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.
LISTEN: Andrew Holden, editor-in-chief of The Age, has questioned why the dictaphone involved in the leaked Ted Baillieu tapes was destroyed and not returned.
LISTEN: Kids exposed to gambling during childhood are more likely to become serious gamblers later in life, according to a new study.
LISTEN: Family First Senator Bob Day says greedy developers are to blame for housing unaffordability.
LISTEN: A new study has found one in three kids have been bullied at school, while most say their parents don’t even know.
LISTEN: It comes with a generous $236,544 annual salary but what does Melbourne’s first ‘chief resilience officer’ actually do?
LISTEN: The Victorian Young Labor president says Prime Minister Tony Abbott is one of the most unpopular leaders we’ve had in Australia.
TOM ELLIOTT: Drug addiction is not a disease, it involves consciously sticking whatever substance it is into your veins, up your nose, into your lungs.
LISTEN: A child psychologist says there needs to be a media blackout when major disasters occur to protect children.
LISTEN: A sports studies professor says Australian sporting clubs should manage substance intake more effectively.
LISTEN: Coles is set to take on Australia’s big four banks after announcing its plans to introduce personal loans in mid-2015.
LATEST: Nearly 400 people in a country Victorian town have been told to undergo HIV tests after coming into contact with a health professional.
LISTEN: A former Howard government minister says we shouldn’t “erase the memory” of our failings by tearing down Rolf Harris’s artwork.
RIP-OFF USB: A warning has been issued against cheap USB-style chargers after a woman was found dead wearing headphones and holding her laptop, with burns to her ears and chest.
LISTEN: With calls for the AFL to embrace headgear following recent concussion incidents, a leading expert and AFLPA say helmets aren’t the solution.
LISTEN: A Melbourne lawyer has been banned from all soccer matches in Victoria after abusing a teenage referee during an under-13 match.
LISTEN: A Melbourne real estate agent is bucking the auction trend by advertising the properties reserve price ahead of the big day.
LISTEN: Prime Minister Tony Abbott has thanked Clive Palmer for agreeing to help scrap the carbon tax but says he doesn't like the idea of an Emissions Trading Scheme.
LISTEN: Animal activists are calling for a ban on jumps racing after the death of a horse on Wednesday.
CANBERRA: Clive Palmer has announced his party will support the abolition of the carbon tax, but with conditions attached.
PHOTOS/VIDEOS: The clean up continues after wild weather battered the city on Tuesday with power outages, trees down, traffic chaos and floods. A Kinglake resident told Tom Elliott with power still out, this presents a new set of issues.
EGYPT: The brother of Peter Greste has told Neil Mitchell he will continue to fight for Peter's release after he was sentenced to seven years in jail.
PHOTOS: A Kinglake resident says today’s wild weather will cost him an estimated $100,000 after having eight gum trees fall on his property.
LISTEN: The Civil Aviation Safety Authority says it is in talks with Qantas to lift in-flight phone bans.
LISTEN: Much to the dismay of cafe dwelling baristas and lovers of ‘proper coffee’ across Melbourne, it’s been revealed 75% of the coffee consumed in Australia is of the instant variety.
LISTEN: Foreign investment of Australian farmland has grown by 4.7 million hectares in two-and-a-half years and Federal Agricultural Minister Barnaby Joyce says it’s essential, but we also have the right to say ‘no’.
LISTEN: It’s been revealed more TAFE funding cuts are to be rolled out from 1 July this year.
FORD: Workers at the Broadmeadows Ford factory were told one by one on Friday if they will keep their job. Reporter Jordan Tunbridge tells Tom Elliott the mood is 'dull'.
IRAQ: Australian troops are heading back to Iraq. Reporter Francis Keany told Tom Elliott why.
PHOTO: A shocked 3AW Drive listener has sent in a photo of his receipt after being charged for paying cash.
LISTEN: Mayor of Bendigo Council - who supports the construction of a mosque in the region - believes those against the development 'just don't want Muslims in Bendigo'.
LISTEN: The CEO of FareShare says the increasing cost of living is forcing more homeowners to use their food services.
TOM ELLIOTT: I think it’s great for individuals to donate money to charity but I don’t like it when companies do it.
HIGH COURT: The Abbott Government's school chaplaincy program has been struck down in a landmark ruling by the High Court, but the National School Chaplaincy Association says the decision is not 'anti-chaplaincy'.
WATCHDOG: The state's corruption watchdog is to investigate allegations of serious corrupt conduct involving the Department of Transport and Public Transport Victoria.
LISTEN: Residents of a new Collingwood apartment development are set to have their own boutique beer to reflect the site’s former life as a brewery.
MOTORING: VicRoads and Victoria Police have welcomed a move by the state government allowing P-platers to drive some V8s and turbocharged vehicles from July.
LISTEN: Federal MP Kelvin Thomson says Australia needs to stabilise its population numbers and reduce its overseas migration back to 70,000.
LISTEN: As the Islamic extremist group ISIL approaches Baghdad, Iraqi blogger and activist tells Tom Elliott things are deteriorating rapidly.
LISTEN: Business owners in Melbourne's inner suburbs are set to face a new annual tax on their car spaces.
