Government backs down over myki fines

Transport Department refuses to prosecute commuters facing fare evasion charges.

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Pedestrian 'bullied' into paying myki fine despite not using tram

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Tom Cowie 11:49 AM   A commuter who was given a myki fine in Melbourne's CBD says he was bullied into paying the ticket infringement on-the-spot despite not using public transport.

'Treated like dogs': Border Force raid Maribyrnong Detention Centre

Asylum seekers were woken at 2.30am to find their rooms being raided.

Neelima Choahan 11:46 AM   Detainees probably shifted to make room before the cancelled Operation Fortitude, refugee advocate says.

34k need homes. These places lie empty

Evo exterior -vacant apartments for up to $495 a week.

Benjamin Preiss 11:43 AM   More than 30 apartments acquired by the previous government to build the East West Link are still sitting vacant.  

Feral deer taken out in shooting operation

A deer near Kallista.

Darren Gray 11:36 AM   The culling of deer in national parks will not end here as numbers continue to soar.

'Far too many' serious sex offenders in community

 Sean Price

Richard Willingham 11:29 AM   Premier Daniel Andrews announces crackdown on sex offenders.

Electricity customers face prepayment, rationing under essential services proposal

'We've found cases where the debt is in the thousands of dollars, by which time the customer has no hope': ESC chair Dr Ron Ben-David.

Marc Moncrief 11:21 AM   Electricity customers struggling to pay their bills could be made to prepay or have electricity rationed under a new framework proposed by the Essential Services Commission.

Alleged drug trafficker caught planning hit for kingpin while on bail

Comanchero member Mohammad Oueida was allegedly caught on prison intercepts discussing debt collection

Nino Bucci 11:20 AM   Intelligence reports published after member of outlaw bikie gang appealed decision to cancel his parole.

It's time to talk about (painful) sex

Women do not know enough about painful sex and where they can get help.

Craig Butt 10:45 AM   It's a painfully embarrassing subject, but four out of five health professionals surveyed believed women need to know more about painful sex.

Adrian Bayley lawyers reportedly in new action over lack of Legal Aid funding

Adrian Ernest Bayley leaving court in 2013.

Tammy Mills and Richard Willingham 10:37 AM   Murderer and serial rapist Adrian Bayley has reportedly launched legal action against an independent reviewer for Victorian Legal Aid over a decision to not fund his appeal.

Melbourne Express: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Express sunrise

Deborah Gough 9:39 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.

Crackdown on serious sex offenders

Masa Vukotic was stabbed while walking through a park in Doncaster.

Chloe Booker 9:31 AM   A crackdown on serious sex offenders has been announced in Victoria after revelations the man who murdered schoolgirl Masa Vukotic was on a supervision order.

Coldest winter in 26 years keeps a tight grip on Melbourne

Winter chills: Don't forget your scarf today.

Daniella Miletic 8:37 AM   Even now, on the first day of spring, the cold is refusing to loosen it's white-knuckle grip on poor Melbourne.

Denis Napthine: the accidental premier

Former Victoria Premier Dr Denis Napthine announces his retirement at the Parliament House. 31 August 2015. The Age NEWS. Photo: Eddie Jim.

Josh Gordon 1:06 AM   When Denis Napthine - Victoria's accidental 47th premier - was handed the Liberal Leadership on his birthday on March 6, 2013, he embraced it as a political gift.

Windsor Hotel tower battle back on as owners appeal

The Windsor is known as the Duchess of Spring Street.

Aisha Dow 11:01 PM   The owners of the Windsor Hotel are appealing the government's decision not to extend the permit for its planned tower redevelopment. The Halim Group say they are seeking a compromise, where they would commit to begin demolition works within a year.

Working holiday turns into nightmare for Argentinian

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Adam Cooper 10:58 PM   A young Argentinian woman's working holiday in Australia became a nightmare when she was assaulted after being driven into bushland by a man she had just met, a court has heard.

Teen dead after car crash in Somerville

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Chloe Booker 10:09 PM   A teen has died in a car crash in Victoria's south east.

Springvale road rage attack leaves man critically hurt

Keath Meng Kang is fighting for his life.

