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House prices surge at fastest rate since 2003

House prices surge at fastest rate since 2003

The nation’s property prices surged at their fastest rate since 2003 in February, led by Sydney and Melbourne where tens of thousands of dollars has been added to the median house value. 

  • by Jennifer Duke

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Once a growing office precinct, Docklands feels ‘dead’

Once a growing office precinct, Docklands feels ‘dead’

Almost half of all shopfronts in Docklands were closed or vacant in December, making it one of the precincts worst affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

  • by Rachel Eddie, Bianca Hall and Craig Butt
Hunt defends vaccine disposal as Victoria records zero new cases of coronavirus

Hunt defends vaccine disposal as Victoria records zero new cases of coronavirus

Federal Health Minister defends Victorian health worker who disposed of doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine last week, saying the worker ‘did everything right’.

  • by David Estcourt
‘It was just a life-saver’: Pregnant women who bonded online share baby joy in real life

‘It was just a life-saver’: Pregnant women who bonded online share baby joy in real life

Pregnant women who became part of a virtual support-village during lockdown are sharing their baby joy in real life.

  • by Wendy Tuohy
Social media chatter skyrockets among Australian ‘anti-vax’ groups

Social media chatter skyrockets among Australian ‘anti-vax’ groups

But researchers monitoring online platforms for the federal government say they are hopeful that in the future social media can help normalise the vaccinations as more Australians receive the jab.

  • by Aisha Dow and Melissa Cunningham
Victoria to ban single-use plastics within two years
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Victoria to ban single-use plastics within two years

Single-use plastic items including straws, cutlery and plates will be phased out in Victoria in a bid to reduce the amount of plastic waste going into landfill.

  • by Annika Smethurst
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When the chips are down, can Andrews walk away from Crown’s table?

When the chips are down, can Andrews walk away from Crown’s table?

An unparalleled mates network has long insulated Crown from proper scrutiny. But last week the gaming giant’s luck ran out.

  • by Clay Lucas, Patrick Hatch and Sumeyya Ilanbey
Ties optional: Funerals in pubs, bowls clubs, trains a sign of times

Ties optional: Funerals in pubs, bowls clubs, trains a sign of times

The funeral of a music loving 42-year-old was held in a Collingwood pub, with a heavy metal band, as part of a trend towards more bespoke, less formal send-offs.

  • by Carolyn Webb
Andrews winds back mask rules, ramps up back-to-office plans despite new Holiday Inn cases

Andrews winds back mask rules, ramps up back-to-office plans despite new Holiday Inn cases

Victorians can take off their masks in all but high-risk settings and welcome more visitors to their homes despite the state recording two new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

  • by Martin Boulton, Paul Sakkal and Michael Fowler
Frightening footage: Intruders armed with tomahawk, semi-automatic gun smash their way into Keilor East home

Frightening footage: Intruders armed with tomahawk, semi-automatic gun smash their way into Keilor East home

A scream can be heard as the three thieves – one armed with the sledgehammer, one armed with a tomahawk and the third with a semi-automatic firearm – make their way inside the Keilor East home.

  • by Martin Boulton
Man dead, young girl fighting for life after separate pedestrian collisions

Man dead, young girl fighting for life after separate pedestrian collisions

A man has died and a young girl has life-threatening injuries following separate pedestrian collisions in Melbourne’s south-east.

  • by Martin Boulton