Showing posts from April, 2021

I may be fifty shades of grey but I’m young at heart

I turned 50 the other week and got a present from the federal government.

Garage sales a victim of ‘crazy’ covid rules

A ban on garage sales because of coronavirus fears has been derided as “crazy” and most people are unaware the rule even exists.

What Brittany will ask the PM

Alleged rape victim Brittany Higgins says she had an “difficult” conversation with the Prime Minister on Friday where she called for reforms to the way sexual assault complaints are handled in parliament.

Wild car chase ends in tram stop crash

Three people have been arrested after a wild police pursuit ended in an alleged stolen car crashing into a tram stop.

Daughter of late tycoon blasts police response to rape claim

The eldest daughter of late ­retail tycoon John Ilhan claims her alleged sexual assault case was mishandled by Victoria Police.

Why Pfizer vaccines are being tossed in the bin

Precious doses of Pfizer vaccines are still being wasted under the federal government’s rollout, with issues remaining in delivery and storage of the valuable vials.

Government congratulated for axing Belt and Road deal

The Victorian Parliament has bizarrely congratulated the federal government for ripping up the state’s Belt and Road deal, with Labor MPs choosing not to vote against a motion attacking the agreement.

Our government failing citizens in time of crisis

Being an Australian citizen should mean something.

Traffic chaos after truck fire

A truck carrying scrap metal has caught fire on the Monash Freeway causing peak hour traffic chaos on Thursday morning.

Why this man was ‘most important Aussie that ever lived’

GEORGE “Chinese” Morrison was renowned as an Australian adventurer, journalist, secret agent – and eventually chief adviser to the president of China during World War I.

Why few will seek the truth in ‘Stolen Generations’ story

W changed? Two decades ago, lawyers signed up 700 Aborigines in the Northern Territory who claimed they’d been stolen from their parents.

State government to name quarantine facility site

The state government is set to announce the chosen site for its purpose built quarantine facility as early as Thursday.

Six seconds from death at Port Arthur

In the moment when someone stands over you with a loaded gun, and you are smeared in the blood and body matter of your dead friends, the rest of your life gets rewritten in ways beyond your control.

Toilet paper truck fire damage revealed

A truck transporting toilet paper caught fire causing peak-hour chaos on the Western Freeway on Wednesday morning.

Housing plan pushed to lure migrants to ailing CBD

The state government has been urged to buy vacant inner-city apartments for affordable housing and attract more corporate headquarters to Melbourne in a bid to revitalise the CBD.

We should be refuge for those fleeing China’s tyranny

China is the biggest threat facing the free world and war with the superpower may be inevitable. That is the sobering assessment of Home Affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo who, while not naming China, made it clear we must brace for war and prepare to send “our warriors to fight”.

Crown casino slapped with $1m fine

Crown Melbourne will be forced to cough up $1 million for breaching junket regulations following an investigation from the state’s gambing regulator.

Accused killer teen to be assessed

Lawyers are considering a mental impairment defence for a teen accused of killing a Narre Warren South mum in a stabbing spree.

Canadians snap up Victorian fruit orchards

A Canadian pension fund has made a multimillion-dollar investment in 500 hectares of fruit orchards in Victoria.

Construction key as Victoria struggles back from COVID

Victoria is tied in equal last place for annual economic growth in that latest quarter among Australia’s states, a new report shows.

Unfairly painting all boys as rapists is alienating them

Most perpetrators of violence are males, but of course this doesn’t mean most males are violent.

Traffic hits worrying milestone in suburbs

Key arterial roads outside the CBD are facing the biggest traffic pinch, with some popular suburban routes experiencing higher gridlock than pre-pandemic levels.

Brett’s back and flashing his tatts

Baz tipped it, the tattoo was shown, and the crowd went wild. The social media crowd that is, for what that’s worth.

Brett’s back and flashing his tatts

Baz tipped it, the tattoo was shown, and the crowd went wild. The social media crowd that is, for what that’s worth.

Why women retire with less super than men

Victorian women are typically retiring with $66,200 less superannuation than men, prompting calls for the government to act to fix the inequity at the May budget.

