Widen Punt Road or face gridlock, report warns

Adam Carey   VicRoads' long-term plan to widen Punt Road into a six-lane highway, demolishing 140 properties, has been backed in a series of expert reports.

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Thousands of vulnerable children falling through the cracks

Victoria's child protection services are overstretched due to unprecedented demand.

Bianca Hall 6:09 PM   Almost 3000 Victorian children suspected of being abused or neglected had not been assigned a caseworker by the end of the last financial year, as Victoria struggles with an unprecedented level of demand for child protection services.

Tattoo comes to Melbourne "to entertain and to inspire"

A scene from the full dress rehearsal of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Melbourne's Etihad stadium on Thursday.

Rania Spooner 5:53 PM   Hundreds of pipes and drums will ring out across Etihad Stadium tonight as the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes to the stage for a Melbourne first.

Police baffled by truck driver who vanished for 34 hours after fatal crash

Tarrington Crash. Pictured - Scene of a fatal car crash on the Glenelg Hwy, just north of Tarrington. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Patrick Hatch 5:52 PM   Police remain baffled how a truck driver they thought had been killed in a fiery crash showed up alive more than 30 hours later, 16 kilometres away from the scene of the accident.

Driver accused of hitting policeman with car denies seeing him, court told

Police allege Jade Earl, 32, drove her car into a detective in a Maribyrnong street on November 16 last year.

Adam Cooper 5:44 PM   A woman accused of hitting a policeman with her car after allegedly shoplifting denies she saw the detective in front of her, a court has been told.

Punt Road widening a vexed question for councils on either side of the road

Stonnington Council says an option held since 1954, to widen Punt Road from four to six lanes, should be dumped.

Clay Lucas 5:40 PM   An option retained since 1954 to bulldoze hundreds of homes and properties on Punt Road to widen it for traffic should be dropped by the Andrews government, Stonnington councillors have argued.

Two Victoria Police officers take own lives in a week

Matt Davidson illustration: police, cops, policemen, generic, victoria police

Nino Bucci and Cameron Houston 5:33 PM   Victoria Police are battling a troubling spate of officer suicides, with at least three employees taking their lives so far this year.

Metro's second derailment at Rushall in one week forces commuters onto buses

Many passengers face an arduous trip home.

Adam Carey 5:12 PM   The unplanned all-day shutdown on the South Morang line between Clifton Hill and Bell station today will be temporarily lifted so six trains can make the homeward journey from the city for this evening's peak.

'We've got nothing to hide' say missing mum 's housemates

Peter Arthur, Ronald Lyons and Christine Lyons lived with Samantha Kelly in this nondescript house in the Bendigo suburb ...

Tammy Mills 5:07 PM   Last people to see Samantha Kelly say they're 'not guilty of anything except letting her walk out that door'.

Witnesses set to relive fatal collision between mother and 'monkey' bike

Caleb Jakobsson outside the County Court on Thursday.

Adam Cooper 5:01 PM   Magistrate fears cross-examinations could add to the trauma experienced by Andrea Lehane's family.

Man charged with $1.1m theft at Sunshine Plaza

More than $1million was stolen from an Armaguard van parked in Sunshine Plaza in 2006.

Tammy Mills 4:49 PM   An alleged armed robber has been charged with the theft of $1.1 million from an Armaguard cash delivery van a decade ago.

Man faces murder trial over two-year-old who court heard he'd 'stomped' on

Mussie Debresay, is facing a murder trial over the death of two-year-old Tonnja Huynhin 2005.

Adam Cooper 4:21 PM   10 years after toddler's death, man has been committed to stand trial, accused of stomping on his ex-partner's daughter.

Catholic Church cancels Cathy McGowan oration over same sex marriage

Independent MP Cathy McGowan has had her invitation to give the Mary Mackillop Oration withdrawn due to her views on ...

Adam Morton 4:14 PM   Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has intervened this week to cancel a planned keynote speech at a Catholic Church conference by independent MP Cathy McGowan due to her support for same sex marriage.

You, me, pizza: disturbing 'young love' snapshot prompts poster push

Valentine's Day posters for young people emphasising friendship and self-respect.

Miki Perkins, Social Affairs 3:59 PM   A new pop-art anti-violence campaign urges young people to love themselves (and their besties) first this Valentine's Day.

$800 fine for Cup cop bush push

Sarah Finn was as fined $800, plus $117 in costs and $150 for the officer's broken glasses.

Konrad Marshall 3:57 PM   'What do I have to do to get on the news?' she asked. Then she found out.

Lord Mayor spruiks 'strip suburb' over Flemington rail line

Flemington Station is only used during special events.

Aisha Dow 3:21 PM   Instead of building railway lines over our suburbs, why not build suburbs over our rail lines?

Victorian climate laws face massive overhaul including new emissions targets

Victoria's climate change laws are facing a radical redraw if the recommendations of an independent review are adopted.

