Homes could go to make way for Labor's truck plan

Farrah Tomazin   Dozens of homes and businesses could be acquired to make way for the state government's alternative to the East West Link, but the full impact of the project might not be known for months.

Latest Victoria news

Aborigines will lay crumpled paper wreaths to mark Invasion Day

Activists prepare for Invasion Day in Collingwood.

Liam Mannix 12:08 AM   Early in the morning on Australia Day, a small group of Aborigines will gather, with flowers made from crumpled paper in red, yellow and black, and piece together a series of floral wreaths. Later, in a sombre ceremony, they will be laid on the steps of Parliament.

Counter-terrorism self-defence workshop takes toll

About 70 people gathered in a gym in Caufield for a counter-terrorism self-defence workshop in Krav Maga - the preferred personal defence technique taught by the Israeli Defence Forces.

Liam Mannix 10:17 PM   If the worst does comes to the worst, physical aggression can be used, Lior Offenbach says at his counter-terrorism self-defence workshop.

Serious sex offender on the run in Melbourne, police issue public warning

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Steve Lillebuen 3:54 PM   A serious sex offender has gone missing in Melbourne, prompting police to issue a public warning to not approach him.

Man lost near Lakes Entrance found alive

Alan Bricknell was found by the police helicopter walking along Ninety Mile Beach.

Anna Whitelaw 3:08 PM   A 67-year-old man has found alive by a police helicopter after being lost for more than 26 hours near Lakes Entrance.

Barbecues, beaches and fireworks - celebrating Australia Day

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Janene Trickey 1:37 PM   We live in a wonderful country and have a lot to be grateful for every day, but Australia Day takes things to a new level. It's summer, we get a day off work, there are so many fantastic free or low-cost things to do and we have fireworks to top it off.

Bad driving in Victoria: six passengers crammed in the back seat, car rolled in driveway

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Anna Whitelaw 1:13 PM   A BMW driver has been caught with six passengers travelling without seat belts crammed into the back of his car on Saturday night, in one of a series of incidents of bad driving.

Vigil for killed animals outside Lost Dogs' Home

The vigil outside the Lost Dogs' Home in North Melbourne.

Goya Dmytryshchak   A vigil was held outside Victoria's largest animal shelter on Saturday amid growing community concerns about its high-kill rate.

When love game comes up shorts

Gav Fields and Matt Chambers enjoy the Tennis at the Australian Open, '80s style.

John Elder   Just as you marvel at those pioneer mountain climbers who traversed icy slopes in hobnail boots, you can't deny the eye-watering travails of the 1970s tennis star.

Man held after post office robberies

Investigation: The latest post office robbery was on Friday at Golden Square.

Goya Dmytryshchak   A man is being held by police in relation to seven post office robberies in Bendigo.

Watch this ace

Professional poker player Jackie Glazier is competing in the Aussie Millions.

John Elder   She started playing euchre and 500 with her nan and pop. They used to sneak her into the RSL when she was 14. She doesn't remember money being involved.

Elderly man rescued after night in a ditch

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Goya Dmytryshchak   An elderly man was rescued on Saturday after spending a night in a watery ditch pinned under his mobility scooter in Melbourne's south east.

Melbourne raids: six charged, $10m drugs seized

Thirteen homes and businesses were searched as part of the investigation dubbed Operation Kanji.

Lily Partland   Six people have been remanded in custody after facing court for drug trafficking offences following a series of police raids on an alleged international Vietnamese drug syndicate on Friday.

Hang glider dies after crashing into trees

More accessible: Australians may soon be able to request emergency help via text messages.

Goya Dmytryshchak   A man has died after his hang glider crashed in bushland at Ben Nevis near Ararat.

East West lifeline: Federal Libs plan campaign

Alan Tudge, MP for Aston.

Farrah Tomazin   A group of federal Liberal MPs are planning a grassroots campaign to revive the East West Link, convinced the road remains a vote winner for the Abbott government.

Drowning deaths nearly double in Victoria

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Anna Whitelaw   Eleven people have drowned in Victoria already this summer, nearly double the number of drownings over the same period last year.

Property spruiker facing legal action

Real estate

Chris Vedelago   A investment strategy labelled "risky" by regulators and consumer advocates is facing a legal challenge. Chris Vedelago reports.

Reconnect and renew if you want to win, Guy tells Coalition MPs

State opposition leader Matthew Guy.

Farrah Tomazin   The Coalition's defeat in the Victorian state election last year has lessons that it can learn from and apply, its leader says.

Family business schooled in uniforms

Family affair: Alistair, Ian and Warwick Dobson at their factory housing school attire.

Benjamin Preiss 12:15 AM   Friday the 13th in December 1918 was a very lucky day for the Dobson family.

Aikido's art of safety, trust and the spirit

New Yorker Ruth Peyser taken through her paces at a training program in celebration of the 50 years since Aiki Kai Australia was established.

Timna Jacks   Linda Godfrey wasn't used to being grabbed and hit by a man, but for 10 years she remained the sole female aikido fighter in the dojo.

Hawthorn's Lake reportedly ejected from Melbourne Park bar

Brian Lake was reportedly ejected from a bar at Melbourne Park on Thursday.

Hawthorn full-back Brian Lake was reportedly part of a group of Australian Open spectators ejected from a bar at Melbourne Park on Thursday.

Back-to-school costs stretch vulnerable families' finances

Dah Moo Moo and her two primary school aged boys John and David.

Beau Donelly   Poor families are struggling to pay the costs of their sons and daughters attending school as state aid programs end.

Returning prisoners fuel prison tension

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Royce Millar   Soaring recidivism rates reflect a failure to rehabilitate prisoners and a lack of spending on programs that prevent crime, minister says.

Surf Coast mecca for surfing craftsmen

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Liam Mannix   Sleepy Surf Coast Shire is probably one the most significant surf clusters in the world, Liam Mannix reports.

An oasis dear to my heart

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Kerrie von Menge   Just a corner of my suburban backyard where I retreat to read in the sunshine.  Always a place of peace, but without previously sparing a thought why this is my  place of solace, until I now reflect upon the memories it holds.

Jury out on Labor prison plan

Warders and inmates at the  remand centre.

Royce MIllar and Rania Spooner   The new Victorian government has inherited a costly prison system that eats up funds that could go to programs that reduce crime.

'Win a Wildcard' mixed doubles pair ready to play the pros

Doubles pair Masa Jovanovic and Sam Thompson.

Konrad Marshall 12:30 AM   Sam Thompson and Masa Jovanovic do not look out of place among the superstars at Olympic Park.

What's on for Australia Day

Australia Day

12:15 AM   What's on in Melbourne this Australia Day

US admission marks 'beginning of the end' for David Hicks

David Hicks.

Jane Lee   The US government's admission that David Hicks is innocent of a war crime raises questions about the Howard government's role in his prolonged detention, his former lawyer says.

Two men charged over brutal Brunswick hotel brawl

Victoria Police.

Allison Worrall   Two men have been charged over a brutal assault outside a Brunswick hotel that left two other men unconscious.

Opinion

The lesson my children have taught me

We are in the second week of a family holiday; at the start of last year we decided to buy a holiday home at Philip Island. 

Religious education has its place - but not instruction

The promise from Daniel Andrews to make Victoria the "education state" is both welcome and timely.

Public health the loser in fast-food bunfight

I had so much optimism for the new Labor state government. I believed it held great promise ...

Time to abandon our failed drug policies

Drug prohibition isn't working, and the new state government could do worse than look to Portugal for some fresh ideas.