Metro Trains to cut jobs despite Covid aid

A Melbourne train operator is considering redundancies despite receiving tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer money to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

Taps to be replaced as lead limit in water slashed

Building authorities have recommended more than $2 billion worth of household taps and other plumbing products be replaced to reduce lead poisoning risks, particularly for infants.

India COVID panic shows lack of faith in quarantine

Across the world, governments have rushed to ban travel to and from India.

How Melbourne’s CBD is still struggling post-lockdown

Workers are returning to CBD offices but Melbourne is still ­lagging behind Sydney and Brisbane in its post-coronavirus recovery.

Morrison on track to sign UK trade deal

Scott Morrison and Boris Johnson are expected to sign a free-trade agreement between Australia and Britain when the Prime Minister visits the UK in June after a breakthrough in talks between Trade Minister Dan Tehan and his British counterpart in London.

Meet the suburban police busting drug gangs

A modest suburban unit is the small police office that punches way above its weight.

Stitch-ups creating a second-rate government

Right now, at this time in the election cycle with the next federal campaign less than 12 months away, the selection of candidates by the major parties are being finalised.

‘It was like an explosion, it echoed everywhere’

LATEST, 4.45pm: Targa Australia CEO Mark Perry said the past two days had been a tragic time.

I’ll never forget my first taste of celebrity’s tawdry underbelly

You always remember your first taste of celebrity.

Lockdown protesters don’t agree on what they’re fighting against

Anti-lockdown protesters, slammed for emailing “personal attacks” to lawyers in their Supreme Court battle, no longer agree on what they’re fighting against.

Patient waited hours for ambulance before death

A woman has died while waiting six hours for paramedics, as Victoria’s growing ambulance delays escalate into a crisis.

Is the world ready for ‘kooky’ King Charles?

As the global outbreak of mourning for Prince Philip has shown, there’s a lot of support for Queen Elizabeth the Second.

Anger, confusion over offices’ social distancing rules

Confusion reigns over whether businesses must keep staff 1.5m apart, with the state government contradicting its own website’s advice on Thursday.

Victorian man tests positive in COVID shock

A Victorian man has tested positive to COVID-19 after picking up the virus in Perth hotel quarantine, bringing Melbourne’s run of community transmission to an end.

Anger, confusion over offices’ social distancing rules

Confusion reigns over whether businesses must keep staff 1.5m apart, with the state government contradicting its own website’s advice on Thursday.

Junk food vouchers could soon be thing of past

Kids in five Victorian council areas will no longer be rewarded for kicking well or running fast with a junk food voucher.

Anzac Day: Is it a day off, what’s open in Melbourne?

As the nation prepares to pause this Sunday to reflect the 106th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, here’s everything you need to know about Anzac Day in Victoria.

Watch the Dawn Service from the Shrine

Traditional Anzac Day commemorations - from the Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance to local event across Victoria - return for 2021 but will be different from previous years.

Sutton reveals how he‘s feeling after jab

Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton has revealed how he’s feeling a day after receiving the AstraZeneca jab at a mass COVID-19 vaccination hub in Melbourne.

Australia tops global uni rankings: See how yours rates

Clean and green Australian universities lead the world in environmental research and campaigns, a new global report card reveals.

Syringe shortage could mean wasted Pfizer vaccine

Australia has received fewer than two million syringes that would enable doctors and nurses to extract the maximum number of doses from the Pfizer vials.

How court backlog crisis will be fixed

Victoria’s courts have been given the all clear to scrap any social distancing requirements, in a move expected to clear the massive backlog of cases.

Dying mother saves unborn baby

A devastated father has told the tragic story of how his pregnant wife used her final seconds to save their unborn daughter.

How routine bank drop ended in murder

From his office window overlooking Little Lonsdale Street, Mr W Carner watched £1800 – about $160,000 in today’s money – walk out the door.

PM unveils plan to slash emissions

Scott Morrison will pump more than half a billion dollars into hydrogen and carbon capture projects to bolster his climate credentials ahead of Joe Biden’s crucial leaders summit this week.

Push for cheaper childcare to help get women into jobs

Taxpayers should fund 95 per cent of the cost of childcare for low-income parents to boost the number of women in the workforce, early childhood groups say.

