Contradictory last minute messaging over the vaccination requirements for hospitality workers have thrown the industry into chaos only days away from Melbourne’s reopening. The vaccine mandate unveiled at the beginning of October indicated hospitality workers needed one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to work on-site, and must receive their second dose by 26 November in order […]
He is a member of the Melbourne Press Club’s Hall of Fame and one of the country’s leading journalists, having worked as a reporter and executive at The Age, an editor of The Herald, and at all three commercial television networks.
His sharp ear for the mood of his audience and his history of fighting for the battler have won him the highest journalistic awards and an AO.
But every weekday morning it’s a team effort.
The 3AW Mornings audience are Neil’s roving reporters, regularly calling in with breaking news and important tip-offs.
Sometimes they call to help interview the Prime Minister.
Sometimes they call for a laugh or a cry.
Sometimes they just want to let Neil know he’s wrong.
But it’s always about what Melbourne’s talking about.
Each week, Neil’s Most Valuable Player is awarded to the best caller or contributor to the program.
All weekly winners will go into Neil’s end-of-year draw, more here.
A former NASA engineer, who last week became the third Australian to travel to space, says he was “completely unprepared” for what he saw on the 15 minute journey. Dr Chris Boshuizen embarked on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Space Capsule. Before takeoff he was a little worried that he “knew too much about space” and […]
A regional racegoer has started a petition to get crowds at the Kyneton Cup on November 3. It’s the day after the Melbourne Cup, where 10,000 people are expected to attend in a major event trial for the state as it opens back up. Suzanne Carroll told Neil Mitchell people should be able to attend […]
The boss of the peak body representing the fitness industry says a state government proposal that gyms set up outdoors is “ludicrous”. Yesterday, Small Business Minister Jaala Pulford announced $2000 grants for businesses, including gyms and hairdressers, to set up outdoors to boost capacity as businesses open under strict COVID-19 rules. CEO of Fitness Australia, […]
Melbourne Airport boss Lyell Strambi has called for urgent clarity and consistency across Australia when it comes to air travel. He said Victoria was six weeks behind NSW and it could ultimately lead to cash-strapped airlines prioritising flights in and out of Sydney, even once restrictions ease significantly here. Mr Strambi said he wasn’t surprised […]
It’s October 8, 1999. The internet is still pretty new, and the scammers are a bit more old-school. But, other than the form of communication, the tactics are very recognisable. “Every now and again we are sent copies of an international rort that’s been going on for a while,” Neil Mitchell tells his audience on […]
Australia’s women cricketers have already won the Ashes, and now they’re determined ram their ascendancy home. Click PLAY above to hear Neil Mitchell interview Australian captain Meg Lanning ahead a series of T20 matches. (Image: Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
Professor Jordan Peterson hasn’t been in public life for long, but now he’s made it in a big way. A clinical psychologist from Canada, he burst onto the scene with a YouTube video arguing against legislation that could force people to use made-up pronounces for transgender people. Eighteen months later, he has become something of […]
A former principal of an orthodox Jewish school in Elsternwick facing 74 charges of child sexual abuse has been arrested in Israel after 10 years fighting extradition. Malka Leifer, who was the principal of Adass Israel School, fled Australia in 2008 after the allegations surfaced. She was arrested in Israel in 2014, but she was […]
IN THE AFFIRMATIVE: Denis Nelthorpe, CEO of the Western Community Legal Centre, and an Adjunct Professor in the College of Law & Justice at Victoria University. AGAINST: Neil Mitchell. Click PLAY above to listen. “(No conviction) is a very sort of strange phrase, and it’s being misrepresented.” – Denis Nelthorpe
Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel Where? 166 Johnston Street, Fitzroy. When? July 16, 2021. 9416 5055 www.fitzroytownhallhotel.com.au VENUE The Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel (FTHH) is the absolute acme of achieving the balancing act of high end pub food. The public bar, all polished timber and brick greets you when entering from Johnston Street, with price points to […]
Albion Hotel 5422 2066 www.thealbionhotelkyneton.com.au Where? 41 Mollison Street, Kyneton. When? July 9, 2021. VENUE Impossibly good looking two-storey brick pub (next to the RSL), the Albion sits perfectly between Kyneton’s high end food scene and pub hospitality in a fabulous regional Victoria hotel. The excellent lace work from the balcony, the wooden venetians at […]
DeBortoli Best Pubs 1st half (29 January – 30 July 2021) July 30, 2021 With Victoria coming out of lockdown 5.0, it is worth having a look back at some of my favourites for the first part of 2021. It must be said that the 18 reviewed have stuck steadfastly to the new protocols demanded […]
3AW/DEBORTOLI PUB OF THE WEEK 2021 3AW’s Pub Of The Week is back for its 31st edition, again supported by DeBortoli wines. 2021 will be the 26th year that it’s been run by Tony Leonard. The format will remain the same: a review around 11.45am on Friday with Neil, followed by a written review posted […]
Chelsea Heights Hotel 9773 4453 www.chelseaheightshotel.com.au Where? Corner of Springvale and Wells Roads, Aspendale Gardens. When? June 25, 2021. VENUE The Chelsea Heights Hotel is a massive pub in the outer south east of Melbourne, doing pretty much what big pubs in the ‘burbs do. In describing its look, part Tardis, part London Gherkin, the […]
A shopper and security guard were allegedly stabbed in a random attack at Barkly Square Shopping Centre just after 8am this morning. A 60-year-old Brunswick man was standing in the checkout queue at a supermarket when he heard yelling behind him. He turned around and was stabbed in the upper body by another man in […]
RED HOT TIP CONFIRMED A major Melbourne health organisation is implementing a beard ban. Western Health says it is not possible to achieve a good seal of an N95 mask with a beard, so workers must shave for fit testing. If staff decline to shave they will be redeployed. In a statement, Western Health said […]
A birthday party in breach of COVID-19 restrictions has sparked a coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne’s north west. It’s prompted one school to issue a reminder to parents about following the rules. Neil Mitchell was sent a copy of the letter, sent to parents of students at St Columba’s College in Essendon. “A number of people” […]
There are 51 COVID-19 cases in Victoria’s prison system. Neil Mitchell was alerted to the to spread on Monday morning. The government has since released data, confirming the news. In total, 36 inmates and 15 staff members have tested positive to COVID-19. Sixteen of the positive prisoners are at the Melbourne Assessment Prison. Eleven are […]
RED HOT TIP CONFIRMED Elective surgeries have been cut by 50 per cent at private hospitals as the health system strains under the weight of rising COVID-19 cases. Neil Mitchell has seen emails sent to staff at multiple private hospitals in Melbourne informing them that the state government has issued a directive to slash elective […]
Click PLAY above for full interview, her first in the 3AW studio with Neil Mitchell. Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam has spruiked the virtues of multi-party governments in response to questions about forming a coalition with the Labor party. The party has new muscle after winning the seat of Northcote from the ALP in Saturday’s by-election. […]