sector set to get back on the tools next week

Victorians will be able to resume home renovations as early as next week, with the Victorian government set to accelerate the return of one of the major arms of the construction sector.

  • by Paul Sakkal and Michael Fowler
COVID scare at Royal Children’s as Victoria records 1571 new local COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths
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COVID scare at Royal Children’s as Victoria records 1571 new local COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths

Dozens of sick and vulnerable babies at the Royal Children’s Hospital have been plunged into isolation with their parents, after a father visited his sick baby on the neonatal intensive care ward while unknowingly infectious with COVID-19.

  • by Cassandra Morgan, Melissa Cunningham and Paul Sakkal
Anti-money-laundering agency obtains Star casino files as its share price dives

Anti-money-laundering agency obtains Star casino files as its share price dives

The revelations suggest Austrac is building a brief against The Star that may lead to fines of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • by Nick McKenzie, Paul Sakkal and Fergus Hunter
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Could, and should, the Premier be called by IBAC?
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Could, and should, the Premier be called by IBAC?

The merits of hauling high-profile figures before the commission will probably be a matter of debate inside IBAC and among the public, who would hope IBAC grillings are reserved for serious misconduct in public office.

  • by Paul Sakkal
Ministerial scalp won’t stop Andrews’ IBAC headache
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Ministerial scalp won’t stop Andrews’ IBAC headache

Just four hours into the first day of five weeks of hearings, Luke Donnellan phoned the Premier to resign from cabinet following allegations he contributed to a branch-staking “kitty”.

  • by Paul Sakkal
Minister resigns after allegedly paying membership fees for others in branch-stacking scheme

Minister resigns after allegedly paying membership fees for others in branch-stacking scheme

Watch live: Luke Donnellan has quit the Labor ministry after federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne told a public anti-corruption hearing the Victorian Aged Care Minister had paid for people’s party membership as part of a branch-stacking operation.

  • by Sumeyya Ilanbey and Paul Sakkal
Primary school mask mandate tough to enforce but will ‘reduce transmission’

Primary school mask mandate tough to enforce but will ‘reduce transmission’

The mandate for children in years three to six to wear a mask when they return to face-to-face learning will help to contain COVID, but will be tough to enforce.

  • by Adam Carey, Anna Prytz, Ashleigh McMillan and Paul Sakkal
MPs set to defy ‘undemocratic’ vaccine mandate as opposition declares support

MPs set to defy ‘undemocratic’ vaccine mandate as opposition declares support

While most state MPs are vaccinated, one Liberal and two other elected representatives are likely to test the looming jab mandate in State Parliament.

  • by Paul Sakkal, Nick Bonyhady, Annika Smethurst and Michael Fowler