Joey's shot at life

Julia Medew   Joey Lynch thinks he is an unlikely character for a cancer story.

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Victorian bushfires 2015: Raging winds fuel threat at Benloch

CFA firefighters protecting a property off Feeney's lane, Benloch where fires are still out of control.

Rania Spooner, Robyn Grace 11:34 PM   Three buildings have been lost and residents left furious after an out-of-control burn-off sparked a 4000-hectare bushfire near Lancefield in central Victoria.

Lancefield fire burns out of control

A fire plume seen from  a family property at the edge of Cobaw State Forest.

Rachel Wells, Rania Spooner and Marissa Calligeros 11:32 PM    A controlled burn-off that jumped containment lines and became a raging bushfire destroying up to four homes in central Victoria continued to burn out of control on Wednesday.

Teenager killed in Mount Evelyn crash was sitting on friend's lap

The wreckage of the car which crashed into a pole in Mount Evelyn on Tuesday night.

Aisha Dow 11:00 PM   A teenage girl who died when a car crammed with nine people smashed into a concrete pole was sitting on the lap of another passenger, police believe.

As another fire season arrives, Black Saturday survivors prepare and endure

The sprinkler system in action.

Konrad Marshall 10:18 PM   The smoke drifted east from Lancefield this week, wafting on a breeze through Kilmore, climbing above Yan Yean Reservoir, spreading over Whittlesea and headed for Kinglake.

Complaints about treatment of mentally ill people soar in Victoria

Mental Health Complaints Commissioner Lynne Coulson Barr was flooded with nearly 1000 complaints last year.

Julia Medew Health Editor 9:55 PM   Complaints about mental health services have nearly doubled in Victoria.

An anxious night: woolgrower hits out over Lancefield fire

Fires burning in the Cobaw Forest.

Darren Gray 9:45 PM   The decision to light the planned burn which developed into an uncontrolled bushfire near Lancefield has been blasted by a local sheep farmer who lives next to the Cobaw State Forest.

Melbourne Express bushfire updates: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Express sunrise

Patrick Hatch 8:27 PM   Melbourne Express is a live blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.

The dark secret at the heart of a cold-case killing

Shepparton teenager Michelle Buckingham, 16, disappeared in October 1983. Her body was found two weeks later badly decomposed along a rural road outside the town.

Tammy Mills 8:27 PM   For almost 30 years Norm Gribble held a dark secret until the day he unfurled a newspaper and was confronted with a black-and-white photo of a teenage girl.

Victorian bushfires 2015: Angry locals blast 'Department of Scorched Earth' over Lancefield fire

Resident Mark Bollinger at the community meeting in Lancefield on Wednesday.

Darren Gray 8:27 PM    Angry locals have demanded answers from fire authorities during a tense public meeting at Lancefield over a planned burn which escaped and destroyed at least one house, burnt farmland and a vast area of state forest.

Bureau revises seasonal outlook after 'significant shift' in conditions

Long, hot summer: Adam Watkin douses spot fires near his home on Three Chain Road near Lancefield in Victoria.

Peter Hannam 7:35 PM   The impacts of the monster El Nino in the Pacific are likely to intensify across much of Australia, including worsening drought and an elevated bushfire threat, after conditions that were nullifying its effects suddenly retreated.

Mont Albert man spotted on city CCTV; mother still missing

Mising: Penny Bailey and her son Stephen.

Carolyn Webb, Marissa Calligeros 7:10 PM   Police have released city CCTV images of Stephen Bailey, who homicide detectives are hunting over the disappearance of his mother, Penny.

Police seek public help over missing man

Carolyn Webb 6:50 PM   A distinctive grey car may help find Keith Foggin, who was last seen in Bacchus Marsh on September 24.

Teachers banned from restraining students with straps

Victoria's Education Department has banned teachers from restraining students with straps, holding them on the ground and locking them in seclusion rooms.

Henrietta Cook 6:31 PM   Teachers have been banned from restraining students with straps, holding them on the ground and locking them in seclusion rooms.

Regional Rail Link too slow: former Nationals leader Tim Fischer

Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer is spruiking for better train services in Victoria's west.

Richard Willingham 6:16 PM   A major flaw in the Regional Rail Link is delaying commuters but could be easily fixed, former deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer says.

One in four of most urgent patients not seen on time by paramedics

Ambulance response times have improved in the past year, but one in four of the most urgent patients are still not seen within 15 minutes.

Craig Butt 5:23 PM   One in four Victorians in most urgent need of medical attention were not seen by a paramedic on time last year, Ambulance Victoria's annual report shows.

Police officer dies in crash

  Victoria Police

Cameron Houston 5:20 PM   A police officer has died in Victoria's east after her motorcycle and a four-wheel-drive vehicle collided.

Police officer charged with murder

The scene of the police shooting in Windsor in 2013.

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago 4:57 PM   A veteran police officer has been charged with murder over the fatal shooting of a driver during a routine traffic stop in Windsor in 2013.

Infrastructure body looks 30 years into the future

Former Macquarie Capital executive director Jim Miller, who will head Infrastructure Victoria.

Richard Willingham, Tom Cowie 4:52 PM   The Andrews government is yet to commit the proposed $5.5 billion Western Distributor to scrutiny by its new infrastructure body, saying the authority's priority is for a 30-year blue print of the states infrastructure needs.

Victorian bushfires 2015: Lancefield fire timeline

Fire running up the gully at Benloch near Lancefield.

Rachel Wells 4:07 PM   Residents in central Victoria are angry that a controlled burn that was started in the Cobaw State Forest a week ago has twice broken containment lines, threatening hundreds of houses and properties and destroying one home. This is how events unfolded.

Annual reports

Steady as she goes: Victorian screen sector stable, more or less

<i>Age of Ultron</i> was just one of the big-budget movies to have some of its post-production work done in Victoria in 2014-15.

Karl Quinn 3:52 PM   Minor wobbles, but 2014-15 was mostly a year of stabilisation for Victoria's screen industries.

What do we need the most? Time to talk

Is a new train tunnel our top priority?

Jason Dowling 3:40 PM   What is the most important project for Victoria in the next five years? What about the next 30 years.

Victoria could fire up desal plant to beat the heat

 Victoria's Desalination Plant, near Wonthaggi, could be turned on for the first time.

Josh Gordon 7:00 AM   Victoria's $4 billion desalination plant could be switched on for the first time as parts of the state experience the driest conditions on record.

This rain radar image shows how scary the bushfire threat is this year

The rain radar becomes a smoke radar as Victoria faces an early bushfire threat this year.

Tom Cowie 12:48 PM   The rain radar is designed to reflect off rain droplets, but on Tuesday it showed pluming ash clouds.

Man charged with murder after body found on road

The Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

Adam Cooper 1:43 PM   A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a man whose body was found on a Melbourne road last week.

Burn-off anger: Lancefield residents furious burn-off went ahead

Adam Watkins fights to save his Lancefield home.

Marissa Calligeros 1:06 PM   Lancefield residents are fuming that the state government went ahead with a burn-off despite forecasts of high fire-danger weather.

Bushfires: Missing man found, 200 properties in danger zone

A burnt-out home on Three Chain Road, near Lancefield.

Marissa Calligeros, Alana Schetzer, Aisha Dow 12:01 PM   Fears more homes have been lost as Victorian's bushfire emergency enters its second day.


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.