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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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.

Police minister Wade Noonan steps down

Police Minister 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". 

100-year-old wins court battle over fines but fight not over yet

 Norm Bravo, 100, said the man who bought his car broke every road rule and never registered the car.

2:22 PM   100-year-old man will no longer have to pay $1000 in road-related fines after a court dismissed a case against hi

Police slam pursuit policy in union survey

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

Victoria's police union have called for wide-ranging changes to the force's contentious vehicle pursuit policy.

Alleged fatal crash driver in court

Adem Arpaci leaves an out-of-sessions hearing last week.

2:04 PM   Man charged over a fiery street-racing crash that left two teenagers dead has appeared in a Melbourne court.

Man raped daughter who tracked him down after 20 years

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.

New child protection laws to remove kids will be retrospective

Child protection laws come into effect next month giving parents two years' grace before permanently losing custody of ...

Tough new child protection laws that give parents two years grace before permanently losing custody of their kids will be retrospective.

Deaf murder accused may be mentally unfit to stand trial

Robbie Wright hit his head on a guard rail and died from his injuries three days later.

Lawyers for one of three deaf people accused of murdering a profoundly deaf man who fell 12 metres from an apartment balcony want a jury to decide whether he is fit to stand trial due to mental impairment.

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Ewe's 20-kilometre journey home after two years on the lam

There's no guessing which sheep returned home with 20 kilograms of wool.

To be a sheep is to follow the mob but one animal defied its stereotype by wandering off and living a mystery life for two years. But now, after relying on its innate GPS, it has made the 20-kilometre journey home.

Murrumbeena residents protest over 'shoddy' sky rail proposal

Murrumbeena residents Karlee Browning and Tracey Bigg attend a protest against a proposed elevated railway line.

Hundreds have gathered at Murrumbeena's Boyd Park to vent their anger over the state government's decision to award a contract for a elevated rail plan.

Toxin triggers shellfish warning

Swimming, fishing, boating and other water activities are still considered to be safe in the Gippsland Lakes.

Victorian health authorities are dealing with a new toxic food threat - from shellfish caught in the Gippsland Lakes.

Fury over payment to avoid rape trial in Croatia

Sunbury man Dylan Djohan, who was among three men who recently returned from Croatia after pleading guilty to rape.

Three Melbourne men who admitted gang raping a 17-year-old backpacker in Croatia but paid $30,000 to avoid a court trial have sparked fierce debate in the Baltic state about the practice of making financial settlements with victims of sexual assault.

Hand-painted street ads a new model for billboard market

Artists Jason Parker and James Dewing  work on the Zoolander 2 mural.

Carolyn Webb 7:29 PM   A new advertising company run by 20-somethings is earning up to $200,000 per job by hand painting mural ads in inner Melbourne and Sydney.

Speed Date a Muslim - ask anything over sweets and tea

Amina Sadikay and Hebba El Masri at the Moroccan Deli-cacy cafe, taking part in Speed Date a Muslim which is to become a ...

Carolyn Webb 7:15 PM   At Speed Date a Muslim, on each fortnight at a Brunswick cafe, ask a real-life Muslim woman anything you like, over tea and sweets.

Rock climber injured near the Pinnacle in the Grampians

A rocky outcrop along way to pinnacle lookout in the Grampians.

A rock climber suffered leg and back injuries after falling more than 30 metres in the Grampians.

Bacchus Marsh doctor breaks his silence

Australia's organ donation rate lags behind that of 21 other nations.

The doctor at the centre of the baby death scandal at Bacchus Marsh Hospital has broken his silence, defending himself and other doctors who worked for him during a series of "catastrophic" failures.

Victoria binged almost $100 million on advertising

The Moving Victoria campaign has been labelled inaccurate and misleading.

Victorian taxpayers were hit with a bill as the former Napthine government bombarded the public with advertisements during its desperate final months.

$1.6 billion elevated rail project to replace level crossings along Dandenong line

The Murrumbeena Road level crossing is notorious for creating long traffic jams.

Hundreds of residents gathered at Murrumbeena's Boyd Park on Sunday to vent their anger at the state government's decision to build elevated train lines nine metres above street level.

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Many casual workers fear losing their jobs if they speak up about pay, conditions

Ramandeep Dhaliwal, a casual worker who was a victim of sham contracting.

More than half the people who responded to a trade union report on insecure work say they fear losing their jobs if they speak up about pay or conditions.

Missing rider found dead

A bus driver was killed in the accident.

A motorcyclist has been found dead more than a day since he was last seen leaving a country pub in Victoria's far north-west.

New toll road financial data kept secret

An artist's impression of the Western Distributor tollway as it crosses the Maribyrnong River.

The Andrews government has refused to release independent assessments of a controversial new toll road scheme

Victorian Premier and PM discuss refugees

PM Malcolm Turnbull and Daniel Andrews.

4:02 PM   Premier Daniel Andrews says he's spoken with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about housing refugee families in Victoria.

Surf coast plane crash: Fourth body still missing

Flower memorial at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse for Ian Chamberlain and Dianne Bradley.

A search of the wreckage of a light plane that crashed off Victoria's surf coast killing all four people on board has failed to locate more human remains.

Streaming age spells the end for much-loved Balaclava store

Eddy Stefani, owner of Video Vision in Balaclava. The store is closing after almost 20 years.

Video Vision has become another casualty of the streaming TV and film era.

350 people evacuated in Melbourne CBD hotel fire


A fire has caused the evacuation of about 350 people from a Melbourne CBD hotel.

School says CityLink a bridge too close

Teachers, students, parents and friends of Strathmore Secondary College campaign against a new bridge that will be twice ...

Private schools' concerns taken much more seriously than those of public school in a similar situation, opponents say.

Andrews to PM: 'Let them stay'

"I recognise the humanitarian impulse behind [Mr Andrews'] letter to the Prime Minister," Premier Mike Baird said in a ...

 Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has written to the Prime Minister offering to "accept full responsibility" for the families and children brought to Australia from Nauru.

Backlash on the ifs and buts of smoking ban

Smoking bans may prove a headache for the Andrews government.

Premier Daniel Andrews faces a backlash over plans to ban smoking in outdoor dining venues but not extend the policy to drinking areas, despite new research suggesting businesses would not be hurt if a wider prohibition was introduced.

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Train derails in Fitzroy North

The derailed train at Fitzroy North.

A train has derailed near Rushall Station in Fitzroy North.


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.