Bomb scare at Royal Melbourne Hospital

Police are responding to a bomb scare at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Bushfire hero’s $118m drug plane plot

A great-grandfather who received a bravery medal for his courage in fighting the Black Saturday bushfires has been jailed for at least eight years for his role in an sophisticated international drug importation plot.

Why mega fan ‘Catman’ is retiring

Colourful Cats footy fan Troy “Catman” West has hung up his make-up and his blue and white costumes, citing online hate as one of the factors for his decision.

New plan to track Victoria’s project blowout costs

The massive costs of Victoria’s biggest infrastructure pipeline will be published by Victoria’s financial watchdog in a bid to keep track of $80bn worth of projects.

Unannounced vets could still march on Anzac Day

Veterans who turn up unannounced for Melbourne’s Anzac Day parade could be allowed to march.

Meet Australia’s veteran farmers

These veterans who have toiled on farms and in the ag industry have hundreds of years of knowledge and experience between them spanning generations.

High-profile killer found dead in jail

A high-profile murderer has been found dead inside a maximum-security prison in Melbourne, sparking a homicide investigation.

Remarkable 10-year change to city skyline

Melbourne has doubled its number of skyscrapers taller than 150m in a decade of extraordinary growth that added 34 towers to our skyline.

Backlog of court cases a political nightmare for state govt

The backlog of court cases plaguing Victoria’s criminal justice system is turning into a political nightmare for the state government.

Ex-Cats star spent an hour in agony while waiting for ambo

Former Cats player Josh Cowan lay in agony in the middle of Daylesford’s football oval with a trainer holding his leg – broken in two places – for at least an hour, despite a paramedic being available five minutes from the ground, his football club alleges.

Train station merger leaves Surrey Hills locals furious

The Andrews government has been accused of poor planning and failing to properly consult locals over a controversial plan to remove two level crossings in the city’s east.

Victoria to resume AstraZeneca jab rollout

The rollout of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to people under 50 will resume in Victoria after it was paused.

Six teens arrested after pursuit

Six teenagers have been arrested after a police chase involving an allegedly stolen Mercedes in Melbourne’s south east.

Like a mortgage: Aussies are getting ripped off on their health

Opinion: When you crash your car, the insurance covers the full cost of repairs minus your excess but when it comes to health insurance you can’t find a single product that does the same.

Easily offended not cut out to make tough decisions

The announcement on Thursday that Australia’s longest war is finally over — with the last troops home from Afghanistan by mid-year — is naturally welcome.

Cyclist-pedestrian ‘conflict’ heats up

Pedestrians say they should be given priority over cyclists in the proposed revamp of the Southbank Promenade, new research commissioned by the Melbourne city council has found.

Warnie’s story: From cleaner’s son to cricket hero

There haven’t been many sportsmen in their prime more watchable than Shane Warne.

Claim cooked-up council slug ‘plot’ crushed food business

In France, snails are served with garlic butter. But in Dandenong, according to an outraged family and their lawyers and private investigators and a scientific expert, Garlick can accompany a slug. Allegedly.

Horror truth behind Victoria’s road toll

Seatbelts weren’t worn in a third of crash deaths on Victoria’s roads this year as motorists fail to heed even the most basic safety precautions.

Andrew Peacock dies aged 82

Andrew Peacock has died in the United States aged 82.

Aussie antique shop slammed for Hitler collection

An Australian company auctioning off Hitler’s personal items has been slammed by a Melbourne Jewish leader, who fears they will end up in neo-Nazi’s hands.

Half-naked man’s botched theft caught on camera

A shirtless, bumbling crook who tried to steal a car in a brazen daylight robbery in Reservoir in Melbourne’s north had his botched efforts caught on camera.

Why Ch 9’s Magda interview a monumental own goal

What a monumental own goal by Channel Nine.

Every suburb’s house and unit median sale price

Melbourne’s median house sale price has skyrocketed past $1m for the first time.

Tickets all gone for Dawn Service

Tickets for Melbourne’s Anzac Day Dawn Service have been exhausted on the day of their release.

East West Link has become a political punching bag

Britain needed 192 years to build its Channel Tunnel. The project was always going to happen. But there was always a problem. Too costly. Too dangerous.

Melbourne scientist’s stranding in Antarctica leads to epic adventure

KEITH Jack was a man who didn’t know the meaning of the word “quit”.

