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.

Latest Victoria news

Motorcyclist found dead in bush near Colignan

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6:52 AM   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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6:46 AM   The body of a man has been found by a ute on a bush track in the town of Blackwood, north-west of Melbourne.

Search underway for boy missing in Murray River

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Anna Whitelaw 6:42 AM   A search is underway for a young boy feared to have drowned while swimming in the Murray River in northern Victoria on Saturday afternoon.

Bushfire lawsuit

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Chris Vedelago, Adam Carey 12:15 AM   Utility denies any responsibility for Black Saturday bushfires.

Six-year-old boy missing in Murray River

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Tom Decent 8:05 PM   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. 

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

12:15 AM   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.

Boy critically injured after quad bike accident

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Anna Whitelaw 6:59 PM   An eight-year-old boy is fighting for his life after falling off a quad bike in Moe on Saturday afternoon.

Woman sexually assaulted at Mount Evelyn

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Anna Whitelaw 6:46 PM   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 5:23 PM   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

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Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston 12:15 AM   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 road to resolution

Ken Palethorpe in Dean Street, Albury.

John Elder 12:15 AM   If Australia were to make a resolution, what should it be? We took this question to people for nearly 900 kilometres along the Hume Highway.

Young males have worst road record

False bravado: Males aged 15 to 24 years old have the highest risk of having a road crash.

Goya Dmytryshchak 12:15 AM   It's the leading cause of death for young Australian males, but death is just the tip of the iceberg.

Mass murderer Julian Knight loses another round of legal bids

Offender: Knight arrives at the Supreme Court in 2004.

Chris Vedelago 12:15 AM   Mass murderer Julian Knight has lost a series of legal bids that would have allowed him to seek compensation as a victim of crime, smoke in prison and install a computer in his maximum security cell.

Summer surge as Victorians flock to the beach

Destination: For many the summer holiday is less than a two-hour drive away.

Darren Gray 12:15 AM   The busiest weeks of the summer holidays will see the population of the state's coastline swell by at least 425,000 at any one time.

NYE guide: It's party time Victoria

Time to farewell 2014 in style.

Alana Schetzer   Still haven't decided how to usher in 2015? Alana Schetzer rounds up the best ways to ring in the new year – from the luxurious to the low-cost.

Teens caught on wild ride in Melbourne's south-east

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Mex Cooper   A car packed with teenagers on a wild ride in Melbourne's south-east was clocked travelling at 220km/h on Saturday morning, police say.

Consumer gift cards: convenient or a con?

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Timna Jacks   Of all the retail traps catching out frenzied Australian shoppers, the gift card emerges as a perennial bugbear.

Woman hospitalised after ute fall

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Liam Mannix   A woman is in The Alfred hospital with life threatening injuries after she fell from a moving ute on Friday evening.

More support needed for older immigrants

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Benjamin Preiss 12:15 AM   Migrants who come to Australia with poor English earn up to a third less in wages than those with strong language skills, a new study has shown.

Boxing Day sales: Watch out for the children!

Some light entertainment to keep shoppers amused.

Timna Jacks   Be careful of the children, please. They are lost in the sea of sweating, seething adults - the hundreds of shoppers bursting through Melbourne's major retailers, as a pack of hungry wolves leap on fresh prey.

Fans unfazed by terror at MCG

The MCG attracted a healthy crowd for day one of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India.

Adam Carey   Boxing Day cricket fans show little concern about terrorism as they gather at the MCG.

'Ridiculous' marriage laws force transgender divorce

Ann and Richard have been a couple for 40 years. They met when Ann was Albert. Now that Ann is a woman they are able to be married.

Miki Perkins 12:15 AM   When Albert met Richard, he offered to buy him a gin and tonic.

Up to 34 struck down with food poisoning at Portsea Christmas party

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Patrick Hatch   A Christmas-day feast turned into a nightmare for over 30 people who were struck down with violent food poisoning at a party in Portsea.

Exercise monitoring devices could run you into legal trouble

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Alana Schetzer 1:00 AM   Fitness fanatics wearing gadgets to monitor how many steps they have walked or run could find their data being used in court.

Big-ticket technology items rule in Boxing Day sales

A large crowd is seen enters piles into David Jones  just after the announcement of the start of the Boxing Day Sales at the Castlereagh St store on December 26, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

Timna Jacks   This might be a time to splurge on discounted exclusive brands, but Victorians have restricted themselves to a range of practical purchases.

Victorians snap up bargains at Boxing Day sales

Some shoppers are very keen to get into the bargains.

Timna Jacks   This may be a time to splurge on discounted exclusive brands, but Victorians have restricted themselves to a range of purely practical purchases.

Beach Road bucks the trend for bike crashes

Rider behaviour on Beach Road has markedly improved.

Adam Carey   Serious bicycle crashes have reduced in frequency on Beach Road, one of Melbourne's biggest cycling routes, bucking the Melbourne-wide trend of worsening injury rates on streets where cycling has grown in popularity.

Firefighters contain Creightons Creek blaze near Euroa

CFA at work on a farm at Creightons Creek.

Tammy Mills   The CFA have issued an emergency warning after a week-old fire near Euroa in Victoria's north east broke containment lines on Christmas afternoon.

Melbourne charities, cafes, churches capture Christmas spirit

Darren and Oliver at the Oznam Community Centre Christmas lunch on Thursday.

Benjamin Preiss, Aisha Dow   VincentCare volunteers and staff were working at a frenetic pace behind steaming trays of food on Thursday, serving up Christmas Day lunches.

Man dies on Boxing Day in Monash freeway crash

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Alana Schetzer, Patrick Hatch   A driver has been killed on the Monash Freeway in the first fatality recorded this holiday season.

Opinion

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.