State sued over West Gate suicide barriers

Chris Vedelago   The former Labor government's decision to delay installation of anti-suicide barriers on the West Gate Bridge is being blamed for the deaths of a mother and child in a new lawsuit.

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Too late to flee: fire threatens towns in Victoria's north

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Rania Spooner and Louise Almeida 1:37 PM   Holiday makers and residents in Victoria's north are under threat from an out-of-control fire.

'Toughen up princess': Comic relief for Ken Lay

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay steps down.

Benjamin Preiss 1:25 PM   Police chief confronted by unlikely heckler as he announces his retirement from Victoria's top job.

Holiday drownings prompt safety warning

Police divers continue the search for a young boy missing in the Murray River.

Marissa Calligeros 12:55 PM   Lifesavers issue fresh water safety message after multiple drownings.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay steps down

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Rania Spooner 12:33 PM   Victoria Police chief commissioner Ken Lay is standing down after three years in the top job.

Girl, 4, drowns off Torquay surf beach

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Marissa Calligeros 11:09 AM   A four-year-old girl has drowned off a surf beach at Torquay, south-west of Melbourne.

Motorcyclist killed in truck crash

Rania Spooner 10:36 AM   A motorcyclist has died on the road after colliding with a truck in West Melbourne.

Hundreds stranded on trains in city loop

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Marissa Calligeros 10:17 AM   Hundreds of commuters spent close to an hour stuck on trains on the City Loop tunnel due to a power fault on Monday morning.

Car flips, lands inches from shop in Carlton North

The car which crashed on Nicholson Street in Carlton North.

Marissa Calligeros 9:02 AM   A car came within inches of crashing into a record store in Melbourne's north in the early hours of Monday morning.

Man held after armed crime spree


Marissa Calligeros 7:12 AM   Police catch up with serial thief after month-long crime spree.

Search for boy missing in Murray River enters third day

Police divers continue the search for a young boy missing in the Murray River.

Anna Whitelaw and Goya Dmytryshchak 6:42 AM   Police say search for young child is now a recovery operation.

Councils curb New Year's Eve drinking

Be warned: a sign in Edinburgh Gardens.

Lucy Battersby 6:38 AM   Another council has banished alcohol from public parks this New Years Eve leaving Melburnians banned from drinking in nearly all inner-city parks and beaches on December 31.  

Keep fast food out of hospitals, experts say


Julia Medew 8:45 PM   Public health experts are calling for the new Monash Children's Hospital to exclude fast food outlets and say the Royal Children's Hospital should dump its contract with McDonald's because it is creating a "healthy halo effect" that sends the wrong message to families.

Victoria to introduce tough raw milk laws

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Liam Mannix 7:53 PM   A gag-inducing chemical used in anti-freeze will be required to be mixed into all batches of raw milk sold in Victoria, the state government has announced.

Warrnambool's little city of summer love sets up again

Regulars: Jan and John Vincent.

Darren Gray 12:15 AM   It is a picturesque part of the coastal foreshore with wide green lawns and graceful Norfolk Island Pine trees by the beach.

River search for missing boy into third day

Police, emergency services and the public continue search for a six-year-old boy who was swept down the Murray River on Saturday afternoon.

Anna Whitelaw and Goya Dmytryshchak 7:15 PM   Police, emergency services and the public are still searching for a six-year-old boy who was swept down the Murray River on Saturday afternoon while playing with other children.

New government bans Alpine National Park cattle grazing

Controversial: Cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park.

Liam Mannix 12:15 AM   Cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park is over, with the new Labor government fulfilling a long-standing election promise to ban the practice.

Fire under control in Dereel, south of Ballarat


Anna Whitelaw 6:28 PM   The tiny town of Dereel in western Victoria, south of Ballarat braced for the second fire in as many years on Sunday, as Victorians began to feel the heat of the fire season.

Round-the-clock care for baby rhino

A baby rhino has been welcomed into the world at the Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Chloe Booker 6:45 PM   Rare calf getting round-the-clock care at Melbourne's Werribee Zoo.

Man hit by bullet at shooting range


Goya Dmytryshchak 3:24 PM   A man was injured after a bullet ricocheted and hit him at a shooting range south west of Melbourne.

Boy critically injured after quad bike accident


Anna Whitelaw   An eight-year-old boy is in a stable condition after falling off a quad bike in Moe on Saturday afternoon.

Baby rhino born at Werribee Open Range Zoo

A baby rhino has been welcomed into the world at the Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Chloe Booker   A baby rhino is being looked after around the clock as Werribee Open Range Zoo veterinarians work to ensure her survival.

Man arrested after Hoppers Crossing stand-off

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A man allegedly armed with a gun has been arrested after a three-hour stand-off south-west of Melbourne.

Motorcyclist found dead in bush near Colignan

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A man out collecting firewood has found a motorcyclist dead on a bush track in Victoria's north-west.

Man's body found on Blackwood bush track

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The body of a man has been found by a ute on a bush track in the town of Blackwood, north-west of Melbourne.

Bushfire lawsuit


Chris Vedelago, Adam Carey   Utility denies any responsibility for Black Saturday bushfires.

Six-year-old boy missing in Murray River


Tom Decent   There are fears a six-year-old boy has drowned in the Murray River while swimming with his friends as police set up a rescue effort to search for his body. 


Headliner: Iggy Azalea is playing Las Vegas on December 31 for $250 a ticket.

The real Aussie action this week is a long way from the Yarra and Harbour Bridge – patriots should instead turn their eyes to Las Vegas.

Woman sexually assaulted at Mount Evelyn


Anna Whitelaw   A 21-year-old woman hailed a passing car for help after she was allegedly sexually assaulted in Melbourne’s east in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Holidays thrown into chaos after AirAsia cancels direct Bali flights

GROUNDED: AirAsia has canceled flights directly to Bali.

Patrick Hatch   Holidaymakers have had travel plans thrown into disarray after budget airline AirAsia X cancelled direct flights from Melbourne to Bali with only days' notice.

Docklands tower fire reveals slum housing

After: fire crews inspect the damage.

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston   The fire that ripped through the Lacrosse apartment tower in Docklands last month has revealed that units in the high-rise were being used as slum housing for suspected illegal workers and foreign students.


The secret report Napthine won't let you see

Much work went into the preparation of a state-based reform agenda, so why has it never been released?

Victorian jobs: Hockey will have the last say

Denis Napthine's employment boast is actually an admission of failure.

State election: grubby campaign, tight result

Fifty-one days out from polling day, the battle for power is set to get nasty.