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Liberals give veteran MP the boot

A Melbourne barrister has successfully unseated former cabinet minister Kevin Andrews by winning preselection in the prized eastern suburbs Liberal seat of Menzies. http://dlvr.it/RrjRxp

31/15:02 EDT Initial Minor Flood Warning for the Avoca River

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Council under fire for climate artist gig

UPDATE http://dlvr.it/Rrhh7S

Body found in Dandenong Creek

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Police have launched an investigation after a man’s body was found in a Melbourne river on Saturday evening. http://dlvr.it/Rrgzgy

Body found in Dandenong Creek

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Police have launched an investigation after a man’s body was found in a Melbourne river on Saturday evening. http://dlvr.it/Rrgzbp

Why there will be more homeless in Melbourne

Welfare agencies are reporting a spike in rough sleepers on CBD streets as more homeless people leave hotel accommodation provided during the pandemic. http://dlvr.it/RrfkJy

Snorkeller missing off Altona beach

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A snorkeller has gone missing near Altona beach. http://dlvr.it/RrdtdT

Snorkeller missing off Altona beach

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A snorkeller has gone missing near Altona beach. http://dlvr.it/Rrdt6V

Big boost on way for embattled ambulances

Victoria’s rural and regional ambulance service has been given a multimillion dollar boost in a move paramedics hope will ease pressure on growing caseloads. http://dlvr.it/Rrd15h

Hotel quarantine staff paid $78m to do nothing

Victorians forked out $78 million for hotel quarantine workers to do nothing. http://dlvr.it/Rrd11P

Big boost on way for embattled ambulances

Victoria’s rural and regional ambulance service has been given a multimillion dollar boost in a move paramedics hope will ease pressure on growing caseloads. http://dlvr.it/RrbDfY

One thing Kate didn’t miss about Melbourne

Kate Langbroek vividly recalls two emotional moments while living in Italy. http://dlvr.it/RrZ7Tp

How winning $250k changed single mum’s life

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The All-Star Mile has been life changing for single mum Tegan Abercrombie and her five year-old-son, Tyler. http://dlvr.it/RrZ7QW

AFL players shouldn’t skip vaccine queue: expert

AFL players should not expect to jump the queue for an early COVID-19 vaccine, according to sports medico expert Dr Peter Larkins. http://dlvr.it/RrY9NS

‘Poetic justice’ enough punishment for Mitchell, lawyer claims

Bikie boss Toby Mitchell has been labelled an “enforcer” who thinks he is above the law as the prosecution push for him to be jailed over two separate street attacks, including one where he ended up knocked out by a homeless man. http://dlvr.it/RrY9NH

Night-time mayor among ideas to revive city

Retail, hospitality and creative industry leaders could be tapped to help revive the inner city’s night time economy. http://dlvr.it/RrWKWK

True cost of education in Vic revealed

Melburnians packing their kids off to schools this week will shell out up to $400,000 over the next 13 years. http://dlvr.it/RrVDKK

Harold Holt’s macabre link to deadly shipwreck

Even today, the treacherous beaches and rocky coastline of Point Nepean are closed to the public, and with good reason. http://dlvr.it/RrVDDt

Albanese sacks key ally in ALP reshuffle

Labor leader Anthony Albanese will look to claw back support among coal mining regions in a major frontbench reshuffle to revitalise the party ahead of the next federal election. http://dlvr.it/RrTDCt

Treasurer’s scathing rebuke of China’s ‘bully’ comment

China has been lashed for its bullying of smaller nations as Australia’s Treasurer vowed to also continue speaking out on human rights injustices in his harshest language yet regarding Beijing’s brinkmanship. http://dlvr.it/RrTD9p

Calls to bring police back from border checkpoints

The boss of Victoria’s police union has called for officers working on the Victoria-NSW border to be brought back to regular duties, saying the checkpoint policing role now has “pretty limited value”. http://dlvr.it/RrRLYL

Cherished dog disappears on the Spirit of Tasmania

It’s every pet owner’s worst nightmare – losing a pet while travelling. http://dlvr.it/RrQF9H

Firebugs lit blazes on 36C day

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A pair of Melbourne firebugs remain on the run after two suspicious fires in Preston. http://dlvr.it/RrQF8h

