Bush blaze danger: fires continue to burn

Aisha Dow   Victoria’s Country Fire Authority say they remain extremely concerned about lives and property as four out of control fires burn in the state’s centre and north east.

Latest Victoria news

Alleged arsonist charged over 23 fires

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Deborah Gough 3:04 PM   A fire on Friday has led police to charge a man with dozens of fires over a five-year period in Victoria's south-west district.

Paramedics, state government strike pay deal

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Julia Medew 2:26 PM   Victorian paramedics have clinched a new pay deal with the state government, ending their longest ever industrial dispute.

Labor backs down on pledge to remove education deputy secretary

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Aisha Dow and Jane Lee 12:40 PM   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 10:33 AM   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.

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

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Deborah Gough 9:54 AM   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 9:25 AM   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 7:35 AM   A 55-year-old man was left with life-threatening injuries after he was punched in a Fitzroy street on Friday night, police say.

$450,000 fine over worker's death

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Nick Toscano and Adam Cooper 10:40 PM   Two engineering firms have been fined a combined $450,000 over the death of a worker who plunged 40 metres when a large rig he was harnessed to collapsed at a Southbank building site.

Alleged sex offender bailed for plastic surgery on the run

Police image of Steven Hyatt.

Aisha Dow 10:13 PM   A Wodonga man charged over sex offences who received bail so he could have plastic surgery on his ear is on the run from police.

Apartment boom unsustainable?

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Clay Lucas, Craig Butt 9:51 PM   Melbourne has never seen a building boom quite like it, with new skyscrapers sprouting from virtually every city street.

Bandido accused of fraud and theft wins bail

Bandidos member James Addison is accused of fraud and theft.

William Vallely 7:21 PM   A man believed to be the national president of the Bandidos motorcycle club was allegedly involved infraud and the theft of a former member's motorcycle, a court has heard.

Three injured when truck and V/Line train collide near Bendigo

There were about 90 passengers on the V/Line train when it collided with a cattle truck.

Patrick Hatch 5:58 PM   Two people have been taken to hospital with minor injuries after a cattle truck and a Melbourne-bound V/line train collided near Bendigo.

Royal commission takes aim at CFMEU, recommends charges against senior officials

The Age News Picture by Wayne Taylor 18th May 2014.  CFMEU official John Setka at the ALP State conference at Mooney Valley racecourse today.

Ben Schneiders and Anna Patty 5:21 PM   The head of Victoria’s militant construction union, John Setka, should be considered for charges of blackmail and coercion while the construction union acts in ‘‘wilful defiance of the law’’, an interim report of the royal commission into trade union has said

Road, tram and train changes over Christmas, New Year 2014

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Marissa Calligeros 4:56 PM   Motorists are being warned of traffic chaos on the West Gate Bridge over the Boxing Day weekend.

Premier pushes medicinal marijuana reform

Premier Daniel Andrews with Cooper Wallace.

Vanessa Desloires and Lucy Battersby 4:47 PM    A bill to legalise medical marijuana could be put to Victoria's parliament before the end of next year, with the Labor government determined to reform the state's drug laws.

Port Melbourne sinkhole made bigger to fix burst water main

Cars were swallowed by the sinkhole in Port Melbourne on Tuesday.

Patrick Hatch 4:43 PM   A sinkhole that swallowed cars when it ruptured in a Port Melbourne street has been enlarged to help repair a burst water main.

Melbourne Anglican Church appoints Genieve Blackwell as second female bishop

Genieve Blackwell

Patrick Hatch   The second woman to be appointed as a bishop in the Melbourne Anglican Church says she will push the church to make "thoughtful and compassionate" contributions to public debate.

Woman jailed eight months for helping clean murder scene

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Mark Russell   A woman who tried to cover up a fatal stabbing at the house where she was staying by spending hours cleaning up the blood has been jailed for eight months.

Supervisor jailed for rape of disabled client

Yooralla group home is one of many facilities facing a shortage of well-trained disability workers

Tammy Mills   A supervisor jailed for raping a woman in his care has been placed on the sex offenders registry.

Christian lobby to boycott gay student program

The Australian Christian Lobby says program supports the "normalisation" of homosexuality and transgenderism in schools.

Timna Jacks 12:30 AM   The Australian Christian Lobby claims $8 million of federal funding is being wasted on the Safe Schools Coalition Australia.

'Brute' Trevor Barnes jailed over crowbar attack as judge sends domestic violence warning

Researcher Natasha Papazian says there is little help available for transgender people who try to leave abusive relationships.

Steve Butcher   A Melbourne judge has sent a direct and forceful warning to men inclined to commit violence against their female partners.

Teen rapist behind 'vile' CBD attacks jailed for eight years

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Mark Russell   A teenage rapist involved in a series of horrific sex attacks on women in Melbourne's CBD has been jailed for eight and a half years.

Shots fired into pub

A CCTV image of the man wanted over the Daveys Hotel shooting.

Marissa Calligeros   Police are seaching for a man who fired four gunshots through the front foor of a Melbourne hotel.

Plan to fix City Loop mobile black spot delayed

City Loop

Adam Carey   Train passengers' mobile phones will not work inside the City Loop by year's end as was promised by the former Napthine government.

Bill to legalise medical marijuana 'before the end' of 2015: Andrews

Daniel Andrews with Cooper Wallace before the Victorian election. The now Premier is pushing for a bill to legalise medical marijuana before parliament before the end of next year.

Vanessa Desloires   A bill to legalise medical marijuana could be put to Victorian parliament before the end of next year.

Man jailed over Rye one-punch death

David Cassai was killed by one punch on New Year's Eve 2012.

Mark Russell   The last man to be sentenced over a New Year’s Eve confrontation at Rye which ended in the tragic "one-punch" death of David Cassai has been jailed for two years and three months.

Fire engulfs huge rubbish pile outside recycling plant

An aerial view of the fire at Thomastown.

Marissa Calligeros   A huge pile of rubbish has caught fire outside a recycling plant in Melbourne’s north.

Duo use vacuum cleaner to steal coins from car wash

Car wash thieves.

Marissa Calligeros   Couple used their own vacuum cleaner to suck coins from car wash machines.

Limping bandit wanted over betting machine theft

CCTV footage of one of the thieves and the getaway car.

Marissa Calligeros   A man with a distinctive limp is among two bandits wanted over the unusual theft of a betting machine in Ballarat last month.

Melbourne Express Live: Friday, December 19, 2014

Larissa Nicholson   Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to hit the ground running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling stories from The Age and beyond.

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.