Good morning Bendigo 3.11.13

Good morning Bendigo, looking good.

TODAY'S WEATHER

Max 34. Shower or two developing.

Check out more detailed weather news here. 

TRAINS

No reported delays. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Toddler critical after ute crashes into tree in Euroa

An 18-month-old girl is fighting for life after the ute she was a passenger in crashed in north-east Victoria.

Police said the ute was travelling south on the Hume Highway in Euroa when it veered down an embankment and crashed into a tree about 1am on Tuesday.

The toddler was flown to the Royal Children's Hospital in a critical condition and is fighting for life.

School funding: Education Minister Christopher Pyne defends handling of Gonski policy

Education Minister Christopher Pyne has defended his handling of the Gonski education reforms, saying he succeeded in creating a national funding model where Labor failed.

The Federal Government has backed down on its decision to axe Labor's Gonski reforms, pledging now to fund the plan for four years.

On Monday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Mr Pyne announced school funding deals struck by the previous Labor government with four states and the ACT would be honoured.

WHAT WE'RE CHASING TODAY

Some of the events you will see Addy journalists and photographers at today are: 

The footings being poured by health minister David Davis for the first concrete slab of the Bendigo Hospital Project today. 

A community festival is on at Hargreaves Mall to celebrate the International Day of People with Disabilities. 

THE HIT LIST

GALLERY: Maiden Gully Community Carols

GALLERY: The need for speed

Cause of grass fire unknown

Gloves fly at national boxing titles finale

Fabulous Flashbacks: Looking back on this week in November/December 2005

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday!

You share a birthday with US actress Julianne Moore, Austrian psychoanalyst Anna Freud and British rock singer  Ozzy Osbourne. 

THIS DAY IS FAMOUS FOR

1621 - Galileo perfects the telescope.

1808 - Madrid surrenders to Napoleon Bonaparte's French forces.

1967 - Surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr Christiaan Barnard, perform the first human heart transplant. Louis Washkansky lives 18 days with the new heart.

2001 - Israel attacks Palestinian targets in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in response to suicide bombings by the militant group Hamas that killed 25 people.

2011 - The Australian Labor Party votes in favour of same-sex marriage at its national conference, reversing its party platform. It also backs a motion to allow state and federal Labor MPs a conscience vote on the issue if a bill comes to parliament.

2012 - President Barack Obama warns Syria that the use of chemical weapons would be totally unacceptable and that the country's leaders would be held accountable.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know it is physically impossible for pigs to look up at the sky?   

DAILY QUIZ


1. Which Mel voiced in Chicken Run?

2. If a number is squared, what is it multiplied by?

3. What type of food is associated with Harry Ramsden’s?

4. In the 1980s, young upwardly mobile persons became known as what?

5. For which sport is Jim Furyk famous?

JOKE OF THE DAY

A lumberjack didn't know which tree to chop next. He was stumped.

Got another joke? Any tips on what we should be heading out to today? Send it in to merran.reed@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

Have a great day,

Merran 

Daily quiz answers: 1. Gibson  2. Itself  3. Fish and Chips  4. Yuppies  5. Golf

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