Abrupt pause in missing campers probe

Detectives probing the baffling year-long case of missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay have abruptly paused their search just hours after they started scouring a completely new area of bushland.

Secret tapes uncover disgraced principal’s betrayal

Fake principal Neil Lennie’s former business partner has demanded to know why authorities allowed the fraudster to continue teaching in his school for years unchecked.

Why Libs are pushing ahead with East West Link revival

A road tunnel between Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway and ­CityLink that was ditched by Premier Daniel Andrews would be resurrected by a ­Coalition government.

Why maths curriculum could soon be overhauled

Leading experts are calling for a maths curriculum overhaul, with a major review set to focus on fixing declining academic results.

Curse of fate in Eastern Freeway horror

The sequence of events ended with catastrophic consequences on the Eastern Freeway.

Major twist in missing campers case

A year-long search for missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay has taken another turn with police moving their search to the Mount Hotham area.

Trailblazing concussion test to protect young footballers

Thousands of junior footballers will have their brains scanned in a new bid to stamp out concussion and serious head injuries.

Greens accused of hypocrisy for accepting donations

The Greens have been accused of hypocrisy for accepting donations from a developer in alleged contravention of the party’s policy.

Serious concerns for missing camper

A search is under way for a NSW camper who has been missing in Victoria since Saturday, with police holding serious concerns for his welfare.

How murder clues sank with a body in the bay

In a way, it made sense that Caroline Scully should want to run away.

Serious concerns for missing camper

A search is under way for a NSW camper who has been missing in Victoria since Saturday, with police holding serious concerns for his welfare.

Radical move could leave sex offenders unchecked

Rapists and other sex offenders could live free and unchecked under a radical proposal by Victorian judges.

Club song furore shows nothing is safe from cancel culture

Now they want to cancel the Carlton theme song for, you guessed it … racism!

Shareena Clanton slams online trolls after Neighbours claims

Shareena Clanton has called out the backlash and disgusting online bullying she’s received since coming forward with bombshell claims of racism on Neighbours.

Defence force gives AFLW Pies ‘elite’ edge

A unique partnership has been forged between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and AFLW (Australian Football League Women’s Competition) to get the best from their people on two different battlefields.

Woman stabbed in horror carjacking: cops

Police are on the hunt for a man who allegedly held a woman at knifepoint before stabbing her in the hand and dragging her along a road in a horror carjacking in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs last month.

‘Lifesaving’ program banishes abusers from family homes

Domestic abusers are being put up in hotels across Victoria in a nation-first program holding men to account, instead of forcing victims to flee their homes.

Leishman’s cheeky beer vow amid US masters showdown

Australian golfer Marc Leishman says he will give away free beer if he can pull off one of his greatest victories.

Victorians spending $4m a day on meth

Victorians are spending an average of $4m a day on ice as it cements its place as the state’s most consumed illicit drug.

Icy weather brings early winter to Vic

Autumn snow has fallen in parts of Victoria and rainfall has dampened the school holidays, as a cold front moves across southeastern Australia.

‘What do you mean?‘: Philip liked an argument

I count myself lucky to have known Prince Philip since 1996.

We owe it to Port Arthur’s victims to keep gun laws tight

Opinion: In 1996, politicians from across Australia showed real leadership, and committed to the National Firearms Agreement, a 10-point plan to strip semiautomatic and self-loading firearms out of the community.

‘Never retreat’: Spirit still shines for last Rats of Tobruk

They’re the surviving seven from a 14,000-strong army who withstood an onslaught of evil. Victoria’s Rats of Tobruk were born in the shadow of the Anzacs but forged their own legend in an eight-month siege which began 80 years ago.

Unlike Harry, Philip put duty first

We lost more than just a man with the death of Prince Philip.

Comancheros show force in dramatic bikie ride

Hundreds of bikies from one of Australia’s most powerful outlawed motorcycle gangs have drawn attention during an organised run through Melbourne’s outer suburbs.

The ‘Wellness Warrior’ influencers spreading dangerous lies

500 childcare centres failing safety standards

More than 500 childcare centres and kinders statewide aren’t meeting federal standards of care.

