LISTEN: Health insurance is set to cost you a lot more this year and according to Medibank Private spokesperson, we can blame ageing population, an increase in chronic disease and the high costs of new technology.
LISTEN: Ash Wednesday in Rome saw Pope Francis, leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, hint at the church potentially recognising gay civil unions.
A West Australian publican has banned Indigenous Australians from her premises after her mobile phone was allegedly stolen.
LISTEN: Melbourne ranks in the top 10 most expensive cities on earth behind Singapore, Paris, Oslo, Zurich and Sydney, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Index compiled by the Economist's intelligence unit.
LISTEN: Geelong mayor Darryn Lyons has made the long-list of 50 in the World Mayor competition.
BALI: An Australian journalist and photographer have been blacklisted from entering Indonesia for the next six months after they were caught with the wrong visa.
COURT: Australia's competition watchdog has launched legal action against Woolworths and Coles for allegedly breaching undertakings over fuel shopper dockets.
LISTEN: Parks Victoria has authorised a deer cull in three parks in the Dandenong Ranges.
PENSIONS: Tom Elliott has urged Treasurer Joe Hockey to raise the retirement age - the age when people are eligible to receive the aged pension - to 70.
WATCH: Lindsay Fox says the state's Planning Minister has got his wires crossed after he announced he'd do everything in his power to reclaim a piece of prime Mornington Peninsula beach land.
It's a decision that has caused ructions within the Magpie Army, but Collingwood has stripped the Pies' cheer squad of its privilege of making the club banner.
TOM ELLIOTT: Should Qantas remain the flying kangaroo? It’s been an iconic brand, an iconic part of Australia for years.
VIDEO, PHOTOS: The issues, the people and the future of Geelong.
LISTEN: The Geelong refinery has been sold to international fuel trader Vitol, prompting speculation the plant may be shut down.
LISTEN: An investigation is underway into a chaotic riot at the Manus Island detention centre, which left one person dead.
LISTEN: A major report into the state of Australia's hospitals showed that Victoria failed to meet all its performance targets.
LISTEN: More open-air laneways in Melbourne’s CBD will be trialled as no smoking zones as part of a Melbourne City Council initiative.
When Leena Suleiman, an American Muslim living in Chicago, wrapped up warm to guard herself against the debilitating cold, she didn't realise she was unwittingly conducting a kind of social experiment.
TOM ELLIOTT: People who light fires during adverse weather conditions are the lowest of the low, and what they do is up there with mass murder
LISTEN: An 11-year-old Melbourne boy has launched his own mobile app which has reached #123 on the best-selling app list.
SYRINGE USE: The Australian Medical Association has thrown its support behind the introduction of syringe vending machines in Victoria.
LISTEN: Tom Elliott says kids are soft these days. A study shows that techno-savvy kids can work their way around an iPad or iPhone with ease, but don't know how to tie their shoelaces.
LISTEN: A Melbourne screenwriter says she's desperate for a job but can't seem to find work.
LISTEN: Snowboarder Scotty James has told his parents to stay away from the Sochi Winter Olympics amid fears of more attacks.
WATCH: Emotional scenes as a family discover all 60 of their horses survived a terrifying fire at Bylands.
LISTEN: A well-heeled sports car driver has paid an eye-watering $36,000 on the spot to settle outstanding fines.
Property experts and economists have slammed the first-home buyers scheme as one of the biggest policy failures in recent history.
FULL COVERAGE: Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has told 3AW Drive that he's happy with Christine Fyffe's appointment as Speaker but Parliament is still a "circus".
A leading bookmaker in the United Kingdom has suspended betting on the Queen announcing that she will step down by the end of the year after a large wager was placed in the Windsor area.
LISTEN: Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews says a pledge of $30 million for SPC Ardmona would be a partnership and not just a payout.
LISTEN: Mick Gatto has denied claims he’s linked to dirty deals in the building industry, taking a swipe at journalists covering the story.
Bill Shorten has thrown down the gauntlet to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, 100 days after taking over as federal opposition leader.
PHOTOS: A Word On The Street caller yesterday claimed girls in bikinis were hanging out in a skip lined with plastic and full of water, so we sent our program reporter to check it out.
WATCH: World champion boxer Danny Green has released an educational TV ad campaign to tackle violence in young men.