Teens’ touching tribute after friend’s cycling death

Schoolkids who set up a road safety group in honour of a classmate who was struck on his bike have been recognised with an Australia Day award. http://dlvr.it/RrPHZr

Childcare centres’ shocking safety failures exposed

More than one Victorian childcare provider a week is shut down or censured for serious failings in their care of children. http://dlvr.it/RrPHW9

Knife-wielding thief threatens doughnut shop staff

A knife-wielding doughnut thief stormed an inner city shop and threatened staff this afternoon. http://dlvr.it/RrMNsc

How schools are fixing learning gap caused by COVID

Better resourced government schools are topping up their share of the $250m COVID catch up tutoring cash for kids who fell behind during lockdown. http://dlvr.it/RrLKLh

Man’s body found after house fire

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Arson Squad detectives have been called in after a man’s body was found inside a house that went up in flames on Monday night. http://dlvr.it/RrLKLB

Victorians bitterly divided by ‘Invasion Day’ debate

Victorians are torn on whether to rename Australia Day ‘Invasion Day’, a new poll suggests. http://dlvr.it/RrKPgV

How schools are fixing learning gap caused by COVID

Better resourced government schools are topping up their share of the $250m COVID catch up tutoring cash for kids who fell behind during lockdown. http://dlvr.it/RrKPcF

Shark forces swimmers to flee Chelsea, Edithvale beaches

Authorities have been unable to find the shark which shut down several Port Phillip Bay beaches on Monday. http://dlvr.it/RrHbHZ

Why Liberal MP Trump fan may also take flight

Donald Trump jumped into a helicopter this week, flew away from politics, and left many breathing a sigh of relief — and hoping his time in the game is up for good. http://dlvr.it/RrGVl6

17 suburbs on alert after tip blaze

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Seventeen suburbs in Melbourne’s west are on high alert for toxic smoke after dozens of firefighters battled a tip fire early on Monday. http://dlvr.it/RrGVkm

What life in Aus Open quarantine is really like

US tennis star Bethanie Mattek-Sands reveals her days are anything but boring in the Australian Open’s quarantine program. http://dlvr.it/RrFjjy

Full extent of top postie’s luxury splurge revealed

Credit card records have revealed the full extent of former Australia Post boss Christine Holgate’s spending, including Montblanc and Louis Vuitton gifts and $200,000 on a chauffeur service. http://dlvr.it/RrFjjP

‘Oppressive’ night ahead as state braces for 45C day

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VICTORIA is bracing for a fiery blast with temperatures spiking up to the mid-40C mark in the state’s north on Monday. http://dlvr.it/RrDWbd

How a new type of tower could reshape CBD

Hi-tech towers that collect and store more than 100 bicycles at a time could be soon be spread across Melbourne under a new push to cater for the surging popularity of cycling. http://dlvr.it/RrChjL

Jet ski saviours keeping beachgoers safe

Jet ski-riding lifeguards have performed dozens of rescues this summer amid Victoria’s horror drowning spate. http://dlvr.it/RrChdt

COVID pressures force police station closures

Victorian police stations will be forced to close as the force battles an exodus of officers to border checkpoints and the hotel quarantine program, police say. http://dlvr.it/RrByZC

‘Why did they kill him?’: Sister’s plea after police shooting

The sister of an armed carjacker shot dead by police in Drouin said he should not have been killed. http://dlvr.it/RrByXX

What makes Dan Tehan best pick for trade minister

When Scott Morrison needed a new trade minister, Dan Tehan wasn’t the consensus choice of Canberra insiders. http://dlvr.it/Rr9dPx

No new local cases as Victoria’s virus-free run continues

Victoria has recorded no new local coronavirus cases overnight, with three cases recorded in hotel quarantine. http://dlvr.it/Rr8kxq

What makes Dan Tehan best pick for trade minister

When Scott Morrison needed a new trade minister, Dan Tehan wasn’t the consensus choice of Canberra insiders. http://dlvr.it/Rr8kwz

Margaret Court to receive Australia Day honours

Premier Daniel Andrews has savaged a decision to honour Margaret Court in this year’s Australia Day honours. http://dlvr.it/Rr7rNm

