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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Victorian climate laws face massive overhaul including new emissions targets

Victoria's climate change laws are facing a radical redraw if the recommendations of an independent review are adopted.

Tom Arup 11:42 AM   Victoria's climate change regime faces a major overhaul, with an independent review recommending the state establish new targets to cut emissions, put in place a legally binding charter and give the environmental watchdog powers to limit greenhouse gases.

Police find body of missing Bendigo mum Samantha Kelly

Samantha Kelly

Rania Spooner and Tammy Mills 11:40 AM   Detectives have found the remains of missing Bendigo mother Samantha Kelly in bushland near the small Victorian town of Shelbourne, as two men and a woman remain in custody.

Pregnant Victorian woman diagnosed with Zika virus

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which can carry the Zika virus.

Benjamin Preiss 10:39 AM   A pregnant Victorian woman has been diagnosed with Zika virus after returning from overseas.

Boxing identity known as 'The General' fronts court over $1m armoured car heist

Gym operator Paul Fyfield has been arrested over a $1m armoured car robbery in 2006.

Tammy Mills and Cameron Houston 10:28 AM   Gym operator who once trained Barry Hall in court after being charged with a $1 million Armaguard theft in 2006.

Researchers give type 1 diabetics new hope

Dr Stuart Mannering from St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research said the goal was to design a vaccine for type 1 ...

Bridie Smith 10:28 AM   Researchers have worked out what makes the body attack its insulin-producing cells, causing type 1 diabetes.

Girl drowns while trying to save brother

Williamsons Beach at Wonthaggi.

Marissa Calligeros 9:52 AM   A 13-year-old girl has drowned while trying to save her younger brother in rough seas off a South Gippsland beach.

Three in custody over missing mum Samantha Kelly

Samantha Kelly

Rania Spooner and Tammy Mills 9:34 AM   Three people are in custody over the suspicious disappearance of missing mother-of-four Samantha Kelly as police swoop on homes in Bendigo and Kangaroo Flat.

Geelong rail line suspended after person killed by train

Exclusive: V/Line train investigated as cause of grass fire

Marissa Calligeros 8:02 AM   Trains have been suspended on the Geelong line after a person was hit and killed by a train at North Shore.

Man charged over fatal Geelong shooting

 Victoria Police have arrested new Comanchero Hallam chapter president, Amir Jaha.

Marissa Calligeros 7:17 AM   Murder charge laid after man gunned down in the middle of street.

Police hunt motorbike shooter after bizarre CBD assault

Images of the motorbike rider police wish to speak to.

Marissa Calligeros 6:51 AM   A motorcycle rider has fired a gun during a bizarre attack in the middle of Melbourne's CBD.

Tattoo comes to Melbourne "to entertain and to inspire"

A scene from the full dress rehearsal of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Melbourne's Etihad stadium on Thursday.

Rania Spooner 1:37 AM   Hundreds of pipes and drums will ring out across Etihad Stadium tonight as the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes to the stage for a Melbourne first.

Police baffled by truck driver who vanished for 34 hours after fatal crash

Tarrington Crash. Pictured - Scene of a fatal car crash on the Glenelg Hwy, just north of Tarrington. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Patrick Hatch 9:13 PM   Police remain baffled how a truck driver they thought had been killed in a fiery crash showed up alive more than 30 hours later, 16 kilometres away from the scene of the accident.

Missing mum's children had 'heads shaved, names changed'

Missing Bendigo mother Samantha Kelly.

Tammy Mills 9:04 PM   Bizarre claims that the children of a missing Bendigo mother had their names changed and heads shaved have become part of an ongoing homicide investigation in the central Victorian town.

Speaking out about asylum seekers: Talk about confusing!

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton took exception to an article published by Fairfax Media this week.

Bianca Hall and Henrietta Cook 7:17 PM   Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has lashed out at suggestions that principals and others could be jailed for speaking out about the treatment of asylum seekers in their care, under tough federal laws.

Man arrested over fatal Geelong shooting


Patrick Hatch 7:12 PM   A suspect has been arrested over the fatal shooting of a man in Geelong on Tuesday night.

College collapses creates chaos for students

Aspire College closed last month leaving many students out of a course and out of pocket.

Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks, Sarah Danckert 6:50 PM   The three private training colleges that collapsed, leaving thousands of students in limbo, received at least $66 million in government-funded student loans.

Lettuce salmonella cases reach 143

One of the Coles salads included in the recall.

Julia Medew 6:26 PM   The Victorian farming company at the centre of a large salmonella outbreak are still working with health authorities to find the source of the bacteria.

Malaysian officials vow to deport Melbourne paedophile priest who fled on paid leave

Stood down amid child sexual abuse allegations, Father Paul Grasby has moved to Malaysia.

Nino Bucci 6:20 PM   Malaysian immigration officials have vowed to deport a paedophile priest who fled Melbourne last month despite being warned by the Archbishop it was against the conditions of his paid leave.

Thousands of vulnerable children falling through the cracks

Victoria's child protection services are overstretched due to unprecedented demand.

Bianca Hall 6:09 PM   Almost 3000 Victorian children suspected of being abused or neglected had not been assigned a caseworker by the end of the last financial year, as Victoria struggles with an unprecedented level of demand for child protection services.

A new kind of farmhand flies in to help

Paul Wynne from Emmetts demonstrates the advantages of using a drone to get a better picture of the paddock.

Darren Gray 7:30 PM   They have been seen flying over densely planted tomato crops, vast fields of wheat and barley, paddocks of cotton and corn.

Driver accused of hitting policeman with car denies seeing him, court told

Police allege Jade Earl, 32, drove her car into a detective in a Maribyrnong street on November 16 last year.

Adam Cooper 5:44 PM   A woman accused of hitting a policeman with her car after allegedly shoplifting denies she saw the detective in front of her, a court has been told.

Punt Road widening a vexed question for councils on either side of the road

Stonnington Council says an option held since 1954, to widen Punt Road from four to six lanes, should be dumped.

Clay Lucas 5:40 PM   An option retained since 1954 to bulldoze hundreds of homes and properties on Punt Road to widen it for traffic should be dropped by the Andrews government, Stonnington councillors have argued.

Two Victoria Police officers take own lives in a week

Matt Davidson illustration: police, cops, policemen, generic, victoria police

Nino Bucci and Cameron Houston 5:33 PM   Victoria Police are battling a troubling spate of officer suicides, with at least three employees taking their lives so far this year.

Metro's second derailment at Rushall in one week forces commuters onto buses

Many passengers face an arduous trip home.

Adam Carey 5:12 PM   The unplanned all-day shutdown on the South Morang line between Clifton Hill and Bell station today will be temporarily lifted so six trains can make the homeward journey from the city for this evening's peak.

Witnesses set to relive fatal collision between mother and 'monkey' bike

Caleb Jakobsson outside the County Court on Thursday.

Adam Cooper 5:01 PM   Magistrate fears cross-examinations could add to the trauma experienced by Andrea Lehane's family.

Man charged with $1.1m theft at Sunshine Plaza

More than $1million was stolen from an Armaguard van parked in Sunshine Plaza in 2006.

Tammy Mills 4:49 PM   An alleged armed robber has been charged with the theft of $1.1 million from an Armaguard cash delivery van a decade ago.

Man faces murder trial over two-year-old who court heard he'd 'stomped' on

Mussie Debresay, is facing a murder trial over the death of two-year-old Tonnja Huynhin 2005.

Adam Cooper 4:21 PM   10 years after toddler's death, man has been committed to stand trial, accused of stomping on his ex-partner's daughter.

Church snub over MP's same sex marriage stance

Independent MP Cathy McGowan has had her invitation to give the Mary Mackillop Oration withdrawn due to her views on ...

Adam Morton 4:14 PM   Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has intervened this week to cancel a planned keynote speech at a Catholic Church conference by independent MP Cathy McGowan due to her support for same sex marriage.

You, me, pizza: disturbing 'young love' snapshot prompts poster push

Valentine's Day posters for young people emphasising friendship and self-respect.

Miki Perkins, Social Affairs 3:59 PM   A new pop-art anti-violence campaign urges young people to love themselves (and their besties) first this Valentine's Day.

$800 fine for Cup cop bush push

Sarah Finn was as fined $800, plus $117 in costs and $150 for the officer's broken glasses.

Konrad Marshall 3:57 PM   'What do I have to do to get on the news?' she asked. Then she found out.


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.