If only we could wave hooroo to bad public art

Cheese sticks you can’t eat. Hotels you can’t stay at. Purses that hold no money.

RSL has lost its muscle over Anzac Day

Anzac Day in 2020 was one of the saddest days of COVID lockdown for millions of Australians.

New tech to catch texting drivers

New road safety technology will be plastered across Victorian roads in a bid to catch out drivers on their phones.

Clots cause for concern, but vaccine a case of risk vs benefit

Planes crash all the time. But plane crashes don’t stop us from boarding planes.

Bee filed a complaint over sexually explicit texts. She says police then gave the man her home address

Bee Banks was left "devastated" when a police officer said her home address had been sent to a man she had made a complaint against. It has sparked an internal investigation.

Man who fled Melbourne in crate searches for accomplices

A welshman who ­narrowly escaped death while attempting to mail himself from Melbourne to London in a wooden crate as air freight is looking for the two mates who helped his crazy plan.

Record-breaking drug importer could walk from jail

Veteran criminal John Higgs – who is serving 18-years jail over his role in a world record ecstasy importation seized on Melbourne’s docks – could be free on bail on Monday.

Polar blast to end warm weather spell

Victoria’s spell of hot weather will come to a dramatic end when a polar blast whips up freezing conditions across the state this weekend.

When Christina waltzed with Banjo and the bushranger

While Christina Macpherson’s name is barely known today, she played a key role in the lives of two vastly different historical figures: Banjo Patterson and Dan “Mad Dog” Morgan.

Shocking double life of disgraced fake principal exposed

A fake headmaster has been ­exposed as a mastermind behind a plan to open a 4000-student, multi-campus elite private school.

‘Dud’ booze buses off the road in wake of fire

Victoria Police booze buses are off the road for a second time after one of the fleet caught fire.

Cops swoop on guns, drug stashes in lab raids

Drugs, guns, bullet-proof vests, a police uniform and gelignite have been seized in a Melbourne raid by clandestine laboratory squad detectives.

The greatest footballers from country Victoria

Some of the finest players to ever grace Australian rules football grounds, from the suburban treasures all the way through to the mecca of the MCG, came from farms and towns in regional and rural Victoria.

Why sex workers are turning away from brothels

Hundreds of sex workers are illegally operating out of high-rise apartments in Melbourne’s CBD.

Government blasted for continuing to chase welfare debts

A federal watchdog has blasted the government for continuing to chase Australians to pay their welfare debts even after it conceded its automated compliance scheme was illegal.

Government blasted for continuing to chase welfare debts

A federal watchdog has blasted the government for continuing to chase Australians to pay their welfare debts even after it conceded its automated compliance scheme was illegal.

Tenants’ $400k sh.t fight over newsagency sewage flood

A sketchy Melbourne landlord who allowed human faeces and water to repeatedly flood an Elsternwick newsagency has been forced to cough up $400,000 in compensation.

Horror death toll on Google’s suggested road

THERE’S little margin for error on southwest Victoria’s Cobden-Stonyford Rd, which has claimed four drivers’ lives and hospitalised five others in the past six years.

Black spot towns in line for mobile fix

Parts of regional Victoria will have better mobile phone coverage under a state government plan to fix reception black spots.

The future of Melbourne’s public housing

A new model for social housing that moves away from high rise towers to accommodate families in low rise apartments will on Tuesday be announced by the State Government.

Calls to sideline ‘dud’ booze buses amid fire probe

There are calls for Victoria Police’s trouble-plagued booze buses to again be taken off the roads, after fire tore through a bus on Easter Sunday.

Pizza is better than Easter eggs

I feel a bit guilty. I promised my partner Jack an Easter egg hunt and didn’t deliver. Easter and all that accompanies it is a non-event in our house anyway. It’s usually the middle weekend of the Melbourne comedy festival, by which point my voice is starting to go and my liver is like the engine in a 1978 Toyota Lancer.

‘He was dead before we cut him up’

After finishing his dinner about 7pm on a May evening in 1954, young Donald Maxfield told his father he was going to the pictures and left the house.

Clever police tactic crippling crime gangs

Police are turning up the heat on organised crime gangs, grabbing 100 cars a year and properties at a rate of one a week in a blitz on their assets.

How to secure a spot in this year’s Anzac march