Barnsey’s busking delights Melbourne

Jimmy Barnes surprised city goers with two pop-up busking gigs last night. http://dlvr.it/Rr7rHS

Margaret Court to receive Australia Day honours

Premier Daniel Andrews has savaged a decision to honour Margaret Court in this year’s Australia Day honours. http://dlvr.it/Rr62yR

‘They drove like lunatics’: hoons descend on St Kilda

Hundreds of hoons descended upon the Elwood and St Kilda beach area on Thursday in a wild late-night car meet-up. http://dlvr.it/Rr4zPW

Mr Quickie seeking All-Star status

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Mr Quickie is already a star in Jamie Kah’s eyes, but now the leading jockey is hoping he’ll become an All-Star. http://dlvr.it/Rr4zNh

Firey wages soar under Andrews govt

The wages bill for Victoria’s fire services has skyrocketed by 62 per cent since the Andrews government came to power and is now almost $1bn. http://dlvr.it/Rr419j

How Aussies feel about the Aus Open going ahead

About a quarter of Australians say the Australian Open should be cancelled, according to new research. http://dlvr.it/Rr417B

Doubts raised over police car siren in fatal crash

It’s unclear if a police vehicle involved in a pursuit had its siren activated before crashing into a car carrying an innocent passenger who later died. http://dlvr.it/Rr26Vt

Hour-long delays after six-car Monash crash

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A six-car crash has caused significant delays on the Monash Freeway on Thursday morning. http://dlvr.it/Rr12X0

Flashy Mercedes ruined in tram crash

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A driver who smashed into a tram barrier in Carlton on Thursday morning allegedly blew .127, more than double the legal limit, after the crash. http://dlvr.it/Rr12TT

Athletes fear for future of Melbourne’s Icehouse

The future of Melbourne’s O’Brien Icehouse is uncertain, and athletes fear they’ll be forced to find a new home. http://dlvr.it/Rr01wv

Major project bosses’ eye-watering salaries revealed

Eye-watering new pay deals for senior bureaucrats on ­Victorian major projects — including one running a year late — have been approved despite the coronavirus pandemic pummelling the state budget. http://dlvr.it/Rr01wG

Two flown to hospital in Great Ocean Road crash

A bus has ended up on the wrong side of the Great Ocean Road in a crash that injured six people. http://dlvr.it/Rqy871

Victoria’s most expensive schools revealed

Victorian private school fee rises have been pegged at 0.4 per cent for 2021, reflecting the tough post-lockdown landscape. http://dlvr.it/Rqx5C7

Man dies after being flung from boat

A man died and a woman and teen survived after being thrown from a boat in Woodside in South Gippsland overnight. http://dlvr.it/Rqx59y

Student exodus to leave gaping hole in Victorian economy

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Victoria’s economy faces another multibillion-dollar COVID-19 battering due to delays getting overseas students back on shore. http://dlvr.it/Rqw6qt

Student exodus to leave gaping hole in Victorian economy

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Victoria’s economy faces another multibillion-dollar COVID-19 battering due to delays getting overseas students back on shore. http://dlvr.it/Rqw6mq

Man’s miracle survival after tree fall

A man has miraculously survived after a tree fell on him in the state’s north east. http://dlvr.it/RqtGD6

Melbourne public servants may never return to office

The Victorian public service may never return to the office in full with consultation underway on the future of working from home. http://dlvr.it/RqsCGc

Police to reveal if mob lawyer was an informant

Victoria Police will be forced to reveal whether mob lawyer Joseph “Pino” Acquaro was working as an informer. http://dlvr.it/RqsCFj

Unhealthy truth about toddler snacks, milks

Popular toddler snacks and milks are no better than junk food, a new study has found. http://dlvr.it/RqrKKH

Unhealthy truth about toddler snacks, milks

Popular toddler snacks and milks are no better than junk food, a new study has found. http://dlvr.it/RqrKBH

Watch and act alert issued for Kyneton

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Emergency authorities have issued a warning about a grassfire in Kyneton this afternoon. http://dlvr.it/RqpXLS

