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Minister resigns after bullying investigation

Adem Somyurek.

Benjamin Preiss and Richard Willingham 1:58 PM   Small Business Minister Adem Somyurek has resigned following bullying allegations made by a staff member.

Man no-show in court as crash victim fights for her life

Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

Adam Cooper 1:46 PM   A man in a stolen car was under the influence of alcohol when involved in a crash that left a 74-year-old woman fighting for her life, court documents allege.

100 people watch bashing, but do nothing

Crime scene

Daniella Miletic 9:05 AM   100 people looked on as a man was bashed at a Mulgrave hotel at the weekend, yet no one helped or even paused to call an ambulance.

Melbourne Express: Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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Deborah Gough 9:05 AM   Melbourne Express is a live blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.

Getting around Australia's donations laws: a five-point how-to guide

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Michael Bachelard 8:58 AM   A donor needs to reveal publicly that they are paying money to a political party only if the donation is more than $13,000, under Australia's political donation laws. 

Rosebud West seeking name change to Capel Sound

Some in Rosebud West want the name changed to Capel Sound.

Lucy Battersby 7:19 AM   The peninsula suburb of Rosebud West may soon have a new name, if a group of residents convinces the council to approve a change to Capel Sound.  

'Gross hypocrisy': Labor won't release toll road details until deal all but done

Commuters know all too well how just frequently the freeway turns into a car park.

Clay Lucas 7:03 AM   The Andrews government will not release the business case justifying a $5.3 billion toll road that Transurban wants to build through Melbourne's west until it enters final negotiations to build the project.

Sacked Grill'd employee Kahlani Pyrah reinstated

Kahlani Pyrah alleges she was sacked by Grill'd for speaking out about below-award wages.

Nick Toscano 11:20 PM   A sacked Grill'd employee has been temporarily reinstated, clearing the way for her wage deal dispute to proceed before the national workplace tribunal this week.

Melbourne teen charged in heroin import ring

Ecstasy pill.

Chloe Booker 11:01 PM   A teen has been charged as part of an alleged international drug ring accused of importing more than $6 million worth of heroin and ecstasy into Melbourne.

Man car-jacked in St Albans

Police car

Chloe Booker 10:23 PM   A man has been car-jacked with a weapon in western Melbourne.

Harrolds founder plead guilty to dishonesty

Harrolds founder John Poulakis.

Steve Butcher 7:37 PM   A luxury Melbourne menswear retailer has pleaded guilty to understating by $1.4 million the value of imported European clothing to reduce the customs duty payable on the goods.

Alleged terror plot weapons supplier admits arms import charges

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Adam Cooper 6:47 PM   A young Melbourne man described as the weapons supplier for an alleged terror plot on Anzac Day has pleaded guilty to a string of charges.

Backpackers exploited under energy efficiency target scheme

Australia's Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, hopes the penalties will be a warning for others tempted to exploit overseas labour.

Nick Toscano 12:15 AM   Backpackers have been exploited and in some cases paid nothing at all while travelling door-to-door to install energy-saving powerboards under a state government greenhouse gas reduction scheme.

Build multi-deck car parks at stations to encourage train travel: Metro

A multi-level car park is being built next to Syndal station on the Glen Waverley line.

Adam Carey and Clay Lucas 6:40 PM   Metro wants to build multi-storey car parks at some of its busiest suburban railway stations, and potentially charge commuters to park there.

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Mosque opponents fail to have judge removed from case

Artist's impression of the proposed mosque for Bendigo.

Alana Schetzer 6:20 PM   Bendigo residents fighting a proposed mosque have failed in their attempt to have the state planning tribunal justice in charge of their case disqualified.

Family Court reforms urged to improve children's safety

Domestic violence.

Jane Lee 6:09 PM   Family courts lack information about parents' history of family violence, and cannot prevent survivors from being cross-examined by their abusers, a royal commission has been told.

More than 40,000 older patients visiting emergency departments unnecessarily

Peak time for elderly patients making unnecessary visits to emergency is Monday morning.

Benjamin Preiss 5:23 PM   Ageing patients are visiting Victorian emergency departments more than 40,000 times a year for illnesses that could be treated by general practitioners, researchers have found.

Magistrate says "no rationale" for delay in charging Fulham inmate

Scales of Justice.

Tammy Mills 3:43 PM   A magistrate slammed authorities for taking 18 months to charge an inmate over an attack at Fulham involving 30 prisoners and hospitalised seven guards.

