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.

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Paramedics, state government strike pay deal


Julia Medew 10:05 PM   Victoria's paramedics have struck a peace deal with the state government which will deliver them a three per cent pay rise per year and a $3000 bonus.

Apartment boom unsustainable?


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.

$450,000 fine over worker's death

Nick Toscano and Adam Cooper 8:15 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.

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


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 2:28 PM   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 2:19 PM   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

Supervisor jailed

Tammy Mills 1:41 PM   A supervisor jailed for raping a woman in his care has been placed on the sex offenders registry.

'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 1:13 PM   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 1:08 PM   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 12:23 PM   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 12:16 PM   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 12:04 PM   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 11:32 AM   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 11:31 AM   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 10:57 AM   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 10:25 AM   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 9:02 AM   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.

Rapists jailed for 'vicious, callous and cowardly' attack on mother and daughter

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Steve Butcher 9:00 AM   Two men who subjected a mother and daughter to a violent, racially motivated ordeal of horrific sexual abuse have been denounced and jailed for their "vicious, callous and cowardly" attack.

Cooler conditions a godsend for firefighters battling blazes in state's north-east

CFA at work on a farm at Creightons Creek.

Marissa Calligeros 8:51 AM   Firefighters plan to take advantage of milder weather on Friday as bushfires continue to burn in Victoria’s north-east.

Russian roulette or murder?

Adam Cooper 7:46 AM   A coroner has found a man who died from a gunshot wound to the head most likely fired the gun himself in an "Russian roulette" incident, despite a different weapon being found next to his body.

Firefighters brace for warm weather, gusty winds - but hope for rain

Helicopters work on the fire near Wangaratta.

Aisha Dow, Vanessa Desloires 11:12 PM   Two persistent fires continued to burn out of control in the state's north east on Thursday, while new blaze in the Heathcote wine region had authorities briefly alarmed.

Victorian bushfires: residents count the cost

Gerrard Bakker and Steve Gannon survey burnt-out farm area in Creightons Creek, near Euroa in Central Victoria.

Darren Gray, Rural Affairs Reporter 10:47 PM   Emergency fodder deliveries have started to feed hungry livestock on fire-affected properties in the Creightons Creek area, south of Euroa, where many horse, cattle and sheep properties were hit by the fast-moving blaze late on Tuesday.

Christmas Day weather revealed

Looking for a Christmas tree.

Aisha Dow   Victorians searching for the perfect Aussie Christmas should pack up their cars - and perhaps some sort of floatation device - and head to the country.

Drunk mother crashes car on way to kindergarten, police allege


Aisha Dow   A Frankston woman on her way to pick her son up from kindergarten has been caught driving almost seven times over the legal alcohol limit.

Homeless served posh roast, bad jokes and good company in a city lane

Chef Andrew Blake's lunch for the homeless in the Melbourne CBD.

Carolyn Webb   Chef to the stars Andrew Blake took a break from catering for corporate and society events to serve a Christmas banquet to the homeless in a city lane on Thursday.


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.