Beautiful morning in Bendigo today. A mostly sunny afternoon. A maximum of 20
Running on time.
Police warn on bikie muscle
Police are set to crack down on company executives and building contractors who employ outlaw bikie gang members to extort payments over alleged business debts, The Age reports.
The move to target individuals who employ bikies for intimidation comes as police have found at least three outlaw gangs are aggressively increasing their influence in the lucrative debt harvesting business.
Detectives have found bikies acting as standover debt collectors in the building, property, construction, investment, heavy haulage and retail car industries.
Malcolm Turnbull calls for conscience vote
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for a conscience vote on same-sex marriage, admitting that the matter is ''very likely'' to come before Federal Parliament this term.
The call, which accentuates the distance between the moderate Mr Turnbull and his boss, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, came as the Greens party prepares for the reintroduction of a previously unsuccessful private member's bill.
What we are chasing today
The official election of Mayor Barry Lyons.
Musicians will attempt to break the world record for most ukulele players playing at one time as part of the launch of this weekend's Blues and Roots Festival.
The launch of the Becoming Digital Toolkit for the Loddon Mallee area.
Happy birthday if your birthday is today, you are great!
You share your birthday with US rapper Sean 'P Diddy' Combs.
On this day...
1860 - Abraham Lincoln is elected president of the United States.
1999 - Australians vote by 55 to 45 per cent to reject a constitutional referendum to set up a republic and replace the British monarch as head of state.
2000 - Surgeons in London begin to separate conjoined twin girls in a long and complex operation that will kill one baby to give her sister a chance for a long life.
Joke of the day
What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor?
"Make me one with everything."
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Have a sweet as Monday, Bendigo.