No rail, but new $100m airport road opens

Road links airport to Western Ring Road, and will take up to 15,000 cars a day off Tullamarine Freeway.

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Prisoners riot at Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall

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Tom Cowie 1:42 PM   Prisoners have reportedly started to riot at the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall.

Passengers left out of the Loop as Metro cuts corners to run trains on time

Metro has resorted to bypassing Melbourne's underground stations to avoid running late.

Adam Carey 12:41 PM   The number of trains skipping the City Loop has soared this year, new figures show, as Metro resorts to bypassing Melbourne's underground stations at near record levels to avoid running late.

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Victorian road death culprits: speed, alcohol, teenage males

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Tammy Mills 12:27 PM   The drug ice was a factor in only 4 per cent of culpable driving cases despite a growing prevalence in the community, with two-thirds of killer drivers speeding or alcohol-affected, a new study has found.

Education Department crackdown in wake of damning IBAC hearings

Former senior Victorian Education Department official Nino Napoli was involved in the "banker schools" scandal.

Henrietta Cook 12:21 PM   The Education Department is cracking down on corruption in its ranks, vowing to overhaul its structure, culture and financial system in response to a damning anti-corruption inquiry.

Melbourne Express: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Deborah Gough 9:13 AM   Melbourne Express is a live blog bringing you a morning primer of what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.

Greek financial mess a quagmire for Melburnians

Paul Nikakis, whose mother recently passed away in Greece, is struggling to secure his inheritance.

Neelima Choahan and Jeremiah Ganicoche 1:32 AM   Paul Nikakis might lose more than money in the fast escalating Greek financial crises. He might lose his mother's legacy.

Koorie culture arrives front and centre in Melbourne

Artist Robyne Latham and Koorie Heritage Trust chief executive Tom Mosby: The new trust headquarters open on Thursday.

Carolyn Webb 11:25 PM   One of Victoria's Indigenous cultural hubs, the Koorie Heritage Trust, is moving into Federation Square with a confronting performance piece involving staring.

Sexual offence law overhaul to address victim injustices

A government review found Victoria's sexual offence laws were complex, inconsistent and unclear, further traumatising victims.

Nino Bucci 8:34 PM   An overhaul of sexual offence laws will crack down on the most depraved child abusers and drastically reduce appeals and retrials in rape cases.

Geelong local flexes to third Mr Universe title

Universal appeal... Calum von Moger has been named Mr Universe for the third time.

Liam Mannix 8:17 PM   The Girth from Geelong, Calum von Moger, has been named Mr Universe for a third time.

'Vets could help tackle domestic violence' says RSPCA

Victims of domestic violence often stay at home because of threats to family pets so the RSPCA is calling for the government to provide shelter for animals too and for vets to be required to report signs of abuse.

Richard Willingham 7:37 PM   Perpetrators of domestic violence use threats and violence against family pets as part of their strategy of control, so the RSPCA wants the Royal Commission into family violence to include animal welfare as a key consideration.

Nino Napoli put in charge of cleaning up a system he is alleged to have rorted, IBAC hears

Nino Napoli was opposed to changing the banker school system, the commission heard.

Timna Jacks 7:36 PM   The chief financial officer at the Victorian Education Department at the time of alleged corruption has said corrupt behaviour by senior officials would still be "hard to stop," an anti-corruption inquiry has heard.

Former Yooralla manager jailed for sexual abuse

Timothy Hampson has been jailed for four years for sexually abusing an autistic woman at Yooralla.

Mark Russell 7:14 PM   A manager at Victoria's biggest disability services provider Yooralla has been jailed for four years after he was caught by a hidden camera preying on a vulnerable cognitively impaired woman in his office.

Melbourne City Council 'slow' and 'bureaucratic': report

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle at Melbourne town Hall.

Aisha Dow 7:03 PM   An unflattering internal review of Melbourne City Council has found the municipality is at the "crossroads of either stagnating or embarking on next wave of change".

Scanning the brain's magnetic fields offers hope for epilepsy patients

Stewart Duguid is now living seizure-free.

