BODY IMAGE: The body size of Rebecca Judd is a discussion worth having rather than ignoring according to social commentator Suzie O’Brien.
FEMINISM: If Julie Bishop says she isn’t a feminist, we shouldn’t force her to be one according to long-term member of the Women’s Electoral Body Eva Cox.
WORD ON THE STREET: Even when you know you haven’t done anything wrong, if you get pulled over by the police in your car it is never a good feeling.
MINDFULNESS: Having a clear mind and controlling the way our brain thinks might sometimes seem like a battle, but mindfulness is the key to making good decisions according to Dr Jeffrey Schwartz, an expert in the field.
IMMIGRANTS: Australians are becoming more tolerant to immigrants and our faith in the government has increased over the past year, according to recent research.
EVOLUTION: The Pope has today said he believes in evolution, which creates the debate of Creation vs Evolution.
AIR BNB: The state government has cut a deal with online accommodation provider Air Bed and Breakfast to provide accommodation in emergencies.
RED TAPE: Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Josh Frydenberg wants to make all of our lives easier, by excluding the need for tedious forms and clearances.
ORANGE TREE: A child care centre has been forced to cut thorns off an orange tree in its ground as it could be harmful to the children.
CRICKET: Champion former Australian captain Ricky Ponting might be putting the pads back on and lining up at the crease again on Monday night.
LISTEN: Tom Elliott has called for calm on the roads after a cyclist was struck by a motorist during a charity bike ride for cancer, subsequently breaking his arm.
BIRTH-RATE: Traditionally Victorians lead the trend with birth rates in Australia, however we are also the most conservative when it comes to having a child.
BOATS: Shadow Immigration Minister Richard Marles has indicated he is not completely against the ‘turn back the boats’ policy from the Liberal party, which has upset Robin Rothfield, national co-convener of ‘Labor for Refugees’.
LISTEN: Planning Minister Matthew Guy denies he has backflipped to save former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam's birthplace from the bulldozer.
CHRISTMAS: A Greens councillor is demanding the local Christmas Party be called something else.
FIXTURE: The 2015 Toyota AFL fixture is expected to be more fan-friendly after the league experimented with various match times in season 2014.
BIRD CULL: Bayside council is set to trial a program to kill Indian Myna bird, if the community supports it.
UBERX: A former British riot police officer and now Uber partner has committed to making ten citizens arrests this week in Sydney, against ‘UberX drivers’.
CAGE FIGHTING: The debate regarding cage fighting in Victoria continues, as State Opposition Leader Daniel Andrew believes it is not the government’s responsibility to tell people which sports they should and shouldn’t like.
FENCE FIGHT A Port Melbourne house is up for a battle against the council, all because of the colour (or should we say ‘colours’) of its fence.
SUPERANNUATION: With fewer Australians buying houses, there are calls to allow young people to have access to their superannuation funds to contribute to their first home.
AFL: There are drug traffickers taking to an online website to get their deals done, according Detective Inspector John Manly.
UNIFORM: Public schools are beginning to introduce mandatory uniforms, including blazers and ties which has begun to divide students into ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’.
SUPPORT WOMEN: Female sport is not nearly as widely recognised as male sport in Australia, and Monday’s ‘I Support Women in Sport’, did not do itself any favours in the promotion of women’s sport, according to Tom Elliott.
COAL Environment Minister Greg Hunt says we cannot ignore the reality that up to 75% of Australia relies on the use of coal and therefore the government won't just walk away from it.
ABBOTT VS PUTIN: Tony Abbott's comments saying he would ‘shirtfront’ Russian President Vladimir Putin have made plenty of headlines over the past 24 hours.
TOM ELLIOTT: One big story that’s got my goat is this suggestion by the Bicycle Network that Chapel Street one of Melbourne’s shopping mecca’s, should be shut off to cars.
LEADING TEAMS: Leading Teams sessions have become popular with professional sporting clubs and corporations in recent years.
STAR-STUDENT: Mount Hira College has an extra incentive for students who perform exceptionally well in the VCE studies.
LISTEN: Tom Elliott took a call from a young, devoted Jehovah's Witness who told him family members are disowned if they leave the faith.
OPINION: 'It's disturbing' - Tom Elliott's take on Ken Lay's revelation that firefighters and paramedics have been urged to not wear their uniform in public.
LISTEN: Leading academic and international development expert has said he doesn't give our forces much hope of a successful mission in the Middle East without a solid post conflict plan.
