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Euthanasia: Victoria becomes the first Australian state to legalise ... - ABC Online

Martin Pakula, Jill Hennessy and Daniel Andrews address the media outside Parliament.

Victoria has become the first state in the country to legalise assisted dying for the terminally ill, with MPs voting to give patients the right to request a lethal drug to end their lives from mid-2019.

After more than 100 hours of debate across both houses of Parliament and two demanding all-night sittings, Lower House MPs ratified the Andrews Government's amended bill.

External Link: Factcheck tweet: Assisted dying laws have been debated in the NSW & Vic parls this week. Here's Del Irani with the facts on the 'slippery slope'

The bill will now go to the Governor for royal assent.

Premier Daniel Andrews, who came to support euthanasia after the death of his father last year, said it was an historic day.

"This is a day of reform, a day of compassion, a day of giving...


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Euthanasia: Victoria becomes the first Australian state to legalise ... - ABC Online

Martin Pakula, Jill Hennessy and Daniel Andrews address the media outside Parliament.

Victoria has become the first state in the country to legalise assisted dying for the terminally ill, with MPs voting to give patients the right to request a lethal drug to end their lives from mid-2019.

After more than 100 hours of debate across both houses of Parliament and two demanding all-night sittings, Lower House MPs ratified the Andrews Government's amended bill.

External Link: Factcheck tweet: Assisted dying laws have been debated in the NSW & Vic parls this week. Here's Del Irani with the facts on the 'slippery slope'

The bill will now go to the Governor for royal assent.

Premier Daniel Andrews, who came to support euthanasia after the death of his father last year, said it was an historic day.

"This is a day of reform, a day of compassion, a day of giving...


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Victoria weather: Why south-east Australia is receiving a tropical deluge - ABC Online

Map of Australia with showing 200-300mm of rain expected on the vic/nsw border
Related Story: How bad will Victoria's wild weekend weather be? A 10 out of 10, says BOM
Related Story: 'Unprecedented' thunderstorms, flash flooding on way for Victoria, BOM warns

South-east Australia is receiving a tropical downpour. It is part of the same extraordinary weather system that has brought heatwaves from Melbourne to Hobart and cool, wet weather in Queensland.

Three weeks ago a high pressure system settled between Australia and New Zealand.

Normally high pressure systems clear within the week, but forecasters such as the Bureau of Meteorology's Dr Blair Trewin watched in amazement as the system refused to budge.

"It is very unusual to have such a blocked situation, particularly in spring. It is something you see more often in...


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Read more: Victoria weather: Why south-east Australia is receiving a tropical deluge - ABC Online

Victoria weather: Why south-east Australia is receiving a tropical deluge - ABC Online

Map of Australia with showing 200-300mm of rain expected on the vic/nsw border
Related Story: How bad will Victoria's wild weekend weather be? A 10 out of 10, says BOM
Related Story: 'Unprecedented' thunderstorms, flash flooding on way for Victoria, BOM warns

South-east Australia is receiving a tropical downpour. It is part of the same extraordinary weather system that has brought heatwaves from Melbourne to Hobart and cool, wet weather in Queensland.

Three weeks ago a high pressure system settled between Australia and New Zealand.

Normally high pressure systems clear within the week, but forecasters such as the Bureau of Meteorology's Dr Blair Trewin watched in amazement as the system refused to budge.

"It is very unusual to have such a blocked situation, particularly in spring. It is something you see more often in...


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Western Australia openers lead fightback against Victoria in Sheffield Shield - The Sydney Morning Herald

Western Australia trail Victoria by 121 runs at stumps on day three of their Sheffield Shield clash after openers Jonathan Wells and Will Bosisto led a late fightback.

The Bushrangers enjoyed a good day with the bat at the MCG, posting a first-innings total of 450 in reply to the visitors' 243 to lead by an imposing 207 runs.

WA's Will Bosisto. WA's Will Bosisto. Photo: AAP

WA opened their second innings after tea with Wells (46 not out) and Bosisto (38no) progressing the score to 0-86 at the close of play.

Earlier, a gutsy knock from Victoria wicketkeeper Seb Gotch helped the home side to a commanding position after they had resumed at 4-247.

Gotch was closing on a maiden first-class century when he spooned a leading edge to Marcus Stoinis off the bowling of Ashton Agar on 98.