REPORT: New research has found the gap between the rich and poor is growing with the most affluent not paying enough tax.
VIDEO: The state government says a new Labor 'shock' ad about whooping cough is misleading and it's wrong of the opposition to play politics with children's health. While the Opposition Leader says this ad simply shows the consequences of Premier Napthine's bad decisions.
TOM ELLIOTT: So many of us go to Coles and Woolworths for our groceries, our household products and increasingly our petrol.
LISTEN: High school students will be taught about respect in a new State Government initiative aimed at curbing gender-based violence. Leading academic and brains behind the program told Tom Elliott it teaches children the benefits of positive relationships between genders.
LISTEN: As the situation deteriorates in Iraq, Tony Abbott and Barak Obama refuse to rule out the possibility of future military action in Iraq. Yet international affairs commentator Dr Keith Suter told Tom Elliott he can’t imagine it would be likely President Obama will send troops into Iraq.
TOM ELLIOTT: I understand that some people are addicted to cigarettes, but really?
TOM ELLIOTT: Clive Palmer says he wants to get rid of the carbon tax, but there's a catch. And 4WD's that don't even go off road, what's the point?
LISTEN: Transgender and transsexual students will soon be able to use either the boys’ or girls’ toilets under a national anti-discrimination strategy.
LISTEN: Harold, 89, has sent Tom an email which really caught his attention. He says Australia has a few things to improve on.
LISTEN: An online petition has been launched to urge the government to monitor underquoting in the real estate industry.
WORD ON THE STREET: A man has been stabbed in the neck at Frankston.
LISTEN: A suburban footballer who used a column in The Age today to reveal he's gay says he's pleased with the support he's received.
ARTHURS SEAT: Mornington Shire Council has approved an application for a gondola chairlift to be built where the iconic Arthur's Seat chairlift used to be.
TOM ELLIOTT: Money, money, money! We all have to have it and far too many of us get obsessed with it.
LISTEN: State Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has reinforced Labor’s determination to condemn maverick MP Geoff Shaw claiming he’s in contempt of Parliament.
LISTEN: Clive Palmer has defended comments about the Prime Minister's chief of staff, claiming the story is a "beat-up".
LISTEN: Last week we heard about the biggest kidney exchange program in Australian history. Today Tom Elliott spoke to two people involved in the 12-way donation.
TOM ELLIOTT: With soaring rents making ‘cheap’ suburbs inaccessible, Tom Elliott asks how we can we get more roofs over the heads of those on low incomes.
WATCH: Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says he's not being "vindictive", after scrapping four years' worth of administration funding to the Refugee Council.
TOM ELLIOTT: Do we really want to focus, in footy, on one racial group ahead of another? I found myself uncomfortable with it.
TOM ELLIOTT: New research suggests employers are searching for youth with experience instead of a degree.
PHOTOS: Defence officials have confirmed the names of another 20 Australian soldiers recovered from a mass WWI burial site in France.
LISTEN: A leading real estate firm is offering training to its agents on how to sell property to Chinese investors.
LISTEN: Prime Minister Tony Abbott becomes testy when questioned about a controversial scholarship given to his daughter.
LISTEN: Former Labor leader Mark Latham says he’s got his doubts over the authenticity of a call that’s thrown Prime Minister Tony Abbott into hot waters.
VIDEO: A Melbourne 'urban explorer' has posted gut-wrenching footage of him scaling a Southbank crane - without a harness or safety gear.
TOM ELLIOTT: Frances Abbott, in some people’s minds, has controversially received a scholarship to study at the Whitehouse Institute of Design.
LISTEN: Australian children are among the worst in the world when it comes to getting the physical activity they need.
STUDY: A new study has revealed 60 per cent of businessmen feel women are not as ambitious and find it difficult to juggle work-life commitments.
LISTEN: What do we know about Clive Palmer? A Queensland academic has studied the man and says he doesn't fit the mould of other "populist" politicians.
LISTEN: Beyond Blue chairman Jeff Kennett says if Australian workers are mentally healthy, productivity will increase by 1.5 per cent.
TOM ELLIOTT: Students are out in their thousands outside the State Library today protesting against the federal government’s evil budget.
LISTEN: A Bundoora woman has started a petition calling on pet owners to fork out cash for a Medicare-style pet scheme.
LISTEN: Around 200 ANZ customers have had their cards de-activated after a skimming device was found at an ATM in Donvale.
LISTEN: A former Labor adviser says the older generations should stop bleating about the pension age being lifted to 70.
LISTEN: A landmark study has found there is no causal link between vaccinations and autism spectrum disorders.
LISTEN: The owner of a Melbourne recycling plant has praised the work ethic of his refugee employees, saying he struggles to find Australians willing to do the work.
LISTEN: The state treasurer says the Victorian government can’t keep carrying the rest of the country, claiming they can’t manage their own budgets.
LISTEN: Fairfax's economics editor says raising the petrol excise is a no-brainer but it should be bumped up with caution as Australia's economy is weaker than it appears.
LISTEN: There's a community push to name a street in Richmond after football legend Jack Dyer.
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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.