LISTEN: South East Water is set to install 1,000 water meters in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs as part of a 12-month trial.
PHOTO: Disability advocates are outraged with the Yarra City Council allowing East-West Link protestors to park a caravan in a disabled spot.
TOM ELLIOTT: What do Darren Lehmann and Tom Elliott have in common?
TOM ELLIOTT: Today Treasurer Joe Hockey admitted that Australia’s public debt could easily shoot through the half a billion dollar ceiling he had contemplated just weeks ago.
UPDATE: Holden has confirmed it will cease to make cars in Australia by the end of 2017.
TOM ELLIOTT: News that hundreds of people have collectively lost tens of millions of dollars in Bill Vlahos’ so-called “Punters’ Club” surprises me not at all.
SCHOOLIES: A teenage girl celebrating schoolies week in Bali has been airlifted home to Australia after having her drink spiked.
SUNDAY ASSEMBLY: Each Sunday in Brisbane and in up to 40 other places around the world, a contingent of atheists join together for their ‘atheist Church’.
LISTEN: The Abbott government has denied breaking a promise on school funding, as it announces it's walking away from the Gonski reforms.
LISTEN: A veteran psychic has predicted Tom Elliott and his wife Elise will be having another baby.
UPDATE: A teenager has died after falling off a cliff at Flinders on the Mornington Peninsular yesterday afternoon.
TOM ELLIOTT: Here in Australia, it used to be the case that tips were only provided in cases of exceptional service. Now, however, it seems that a tip of 10 to 15 per cent is regarded as the norm...
CAR INDUSTRY: A prominent South Australian senator does not believe Holden's US parent company General Motors is planning to quit Australia, despite a US report.
LISTEN: The Victorian Parliament has been thrown into turmoil with rebel independent MP Geoff Shaw turning on the Napthine Government, supporting Labor in a vote of no confidence in the Speaker.
TOM ELLIOTT: In order to defuse the ongoing spy row with Indonesia, Tony Abbott has sent Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono a letter that makes a number of promises regarding future relations between the two countries.
VIDEO: We asked Tom's mum Lorraine what Tom was like as a kid.
TOM ELLIOTT: I reckon our public transport system might have another mini-Myki debacle on its hands. Today The Age reported that a programme to install GPS trackers on all Melbourne’s buses has been quietly scrapped.
PHOTOS: A taxi has flipped and is on its roof after crashing into a power pole in Hampton.
WATCH: Deborra-Lee Furness says there are 18,000 children in foster care needing a family but only 70 of those were adopted last year.
TOM ELLIOTT: I’d like to recount a few of my experiences at Schoolies Week on the Gold Coast way back in 1985!
TOM ELLIOTT: News that the Federal Treasury is examining the $1000 online threshold for GST exempt purchases should have all you internet shoppers worried...
BRAESIDE: A WorkSafe spokesman says 2013 is "heading in a bad way" with the seventh workplace death in just six weeks reported this morning.
TOM ELLIOTT: State Parliament is in a big mess right now, and all of us are the victims!
WATCH: State Treasurer Michael O'Brien says East-West Link protesters need to learn the difference between a lawful protest and an illegal picket.
TOM ELLIOTT: I would like to look at the new dangerous dog breed legislation that’s been introduced into state parliament today.
TOM ELLIOTT: There’s a lot of chatter about today as to whether it’s OK for the police to conceal speed cameras from motorists.
WATCH: Tom Elliott's 3-year-old daughter Ava joins him in the studio to sing the Carlton theme song ahead of finals.
TOM ELLIOTT: D-day for the local car industry is rapidly approaching.
BLUE MOUNTAINS: Emergency alerts have been downgraded for dozens of fires across New South Wales as condition begin to ease.
POLITICS: A former adviser to Australia's past two Prime Ministers says Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese are "shadow-boxing" each other over the Labor leadership.
WATCH: The man involved in the controversial altercation with Geoff Shaw phones in to plead his case to former Premier Jeff Kennett.
BLACKOUT: Citipower says a Springvale transmission tower that lost supply is the cause of extensive blackouts across eastern and south-eastern Melbourne.
TOM ELLIOTT: I want to discuss our collective health, or lack thereof. Two separate, but related articles caught my eye this morning.
