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Premier to be transferred to Alfred trauma unit after ‘nasty fall’

Daniel Andrews, who broke several ribs and damaged vertebrae in a fall at a holiday home on the Mornington Peninsula is to be transferred from a private hospital near Frankston to The Alfred trauma centre.

No Andrews at the helm: How would the state government fare?

Illustration: Dionne Gain

Strong leaders stamp their mark on a government, so it would be wise for Labor to start succession planning.

Shaun Carney
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Melbourne University academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert was freed after 804 days in captivity.

Confined alone in a two-by-two metre box, Kylie Moore-Gilbert nearly broke

In her first criticism of the government’s approach to freeing her from detention in Iran, the Australian academic says there’s ‘no way’ she would have got 10 years’ jail if her ordeal had been made public.

PM’s office called lawyer to thank him for advising Christian Porter over rape allegation

The involvement of prominent law firm MinterEllison in advising Attorney-General Christian Porter has caused deep divisions and has potentially damaging financial consequences.

The first person in Australia to receive the Pfizer dose was Jane Malysiak.

Fear of flu resurgence drives call for under-70s to get early shot

Australians aged under 70 are being urged to get their flu shot as soon as it is available, while older people should wait until after they receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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The British royals are not racist, Meghan’s father Thomas says

Thomas Markle says he does not believe the British royal family is racist.

Thomas Markle said he did not think the British royal family was racist after the Duchess of Sussex accused a royal family member of expressing concerns about her child’s skin tone.

Oprah interview ‘disappointing’ but won’t harm monarchy, royalists say

Oprah interview ‘disappointing’ but won’t harm monarchy, royalists say

The reign of the Queen and her heirs is too secure for Harry and Meghan’s allegations to affect them, say Victorian admirers of the monarchy.

As Meghan and Prince Harry fled, they found an unlikely saviour

‘Who’s playing Tyler Perry in The Crown season 8?’ one person asked on Twitter.

‘The devil’s trumpet’: When the synth geek met the Town Hall’s grand organ

Composer and synth geek Ehsan Gelsi with his treasured Moog System 55.

Ehsan Gelsi, composer and collector of retro synthesisers, was given the chance to compose for Melbourne Town Hall’s massive pipe organ.

Out with the wear-once meringue dress, in with modern bridal fashion

Rixo Bridal Collection, which debut at London Fashion Week in 2021.

Last year, an estimated 15 million weddings were postponed globally prompting many women to embrace smaller ceremonies and look to the runway for bridal style inspiration.

Greensill collapse sparks Australia contagion fears as unions eye steel jobs

Lex Greensill and Sanjeev Gupta are both at the centre of the collapse of Greensill and the knock on effects.

There are concerns thousands of local steel jobs could be at risk due to the collapse of financing firm Greensill.


Rio investors push for more indigenous engagement amid Apache struggle

The development of the land has long being fought against by the San Carlos Apache tribe.

Rio Tinto investors are raising concerns about a mine project on sacred Native American land and want the miner to improve engagement with indigenous groups across its global operations.


Rio’s new ‘woke’ boss has another culturally sensitive issue on his plate

The aftershock of the Juukan Gorge blasts is being felt in the US where indigenous Apaches are fighting a potential Rio and BHP giant copper project.

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Elizabeth Knight

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Professor Allen Cheng received the Pfizer jab at The Alfred hospital.

Another case in quarantine, no new local COVID cases for 11th straight day

Victoria has recorded no new local coronavirus cases for the 11th day in a row. One case was found in hotel quarantine.

ANU Associate Professor Kamalini Lokuge has worked hard behind the scenes on Australia’s COVID-19 response.

‘Absolutely genuine field epidemiologist’: Meet Australia’s pandemic whisperer

Kamalini Lokuge is not a household name. But thanks in part to her work tracking and halting Ebola outbreaks in Africa, she has been a crucial figure in Australia’s pandemic response.


Alan Moore, one of Australia’s last remaining veterans of the Kokoda Track campaign, has died aged 100.

‘A great man’: Kokoda Track veteran dies at 100

Alan Moore was the sole surviving officer of his 39th battalion, which fought to prevent Japanese forces from capturing Port Moresby during World War II.


Woman, 45, charged with murder over death of 87-year-old Coburg man

Kon Kritikos was home alone at his Reynard Street property in Coburg on November 11 when he was bashed.

Danielle Lee Birchall, from Kurunjang, was arrested and charged with murder on Tuesday, two weeks after police pleaded for information from the public over the attack.

Drone handed in does not belong to missing camper, police say

Missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay.

The drone was handed into East Gippsland police station several days after police renewed an appeal for information about missing pair Russell Hill and Carol Clay.

‘They’re everywhere’: Fire-ravaged Mallacoota now plagued by wasps

Mallacoota is being plagued by wasps. These insects drowned in a glass of juice on Monday.

A year after Mallacoota was almost destroyed by bushfire, the East Gippsland holiday hotspot is dealing with a completely different menace.

‘Just devastating really’: Hope a broken mental health system will be fixed 

Mary K. Pershall (right) with her daughter Anna in 2012.

Mary Pershall, whose mentally ill daughter killed her elderly housemate, hopes the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System will fix a broken system.

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Majak Daw joins the Demons for their training session at Casey Fields on Tuesday.
AFL 2021

Daw a Dee, Blues sign McDonald but Pies to reload in mid-season draft

Majak Daw is officially a Demon but Pies will have a potentially major hand in the mid-season draft after choosing not to top up their list with a pre-season recruit.

All’s well that ends well for Richmond’s coach Damien Hardwick and CEO Brendon Gale.

‘You feel like this monster of a person’: unguarded moments caught by Amazon’s fly on the wall

The latest Amazon sporting documentary captures the full tension of Richmond’s premiership season, and of coach Damien Hardwick’s agitation, and the human side of some of the AFL’s biggest stars.

 Richmond coach Damien Hardwick with Tigers president Peggy O’Neal.

We’re no longer the AFL’s ‘Cinderella’ club: top Tiger

Richmond president Peggy O’Neal says she understands why people might be out to get the club now that they are no longer the league’s “Cinderella.”

Dustin Martin and Mason Cox square off
AFL 2021

What we learnt from the AFL pre-season

The new “stand” rule, who benefits most from longer quarters being back and more: we run the rule over the AFL pre-season.

Eddie Betts will do whatever he can for the Blues so the team plays finals football this year.

Important hitout for Betts as he strives for round one spot

Carlton star Eddie Betts will be pushing to play in round one, but he wants others to fight him for that spot.

Filip Kurto will now have to wear a helmet after his latest head knock on the weekend.

Helmet for former A-League keeper of the year

When Filip Kurto recovers from a fourth concussion in three seasons, his club will make him don a helmet as protection.

Zac Williams.

Zac Williams to miss season-opener after appeal fails

High-priced recruit Zac Williams will not make his season debut in Carlton colours after his tribunal appeal failed.


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