LISTEN: Scattered showers, patchy rain and isolated showers will soon be terms of the past, after the Bureau of Meteorology changes the way they talk about rain.
TOM ELLIOTT: Monash council is pushing for local supermarkets to have coin operated trolleys in an effort to reduce the number of abandoned trolleys. Tom Elliott says these are issues that should be dealt with nationally.
LISTEN: If you are waiting for the Melbourne airport train to be complete, ‘don’t hold your breath’, says a leading transport writer.
BIONIC EYE: Dianne Ashworth was 24 when she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease which has caused her to go blind.
BUTT OUT: A tobacco-free generation is what Independent MLC for Tasmania, Ivan Dean, is striving for.
GLEN EIRA: Glen Eira Council has voted to publicly support same-sex marriage, with the councillor responsible for tabling the proposal conceding the move will not affect legislation.
LISTEN: Muslims leaders have today come out to condemn the actions of an 18-year-old man who was fatally shot after stabbing two police officers at Endeavour Hills last night.
TECHNOLOGY: A leading technology expert believes iPhone 6 Plus "bending" concerns are overblown, and says the devices won't distort if users are careful with them.
LISTEN: The Minister for Small Business has issued the ACCC with a new directive allowing it to better police fuel prices.
AFL: Just hours after the first tickets to Saturday's AFL Grand Final went on sale, scalpers are already cashing in.
SCOTLAND: Scotland has voted against independence from the UK.
PARENTING: Prominent writer and comedian Catherine Deveny has condemned parents who say they are 'proud’ of their children.
LISTEN: Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused to rule out introducing a quota system for Indigenous Australians in federal Parliament.
LISTEN: Victorian Treasurer Michael O'Brien says Labor will plunge the state's finances into deficit if it wins November's election and rips up the East West Link contracts.
LATEST: An eight-year-old girl has died after being thrown from a ride at the Royal Adelaide Show today.
LISTEN: A leading Australian nutritionist has dismissed claims that A2 milk is better for you, calling on companies to obtain proper research into the milk's benefits.
LISTEN: One of Melbourne's CityLink founders believes the state government should prioritise public transport over the construction of the East-West Link.
LISTEN: Political leaders have slammed the sale of an Islamic State flag at a mosque in Western Sydney.
POLITICS: Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews says Labor will not build the East-West Link tunnel, even if contracts are signed before the November state election.
LISTEN: Australian manufacturers are being forced to move operations offshore - and even shut down in some cases - because of increasing gas prices, according to an industry expert.
TOM ELLIOTT: I have been looking at so many court cases where people appeal to judges and say ‘I should have a lower sentence because I had a bad childhood'. Why don’t we start making adulthood optional?
LISTEN: It's a little known fact the dim sim was invented in Melbourne and lovers of the delicacy now want a monument to celebrate it.
LISTEN: The Victorian Human Rights Commissioner has said that complaints about venues and nightclubs rejecting people on the basis of their skin colour are common.
LISTEN: Family First senator Bob Day has called for sweeping changes to Australia's workplace relations laws, including the abolition of minimum wage limits for young workers.
LISTEN: Victorian motorists will face a major police crackdown on drug takers who drive, with over 100,000 drivers a year to be tested for illicit drugs such as ice.
LISTEN: Frankston MP Geoff Shaw's political future hangs in the balance with the Premier moving to expel him for being insincere in his apology for misusing his entitlements.
SPRING ST: Rogue Frankston MP Geoff Shaw has addressed state parliament, apologising “humbly and sincerely" for misusing his parliamentary vehicle.
LISTEN: Parenting experts have expressed outrage at a Gold Coast School’s move to ban kids doing cartwheels.
JOB AD: It seems VicRoads is the latest organisation to join the 'reverse racism' bandwagon by reserving some jobs for Indigenous applicants only.
LISTEN: Victoria’s first home buyers have been dealt some good news with the state government announcing a 10 per cent rise in its stamp duty concession.
WATCH: Almost a year since US born ruckman Jason Holmes was selected as a rookie for St Kilda, he talks to 3AW's Tom Elliott about his journey so far and what's next.
LISTEN: Lawyers have blasted reforms to Victorian succession laws which could mean only surviving partners and children under 18 can contest a will.
AFL: Collingwood footballer Dane Swan has come under fire for posing in a photo with prominent underworld figure Toby Mitchell at a restaurant on Tuesday.