TOM ELLIOTT: It seems that land which was once used to grow fruit will now be turned into 50 townhouses.
TOM ELLIOTT: I believe this election should be fought on the issues of character and trust, particularly as they apply to each party’s respective leaders.
LISTEN: Teachers are bracing for a big shake-up of how their pay rises are calculated with more than a third of teachers expected to fail to progress.
WORD ON THE STREET: A caller found this marriage proposal on a fence at Monash University in Clayton today.
TOM ELLIOTT: Why is it that Australia’s illiteracy rate amongst schoolchildren remains stubbornly high at almost 12 per cent?
STRIKE: A Greensborough nursing home has been left in the lurch after nearly half its staff walked out today.
VIDEO: Police are appealing for information following a suspicious fire in Bundoora on Sunday.
TOM ELLIOTT: A local student group has made a rather odd request to the state Education Minister.
WILD WEATHER: Victorians are set for some relief tonight with winds and thunderstorms easing this evening.
LISTEN: Victorian health minister David Davis says the government is pouring more money than ever into the public health system to combat the “complex” issues hospitals are facing.
TOM ELLIOTT: In 2011 Medibank Private commissioned some research which showed that sick people turning up to work costs the Australian economy over $34bn per year – mainly because sick employees have a habit of infecting their fellow workers.
TOM ELLIOTT: The consistent mispronunciation and misspelling of common words is one of my pet hates.
SACKED: Telstra has announced they will slash 1100 jobs as part of a restructure of its Australian operations.
TOM ELLIOTT: Spare a thought for all the Freo supporters trying to get to Melbourne for this Saturday’s Grand Final. Not only is it immensely difficult to get a ticket to the game itself, discount airlines have apparently ramped up their fares.
WATCH: Former Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson tells Tom Elliott athletes should not ‘go down the path’ he took 25 years ago because he lost ‘everything’.
JUNKETS: Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle says he “copes abuse” every time he travels “even when it’s not on the taxpayer”.
TOM ELLIOTT: After a bit of consideration, I reckon I’d happily sacrifice an hour of light in the morning during the winter months for an extension of daytime into the early evening. So in my view the solution is easy – wind the clocks back permanently and have daylight saving all year round!
MORAL DILEMMA: Do you give up your train or tram seat for an obese person?
TOM ELLIOTT: Irrespective of their breed or history, dogs that savagely attack children without serious provocation should be put to death immediately – no questions asked.
WATCH: Opposition leader Tony Abbott has referred to his 'best assets' as ‘not bad looking’ during a video message to the Big Brother housemates.
DISCONNECTED: Kogan phone customers are facing the termination of their services, with Telstra reportedly shutting the provider down.
TOM ELLIOTT: Yesterday I questioned the wisdom of Tony Abbott launching his education policy at fundamentalist Pentecostal Penrith Christian School, today i've had a closer look.
TOM ELLIOTT: Yesterday, Tony Abbott’s younger two daughters, Bridget and Frances, apparently did a wonderful job entertaining the crowd at the Liberal party’s campaign launch.
POLITICS: Jessica Rudd has supported Tony Abbott’s daughters’ decision to attend the Liberal party campaign launch last night with their father.
TOM ELLIOTT: As I viewed last night's final debate between Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott, I suddenly thought – why does this current election campaign lack the great stirring speeches?
TOM ELLIOTT: I’m getting sick of all the excuses being put forward for this behaviour. If these professional footballers aren’t smart enough to question why they’d need injections all the time, then frankly they’re not smart enough to be allowed to vote.
TOM ELLIOTT: This morning in an attempt to outdo the Labor Party, the Liberals toughened up their asylum seeker policy yet again.
TOM ELLIOTT: Yesterday I gave five reasons why you might not trust Kevin Rudd, today I will give four, for Tony Abbott.
TOM ELLIOTT: There’s no doubt that collectively, we need to lose weight. But do we really want to do it enough to make a difference?
TOM ELLIOTT: While the birth of most babies is a moment of great joy and excitement for the child’s parents and immediate family, it’s unusual for such an event to make front page news around the world. Babies born to the Royal Family are, however, not normal children.
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TOM ELLIOTT: This morning on the Rumour File a caller claimed that a major US retailer, most likely Costco, would soon start selling petrol in Australia at a reduced price. “So what” you might ask.
