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Policeman shot as part of a drive-by shooting in Melbourne's north-west

Daniella Miletic and Rania Spooner 8:13 AM   A policeman was shot in the back of his head as part of a drive-by shooting in Melbourne's north-west early on Tuesday.

Melbourne Express: Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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Liam Mannix 7:37 AM   Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running – news, weather and transport updates, plus compelling content from The Age and beyond.

No more green information buttons at railway stations - now it's four-metre totems

The totems.

Liam Mannix 7:32 AM   No more pressing the green button at railway stations. Now, you'll touch the four-metre totem.

Police pop-up blitz on Melbourne taxis


Beau Donelly 9:20 PM   A police blitz on taxis and hire cars at Melbourne airport has uncovered a stolen car, defective vehicles and multiple driver identification breaches.

Police appeal over Geelong hit run


Beau Donelly 9:14 PM   Police are appealing for public assistance after a hit and run in Geelong on Monday afternoon.

Lucky escape after car veers into gully


Beau Donelly 7:57 PM   Three people have had a lucky escape after their car veered off a country road and down a steep embankment in the state's north-east.

Arrest after two cars stolen in one night


Beau Donelly 7:55 PM   A man has been arrested after allegedly stealing two cars overnight and being involved in a collision that left a woman with life-threatening injuries.

Former deputy premier says Victorians 'dudded' on electricity

Former deputy premier John Thwaites says his government's electricity reforms have failed to deliver lower prices for households.

Marc Moncrief 12:00 AM   Victorians have been dudded by deregulation of the electricity market, according to the deputy premier of the government that enacted the reform.

Hazelwood owners refusing to pay $18 million mine fire bill

The open cut mine fire at the Hazelwood plant in Morwell in February 2014.

Tom Arup 6:46 PM   The owners of Hazelwood are refusing to pay an $18 million bill for the firefighting effort to stop a massive fire at their brown coal mine last year that shrouded the town of Morwell in smoke and ash.

Supersized Fishermans Bend tower application

An artist's impression of six towers on Normanby Road.

Aisha Dow 6:30 PM   A supersized application for six new towers in Fishermans Bend would see almost 1580 apartments constructed in a $600 million housing project south of the West Gate Freeway.

'I can make you younger with good sexy': Councillors receive harassing texts

Maribyrnong Councillor Sarah Carter.

Daniella Miletic 6:26 PM   Cr Sarah Carter receives harassing phone calls at 3am. At what point is enough, enough?

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Children, woman held captive in Tarneit siege


Rania Spooner 5:06 PM   A man armed with a machete has held police at bay for more than three hours after barricading himself inside a Tarneit home with a woman and two children.

Braybrook apartment destroyed by fire

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06:  The scene of an apartment fire in Lord Place Braybrook  on July 6, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Pat Scala/Fairfax Media)

Daniella Miletic and Jeremiah Ganicoche 4:53 PM   Two people unaccounted for in Braybrook apartment fire.

Car maker Nissan to lay off Dandenong warehouse workers

Nissan workers outside the Dandenong South warehouse.

Nick Toscano 4:39 PM   Nissan workers will lose their jobs in Melbourne and three other cities across the country as the car maker prepares to outsource its warehousing and logistics operations.

Appeals lodged over 'inadequate' jail terms for two men who raped a 14-year-old girl

County Court

Mark Russell and Steve Butcher 1:25 PM   The Director of Public Prosecutions will appeal the jail sentences handed to two men who repeatedly raped a 14-year-old girl after driving her to a Hallam factory when she was drunk.

Electrician jailed for drunken attack after Grand Final


Steve Butcher 1:20 PM   Electrician jailed for vicious attack on patron in Langwarrin hotel after drinking all day during 2014 AFL Grand Final.

Elderly accused too ill to appear in court

Robert Penny at a bail hearing in April.

Mark Russell 12:43 PM   The elderly man accused of killing his wife and her hairdresser in Portland more than 24 years ago was too ill to appear in a Melbourne court on Monday.

Tram, train, road works make commuting tough all week

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Alana Schetzer 12:09 PM   Tram users along St Kilda Road will need to remain patient until Thursday, when tram services resume normal operations after Yarra Trams completes building two new platform stops along the road.

Fatal stabbing in Werribee


Allison Worrall 10:40 AM   A man has died on his way to hospital after being stabbed in Werribee, in Melbourne's west. 

Road rage attack leaves man seriously injured

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Daniella Miletic 8:47 AM   Police are investigating a road rage attack in Melbourne's west last night that resulted in two men fleeing the scene in a stolen car and one man left seriously injured on the side of the road.

Why she told mothers to rock their babies

Kathryn Barnard.

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Toddler suffers alcohol poisoning after drinking hand gel

A three-year-old was taken to Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital after she consumed alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

Julia Medew   Doctors are warning people to be careful with alcohol-based hand sanitisers after a three-year-old suffered severe alcohol poisoning while playing with a bottle at home.

Lambie: keep party donations out of shipping dispute


Allison Worrall    Independent senator Jacqui Lambie has demanded the government guarantee that political donations from Caltex has not influenced coastal shipping policy, which she claims has enabled shipping operators to replace Australian workers with foreign labour.

Man found dead in hotel with throat slashed


Steve Lillebuen   The brutal killing of a man at one of Crown Melbourne's luxury hotels has once again put a spotlight on violent crime at the sprawling complex, despite its high level of security.

Children's painkillers urgently recalled

Pharmacy Choice ibuprofen and Chemmart paracetamol products for children have been recalled.

Allison Worrall   Chemmart and Pharmacy Choice pain relievers for children have been urgently recalled due to the risk of the bottle splintering when opened.

Missing Queensland teens may be headed to Victoria

Missing Queensland girl Emma Howarth.

Allison Worrall   A pair of missing teenage girls from Queensland may be headed towards Victoria. 

Racially abused Frozen fan meets her idol, Queen Elsa

Three-year-old Samara Muir, who was racially vilified at a Disney <i>Frozen</i> event in May, attends a Melbourne high tea to meet the Norwegian sisters she adores, 'Anna' and 'Elsa'.

Daniella Miletic   A three-year-old Aboriginal girl who was racially vilified at a Disney 'Frozen' event attends a Melbourne high-tea to meet her favourite film character, Queen Elsa of Arendelle.


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.


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.