BORDER PROTECTION: A person of interest travelling to Lebanon was taken off a flight at Melbourne Airport by counter-terrorism authorities on Monday.
TOM ELLIOTT: Almost 1000 learner drivers a week fail their test to get their P-plates.
LISTEN: Researcher Jennifer Marohasy says the Bureau of Meteorology fudges Australia’s temperature records.
LISTEN: An employment expert has urged parents to take action to ensure Victoria's youth unemployment rates improve.
LISTEN: Opposition leader Daniel Andrews has told Tom Elliott there is 'no doubt medical cannabis saves lives'.
DEBATE: A mother of a child with Down syndrome has slammed comments by a fellow author after he claimed mothers should abort children with the condition.
LISTEN: Ambulance Victoria has confirmed the Geelong region was without ambulances during its peak period last night.
LISTEN: An inner-city billboard featuring Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela comparing Palestine to apartheid era South Africa has been taken down.
LISTEN: The head of the Victoria Council of Social Services has rejected suggestions pensioners should have compulsory income management.
LISTEN: State treasurer Michael O’Brien has slammed the Ambulance Employees Association claiming they’re just looking after their “mate” Daniel Andrews.
LISTEN: The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has revealed its alternative plan for a GP co-payment and has urged the government to adopt it.
LISTEN: The Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science director insists anti-social personality disorder is “absolutely not” a normal defence against criminal acts.
LISTEN: Essendon North Primary school has been hit by an outbreak of measles with students, staff and volunteers being urged to stay away if they're not immunised.
LISTEN: More than 1000 students have rallied in the centre of the city, bringing traffic to a standstill in the latest show of force against education reforms by the Abbott government.
LANEWAYS: Geelong has announced a plan to revitalise its inner city CBD by importing Melbourne’s laneway culture.
COURT: The mother of murdered woman Sarah Cafferkey told Tom Elliott she is overwhelmed with relief her killer has has lost a High Court appeal against his life sentence.
RETHINK: Entrepreneur Dick Smith has called on the government to rethink its approach to population and consider stabilising the immigration rate at 75,000 a year.
LISTEN: Clive Palmer has stood by his comments on ABC's Q&A, claiming "mongrels" accurately describes the Chinese government.
HOUSING Shadow Minister for Housing, Richard Wynne has slammed calls to sell off inner city public housing and relocate tenants to the outer fringe.
GROWTH: Aldi could double its sales and challenge the might of Coles and Woolworths according to a recent study by investment bank UBS.
LISTEN: This morning I saw the picture of the seven-year-old boy, the son of Sydney Jihadist Khaled Sharrouf.
UNEMPLOYMENT: There are fears the local unemployment rate could reach nine per cent with jobless figures reaching a 12-year high.
LISTEN: Driverless cars are fast becoming a reality but some experts say while they may be close, it's still a little further off than we think.
LISTEN: A prominent legal professional says he hates that he has to break “unjust” marijuana laws to assist his elderly friend.
SURROGACY: The West Australian couple at the centre of the baby Gammy controversy says his Thai surrogate mother has misled the world over the situation.
WATCH: Oscar and Emmy award-winning Australian cinematographer Jim Frazier joins Tom Elliott in the studio.
LISTEN: Jewish students are allegedly being assaulted and refused entry into lectures at universities around Melbourne.
LISTEN: Anthony Maine, East west link protestor has rejected a study which shows the tunnel will save peak hour motorists an hour a day.
TOM ELLIOTT: We are at great risk of being overtaken once more by the nanny state. Tom Elliott responds to the government's back flip over the Racial Discrimination Act.
LISTEN: There has been a major back flip from Prime Minister Tony Abbott on plans to change the Racial Discrimination Act.
LISTEN: Collecting debts from overseas based graduates could save $80 million a year, prompting calls for the Australian government to recoup this debt.
LISTEN: Many Australians say they want to buy Australian-made products but do they actually put that into practice?
RACISM: Essendon and Richmond’s dreamtime design competition has prompted angry backlash saying it’s a form of reverse racism.
LISTEN: The government is paying far too much for pharmaceuticals compared with other countries and could slash millions from its health expenditure just by getting a fairer price for drugs, according to a leading think-tank.
LISTEN: Former Federal Labor leader Mark Latham has hit out at calls for his sacking from Fairfax media, denying claims he was a mouthpiece for Julia Gillard and used Labor Party researchers while writing his articles for the Financial Review.
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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.