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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Potential measles outbreak in Brunswick

Four cases of measles have been confirmed in Brunswick and East Brunswick in the past week.

Marissa Calligeros 2:35 PM   Four people living in the Brunswick area have contracted the disease.

Dad busted on school run was three times over the limit

Father stopped on school run was found to have blood alcohol concentration of 0.169.

Chloe Booker 2:15 PM   Father stopped driving daughter to school found to have blood alcohol concentration of 0.169.

Nene King had name of man who later ripped her off tattooed on her arm, court told

Nene King has told the court that  her life 'went off the rails' after her third husband's death.

Mark Russell 2:05 PM   Man who denies ripping off former magazine queen has told how overwhelmed he had been when she had his name etched on her arm.

Case dropped against man accused of trying to fight IS

Jamie Williams leaves court after federal prosecutors dropped their case against him.

Adam Cooper 1:59 PM   Federal prosecutors have dropped a criminal case against a Melbourne man who was accused of trying to fight in the Middle East against Islamic State.

Sex Party tries to legalise Uber in Victoria

Sex Party's Fiona Patten  says services such as Uber are 'part of our new sharing economy and they aren't going away'.

Lucy Battersby 12:58 PM   Sex Party MP Fiona Patten is introducing a bill to Victoria's state parliament which she hopes will lift restrictions on ride-sharing services such as UberX.

Riches in rags: Valuable Aboriginal painting found in Brunswick op shop

The 'striking, simple' painting hangs in the Brunswick op-shop for sale.

Daniella Miletic 12:54 PM   You know how the story goes. A famous painting is forgotten and later discovered in an old attic, hard rubbish pile or the local thrift shop, bought for a pittance and sold for a motza.

Truck driver missing after fiery fatal crash on Glenelg Highway near Tarrington

The scene of the fatal crash on the Glenelg Highway at Tarrington.

Marissa Calligeros 12:23 PM   A man has been killed and a truck driver is missing after horror crash in the state's south west.

Lettuce farm could have salmonella answers in days

Coles 4 leaf salad mix

Staff Reporters 12:22 PM   The source of a salmonella outbreak that prompted a nationwide recall of pre-packaged lettuce from Victoria could be known this week.

Commuter pain as trouble trifecta hits Craigieburn train line


Marissa Calligeros, Deborah Gough 10:48 AM   A trouble trifecta hit the Craigieburn line on Tuesday morning.

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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.

Police hunt Wandin North flasher

Computer-generated images of the alleged flashers.

Marissa Calligeros 7:26 AM   Flasher in the outer east has targeted women in broad daylight.

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.

Premier makes emotional plea over asylum seekers

Premier Daniel Andrews takes asylum seekers to Melbourne Zoo, calls on Federal Government to let them stay in Australia.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has made an emotional plea for a group of asylum seekers to be allowed to stay in Australia as demonstrations in support of those facing deportation erupted across the country.

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Human trials for Australian-made bionic spine to start next year

Biomedical engineer Nick Opie is part of the team working on the 'bionic spine'.

Bridie Smith 3:00 AM   Patients left paralysed by injury or illness could be back on their feet again, thanks to a breakthrough by Melbourne researchers who have designed a revolutionary bionic spine.

Fatal crash in Victoria's east claims motorcyclist


A motorcyclist has died on a road in country Victoria after his Harley Davidson struck a 4-wheel-drive in the state's east.

Ferrari seen to lose control before fatal crash, court told

Kickboxer Suleiman Abdulrahim charged over Reservoir crash that killed elderly woman seen here leaving the Melbourne ...

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.

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.

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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.

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.


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.


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.