Tennis players welcome, essential farm workers not

The Andrews Government is putting Victoria’s $8.5 billion horticulture industry at risk by failing to find a way to bring in overseas harvest workers — despite pulling out all the stops to salvage the Australian Open and its $387 million sugar hit. http://dlvr.it/RqnY64

Twin Marvel towers will ‘improve Docklands’

A prime parcel of land handballed by the AFL at the height of Victoria’s coronavirus lockdown is set to be transformed into twin towers next to Marvel Stadium. http://dlvr.it/RqnY4J

When most Aussies want to celebrate Aus Day

More than two-thirds of Australians support Australia Day being celebrated on January 26, new research has revealed. http://dlvr.it/RqmmVS

Mystery clouds Vatican’s cash transfer to Australia

A Vatican money transfer of $1.1m to Australia is destined to remain unresolved. http://dlvr.it/RqmmTS

Revolutionary centre to connect young and old Victorians

Youngsters and the elderly will learn together under a revolutionary childcare model set to become increasingly popular across the state. http://dlvr.it/RqlY0B

New concern over Victoria’s gay conversion laws

Conservative think tank the Menzies Research Centre has accused the Andrew government of impeding rights to prayer through gay conversion laws, citing a new survey. http://dlvr.it/RqkmzC

Where to find Victoria’s cheapest beach houses

Beach house bargain hunters can snap up pads for as little as $250,000 in Victoria’s southeast. http://dlvr.it/RqkmxF

Brave koalas reach milestone moment

12 months after the bushfires that devastated Victoria, Waterholes Wildlife Sanctuary is finally releasing three of its long-term patients back into the wild. http://dlvr.it/Rqk2p4

Fresh fake tradie warning after million-dollar scam

Victorians have been warned to be on the alert for fake tradies over summer, with more than a $1 million lost to scam artists throughout 2020. http://dlvr.it/Rqk2nM

Fresh fake tradie warning after million-dollar scam

Victorians have been warned to be on the alert for fake tradies over summer, with more than a $1 million lost to scam artists throughout 2020. http://dlvr.it/RqhmFP

New crackdown on online creeps preying on kids

Australia’s first anti-child exploitation unit aimed at gaming has been launched to stop a rise in paedophiles grooming kids online. http://dlvr.it/RqgwpD

Easy search: Did you snare a first-round uni offer?

Thousands of Year 12 students have found out today if they received a first preference offer from one of 33 different higher education providers. http://dlvr.it/RqgwnQ

Elite school wants students to look like Zac Efron

Brighton Grammar has turned to Hollywood hunk Zac Efron to inspire students towards a clean-cut look for their return to school. http://dlvr.it/Rqg0lm

How toll of Tullamarine will hit first responders

Police rush to horrific scenes when the natural human instinct is to run from them. http://dlvr.it/Rqg0lL

Elite school wants students to look like Zac Efron

Brighton Grammar has turned to Hollywood hunk Zac Efron to inspire students towards a clean-cut look for their return to school. http://dlvr.it/Rqd95R

10 country pubs to visit this summer

Here are the country pubs to visit in Victoria over summer serving cold beers and chicken parma. http://dlvr.it/Rqc6xS

Remains found in car park near uni

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Police descended upon a Melbourne car park overnight, after receiving a report of potential human remains. http://dlvr.it/Rqc6wz

Andrews government backs purpose-built emergency centre

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A purpose-built emergency centre that could house thousands of people is being considered by the state government. http://dlvr.it/Rqb8fm

New Metro Tunnel completion date on cards

The twin 9km tunnels at the heart of the Metro Tunnel rail project are set to be completed by July, raising hopes trains will run on the new line earlier than scheduled. http://dlvr.it/Rqb8YX

Colleagues, friends reeling after death of ‘beautiful soul’

Former colleagues of Katie Perinovic have told of their devastation after the mother of three was found dead, along with her children, on Thursday in her Tullamarine home. http://dlvr.it/RqYHYC

Prescription medicines: registration of new chemical entities in Australia

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5 medicine registrations added http://dlvr.it/RqXD3B

Prescription medicines: registration of new generic medicines and biosimilar medicines

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12 medicine registrations added http://dlvr.it/RqXD15

