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

NYE guide: It's party time Victoria

Time to farewell 2014 in style.

Alana Schetzer 6:51 AM   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 6:09 AM   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?

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 12:15 AM   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 10:47 PM   A woman is in The Alfred hospital with life threatening injuries after she fell from a moving ute on Friday evening.

Boxing Day sales: Watch out for the children!

Some light entertainment to keep shoppers amused.

Timna Jacks 5:00 PM   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 4:26 PM   Boxing Day cricket fans show little concern about terrorism as they gather at the MCG.

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

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Patrick Hatch 3:30 PM   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.

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 1:58 PM   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 1:50 PM   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 12:15 AM   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 11:34 AM   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.

Swami Army play their own cricket match ahead of Boxing Day Test

Players at the Annual Swami Army

Tom Cowie   Like Uncle Trevor and too much Shiraz or a spicy chicken biryani and cooling raita, Christmas and cricket were made for each other.

How Melbourne celebrated Jesus' birthday

Fur the love of God: All creatures were welcome at the Christmas Day service at the St James the Great church in St Kilda.

Aisha Dow   Dressed in their Sunday best, families across Victoria flocked to church services on Christmas morning. But not everyone was content to celebrate Jesus' birth the traditional way.

Macedon Grammar School shut down by government

Closed: Outside Macedon Grammar School.

Chris Vedelago, Aisha Dow   Macedon Grammar School has been officially closed by the state government amid allegations of serious financial mismanagement and impropriety at the troubled private Christian school.

Melbourne traffic: Western Highway reopened after crash

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Alana Schetzer   The inbound lane of the Western Highway in Melton has been reopened, mor than six hours after it was closed on ChristmasDay after a truck reportedly rolled over.

Melbourne charities and cafes capture true Christmas spirit

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

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

Communities to commemorate tsunami anniversary

Benjamin Preiss   Tsunami alarms will ring out across Banda Aceh on Boxing Day to mark 10 years since the disaster struck.

Boxing Day What's Open

What's open in Melbourne on Boxing Day.

Police investigate three suspicious fires on Christmas

Firefighter battling a major scrub fire near Burnham Military Camp.

Tom Cowie   Police are investigating three separate fires which caused extensive damage to houses across Melbourne.

Fine and sunny conditions for Christmas Day in Victoria

Christmas day weather is set to be  sunny.

Tom Cowie   Christmas barbecues and backyard cricket matches will benefit from fine sunny conditions today, before winds start to pick up later in the afternoon.

Motorcyclist dies after Epping crash

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A motorcyclist has died in hospital after colliding with a car earlier this month.

Police and their early Christmas present for an underworld identity

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Tammy Mills   A Melbourne underworld identity will be missing a very expensive toy this Christmas after police impounded his luxury car.

Bird lovers want Bellarine reserve to counter urban sprawl

Sanctuary: David Kenwood and Joan Lindros are lobbying Environment Minister and local MP Lisa Neville.

Jason Dowling 12:15 AM   Bird lovers and environment groups are pushing for a new "Bellarine Wetlands Nature Conservation Reserve", south of Geelong, fearing urban sprawl will destroy popular bird habitat visited by about 20,000 birds a year. 

Thousands fly in to Melbourne Airport on Christmas Eve

Lisa Murphy and her eldest son Jack at Melbourne Airport.

Tom Cowie   We've all stood there, staring at those big white doors waiting nervously for a loved one wheeling a trolley full of luggage to spill out and complete their journey home.

Busy CBD intersection to close for seven days for tram works

Closure in the works: The intersection of Spencer and Flinders streets.

Adam Carey   Traffic in the south-west corner of Melbourne's CBD will grind to a complete halt in early January when the intersection of Spencer and Flinders streets is closed for tram works.

'She told me to go back to the Middle East': Muslim woman's abuse ordeal

Nasrin has been abused for being Muslim.

Aisha Dow   Nasrin pulled on her long black abaya and pinned her hijab in place. She it did despite knowing that this day, more than ever, her Islamic dress would make her a target.

Giant water slide could slip into Melbourne over summer

Slidestreet made a big splash in central Perth earlier in December.

Robyn Grace   A Melbourne city street could be transformed into a giant Slip'n Slide.

Three siblings missing in Melbourne's east, teen missing from Heidelberg West

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Robyn Grace and Diana Hodgetts   Three children are missing in Melbourne's east, and police are also looking for a teenager missing from Heidelberg West.

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.