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BURQA BAN: Muslim women who wear the niqab or burqa will be forced to observe the House of Representatives and the Senate from behind glass-enclosed galleries, due to safety concerns.
LISTEN: The mother of David Cassai - the man punched to death in 2012 - believes the sentence given to her son's attacker does not reflect the crime, and says she wants "justice" but not revenge.
AFL: Despite there being no announcement from the Essendon Football Club today, James Hird is finished as coach according to Caroline Wilson.
WATCH: This will be stuck in your head soon. And I think it's just magnificent.
AFL:The Western Bulldogs are preparing to be aggressive throughout the AFL trade period, acknowledging they key have positions to fill at both ends of the ground.
BEER FACTOR: Australian politicians lack the ‘beer-factor’ according to Terry Barnes, former advisor to Tony Abbott.
LISTEN: Neil Mitchell says the debate over banning the 'burqa' is fast and unnecessarily turning the garment into a symbol on division.
HIRD: As the pressure mounts on James Hird after his decision to appeal against ASADA at the Federal court, former Essendon legal advisor Martin Hardie believes he has made the right decision to appeal.
LATEST: CBD office workers might need to start bringing their own toilet paper and soap to work - if they dare use the toilet at all.
LISTEN: In a bizarre case of apparent property sabotage, a Melbourne real estate advocate has been charged with arson, racial vilification and fraud after he allegedly set fire to a Doncaster house.
AFL: Essendon is set to sack James Hird as coach of the club, according to Caroline Wilson.
LED ZEPPELIN: The uncanny resemblance between an instrumental titled ‘Taurus’ and Led Zeppelin’s classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’ has led to a lawsuit which could see Led Zeppelin sued.
VANILLA SLICE Everybody enjoys a nice bite of vanilla slice, however certainly not this much.
CRIME: A woman has been arrested over a violent and racist attack targeting a woman on a train in Melbourne's north.
AFL: After reportedly doing a back flip on his retirement, Essendon forward Jason Winderlich could follow Paddy Ryder and seek a trade to a rival club.
AFL: After the Gold Coast Suns have sacked their coach Guy McKenna today, Caroline Wilson has reported that Mark Thompson’s manager Michael Quinlan has approached the club regarding the vacant position.
ASADA: Essendon has chosen not to appeal the Federal Court verdict which deemed the joint investigation from ASADA and the AFL to be lawful and allowed it to advance with the show cause notices.
AMBULANCE: After the sudden announcement by Greg Sassella to resign as Ambulance CEO after 30 years of service, Neil Mitchell had been told the decision came on the back of a disagreement with Health Minister David Davis over the current pay dispute.
AFL: As the general football media are searching for answers why the Gold Coast Suns have sacked Guy McKenna, former Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns utility Jared Brennan has made his thoughts clear via twitter.
AFL: Gold Coast Suns coach Guy McKenna has reportedly been sacked as coach by the club.
BIONIC EYE: Dianne Ashworth was 24 when she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease which has caused her to go blind.
LISTEN: The top detective who investigates Victoria's outlaw motorcycle gangs says the recent high profile raids on bikies have made an impact.
ICE: It has been a tough road for Sue Parsons, now grieving the loss of her husband Anthony who was struck by a vehicle in December by a driver affected by the drug ice.
LISTEN: The Abbott government says it's working on contingency plans to cut expenditure in the event it can't pass its controversial budget measures, such as the $7 GP co-payment plan.
LENNY: St Kilda champion Lenny Hayes finished his career with 297 matches, a Norm Smith Medal, three All-Australian selections and three club best and fairests, however his career did not get off to the smoothest of starts.
LISTEN: Victorians and businesses now have the opportunity to apply for a locally personalised web address.
PHOTO: A young man has been caught on camera tram-surfing for several blocks in the middle of Melbourne's CBD.