Bridie Smith 6:30 PM   Stewart Duguid used to have an epileptic seizure every fortnight. He never knew when they would strike. But the seizures were debilitating and proved impossible to control with medication.

Decision on $5b freeway by December

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Clay Lucas 6:05 PM   The government is weighing up whether to proceed with Transurban's Western Distributor freeway and tunnel plan against its own plan to build truck ramps onto the West Gate Bridge.

State's disability system fragmented and confusing: Ombudsman

There are currently 60 people on an 'exclusion register' banned from working with people in disability care in Victoria.

Lucy Battersby 5:56 PM   Sixty people are on an 'exclusion register' and banned from working with people in disability care in Victoria, an inquiry into abuse in disability services has heard.

Support for anonymous reports of family violence: submission

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Miki Perkins, Richard Willingham and Josh Gordon 5:50 PM   The Royal Commission into Family Violence has started to release the almost 400 submissions it has received in response to calls for community input.

Lack of myki funds forcing students to skip school

Su Robertson, Director of Clinical Programs at the VU College of Law and Justice.

Jessica Wright 5:33 PM   Disadvantaged Victorian school students are falling even further behind by skipping school because they can't afford myki top-ups and have no money to pay the fines incurred for riding without a valid travel card, according to a new study.

Vic government to spend $1.3b on high-capacity trains

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan.

Benjamin Preiss 5:06 PM   New high-capacity trains to run on Melbourne's busiest line will carry 20 per cent more passengers than current models.

Husband loses appeal against sentence after burning down home wife and baby were living in

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Mark Russell 4:25 PM   A woman and her five-month-old baby daughter had a lucky escape when her estranged husband burned down the house they were living in, after threatening to kill them.

Ultra-endurance racing across the US: no support, zero prize money, lots of pain

Jesse Carlsson in Williamsburg, Virginia, after completing the Trans Am Bike Race.

Tom Cowie 2:06 PM   Jesse Carlsson is sleeping with the frayed nerves of man who's spent the past three weeks on the run.

Dial-up is dead - here's all the things you're going to miss

Some of the tools you need to get online with dial-up.

Liam Mannix 2:01 PM   That iconic sing-song modem handshake tone will soon be heard no more after Telstra announced plans to switch off its dial-up service.

Man 'armed with knife' arrested at Highpoint Shopping Centre

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Robyn Grace   An armed man has been arrested at a shopping centre in Melbourne's north-west.

Whitlam house to face the bulldozer

Former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam.

Anna Whitelaw   Late prime minister Gough Whitlam's birthplace could be demolished within days after the Heritage Council rejected a bid for his childhood home to be listed on the state's heritage register.

Australian Grand Prix dogged by leadership uncertainty

Acting chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, John Harnden.

Josh Gordon   The leadership of the Australian Grand Prix has been plunged into uncertainty after a reported attempt by the Andrews government to install Bombers chairman Paul Little in the top job.

Melbourne Express: Monday, June 29, 2015

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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.

Retirement funds spent on ice rehab

Vic Vella has started a Change.org petition calling on Tony Abbott and Daniel Andrews to provide more rehab beds in Victoria.

Chloe Booker   Parents of ice addicts are spending their retirement funds, cashing in super and mortgaging homes to pay for their children's rehab.

Chalked children's peace signs send message to right-wing groups

Seven-year-old Aaminah and her playmates drew messages of peace in chalk on the footpath outside ABC's Southbank offices.

Anna Whitelaw   Muslim children chalked peace signs outside the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's headquarters on Sunday to send a message in response to protests by the right-wing group the United Patriots Front the day before.

Opinion

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.

It's time to spend, so start borrowing

Self-serving myths about public debt should be exposed.

Now for better projects than East West Link

A happy conjunction is open to the Andrews government if it does two things.

City planning gears up to go into neutral body

Battle over Link validates need for a neutral body to take politics out of infrastructure planning.

Disability crisis: why won’t anything change?

Despite rapes, deaths and neglect in care, the disability sector is obsessed with self-protection.

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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.