TOM ELLIOTT: Premier Napthine and his cabinet are meeting today to discuss policy priorities over the next few months. And although I’m not privy to these discussions, it’s likely that resolution of teachers’ pay dispute is at the top of the govt’s ‘to do’ list.
TOM ELLIOTT: An additional problem with more people leaving expensive private health is the strain this has to be placing the public system under. Remember that people get sick and injured at the same rate whether they’re insured or not.
TOM ELLIOTT: As a cyclist, I want to congratulate the City of Yarra for agreeing to create a Copenhagen style bike lane down Wellington St in Collingwood. However, there’s little point in just one council doing it along one road.
3AW DRIVE: Tom Elliott has lauded a caller on his Drive Program for crystallising the Asylum seeker argument, specifically the reasons why refugees continue to flock to Australia despite a potentially fatal journey and years in detention centres.
TOM ELLIOTT: "Just in case you anyone didn’t know, 2013 is a federal election year. And over the long weekend, Tony Abbott kicked off the campaign with a new ad that claims both he and his team have been travelling Australia to listen to us."
TOM ELLIOTT: Why we seem to love the Australian Open Tennis, yet have mixed feelings about funding the F1 GP? The only question is why the difference? Is it nothing more than, as I suspect, tennis is a truly ‘Australian’ sport while F1 is not?
SKIMPY SANGERS: Social media is currently buzzing with criticism of global Sandwich chain Subway after a Perth man snapped a photo of his 11-inch 'Footlong' Sub. The sandwich chain then dug itself in a deeper hole when it responded to the complaint.
COPPER THEFT: Metro has hired a low-noise infrared helicopter to monitor Melbourne's rail network following a 270 per cent increase in copper theft. Transport Minister Terry Mulder joined Tom Elliott on Drive.
TOM ELLIOTT ON DRIVE: In Tom Elliott's opening of the all new Drive program on 3AW, Tom outlines his 'radical' plan on how to fix the dole. Watch the video to hear Tom's full dole proposal.
FUNERAL: Iconic outlaw and bush ranger Ned Kelly will be laid to rest by his descendents this weekend, 132 years after his last stand. Tom Elliott spoke to Kelly's great grand-nephew Anthony Griffiths this afternoon on 3AW Drive.
UNITED STATES: Australian doctors are bracing for a killer flu that's claimed the lives of 20 children in the United States. Tom Elliott spoke to Dr Alan Hampson, who said the same virus infected Australians last Winter but it could strike back with a vengeance.
TOM ELLIOTT: The Gruen Transfer’s Rowan Dean posed an interesting question – could Labor revive its flagging fortunes by convincing former Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull to change sides and replace Gillard as PM?
TOM ELLIOTT: Too much emphasis on academic work at the expense of things like social activities, sport and music does not make for well rounded individuals.
TOM ELLIOTT: As many of you would know, my father John Elliott was famous in the 1980s for ‘Fosterising the world’ while he ran the company. Now the process has turned full circle and Foster’s will soon become just a division of a large company.
TOM ELLIOTT: The Tax Forum is underway in Canberra but the $1 million talkfest won't touch on the controversial carbon tax or the GST. More here, including Neil Mitchell's interview with Wayne Swan and Tom Elliott's reforms.
TOM ELLIOTT: A report out today suggests that almost 90% of all convicted criminals in Victoria serve just the minimum portion of their sentence. I find this statistic amazing, as it’s hard to believe that all prisoners are impeccably behaved during their incarceration.
TOM ELLIOTT: As long as we maintain physical standards for new recruits, there’s no reason why an exceptionally fit and strong female soldier could not be considered capable for the rigours of infantry combat.
TOM ELLIOTT: While in a perfect world we’d all be completely colour blind, and assess people for who they really are rather than on the basis of their race, religion or cultural background, the fact is that real life is unfortunately not like this.
TOM ELLIOTT: Frankly, it seems these days we are forgetting what it means to be an adult. Moves by well meaning bureaucrats and other rule makers to wrap us in cotton wool against the vicissitudes of life prevent people from growing up.
TOM ELLIOTT: "The big question that must be asked here, of course, is whether paying MPs more would result in a better class of candidate seeking political office? If this is the case, then I wouldn't have a problem increasing pollies' pay." Have your say.