PHOTOS: Tim alerted Neil Mitchell to this ute carrying a stack of batts on a ute while travelling on the Princes Hwy near Werribee.
LATEST: A man in Texas has become the first confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States.
NAME GAME: With the ink barely dry on the East West Link contracts, Ross and John set about naming to the two tunnels at the centrepiece of the project.
DANCING: When former AFL player David Rodan suggested there is a big difference between ballroom dancing and football, Dancing with the Stars judge Todd McKenney responded with, “No s**t”, as the Channel Seven talent show launched another season last night.
LISTEN : Premier Denis Napthine has denied a so-called "kill clause" exists in the East West Link contracts, in the event Labor wins the election and dumps the project.
BUTT OUT: A tobacco-free generation is what Independent MLC for Tasmania, Ivan Dean, is striving for.
COMMENT: Once again terrorism – or people trying to aid terrorism – is at our doorstep.
AFL: Gold Coast Coach Guy McKenna is set to be sacked in a matter of days, according to Caroline Wilson.
AFL: Former Melbourne forward Mitch Clark has nominated Geelong as his club of choice in 2015.
AFL: Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has expressed his disappointment in Jarrad Waite, after Waite chose to exercise his right to leave Carlton as a free agent.
HOT SPOT: The humble payphone is about to be re-invigorated with the use of wifi hot spots.
HOUSE FIRE: A body believed to be that of a teenage boy is believed to have been found after a house fire in Geelong this afternoon.
NORTHCOTE: A four-year-old girl has been hit by a truck in Northcote just after 11 o’clock this morning.
LISTEN: Neil Mitchell says Germaine Greer's insatiable craving of the public spotlight, and her consequent outlandish statements, are sullying her good reputation.
MISSING: After captaining an AFL premiership, you’d expect Luke Hodge to be a part of the celebration team photo with the premiership cup, wouldn’t you?
LISTEN: Jobseekers relying on welfare payments are using every excuse under the sun to avoid attending agency appointments.
PHOTOS: One of Victoria's rare properties with its own private beach is up for grabs.
LATEST: A woman's body has been found at Benalla in the north-east Victoria this morning.
BREAKING: A man has been arrested in what appears to be counter-terrorism raids across Melbourne this morning.
LISTEN: Neil Mitchell says Melbourne is sleepwalking its way towards becoming a monster high-rise city, with authorities giving little consideration to the long-term implications of the current building "revolution".
BARE SENTENCE: After making headlines all over the internet in the past three days for getting naked and assaulting police officers at the AFL Grand Final, Heather McCartney got off very lightly with just a $300 fine according to Peter Maher.
LISTEN: A Sydney journalist has slammed Hawthorn supporters after ‘sexist, racist and homophobic’ behaviour during the 2014 grand final.
AFL: The key lesson Hawthorn learned from 2009 that helped the Hawks claim the first back-to-back premierships since Brisbane in 2002.
LISTEN: After a week where terror stories stole the headlines, Melbourne’s Lord Mayor commended Victorians for taking a stand and celebrating on grand final weekend despite possible dangers.
LLOYD: "I'm just so uncertain about Essendon in so many departments."
LATEST: The government and senior police have smacked down rumour to increase the speed limit on the Princes Highway to Geelong.
LISTEN: The transfer request by leading Collingwood footballer Dayne Beams has sparked industry commentators to question what else might be going on at the club.
PHOTOS: A case of mistaken identity at the footy.
LISTEN: The mother of a three-year-old boy bitten by a tiger snake on Sunday, sends a warning to be alert.
REVIEW: We're experiencing the resurgence of the jaffle. I’m not talking about seeing them in lunchboxes or for lazy weeknight dinners - we’re talking establishments dedicated to them, or that at least feature a jaffle regularly on the menu.
LISTEN: Entertainer and Gold Logie-winning television personality Denise Drysdale is flogging off all her worldly possessions - the house, clothes, furniture, the lot - to become a vagabond.
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