The Warriors were frustrated by a ninth-wicket partnership of 98 between Gotch and Scott Boland, who was unbeaten on 29 from...


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Western Australia openers lead fightback against Victoria in Sheffield Shield - The Sydney Morning Herald

Western Australia trail Victoria by 121 runs at stumps on day three of their Sheffield Shield clash after openers Jonathan Wells and Will Bosisto led a late fightback.

The Bushrangers enjoyed a good day with the bat at the MCG, posting a first-innings total of 450 in reply to the visitors' 243 to lead by an imposing 207 runs.

WA's Will Bosisto. WA's Will Bosisto. Photo: AAP

WA opened their second innings after tea with Wells (46 not out) and Bosisto (38no) progressing the score to 0-86 at the close of play.

Earlier, a gutsy knock from Victoria wicketkeeper Seb Gotch helped the home side to a commanding position after they had resumed at 4-247.

Gotch was closing on a maiden first-class century when he spooned a leading edge to Marcus Stoinis off the bowling of Ashton Agar on 98.

The Warriors were frustrated by a ninth-wicket partnership of 98 between Gotch and Scott Boland, who was unbeaten on 29 from...


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Victoria is sending right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos a $50000 bill for the police dealing with protests at his talk - Business Insider Australia

Right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos is facing a bill of more than $50,000 for 300 police turning up to deal with protests during a speaking engagement in Melbourne this week.

His talk at the Melbourne Pavilion on Monday night saw around 500 protestors and 50 right-wing supporters clash. Riot police intervened, charging the crowd when violence broke out and using capsicum spray. Five police officers were injured when rocks and bottles were thrown at them. Two people were arrested.

Victorian police minister Lisa Neville told Melbourne’s 3AW last night that “they will certainly be getting a bill for it”.

“There is a definable cost to this, Victoria Police have some costings per officer, depending on the seniority officers,” she said.

The controversial British commentator has been on a commercial speaking tour in Australia, and it’s standard procedure for police to bill organisers...


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Victoria is sending right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos a $50000 bill for the police dealing with protests at his talk - Business Insider Australia

Right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos is facing a bill of more than $50,000 for 300 police turning up to deal with protests during a speaking engagement in Melbourne this week.

His talk at the Melbourne Pavilion on Monday night saw around 500 protestors and 50 right-wing supporters clash. Riot police intervened, charging the crowd when violence broke out and using capsicum spray. Five police officers were injured when rocks and bottles were thrown at them. Two people were arrested.

Victorian police minister Lisa Neville told Melbourne’s 3AW last night that “they will certainly be getting a bill for it”.

“There is a definable cost to this, Victoria Police have some costings per officer, depending on the seniority officers,” she said.

The controversial British commentator has been on a commercial speaking tour in Australia, and it’s standard procedure for police to bill organisers...


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Tel Aviv or Jerusalem? Victorian political leaders make the issue their business - ABC Online

While US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital has heightened international tensions, the location of the Jewish state's capital has also triggered a slanging match between the Victorian Labor Government and the Coalition Opposition.

Last week Matthew Guy's Opposition pledged that if he won next year's election his government would open a Victorian trade office in Jerusalem.

But on Wednesday, Premier Daniel Andrews, who is visiting Israel, opened a trade office in Tel Aviv, the country's tech and commercial hub.

"Tel Aviv is the biggest innovation hub outside of the United States and is the economic powerhouse of Israel — there is no better place for Victoria to do business," Mr Andrews said.

Mr Guy said it was important that Victoria recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital city.

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Tel Aviv or Jerusalem? Victorian political leaders make the issue their business - ABC Online

While US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital has heightened international tensions, the location of the Jewish state's capital has also triggered a slanging match between the Victorian Labor Government and the Coalition Opposition.

Last week Matthew Guy's Opposition pledged that if he won next year's election his government would open a Victorian trade office in Jerusalem.

But on Wednesday, Premier Daniel Andrews, who is visiting Israel, opened a trade office in Tel Aviv, the country's tech and commercial hub.

"Tel Aviv is the biggest innovation hub outside of the United States and is the economic powerhouse of Israel — there is no better place for Victoria to do business," Mr Andrews said.

Mr Guy said it was important that Victoria recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital city.