Pit bull dog on 'death row' dramatically freed during late night raid

Buddy, the pit bull dog who was put on death row after being classified a dangerous, restricted breed.

Mark Russell   A dog that was put on 'death row' after being declared a dangerous restricted breed has been dramatically freed during a late night raid by a thief who cut through a number of wire fences to get to him.

Woman who gave birth to 12-year-old boy's daughter jailed for six years for sexual abuse

court

Mark Russell   Judge says woman's behaviour was abhorrent and shocking in abusing the vulnerable boy for her own emotional and physical needs.

Eight-year learning gap noted by report

Teachers should target learning to individual students, according to a report by the Grattan Institute.

Timna Jacks   Too many students are getting left behind due to outdated approaches, a new report has revealed.

Melbourne Express: Monday, July 27, 2015

Express sunrise

Deborah Gough   Melbourne Express is a live blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.

Government to pay for prison guard's move

Last month's riot at Ravenhall, which provoked an armed response, led to the loss of personal information relating to guards and their families.

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago   The Victorian government is expected to foot the relocation bill of a prison guard after a violent uprising last month.

Vintage tram off the rails, to help kids stay on them

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Alana Schetzer   There might not be a need for them on the city's streets any more, but one of Melbourne's discontinued trams has found a new home as a hub for disengaged inner-city students.

MP breastfeeds baby during parliamentary session

Victoria Donda Perez breastfeeding baby Trilce in parliament.

Staff writers   An Argentinian mum and politician has caused a stir on social media after being filmed breastfeeding her baby.

Melbourne Kurds farewell man who died fighting Islamic State

Gold Coast man Reece Harding, who died while fighting with Kurdish forces.

Neelima Choahan   A man who died in Syria fighting against the Islamic State militants has been given an emotional farewell by the Kurdish community in Melbourne.

Al Gore flies into Australia to push momentum towards Paris climate summit

Former United States vice-president Al Gore with Clive Palmer on a previous trip to Australia in 2014.

Tom Arup   Former United States vice-president Al Gore has flown into Australia for a whistlestop tour that includes meetings with state government ministers and senior business figures as part of efforts to build global momentum towards this year's Paris climate change summit.

Woman tells of terror over Pascoe Vale car-jacking

Police have released an image of the victim's stolen black Commodore.

Steve Lillebuen   A 49-year-old mother car-jacked outside her local supermarket says she started shaking uncontrollably when two thieves approached and shoved a shotgun in her face.

Cop's family fury as teen may avoid penalty for drug-fuelled attack

The family of a police officer injured in an attack in May is furious the teenager who attacked him could qualify for a program which would allow him to avoid a criminal conviction.

Steve Lillebuen   The family of a Victoria Police officer who was brutally bashed by a teenager, leaving him with neck and spinal injuries, says it's disgusting to discover his attacker could escape punishment for the drug-fuelled assault.

Rain, hail and wind: a chilly end to the weekend

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12:  Weather image from the CBD as constant rain fell on July 12, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hopkins/Fairfax Media)

Allison Worrall   A gusty, chilly end to the weekend in the city has left many scuttling home to take refuge in front of the heater.

Opinion

City's rail system is broken but who will pay to fix it?

Yes, the system is broken, but it is difficult to know who to blame for breaking it.

Why Melbourne's growth  is outpacing Sydney's

People could be flocking here for the coffee and cool bars. Or something else entirely.

The Hotel Windsor has become a political football

Bureaucratic obstructions are likely to result in an own-goal for heritage lovers.

Tobacco ban in prisons won't work

Rather than incite unrest, Andrews should make it more likely prisoners will want to stop smoking.

Port plan suffers under aggressive politics

It is the new template for political opposition in Australia: bash the bejesus out of your opponents.

Andrews needs to act on Cesar Melhem allegations

As the allegations against Labor's upper-house whip pile up, Daniel Andrews looks like a man in hiding.

No upside for Andrews in minister’s downfall

Despite talk of factional payback, allegations of bullying by Adem Somyurek must be taken seriously.

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A Golden Age of China at NGV

Gallery throws its doors open for a major exhibition showcasing Chinese treasures from the 1700s.

Females 'shouldn't be alone in parks'

The public, especially females, should be cautious following the brazen stabbing murder.

Abbott: 'I just want to see the East-West link built'

Prime Minister won't confirm if Victoria will lose the $1.5bn pledged towards the East West Link.