Wholesale electricity prices up in Victoria since Hazelwood power station closure

Wholesale electricity prices up in Victoria since Hazelwood power station closure

Updated March 29, 2018 19:17:14 Photo: Environment Victoria says Hazelwood’s closure slashed Victoria’s climate pollution by about 10 per cent. (Supplied) Wholesale electricity prices have shot up in Victoria since the closure of the coal-fired Hazelwood power station, which has also caused Victoria to rely on power from other states …

Victoria Police should ‘resist the trend’ towards militarisation with new powerful weapons

Victoria Police should ‘resist the trend’ towards militarisation with new powerful weapons

Posted March 29, 2018 18:35:35 Photo: We need to be careful about militarising the police, Mr Goldsworthy said. (ABC News: Margaret Burin ) An expert has warned arming Victorian Police with military-style semi-automatic firearms could risk militarising the police force, putting us on a similar path to the United States. …

Victoria one step closer to official treaty with Aboriginal people

Victoria one step closer to official treaty with Aboriginal people

Posted March 28, 2018 10:20:52 Photo: Advocates say a treaty would improve society’s understanding of Indigenous culture in Victoria. (ABC News: Daniel Fermer) Related Story: Why do Victoria’s Aboriginal people want a treaty and what difference will it make? Related Story: Property title transferred to Indigenous groups in state-first deal …

Victoria weather: First snow of the season at Mt Hotham, Falls Creek as cold snap crosses state

Victoria weather: First snow of the season at Mt Hotham, Falls Creek as cold snap crosses state

Updated March 26, 2018 10:16:39 Photo: There was enough snow at Mount Hotham for Ella Hocking, 10, to have a toboggan ride. (Supplied: Chris Hocking) A wintry cold front has brought the first snowfall of the season to Victoria’s alpine resorts and the coolest start to the day in Melbourne …

Victoria and NSW bushfires: Poor mobile phone coverage put lives at risk

Victoria and NSW bushfires: Poor mobile phone coverage put lives at risk

Posted March 20, 2018 17:40:56 Photo: A burnt building in Tathra, NSW can be seen after a bushfire the previous day. (ABC News: Andrew Kennedy) Poor mobile phone coverage in rural areas potentially put people’s lives at risk during the devastating bushfires on the NSW south coast and in south-west …

Victoria Police dog euthanased after contracting rare illness, others dogs sick

Victoria Police dog euthanased after contracting rare illness, others dogs sick

Updated March 23, 2018 20:51:53 Photo: Police use German shepherds like these, as well as labradors for drug detection, tracking and searching. (Supplied: Police Life magazine) A police dog has been euthanased and eight others are sick with a rare illness identified as megaesophagus, Victoria Police have said. Inspector Jon …

Low mental health legal representation in regional Victoria affects patient outcomes, Legal Aid says

Low mental health legal representation in regional Victoria affects patient outcomes, Legal Aid says

Posted March 21, 2018 18:15:42 Victoria Legal Aid has called for improved legal representation for mentally ill patients facing the state’s tribunal over treatment options. The legal service said one of its specialist mental health lawyers in regional Victoria had been covering multiple country towns. Figures from Legal Aid show …