Interstate outbreaks could postpone office returns

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The Andrews Government is still considering last minute adjustments to its back to work plans, which are likely to take effect on Monday, after the growth of interstate virus clusters. http://dlvr.it/RqWBrB

Two dead, one fights for life after horror day in Vic waters

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Two people are believed to have drowned in separate incidents on the Mornington Peninsula, while a third is in a critical condition after a near-drowning in Narre Warren. http://dlvr.it/RqTcGM

Shock discovery about backyard pigeon’s origins

A racing pigeon believed to be from America has shown up in a Melbourne backyard, nearly two months after it reportedly disappeared on October 29. http://dlvr.it/RqStz7

Ex-cop says AFL must act on players ‘sexting’

Examples must be made of AFL players who treat women disrespectfully and more training provided by clubs on the dangers of engaging in dirty cyberporn, a leading expert says. http://dlvr.it/RqSDCz

Faux French mansions changing our suburbs

In mid 2018, an original Spanish Mission house hit the market in Kew after 55 years in the hands of one family. http://dlvr.it/RqSDC7

Jobs boom could be headed to Victoria

Thousands of new manufacturing jobs building high-class military vehicles could make their way to Victoria under a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the state government.  http://dlvr.it/RqRG28

New Melbourne Grand Prix date revealed

The Melbourne Grand Prix will be staged eight months later than scheduled as the coronavirus pandemic puts the brakes on the major event for the second straight year. http://dlvr.it/RqPgSz

Donation nation: which Aussie state is most generous?

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Shoppers in Victoria have proven they are among the most generous by helping to raise more than $600,000 for people doing it tough and supporting families affected by childhood cancer. http://dlvr.it/RqNyjd

Calls for cultural overhaul after Patton allegations

Hawthorn forward Jonathon Patton has been stood down by the club as it investigates claims he shared lewd images with women. http://dlvr.it/RqNJyc

When will CBD workers head back to the office?

Business owners in Melbourne’s CBD are pleading for employees to return to their offices next week, with health officials currently reviewing the city’s back-to-work plan. http://dlvr.it/RqNJy1

Fire sends smoke billowing over Melbourne’s west

An industrial fire at a Laverton North waste management site sent smoke billowing across Melbourne’s west on Monday night. http://dlvr.it/RqMNgS

The secret concussion effects that persist

Melbourne researchers have found concussed grassroots footballers returning to play can experience a “prolonged elevation” of damaged brain cells without noting symptoms. http://dlvr.it/RqKqVg

De Goey demanding alleged sex assault docs

Collingwood footballer Jordan De Goey wants the AFL to hand over all documents relating to its probe of allegations of sexual assault levelled against the star player in 2018. http://dlvr.it/RqK8DZ

The secret concussion effects that persist

Melbourne researchers have found concussed grassroots footballers returning to play can experience a “prolonged elevation” of damaged brain cells without noting symptoms. http://dlvr.it/RqJY99

Patton suggested ‘sex, coke’ binge in lockdown

Hawthorn footballer Jonathon Patton is under mounting pressure after at least four women accused him of sending them unwanted lewd messages, images and videos. http://dlvr.it/RqJY8X

Melbourne braces for hottest day of the past year

Grab your shades and sunscreen – Melbourne is set for its hottest day in almost 12 months after an unusually mild start to the new year. http://dlvr.it/RqHntw

How bikie’s sniper death changed underworld scene

A murder at a public venue in Western Australia last month should echo all over the country. http://dlvr.it/RqGl68

Family devastated after man ‘vanished’

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A distraught family has appealed to the public to help find Ratko Dujela, a 79-year-old man with dementia who went missing from a Melbourne hospital on Friday. http://dlvr.it/RqGGGF

Politicians’ generous super is ‘essence of hypocrisy’

Federal politicians on generous super packages should have their savings slashed if the Morrison Government delays or scraps a legislated increase for the rest of the population, Australians believe. http://dlvr.it/RqFnDh

The knowledge gaps plaguing first-home buyers

Young Aussies are keener than ever to snap up their first home — but experts say many have major knowledge gaps when it comes to the buying process. http://dlvr.it/RqFnCG