Tom Arup 3:19 PM   Victoria's climate change regime faces a major overhaul, with an independent review recommending the state establish new targets to cut emissions, put in place a legally binding charter and give the environmental watchdog powers to limit greenhouse gases.

Port of Melbourne stoush risks early poll

The dispute over the Port of Melbourne sale could give Premier Dan Andrews an early election trigger.

Josh Gordon, State Political Editor 2:23 PM   Victoria is facing the threat of an early election following a major Parliamentary impasse over the $6 billion sale of the Port of Melbourne.

Secret phone taps used in union blackmail probe

 CFMEU bosses John Setka and Shaun Reardon

Nick Toscano and Ben Schneiders 2:08 PM   A series of mobile phone intercepts appears to be a key component in the police case against two top officials of Victoria's biggest construction union.

Police hunt Melbourne train flasher

An image of the man police wish to speak to.

Marissa Calligeros 1:04 PM   A man in a grandpa style shirt has allegedly exposed himself to three women on Melbourne trains.

Missing mum's children had 'heads shaved, names changed'

Missing Bendigo mother Samantha Kelly.

Tammy Mills 12:36 PM   Bizarre claims that the children of a missing Bendigo mother had their names changed and heads shaved have become part of an ongoing homicide investigation in the central Victorian town.

Altona Loop could shut down for months for level crossing works

Altona Loop train commuters will have to rely on buses for months while the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing is removed.

Adam Carey 12:25 PM   Altona residents could go two to three months without trains when the Altona Loop is shut down to remove the quiet Kororoit Creek Road level crossing.

99-year-old man to stand trial for arson

It is not yet known when the man will stand trial, but it's possible he could have turned 100 by the time his trial is ...

Adam Cooper 11:55 AM   Despite admitting - through interpreter - that he 'didn't know the law', nonagenarian says he will not plead guilty over fire at relatives' property which caused $150,000 of damage .

Truck driver presumed dead in fiery fatal crash found alive

Scene of the fatal car crash on the Glenelg Highway, just north of Tarrington.

Rania Spooner 10:58 AM   A truck driver presumed dead after his vehicle was involved in a fiery crash that killed one man and left a teenager fighting for his life has been found alive.

Pair brought back to earth after freeway deportation protest

The two protesters over the Eastern Freeway.

Marissa Calligeros 10:51 AM   Two protesters calling on the federal government to halt the deportation of 267 refugees to Nauru have surrendered to police after hanging from a bridge over a busy Melbourne freeway.

Death crash truckie disappeared in minutes

The scene of the fatal crash on the Glenelg Highway at Tarrington.

Marissa Calligeros 10:16 AM   Driver who was one of first at scene of fatal collision saw no sign of truckie whose B-double was already well alight but who turned up 34 hours later - and 16km away - in a farmer's shed.

Missing mother 'may have met with foul play'

The last confirmed sighting of Samantha Kelly was on January 20.

Tammy Mills and Rania Spooner 1:18 AM   Police hold grave fears for a Bendigo mother-of-four who missed her daughter's first birthday and whose family say it is completely out of character for her to disappear.

Missing autistic boy found safe and well

Have you seen missing 12-year-old Jeremy Blair? Call Triple Zero.

Rania Spooner 10:14 PM   A 12-year-old boy with autism who went missing from his Pascoe Vale home has been found safe and well.

Salad days wilt as growers count salmonella outbreak costs

A supplier delivers a positive message about salads at the Prahran Market in Melbourne.

Darren Gray 9:30 PM   New figures from health authorities show the number of cases associated with the salmonella anatum ✓outbreak have climbed to 128, and 100 of those are in Victoria.

Church left in the dark over paedophile priest's Asian relocation

Father Peter Grasby asked to move overseas in August 2013 but the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne said 'no'.

Nino Bucci 9:20 PM   Catholic authorities did not know a Melbourne priest on paid leave had moved to Malaysia where he was using dating sites to hook up with 'younger Asian men'.

Opinion

Andrews' port plan is a fraud on the west

Victoria is facing an infrastructure fiasco rivalling the desalination plant.

Indifference threatens a jewel in Victoria's heritage

In a crook of a hill outside Melbourne, a rare example of Victoria's heritage is crumbling.

A perfect storm led to hospital baby deaths

We must demand transparency and a change in attitude at Bacchus Marsh Hospital.

Hunt’s Melbourne 2200: on a road to nowhere

Environment Minister is still playing Abbott-style politics and his  proposals ignore fiscal realities.

The urban myth we just can't shake off

We have the world's most urban culture but  we see ourselves as red-dirters, outbackers, bushies.

Hail the fight for workplace safety

The decline in workplace deaths would have been unachievable without the vigilance of unions.

Fighting fire with fire: sometimes it goes wrong

The recent Lancefield bushfires highlight the need to have a plan and then use it.

A premier who keeps his promises? Really?

Premier Daniel Andrews has stuck to his guns, and his commitments.

Flash heatwave forebodes dangerous summer

In less than a week, the bushfire season has descended upon us.

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.

Video

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.