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  • Total fire ban declared for parts of Vic

    1 February 2014 7:54 PM 14

    A total fire ban has been declared for parts of Victoria as temperatures soar to the mid-40s. The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has declared the ban on Sunday for the central, north central and south west districts. The CFA is also advising people living in areas at risk of fire to activate their bushfire plans. A number of advice warnings are in place

  • Zoo's new Vic elephant Man Jai

    1 February 2014 4:00 PM 41

    Melbourne Zoo's boisterous new baby elephant has plenty to trumpet about - he has a new name. Born at an impressive 131kg, Man Jai joins mother Dokkoon and big sister Mali at the zoo. Other possible options for the lively zoo addition included Sai, meaning tropical tree or Look Nam, which means "likes water". This is the fourth birth at Melbourne Zoo since

  • Ted Baillieu has kind words for embattled Speaker Ken Smith

    1 February 2014 3:06 PM 26

    Former premier Ted Baillieu has broken his long silence and praised the embattled Speaker, Ken Smith, who is under growing pressure to stand down when State Parliament resumes this week. Mr Baillieu said he thought Mr Smith had ''done a good job'' but refused to be drawn on whether he should remain Speaker after losing the confidence of the majority

  • Woman killed in Docklands crash

    1 February 2014 8:25 AM 28

    A WOMAN has been killed in a fatal crash in Melbourne's Docklands precinct. Police believe a white Toyota Landcruiser was travelling north along Footscray Rd when it collided with a black Toyota Yaris sedan turning right into Waterfront Way just after 10am. The 29-year-old driver of the Landcruiser, from Sunshine, is speaking with police. The intersection

  • Man charged after Noble Park death

    1 February 2014 3:49 AM 23

    Updated: 14:46, Saturday February 1, 2014 A man has been charged after a body was discovered in a home in Melbourne's southeast. The body of a 69-year-old man was found inside the Noble Park home before 4am on Thursday (AEDT). He had called police moments before he died, saying he had been attacked in his home. A 40-year-old man has been charged with one count

  • Griffith by-election: Bill Glasson's campaign to win Kevin Rudd's former seat launched by Tony Abbott in Brisbane

    1 February 2014 1:57 AM 38

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has launched Bill Glasson's campaign to win the federal seat of Griffith, which has been vacated by former prime minister Kevin Rudd. Dr Glasson, an ophthalmologist and former president of the Australian Medical Association, was defeated by Mr Rudd in last year's election. However, the Liberal National Party candidate did manage

  • Woman chains herself to WA fisheries boat as shark catch-and-kill protests ramp up

    1 February 2014 12:49 AM 44

    A female activist has chained herself to a fisheries boat as activists ramp up their protest against the West Australian Government's shark catch-and-kill policy today. Protesters are expected to gather at several sites across Australia today, including a major rally on Perth's Cottelsoe beach, to protest against the State Government's controversial

  • Monika Chetty dies in hospital a month after being found with burns to 80pc of face and body

    1 February 2014 12:09 AM 27

    A woman who was found with serious burns in western Sydney last month has died in hospital. Monika Chetty was found in bushland at West Hoxton with horrific burns to 80 per cent of her face and body. The 39-year-old told police a man had thrown chemicals at her in Liverpool sometime before New Year's Eve. She was taken to Concord Hospital in a critical

  • NSW police want lock out zones expanded

    31 January 2014 10:32 PM 42

    Updated: 10:36, Saturday February 1, 2014 Police in NSW want to see an expansion to other problem areas of trading restrictions implemented in Sydney to combat alcohol and drug violence. NSW Police Association vice-president Patrick Gooley said the trading crackdown, including 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks, should also be introduced in Byron Bay and Parramatta

  • Swear at your peril in Australia

    31 January 2014 9:48 PM 20

    Mr Abbott's government revealed in December that asylum seekers who arrive by boat and are in Australia on temporary visas would have to sign a new code of conduct that bans harassment, bullying and disruptive behaviour. Now a leaked set of rules spells out the precise requirements for asylum seekers, saying they must not "irritate" people, "disturb