Study finds concussed AFL players likely returning with damaged brain cells

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A five-year study finds AFL players are likely returning to play from concussion with high levels of damaged brain cells, putting them at risk of long-term harm, even though they might feel fine. http://dlvr.it/RqF47f

Mallacoota skate park gets a boost in wake of bushfires

The recovery of bushfire ravaged Mallacoota has been given a boost, with a $600,000 cash injection to upgrade the town’s much-loved skate park. http://dlvr.it/RqCz1Z

Hawks probe Patton over shock lewd pic allegations

Hawthorn star Jonathon Patton is under investigation by the club following allegations of lewd behaviour on social media. http://dlvr.it/RqCTsQ

Inside new crackdown on illegal cannabis industry

Police helicopters are using heat-seeking technology to pinpoint cannabis grow-houses in suburban Melbourne. http://dlvr.it/RqBxwY

Thousands of small businesses cry out for rescue

One in three Victorian small businesses is facing immediate closure prompting calls for immediate government intervention. http://dlvr.it/RqBxrB

Yarra Council in pickle over councillor’s Richmond site

The City of Yarra and one its councillors are caught in a conflict of interest dilemma over plans for a $3m redevelopment on a prime site in Richmond. http://dlvr.it/RqB11t

Fake teacher claims ‘extreme bias’

A Victorian conman who forged documents to work as a teacher claims he was subject to “extreme bias” and wants an appeal over a decision to cancel his teaching registration. http://dlvr.it/Rq8W2m

Fake teacher claims ‘extreme bias’

A Victorian conman who forged documents to work as a teacher claims he was subject to “extreme bias” and wants an appeal over a decision to cancel his teaching registration. http://dlvr.it/Rq7rms

Hot new venues to try this summer

Melbourne’s lockdown wasn’t kind to our city’s hospitality industry. http://dlvr.it/Rq7FMn

New rules for travellers flying into Victoria

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National Cabinet has agreed on a range of new measures for international travellers coming to Australia on a bid to combat the new UK super-virus threat. http://dlvr.it/Rq7FJ9

Testing bungle leaves thousands needlessly isolating

Thousands of Victorians have been forced to needlessly isolate at home after a computer crash plunged the state’s COVID-19 testing system into chaos. http://dlvr.it/Rq6HCq

Why Dan’s wife told him to return to work

Daniel Andrews has returned from leave nearly two weeks early, admitting his wife played a cheeky role in triggering him to cut his time off work short. http://dlvr.it/Rq4mBc

Why Dan’s wife told him to return to work

Daniel Andrews has returned from leave nearly two weeks early, admitting his wife played a cheeky role in triggering him to cut his time off work short. http://dlvr.it/Rq4773

Celeb stylist loses driver’s licence

A prominent Melburnian celebrity stylist is hitting the road on a fancy new scooter after losing his driver’s licence. http://dlvr.it/Rq3TvQ

Celeb stylist loses driver’s licence

A prominent Melburnian celebrity stylist is hitting the road on a fancy new scooter after losing his driver’s licence. http://dlvr.it/Rq3Ts6

Border closure brings holiday town to standstill

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A paddle-steamer sits idle on the Murray River, with eight staff out of work, while Echuca is busy but not bustling like it should be. http://dlvr.it/Rq2XgF

Police probe hit-run after victim left for dead

A Melbourne grandfather left for dead after being struck by a hit-run driver on New Year’s Day has woken from an induced coma. http://dlvr.it/Rq14FM

Residents fight city’s plans to upgrade Fawkner Park

Residents near an inner-city park are fighting a City of Melbourne proposal to remove some lawn for a new sports area. http://dlvr.it/Rq0SKG

Positive case may have picked up virus at Boxing Day Test

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The MCG and Chadstone shopping centre have been listed as a possible coronavirus acquisition site after a positive case attended day two of the Boxing Day Test and Boxing Day sales. http://dlvr.it/RpznFX

F1 postponement speculation mounts

Tourism operators are holding hope for a date to be set for Melbourne’s Formula 1 Grand Prix amid mounting speculation it will be postponed. http://dlvr.it/RpznF9

How revolutionary gel could wind back skin’s clock