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'Nobody else in Australia can do that' - Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 04: Mitchell Marsh of Western Australia appeals unsuccessfully during day two of the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Western Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 04: Mitchell Marsh of Western Australia appeals unsuccessfully during day two of the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Western Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

AUSTRALA'S puzzling decision to recall Mitchell Marsh for the third Test has been met with mixed reviews to say the least.

The 26-year-old, who was dropped during Australia's tour of India this year, replaced Redbacks paceman Chadd Sayers in the squad for the WACA Test as Australia guns to seal the Ashes before Christmas.

The decision to recall Marsh, who registers a 21.74 average with the bat from 21 matches, to the order over Victorian firebrand Glenn Maxwell has left fans and former greats scratching their heads.

Maxwell has performed out of his skin for the Bushrangers after being denied a...


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'Nobody else in Australia can do that' - Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 04: Mitchell Marsh of Western Australia appeals unsuccessfully during day two of the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Western Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 04: Mitchell Marsh of Western Australia appeals unsuccessfully during day two of the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Western Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

AUSTRALA'S puzzling decision to recall Mitchell Marsh for the third Test has been met with mixed reviews to say the least.

The 26-year-old, who was dropped during Australia's tour of India this year, replaced Redbacks paceman Chadd Sayers in the squad for the WACA Test as Australia guns to seal the Ashes before Christmas.

The decision to recall Marsh, who registers a 21.74 average with the bat from 21 matches, to the order over Victorian firebrand Glenn Maxwell has left fans and former greats scratching their heads.

Maxwell has performed out of his skin for the Bushrangers after being denied a...


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Read more: 'Nobody else in Australia can do that' - Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

EXCLUSIVE: Police investigating match-fixing in game involving Melbourne City - SBS - The World Game

Victoria Police have confirmed they are investigating a possible case of match-fixing in the National Premier Leagues, believed to centre on a game involving Melbourne City’s youth team.

The World Game has been told the match under suspicion occurred in last year’s National Premier Leagues Victoria 2, the competition in which Melbourne City’s Under 20 team finished third.

There is nothing to suggest Melbourne City, its coaches, players or anyone from the club is involved in the alleged incident.

However, it is understood the coach of a rival team has been questioned by police, with claims several of his players have been arrested.

A Victoria Police spokesperson said: “Detectives from the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit and Crime Command are investigating allegations of match fixing.

“The investigation into the matter, which relates to a sporting event in Victoria last year,...


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EXCLUSIVE: Police investigating match-fixing in game involving Melbourne City - SBS - The World Game

Victoria Police have confirmed they are investigating a possible case of match-fixing in the National Premier Leagues, believed to centre on a game involving Melbourne City’s youth team.

The World Game has been told the match under suspicion occurred in last year’s National Premier Leagues Victoria 2, the competition in which Melbourne City’s Under 20 team finished third.

There is nothing to suggest Melbourne City, its coaches, players or anyone from the club is involved in the alleged incident.

However, it is understood the coach of a rival team has been questioned by police, with claims several of his players have been arrested.

A Victoria Police spokesperson said: “Detectives from the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit and Crime Command are investigating allegations of match fixing.

“The investigation into the matter, which relates to a sporting event in Victoria last year,...


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Read more: EXCLUSIVE: Police investigating match-fixing in game involving Melbourne City - SBS - The World Game

Victoria weather: Flash floods hit Melbourne as storm moves across Victoria - ABC Online

Senior forecaster James Taylor warns of record-breaking rainfall across Victoria
Related Story: How bad will Victoria's wild weekend weather be? A 10 out of 10, says BOM

Victorians have been told to brace for more rain overnight, particularly in the north-east, after parts of Melbourne experienced flash flooding from heavy thunderstorms which are moving across the state.

Victoria's Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley, said about 30 millimetres of rain had fallen in Melbourne, about half the December average in one day.

Mr Lapsley said more rain was forecast in Melbourne overnight, with another 30-40mm expected.

"I suppose many people would say it hasn't been consistent rain hour-upon-hour, but it has been rain that has … in some cases been very isolated, very direct, significant downfalls," he said.

He said Victorians should...


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Vic council cracks down on dog poo pick up - NEWS.com.au

A Melbourne council's "number one" priority is cracking down on dog walkers who don't carry plastic bags to pick up their pooches' number twos.

