Napthine under fire for Warrnambool connections

Royce Millar The ''Bool'' has rarely seen a week like it. The deep ties of money, politics, powerful businessmen and horse racing in the remote south-west of Victoria came under rare outside scrutiny.

Warrnambool land sold to close friend of Premier

Midfield Group managing director Colin McKenna with Premier Denis Napthine.

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar The Warrnambool meat company at the centre of conflict of interest claims involving Premier Denis Napthine will benefit from an additional $600,000 in state government money that will see funding...

State Environment Minister Ryan Smith under fire over expenses

Ryan Smith.

Patrick Hatch The state opposition says it will refer environment minister Ryan Smith to the auditor general over helicopter and light airplane flights that cost taxpayers over $13,000.

Police are appealing for witnesses for two separate sexual assault

Craig Butt Police are appealing for witnesses for two separate sexual assaults.

Two dead in road crash

Craig Butt Two people have been killed in a car crash in Broadwater, near Warrnambool, in the state's west.

Three men killed in Broadwater car crash after tree falls across road

Three people were killed in a horror road accident at Broadwater on Friday night.

Mex Cooper Three men were killed in a horror car crash near Warrnambool, in the state’s west, triggered by Friday night’s wild weather.

Man killed after police pursuit in Macedon

Patrick Hatch A man has been killed in a car rollover during a police pursuit north-west of Melbourne.

Geelong region one of the most 'economically vulnerable' in Australia: report


Nick Toscano Geelong and Victoria's western region are among the most 'economically vulnerable' parts of the country, according to a report that warns the region’s woes may worsen following more...

Premier Denis Napthine helps Port Fairy car crash victim

Denis Napthine.

Caroline Zielinski An elderly woman involved in a two-car crash in Victoria’s south-west received a shock when the Victorian Premier rushed to her aid.

Search under way for fisherman missing in waters off Port Fairy

Patrick Hatch A major search and rescue operation is under way to find a professional fisherman who is missing in waters off Victoria’s south-west coast. 

Empty boat found in search for fisherman missing off Port Fairy

victoria police helicopter air wing

Patrick Hatch An unmanned boat has been found in the search for a fisherman who is missing in waters off Victoria’s south-west coast.

Premier Denis Napthine says co-owned racehorse is nearing final straight

Henrietta Cook Premier Denis Napthine says a racehorse he co-owns with a wealthy businessman who received a $1.5 million government grant may soon have to retire.

Premier silent on horse at racing event

Ben Schneiders Premier Denis Napthine was able to talk about other people's racehorses, not his own, at a Liberal Party fundraiser on Wednesday night.

Premier Denis Napthine had 'direct involvement' in Midfield Meat expansion

<i>Illustration: Ron Tandberg</i>

Royce Millar, Ben Schneiders and Henrietta Cook Premier Denis Napthine had a ''direct involvement'' in helping pave the way for the expansion of the food processing operation led by wealthy businessman Colin McKenna, who co-owns a racehorse with...

Napthine denies 'direct involvement' in Midfield Meats funding decision

Denis Napthine.

Richard Willingham Premier Denis Napthine has angrily defended a grant for Warrnambool business Midflield Meats saying the decision for $1.5 million worth of government funding was made at arms length from him.

Victoria's anti-corruption watchdog says Premier Denis Napthine has no case to answer

Farrah Tomazin Premier Denis Napthine will not be investigated over a $1.5 million government grant to a racing associate.

Demand beats hospital funding

A total of 48,094 patients were waiting for elective surgery in Victorian public hospitals on December 31 last year, up from 37,194 in June 2010 under Labor.

Kate Hagan Increased funding for hospitals is not enough to meet growing demand and will do little to reduce waiting lists for elective surgery and ease pressures on overcrowded emergency departments, doctors...

Funding cuts loom and patients continue to struggle, state budget reveals

Farrah Tomazin A quarter of emergency patients are not being treated on time, about one in four ambulances are failing to meet targets.

Napthine failed to reveal stake in numerous horses

Premier of Victoria, Denis Napthine poses with former Melbourne Cup-winning horse Subzero.

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar Premier Denis Napthine has failed to disclose to Parliament his financial stake in multiple racehorses, raising questions about possible breaches of MP disclosure laws and contempt of Parliament.

Corrections paid $822,000 to prison contractor despite tardy prisoner court attendances

Two Department of Corrections staff are provided to a north Queensland boot camp each day, to assist with security and safety.

Nino Bucci Corrections Victoria paid $822,000 in performance bonuses to a prison movement contractor, despite one in four inmates being late to court.