COVID-19 has had two big impacts when it comes to birds in Melbourne. Magpies are swooping people they never did previously because it’s believe they’re confused by masks. And the seagulls are getting more brazen when it comes to pinching food due to the lack of people in the CBD and Docklands. Sean Dooley, National […]
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.
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A Brighton East fish and chip shop owner has been left bewildered after his shop was identified as a Tier 2 exposure site while it was closed. Pier 33 Fish and Chips has only been opening from 5pm until 8pm every day while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. But it’s been listed as a Tier […]
With Australia’s vaccination rate accelerating towards 70 and 80 per cent of the adult population, attention is quickly turning to when the country can open up again. But parents are contacting 3AW in increasing numbers, concerned their unvaccinated children may be vulnerable once that happens. A significant chunk of Victoria’s active COVID-19 cases are currently […]
The federal government has again expanded its COVID-19 business support, with small businesses no longer required to have been on JobKeeper during the March quarter to access the COVID loan scheme. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said more than 70,000 loans had been delivered, worth more than $6 billion. He explained the changes on 3AW Mornings on […]
Neil Mitchell has slammed a statement released by Victorian Education Minister James Merlino on Victorian children’s performance in the 2021 NAPLAN tests. Victorian kids have performed remarkably well in the 2021 tests, despite extended periods of remote learning. But Neil Mitchell says a statement from Mr Merlino celebrating the results is “offensive”. “He says it’s […]
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 […]
RED HOT TIP CONFIRMED A COVID-19 vaccination hub in Melbourne’s south-east has been identified as an exposure site. A person who was vaccinated at the Frankston Community Vaccination Hub at Bayside Centre on Monday has since tested positive to coronavirus. Neil Mitchell was tipped off to the case on Thursday, but health authorities refused to […]
RED HOT TIP CONFIRMED About 200 staff at the Royal Melbourne Hospital have been furloughed after a patient at the hospital was identified as a close contact of a COVID-positive person yesterday. The patient has since returned three negative COVID-19 tests. Chief medical officer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Dr Cate Kelly, says the staff […]
RED HOT TIP A student at St Patrick’s Primary School in Murrumbeena has tested positive to the Delta strain of COVID-19. Multiple sources have told Neil Mitchell about the case. A text message sent to parents instructs all year four students to go directly to the drive-through testing station on Wellington Road, Clayton, then head […]
RED HOT TIP CONFIRMED Victoria’s top roads cop is leaving the police force. Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing, Libby Murphy, has been poached by Ambulance Victoria. She will begin a new role as Victorian Chief Operations Officer at Ambulance Victoria on August 23. “The campaign against the road toll is about to take a bit […]
The Victorian government has clarified a tip suggesting between 150 and 200 beds at major hospitals such as the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Box Hill Hospital have been closed to general patients in case the outbreak worsens. A government spokesperson says about 100 beds have been identified across the public health system, which could be […]
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. […]