Unprepared owners face a $200 fine for walking pets with no poo-bag on hand, with council officers in southeast Melbourne empowered to approach and question potential offenders.

Residents of suburban Berwick, Cranbourne, Narre Warren and Hallam could also be fined $500, up $300 from the previous penalty, if they fail to bin doggy business.

"The onus is clearly put back on the people who own dogs to do the right thing," City of Casey Mayor Geoff Ablett told ABC radio on Wednesday.

"For those who don't, you could end up copping a harsh fine."

The council revised its animal waste penalties in late November after complaints from "fed up" ratepayers, Mr Ablett said.

"This has been the number one priority, from the animal management side of things,...


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Victoria weather: Flash floods hit Melbourne as storm moves across Victoria - ABC Online

Senior forecaster James Taylor warns of record-breaking rainfall across Victoria
Related Story: How bad will Victoria's wild weekend weather be? A 10 out of 10, says BOM

Victorians have been told to brace for more rain overnight, particularly in the north-east, after parts of Melbourne experienced flash flooding from heavy thunderstorms which are moving across the state.

Victoria's Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley, said about 30 millimetres of rain had fallen in Melbourne, about half the December average in one day.

Mr Lapsley said more rain was forecast in Melbourne overnight, with another 30-40mm expected.

"I suppose many people would say it hasn't been consistent rain hour-upon-hour, but it has been rain that has … in some cases been very isolated, very direct, significant downfalls," he said.

He said Victorians should...


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Read more: Victoria weather: Flash floods hit Melbourne as storm moves across Victoria - ABC Online

Vic council cracks down on dog poo pick up - NEWS.com.au

A Melbourne council's "number one" priority is cracking down on dog walkers who don't carry plastic bags to pick up their pooches' number twos.

Unprepared owners face a $200 fine for walking pets with no poo-bag on hand, with council officers in southeast Melbourne empowered to approach and question potential offenders.

Residents of suburban Berwick, Cranbourne, Narre Warren and Hallam could also be fined $500, up $300 from the previous penalty, if they fail to bin doggy business.

"The onus is clearly put back on the people who own dogs to do the right thing," City of Casey Mayor Geoff Ablett told ABC radio on Wednesday.

"For those who don't, you could end up copping a harsh fine."

The council revised its animal waste penalties in late November after complaints from "fed up" ratepayers, Mr Ablett said.

"This has been the number one priority, from the animal management side of things,...


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Pain remains 30 years after Vic massacre - 9News - 9news.com.au

Bernard Sharp was cooking dinner when his son Peter came into the kitchen to say there'd been a shooting at his mum's office at Melbourne's GPO building.

Peter, 14, heard the news report but thought his mum would be safe as she worked on the upper levels of the city's Australia Post office.

But Marianne Van Ewyk had been shot dead that day, along with seven others in the Queen Street massacre on December 8, 1987.

"He said, 'There's a shooting in Queen Street, but mum will be alright, she's up on the 11th floor'," Mr Sharp recalled Friday, the 30th anniversary of the shooting.

"We thought she'd be safe. But it wasn't to be."

Frank Vitkovic shot eight people before committing suicide. (9News)Frank Vitkovic shot eight people before committing suicide. (9News)

Ms Van Ewyk was two weeks away from reaching 20 years of service at Australia Post when she was killed aged 38.

She was set to resign after the milestone and the family was to move to Mildura,...


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Vic council cracks down on dog poo pick up - NEWS.com.au

A Melbourne council's "number one" priority is cracking down on dog walkers who don't carry plastic bags to pick up their pooches' number twos.

Unprepared owners face a $200 fine for walking pets with no poo-bag on hand, with council officers in southeast Melbourne empowered to approach and question potential offenders.

Residents of suburban Berwick, Cranbourne, Narre Warren and Hallam could also be fined $500, up $300 from the previous penalty, if they fail to bin doggy business.

"The onus is clearly put back on the people who own dogs to do the right thing," City of Casey Mayor Geoff Ablett told ABC radio on Wednesday.

"For those who don't, you could end up copping a harsh fine."

The council revised its animal waste penalties in late November after complaints from "fed up" ratepayers, Mr Ablett said.

"This has been the number one priority, from the animal management side of things,...


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