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.

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Water floods hospital


Chris Hingston 10:54 PM   Patients and staff will be evacuated from the Epworth Freemasons Hospital, after the East Melbourne facility was flooded with water on Sunday afternoon.

Pioneering anti-smoking doctor Nigel Gray dead at 85

Nigel Gray was a pioneer of tobacco control.

Chloe Booker 10:26 PM   A doctor credited with pioneering tobacco control in Australia died on Friday night from pneumonia aged 85.

Disney gardens app for kids away with the fairies, say critics

Follow the trail: Melbourne Botanical Gardens' Professor Tim Entwisle says the technology is a clever way to get kids to connect with nature.

Gina McColl 12:15 AM   A new Disney app being used in the Melbourne Botanic Gardens by children, is supposed to be a modern kids' nature trail but critics are concerned about its in-app marketing to children.

Man drowns at Venus Bay

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Chris Hingston 7:05 PM   A man in his 20s has drowned at Venus Bay, south-east of Melbourne.

Funding promised for fire stricken Creightons Creek

Bush fire.

Chloe Booker 6:18 PM   Despite the downgrading of weather warnings, firefighters are working hard to contain the burning northern section on steep Mount Cecilia.

Man charged after explosions in Bendigo

Chris Hingston and Allision Worrall 6:01 PM   A 24-year-old Maiden Gully man has been charged with a list of offences, after home-made explosive devices were found in Bendigo CBD.

Christmas shoppers stage last-minute dash

Christmas shopping with young children take a lot of organisation.

Allison Worrall 12:15 AM   With less than 72 hours until Christmas morning, hundreds of thousands of shoppers are still expected to make a last-minute dash to major shopping centres.

Body found in search for missing man near Bright

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Blair Thomson 12:13 PM   A man has been found dead at Porepunkah, 72 hours after he went missing from his care facility.

Explosive devices found in Bendigo CBD

Police block part of Hargreaves Street in the Bendigo CBD.

9:17 AM   Police are interested in speaking to a group of young people dressed as Santa after two homemade explosive devices were found in Bendigo.

Car collides with ambulance, flees scene

Goya Dmytryshchak 6:41 AM   Police are appealing for witnesses after car collided with an ambulance then fled the scene in Coburg on Saturday night.

Man injured in Broadmeadows shooting


Robyn Grace 6:34 AM   A man has been shot in Melbourne's north.

Heckler: It's Christmas and it's nice to know there still spirit


Neil McMahon   Could things have got any worse? Grecko/Edelsten wandering the most elegant regions of the CBD stark naked. I ask you?

Tough battle ends with new pay deal for paramedics

A long-running dispute has finally been resolved.

Julia Medew   Warm handshakes and heartfelt hugs marked the announcement of a new pay deal for paramedics on Saturday. But make no mistake, they follow one of the dirtiest political fights in Victorian history.

Four injured in Monash Freeway crash


Goya Dmytryshchak   Four women were hospitalised after an 81-year-old driver lost control of her car on the Monash Freeway at Narre Warren on Saturday.

Chinese tycoon to buy private school

Financial trouble: Macedon Grammar School was about to close its doors when it received a $250,000 donation from a mysterious benefactor.

Chris Vedelago, Aisha Dow   Wealthy Chinese property developer Wang Hua has been revealed as the secretive overseas investor behind a last ditch bid to take over failing private school Macedon Grammar.

Food pyramid to stage comeback against fad diets

Paleo Pete Evans.

Alana Schetzer   The food pyramid - that childhood institution that showed us that eating grains was healthier than gobbling down butter and steak - is making a comeback.

Stolen Black Saturday memorial recovered

Returned: the statute memorial.

Goya Dmytryshchak   A Black Saturday memorial sculpture dedicated to a son lost in the blaze has been returned to his parents several days after it was stolen.

State sued over West Gate suicide barriers

Evening fog closing in on the West Gate Bridge, Melbourne.

Chris Vedelago   The former Labor government's decision to delay the installation of anti-suicide barriers on the West Gate Bridge for cost reasons is being blamed for the deaths of a mother and child in a new lawsuit.

Paramedics, state government strike pay deal

 Victorian paramedics have clinched a new pay deal with the state government, ending their longest-ever industrial dispute.

Julia Medew   Victorian paramedics have clinched a new pay deal with the state government, ending their longest-ever industrial dispute.

Victoria coroners seek medicine monitoring

Lethal cocktail: Medication monitoring sought.

Alana Schetzer   Australians' lives are at risk while the economics of medication monitoring are being negotiated, Alana Schetzer reports.

Nick Cave turns a sod and hopes for a good seed

Nick Cave at the Royal Botanic Gardens. He planted a lime tree named in his honour.

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston   Sometimes from Bad Seeds, good things grow. But when it comes to gardening, Nick Cave does love her so. 

Alleged arsonist charged over 23 fires


Deborah Gough   A fire on Friday has led police to charge a man with more than 20f fires over a five-year period in Victoria's south-west district.

Conmen target the elderly, smashing roof tiles


Alana Schetzer and Deborah Gough   Conmen claiming to be trademen have again struck in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs, knocking on the homes of the elderly and offering discounted roof repairs.

Religion in state schools in doubt

Principal Henry Grossek has ended  SRI at Berwick Lodge Primary School due to an overwhelming lack of interest from parents.

Konrad Marshall   The future of special religious instruction in government primary schools is in doubt, with state funding uncertain and new data revealing that fewer than 1 in 6 students are enrolled in the program.

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Labor backs down on pledge to remove education deputy secretary

James Merlino

Aisha Dow and Jane Lee   A change of heart by the Victorian state government means the recruitment of Dr Sonia Sharp has been referred to the Victorian Public Sector Commissioner for review, Aisha Dow and Jane Lee say.

Waste removal trucks 'not safe', company fined

Adam Cooper   A waste removal company owned by Melbourne City Council has been fined $8000 by a magistrate for using unsafe trucks that required $380,000 worth of repairs when found with major safety defects.

Department stores ramp up personal Christmas gift service

Carolyn Webb 12:15 AM   Major department stores are fighting the online shopping explosion by assigning staff specifically to guide customers to the perfect Christmas gift.

Driving at 171km/h with toddler in the back seat

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Deborah Gough   A car travelling at 171 km/h was discovered to have a two-year-old child in the rear, police say.

Drunk on the way to work, driver suspended

Police officer Kieran John Atkin manning a breath-test station.

Deborah Gough   A Cranbourne man on his way to work has had his licence suspended after returning a high blood alcohol reading while driving.

Man, 55, hospitalised after fight in Fitzroy

Police at the scene of a serious assault in Fitzroy on Friday night.

Patrick Hatch   A 55-year-old man was left with life-threatening injuries after he was punched in a Fitzroy street on Friday night, police say.


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.