Chloe Booker 9:55 PM   A man is fighting for his life after he was assaulted in a road rage attack in Melbourne's south east.

Statesman or refugee, the greatest gift from a dad is time

The Age, News, picture by JustinMcManus 30/08/2015. Victorian Father of the Year 2015. Abubeker Mohamed is announced 2015 Victorian Father of the Year by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle at the Melbourne Town Hall. L-R  Mohamed, Nusayba, Osama, Abubeker, Hajer and Abdullah.

Miki Perkins 9:41 PM   In the ornate heart of Melbourne Town Hall's venerable council chambers two men with very, very different lives met on Monday to talk about fatherhood.  

Concrete mix to be pumped beneath Yarra to stabilise ground for Melbourne Metro

100th anniversary of the Hurstbrige rail line next week. Wednesday 13 June 2012 Picture by Craig Abraham 
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Clay Lucas 7:57 PM   Large amounts of concrete will have to be injected into the ground beneath the Yarra River to make it stable enough to build the Melbourne Metro, documents filed with the federal environment department show.

Concreting under the Yarra: how it will work

Twin 9-kilometre tunnels will be dug under the Yarra River to take trains from the city to the new Domain station.

Clay Lucas 7:56 PM   Large amounts of concrete will have to be injected into the ground beneath the Yarra River to make it stable enough to build the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel.

Jovan Jojic pleads not guilty to shooting 20-year-old Sarah Portelli while on ice

Jovan Jocic was not even in the room when Sarah Portelli was killed, says his lawyer.

Mark Russell 7:49 PM   A man accused of shooting dead a young woman in the bedroom of a house in Melbourne's north-west denied having picked up the loaded sawn-off shotgun and pulling the trigger, a court has heard.

Metro taking industrial dispute to Fair Work

The trains will not run next Friday.

Chloe Booker 7:35 PM   Metro are seeking to scuttle a plan to shut down Melbourne's rail system on Friday

Former premier Denis Napthine retires from politics

Denis Napthine with his wife Peggy during the 2014 Victorian State Election.

Richard Willingham 7:32 PM   Former premier Denis Napthine's 27 year parliamentary career is over.

Abortion protest buffer zones to get green light

Sex Party leader Fiona Patten awaits the vote count in her North Carlton home.

Richard Willingham, Benjamin Preiss 7:04 PM   Protesters who harass women visiting abortion and fertility clinics will be pushed back more than 100 metres, with the Labor government set to support a Sex Party plan to create buffer zones around the centres.

Busy bushfire season ahead for Australia's most populous regions

NSW Rural Fire Service crews prepare in the Blue Mountains in August.

Peter Hannam 12:15 AM   Another year of above-average fire risk is on the way as the long-term decline in cool season rainfall combines with a strengthening El Nino.

Sailor considers appeal after losing compensation case over unwanted pregnancy

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Mark Russell 5:54 PM   Lawyers representing a sailor who sued the Department of Defence over an unwanted pregnancy are considering appealing a judge's decision to throw the case out.

Snapper catch rates tipped to drop this summer

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Darren Gray 5:35 PM   Fishing enthusiasts chasing snapper in Port Phillip Bay in the coming season could end up with a smaller haul than recent years, according to a leading fisheries scientist.

Models spring into action with fashion for the races

The Age, News, picture by JustinMcManus 30/08/2015. Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. David Jones Racing Runway Show.

Suzanne Carbone 5:32 PM   For a fleeting moment, Melbourne's broodingly stubborn grey clouds obeyed the nudge from the calendar to go their separate ways and let the sun spring into action.

'I trusted you with my son'

Justice.

Adam Cooper 5:19 PM   Father of a sexually abused man says he is "tortured" by the thought that his intellectually disabled son cannot communicate what happened to him.

The curious case of the mop and the bucket - did you get it wrong?

Do you know the cost of this bucket?

Timna Jacks 5:16 PM   Still puzzling over the curious case of the mop and the bucket?

Opinion

Victoria: the education state, or ghetto?

Daniel Andrews needs to show that he cares about state schools.

Get on board, get on the bus

Driving to work is a tedious affair, but it has its compensations.

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.

Video

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.