400 custody officers to replace police

Custody officers to ease the burden on police from guarding holding cells at police stations.

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'One in nine' Victorians driving on illicit drugs

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Aisha Dow 1:53 AM   One in nine motorists tested for illicit drugs over the grand final long weekend returned a positive result.

Private school parents have highest aspirations: report

Private school parents have higher aspirations for their children than those at state and Catholic schools, new research says.

Henrietta Cook 1:06 AM   Private school parents set higher goals for their children than those with kids at state and Catholic schools, new research says.

Police probe arson, assault at Swan-owned hotel

The Albion rooftop in York Street is  engulfed by fire on Monday.

Tammy Mills, Rania Spooner, Cameron Houston, Marissa Calligeros, Royce Millar 11:55 PM   Police will probe links to bikies in their investigation into a bashing of a construction foreman and subsequent arson attack that gutted a newly renovated South Melbourne hotel part-owned by Collingwood star Dane Swan.

CityLink and Tullamarine Freeway $1.3 billion widening to start

Work will begin on the widening of the Tullamarine Freeway on Tuesday.

Tom Cowie 11:49 PM   Work will begin after Monday night's evening peak on the $1.34 billion widening of the Tullamarine Freeway and Citylink.

Bayside Melbourne's history of mysterious fires

 St Kilda Pier Kiosk , which burnt down overnight on  September 11,  2003.

Rania Spooner 10:37 PM   There's an eerie regularity about catastrophic fires at entertainment venues along Melbourne's bay that can't be hosed down.

Missing bushwalker to spend second night lost in forest

Police and search and rescue teams are searching for a missing 73-year-old bushwalker.

Allison Worrall 9:09 PM   A 73-year-old bushwalker will spend his second night lost in a national park in Victoria's north after he failed to return from a hike on Sunday.

Frankston train services suspended after pedestrian struck by train

Metro train.

Aisha Dow 9:05 PM   A pedestrian has been struck and killed by a train in Frankston on Monday.

Bushfires already as mercury heads towards 35C

A property was destroyed in a bushfire in Wensleydale.

Allison Worrall and Alana Schetzer 9:02 PM   A bushfire destroyed a home south-west of Geelong on Monday night and threatened other homes before being brought under control by firefighters.

Volunteers create an urban Eden from rubbish dump in Merri Creek

The Age, News, picture by Justin McManus 05/10/2015. Bruce and Anne McGregor have been volunteering to clean up and revegetate the Merri Creek for 39 years.

Carolyn Webb 8:38 PM   A new exhibition celebrates the volunteer-led transformation of Merri Creek.

Funeral held for victim of hit-and-run

Andrea Lehane.

Blair Thomson 8:30 PM   Family and friends gathered in Beechworth on Monday to farewell Andrea Lehane, 34, who was killed after being hit by a mini-motorbike in a car park at the Carrum Downs shopping centre near Melbourne on September 23.

Home destroyed in Wensleydale bushfire

One home has been destroyed in a bushfire in Wensleydale, south-west of Geelong.

Allison Worrall 7:49 PM   A bushfire has destroyed one home in a regional town south-west of Geelong, as residents of Wensleydale have been told to flee. 

Melbourne weather: Victoria set for spring scorcher after hottest ever start to October

Time for a swim, Melbourne. Hot weather is on the way.

Robyn Grace, Allison Worrall 7:31 PM   Melbourne is set for a scorcher, with two 35-degree days forecast in what could be its hottest October run since 1940.

Woman charged over handbag theft after allegedly 'recruiting' young boys


Adam Cooper 7:01 PM   A mother believed to have recruited her two young sons to pinch a handbag from a high-end Melbourne restaurant has been charged.

School bus, semi-trailer collide near Euroa

Police have been led on a high speed pursuit through Belmont

Robyn Grace, Allison Worrall 6:42 PM   A bus has been involved in an accident near Euroa, in the state's north.

Victorian Labor to introduce same-sex adoption laws

Minister for Equality Martin Foley at an Australian Marriage Equality rally in June.

Richard Willingham 12:15 AM   Thousands of same-sex couples with children will have the right to be jointly recognised as parents by Victorian law, under new adoption laws to be introduced by the Andrews government.

Murder accused considered man worth $250,000, court told


Adam Cooper 6:21 PM   A grandfather found dead in his home was considered by one of the men charged with his murder to be worth up to $250,000, a court has heard.

Severe fire warning for Victoria as spring heats up

A dog runs in the shallow waters of Altona Beach at sunrise on Monday.There's going to be lots of heat from that sun.

Alana Schetzer 6:13 PM   Melbourne and parts of Victoria will face an extreme fire risk tomorrow, as the state braces for more severe spring time heat.

Victoria sleepwalking towards 2020 renewable energy goal

A wind farm in Port Fairy, Victoria.

