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Labor surges further ahead in state poll despite Omicron wave

Labor surges further ahead in state poll despite Omicron wave

After a torrid two years punctuated by lockdowns, political turmoil and the Omicron surge, state Labor has retained a strong lead over the Coalition, according to the latest Resolve Political Monitor.

  • by Josh Gordon

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Incumbency effect keeps Andrews riding high as state sinks into COVID pessimism

Incumbency effect keeps Andrews riding high as state sinks into COVID pessimism

The Omicron surge has once again deprived the state opposition of political oxygen, while giving Premier Daniel Andrews the opportunity to appear muscular and in control.

  • by Josh Gordon
Liberals in a lather over preselection irregularities for newly minted seat

Liberals in a lather over preselection irregularities for newly minted seat

The party’s administration committee could take the rare step of reversing the preselection for the new Melbourne eastern suburbs seat of Ashwood.

  • by Stephen Brook
Cloud over COVID fines after ‘administrative bungle’ on officers’ status

Cloud over COVID fines after ‘administrative bungle’ on officers’ status

Dozens of state government COVID compliance officers have been enforcing public health orders without legal authority, casting doubt on the validity of thousands of dollars worth of fines.

  • by Josh Gordon and Cameron Houston
Code brown called for Victorian hospitals under pressure from COVID-19

Code brown called for Victorian hospitals under pressure from COVID-19

The measure is typically reserved for shorter-term emergencies, such as a train crash or bushfire, but is now being used to relieve pressure on the hospital system for the next four to six weeks.

  • by Timna Jacks, Melissa Cunningham and Marta Pascual Juanola
It’s the stand-up craze that’s no joke – but be prepared to get wet

It’s the stand-up craze that’s no joke – but be prepared to get wet

Melburnians are flocking to the bay to take part in stand-up paddleboarding. However, quality equipment is hard to come by.

  • by Noel Towell
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‘I’ve never felt so desperate’: Aged care nurse leads wave of COVID lawsuits

‘I’ve never felt so desperate’: Aged care nurse leads wave of COVID lawsuits

Yvette Callaghan was among hundreds of health workers to contract coronavirus in the pandemic’s first wave in 2020. She is now taking legal action against her former employer for alleged negligence.

  • by Clay Lucas
Business pleads for government support amid ‘shadow lockdown’

Business pleads for government support amid ‘shadow lockdown’

Many businesses are warning they are in uncharted territory, with the economic effects of the Omicron wave seen by many as worse than previous COVID outbreaks.

  • by Josh Gordon and Gianni Francis
Aged care booster shots slowed as Omicron took off over Christmas

Aged care booster shots slowed as Omicron took off over Christmas

The surge workforce employed by the Morrison government to deliver COVID-19 booster vaccines in aged care across Australia slowed its work dramatically just as Omicron gathered speed.

  • by Clay Lucas
‘Unelectable’: Victorian Liberals seek to dump Mormon candidate
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‘Unelectable’: Victorian Liberals seek to dump Mormon candidate

Moderate Liberals want the party to dump a preselected candidate for a key eastern suburbs seat, with one senior party official saying her recruitment of Mormon members and religious-right views make her unelectable.

  • by Paul Sakkal
Shaky start to child COVID vaccinations for some, as parents report cancellations

Shaky start to child COVID vaccinations for some, as parents report cancellations

Appointments for child vaccinations at GPs, pharmacies and state-run clinics were being cancelled or delayed on Monday at the start to the rollout of the immunisation program for those aged five to 11.

  • by Clay Lucas