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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Croatia rape trio part of hyper-masculine bodybuilding subculture

Dylan Djohan in Dubrovnik.

The "aesthetic one" trained for six days, shredding that chest and torso, and on the seventh day, he did some light cardio.

100-year-old wins court battle over fines but fight not over yet

After Monday's court victory, Norm Bravo shares a celebration beer with his wife Beth, son-in-law Ron Crawford (left) ...

Adam Cooper 7:08 PM   100-year-old man will no longer have to pay $1000 in road-related fines after a court dismissed a case against him.

Man accused of killing Mildura toddler had said he felt like 'belting' her, court hears

Nikki Francis-Coslovich died in Mildura last year.

Concerned neighbour says man accused of murdering two-year-old Nikki Francis Coslovich had been verbally abusing her in days leading up to her death.

Year of the Monkey launched with a bang at Springvale Buddhist temple

Pody Tung (right) worships on 2016 Lunar New Year at Bright Moon Buddhist temple in Springvale South with her son ...

Carolyn Webb 6:39 PM   Lunar New Year's Day at a Springvale Buddhist temple was a feast for the senses with fireworks, food offerings, prayers and incense.

'We really are in a post-ATAR stage'

Swinburne University of Technology vice-chancellor Linda Kristjanson says the ATAR is a "blunt and imperfect instrument".

The ATAR is an out-of-date, imperfect measure of success and increasingly irrelevant for Victorian universities, vice-chancellors say.

Resident fury at lack of consultation on 'sky rail' plan

Noble Park resident Gina and son Chris Papapavlou with their angry message to Daniel Andrews.

Residents in Melbourne's south-east who live next to railway tracks to be elevated up to nine metres are outraged at the lack of consultation before Premier Daniel Andrews announced the $1.6 billion project.

Team Andrews risks lurching from one crisis to another

Daniel Andrews has written to Malcolm Turnbull.

It's a truism of modern politics: when governments are in strife, the tendency is to scramble for the next big announcement in the hope that the show will move on.

Ferrari seen to lose control before fatal crash, court told

Kickboxer Sam Abdulrahim during a fight.

A Ferrari that collided with several cars in a fatal crash in a Melbourne street was seen losing control while overtaking a car at speed moments earlier, a court has heard.

Alleged organised crime figure loses High Court bid

High Court.

An alleged organised crime figure has failed in a bid to have the High Court rule on the authority of the secretive Chief Examiner, who can seek jail for those who refuse to be interviewed or lie during coercive hearings.

Police minister Wade Noonan steps down

Police and Corrections Minister Wade Noonan has taken a leave of absence for health reasons.

Police and Corrections Minister Wade Noonan will take extended leave from his duties citing exposure to "unspeakable crimes and traumatic events". 

Your Christmas public holiday is officially NOT cancelled

The Grinch thankfully hasn't stolen Christmas this year.

Premier Daniel Andrews has saved Christmas. It will remain a public holiday.

Police slam pursuit policy in union survey

The restricted pursuit policy won't be changed if it's going to create an enhanced risk to the community, Victoria road ...

Victoria's police union have called for wide-ranging changes to the force's contentious vehicle pursuit policy.

Many questions remain on Andrews government's sky rail plan

Station at Murrumbeena, Sky rail Murrumbeena. Artist's impression.

The Andrews government's design, announce, defend approach to the sky rail announcement gives affected residents few options to have their says about the project.

Salmonella outbreak rises to 62 cases in Victoria from contaminated loose-leaf lettuce

Tripod Farmer salads have been recalled.

The number of salmonella cases from the pre-packed lettuce recall has risen from 54 to 62 in Victoria and it may takes weeks to investigate the cause of the outbreak.

Alleged fatal crash driver in court

Adem Arpaci leaves an out-of-sessions hearing last week.

2:04 PM   Man charged over a fiery street-racing crash that left two teenagers dead has appeared in a Melbourne court.

Man raped daughter who tracked him down after 20 years, court hears

The appeal judges agreed to reduce the man's jail term to three years.

An estranged father assaulted the pregnant daughter who had contacted him after two decades apart and invited him to stay in her home, a court has heard.

New child protection laws to remove kids will be retrospective

Child protection laws come into effect next month giving parents two years' grace before permanently losing custody of ...

Tough new child protection laws that give parents two years grace before permanently losing custody of their kids will be retrospective.

Deaf murder accused may be mentally unfit to stand trial

Robbie Wright hit his head on a guard rail and died from his injuries three days later.

Lawyers for one of three deaf people accused of murdering a profoundly deaf man who fell 12 metres from an apartment balcony want a jury to decide whether he is fit to stand trial due to mental impairment.

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Ewe's 20-kilometre journey home after two years on the lam

There's no guessing which sheep returned home with 20 kilograms of wool.

To be a sheep is to follow the mob but one animal defied its stereotype by wandering off and living a mystery life for two years. But now, after relying on its innate GPS, it has made the 20-kilometre journey home.

Murrumbeena residents protest over 'shoddy' sky rail proposal

Murrumbeena residents Karlee Browning and Tracey Bigg attend a protest against a proposed elevated railway line.

Hundreds have gathered at Murrumbeena's Boyd Park to vent their anger over the state government's decision to award a contract for a elevated rail plan.

Toxin triggers shellfish warning

Swimming, fishing, boating and other water activities are still considered to be safe in the Gippsland Lakes.

Victorian health authorities are dealing with a new toxic food threat - from shellfish caught in the Gippsland Lakes.

Fury over payment to avoid rape trial in Croatia

Dylan Djohan, who was among three men who recently returned from Croatia after pleading guilty to rape.

Three Melbourne men who admitted gang raping a 17-year-old backpacker in Croatia but paid $30,000 to avoid a court trial have sparked fierce debate in the Baltic state about the practice of making financial settlements with victims of sexual assault.

Hand-painted street ads a new model for billboard market

Artists Jason Parker and James Dewing  work on the Zoolander 2 mural.

Carolyn Webb   A new advertising company run by 20-somethings is earning up to $200,000 per job by hand painting mural ads in inner Melbourne and Sydney.

Speed Date a Muslim - ask anything over sweets and tea

Amina Sadikay and Hebba El Masri at the Moroccan Deli-cacy cafe, taking part in Speed Date a Muslim which is to become a ...

Carolyn Webb   At Speed Date a Muslim, on each fortnight at a Brunswick cafe, ask a real-life Muslim woman anything you like, over tea and sweets.

Rock climber injured near the Pinnacle in the Grampians

A rocky outcrop along way to pinnacle lookout in the Grampians.

A rock climber suffered leg and back injuries after falling more than 30 metres in the Grampians.

Bacchus Marsh doctor breaks his silence

Australia's organ donation rate lags behind that of 21 other nations.

The doctor at the centre of the baby death scandal at Bacchus Marsh Hospital has broken his silence, defending himself and other doctors who worked for him during a series of "catastrophic" failures.

Victoria binged almost $100 million on advertising

The Moving Victoria campaign has been labelled inaccurate and misleading.

Victorian taxpayers were hit with a bill as the former Napthine government bombarded the public with advertisements during its desperate final months.

$1.6 billion elevated rail project to replace level crossings along Dandenong line

The Murrumbeena Road level crossing is notorious for creating long traffic jams.

Hundreds of residents gathered at Murrumbeena's Boyd Park on Sunday to vent their anger at the state government's decision to build elevated train lines nine metres above street level.

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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.

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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.