Tom Arup 6:11 PM   Victoria could hit its initial 20 per cent renewable energy target for 2020 by barely lifting a finger, energy analysts have found.

Murder trial of former Melbourne Grammar student aborted


Mark Russell 6:05 PM   The trial of a former Melbourne Grammar student accused of murdering a homeless man has been aborted.

Civilians working for Victoria Police may get security upgrade

Police say a man who suffered a stroke after he was attacked at Morley Bus Port station will ver make a full recovery.

Michael Bachelard 6:05 PM   Victoria Police has urgently reassessed the security of its thousands of civilian staff after the killing of a staff member in Sydney last week.

Minister horrified, families sickened by 'coffin-like' box

The two-metre-tall "desensitising box" in the classroom.

Nick Toscano, Beau Donelly 5:58 PM   Victoria's disability minister says he is horrified by revelations of a "desensitising box" at a Melbourne autism centre, and has expanded a probe into one of the country's leading disability service providers.

ALP jobs for the girls claims

Minister for Women  Fiona Richardson.

Josh Gordon 5:58 PM   Minister for Women Fiona Richardson has been accused of using ALP membership records to try and stack government boards with higher income female party members.

Radical road safety initiative for country Victorian highway

Trial barriers placed in the middle of the road on the Melba Highway near Yea.

Darren Gray 5:41 PM   A unique road safety initiative designed to save lives and reduce the number of serious injury crashes on country roads is being trialled in Victoria.

Two Victorian schoolgirls missing


Marissa Calligeros 5:41 PM   Police are appealing for help to find two missing Victoria schoolgirls.

New Chief Judge pledges to be 'fierce advocate'

Chief Judge Kidd flanked by his predecessor Michael Rozenes (L) and former Chief Judge Glenn Waldron.

Steve Butcher 5:05 PM   Chief Judge Peter Kidd has delivered a pointed intention that the court "must explore new ways of communicating our work to the public".

Business leader in new position as Sex Party candidate

Meredith Doig

Benjamin Preiss 4:42 PM   Meredith Doig has extensive experience on corporate boards, university councils and federal government advisory groups. All of which makes her a most unlikely candidate for the Sex Party in the coming federal election.  

Fire engulfs refurbished South Melbourne nightclub

Smoke billows from The Albion Rooftop bar and lounge on the corner of York Street in South Melbourne.

Marissa Calligeros, Tammy Mills, Deborah Gough 4:10 PM   Fire has engulfed a newly refurbished South Melbourne nightclub that was due to reopen in 11 days.

Napthine, Mulder lead Liberal byelection TV campaign

Bowing out: Denis Napthine

Richard Willingham 4:08 PM   Former premier Denis Napthine and his former transport minister are front and centre of a Liberal party campaign advertisement for two byelectins which are shaping as intriguing contests.

Syria trip was to help people, not kill them, court told


Mark Russell 3:37 PM   It was Amin Mohamed's destiny to travel to war-torn Syria to help people, not kill them, a court has heard.

Melbourne's warm weather keeps hay fever at bay

This year's hay fever season is expected to be mild.

Craig Butt, Health Reporter 3:27 PM    Good news, hay fever sufferers. At this stage at least, this year's hay fever season is shaping up to be an uneventful one, thanks in part to the hot and dry weather we have been enjoying so far this month.


Open letter to Gillon McLachlan

Victim of Brownless' "strippers" comment says the AFL chief should use his power to change the culture of The Footy Show.

Don't be fooled by Andrews' port trickery

Privatising the port to pay for level-crossing removals is a modern version of the pea and thimble trick.

Dan's cunning play

Meet Daniel Andrews, the premier salesman trying to spruik Victoria on the world stage.

Better get used to it ... Melbourne is strike city

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union's  march towards industrial action is not an isolated movement.

We must double our refugee intake

Our intake of Syrian refugees is not generous by world standards. Australia should double its intake.

Victoria: the education state, or ghetto?

Daniel Andrews needs to show that he cares about state schools.

Get on board, get on the bus

Driving to work is a tedious affair, but it has its compensations.

City's rail system is broken but who will pay to fix it?

Yes, the system is broken, but it is difficult to know who to blame for breaking it.

Why Melbourne's growth  is outpacing Sydney's

People could be flocking here for the coffee and cool bars. Or something else entirely.


V/Line conductor filmed punching man

Passenger films a V/Line employee as he repeatedly kicks and punches a 46-year-old man at Broadford station.

Andrews wants Melbourne Metro cash from Turnbull

Daniel Andrews wants the allocated $3 billion for East West link to fund the Melbourne Metro.

Inside Australia's goat farming industry

We export the largest quantity of this meat in the world, but most Australians know little about goat farming.