Metro pulls up short to meet performance targets

Adam Carey   Metro is terminating trains part-way along the line hundreds of times a week, dumping passengers short of their destination in a perverse race to meet performance targets.


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Melbourne Express: Friday, March 27, 2015

Vanessa Desloires 6:24 AM   Bringing you all the news and updates live until 9am.

Queensland outshone, Victoria is Australia's No.1 destination


Peter Martin 6:15 AM   Victoria is outshining Queensland as the No.1 destination for Australians moving interstate.

Adrian Bayley found guilty of raping three women before he raped and murdered Jill Meagher

Adrian Earnest Bayley outside Melbourne Supreme Court in June 2013.

Mark Russell 1:50 AM   Adrian Bayley has been found guilty of raping three women – one in 2000 and two others just months before he raped and murdered Jill Meagher.

Wynne 'gets the band back together' on rewrite of Plan Melbourne

Minister for Planning Dick Wynne in Royal Park, Parkville.

Clay Lucas 9:54 PM   A group of senior advisors to the Napthine government who quit claiming political interference in their work writing Melbourne's 40-year planning strategy have been reappointed by the Andrews government to rewrite parts of the plan.

Parole board yet to complete electronic system

Former High Court judge Ian Callinan.

Nino Bucci and Richard Willingham 9:43 PM   The Adult Parole Board is yet to complete an electronic database for parolees, despite it being one of the key recommendations of a high-level review commissioned after the murder of Jill Meagher into how the justice system failed.

Advocates attack organisers of disability summit for lack of inclusion

Deborah Haygarth being carried off stage by organisers at the National Disability Summit in Melbourne

Beau Donelly 9:10 PM   Disability advocates have slammed the organisers of a national disability conference after a speaker was carried onto the stage because it was not wheelchair accessible.

Adrian Bayley found guilty of raping three women before he raped and murdered Jill Meagher

Adrian Ernest Bayley

Mark Russell 7:58 PM   One of Victoria’s most notorious criminals – the man who brutally raped and murdered Jill Meagher in 2012 – has been found guilty of raping three other women, with some of the offences committed while he was on parole for a string of other heinous crimes.

How Adrian Bayley was transformed from cocky and arrogant to a whimpering, emasculated shell of a man

Adrian Ernest Bayley leaving court in 2013.

Chris Johnston 7:08 PM   Adrian Bayley's police interview in which he admitted repeatedly raping then strangling Jill Meagher with his hands three Septembers ago showed him to be above all one thing: pitiful.

Disability summit fails disabled speaker


6:37 PM   A disabled speaker had to be lifted from her wheelchair onto the stage before she spoke at the National Disability Summit in Melbourne.

Red-light runner causes six-car crash

Victoria police.

Yolanda Redrup 6:28 PM   Victoria Police are attending a multi-car crash after a driver ran two red lights in West Melbourne leaving a trail of destruction.

Reading Recovery "harmful", visiting academic says

Kindergarten teacher reading to children

Henrietta Cook, education reporter 6:07 PM   A leading United States literacy expert has launched a savage attack on Reading Recovery, telling a Department of Education event that aspects of the remedial reading program are "harmful".

Firefighters' centre shut after toxic chemical found in water


Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent 6:01 PM   The controversial CFA training base at Fiskville has been shut down permanently after tests showed chemical contamination of the water supply.

"You never forget someone who does that to you"

Teen prostitute certain she was raped by Bayley

Mark Russell 5:40 PM   When the 18-year-old woman who had only just started out as a sex worker agreed to get into Adrian Bayley's red mini in St Kilda, she thought he looked like your every day, normal guy.

'Synonym of evil': Legal Aid lawyers tried to have rape charges against Adrian Bayley dropped

Gavel, generic court, judge's gavel

Mark Russell 5:35 PM   Adrian Bayley's taxpayer-funded Victorian Legal Aid lawyers tried to have the rape charges against him dropped because he had been demonised and would not get a fair trial.

Police praise 'tremendous strength' of Bayley victims

Adrian Bayley in police custody after the rape and murder of Jill Meagher in 2012.

Jane Lee, Richard Willingham 5:33 PM   Police praise Adrian Bayley's rape victims for their tremendous bravery.

'Horrifying distress': What the judge said the first time Adrian Bayley went to jail

Raped and killed by Adrian Bayley: Jill Meagher.

Jane Lee and Mark Russell 5:32 PM   A pitiless rapists who insisted he had the power, Adrain Bayley was condemned for his violence, his threats and his "gross sexual appetite" long before he murdered Jill Meagher. 

Golden opportunity to experience courtly pleasures of Chinese emperor

Italian 1688?1766, worked in China 1714?66
Portrait of Qianlong Emperor in ceremonial court robe Qing dynasty, Qianlong period 1736
coloured inks on silk
238.5 x 179.2 cm

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran 5:30 PM   A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria exposes the rich cultural legacy of China's Qianlong Emperor.

Union changes stance on drug, alcohol testing

The Whisper: social media used to trade drugs

Nick Toscano 5:29 PM   Drug and alcohol tests could become mandatory on Australian building sites under new measures the nation's biggest construction union wants included in workplace agreements.

Timeline: The dark past of Adrian Bayley

Adrian Bayley

Mark Russell 5:25 PM   A timeline of Adrian Bayley's dark past

Police review investigated failings in force's handling of Adrian Bayley attacks

Adrian Bayley in police custody after killing Jill Meagher.

Nino Bucci 5:14 PM   An internal police review has investigated failings in the force's handling of Adrian Bayley, including why the serial rapist was not investigated for an attack on a Dutch backpacker two months before the rape and murder of Jill Meagher.

Call me Emma, says short-statured comedian

Comedian Emma J. Hawkins who has a show at the Comedy Festival called "I Am Not a Unicorn".

Carolyn Webb 5:14 PM   Former Circus Oz performer Emma J. Hawkins suggests we call her Emma, and not a dwarf, midget or mythical creature, in her first one-woman show for the Comedy Festival.

Rapist apologises to victim before jailing

The County Court of Victoria

Adam Cooper 5:10 PM   A man who brutally raped a teenager almost 30 years ago apologised for his attack moments before he was jailed.

Murdered teenager Masa Vukotic laid to rest at Springvale Cemetery

Masa's favourite colour pink was used throughout the service.

Konrad Marshall 4:52 PM   A cemetery attendant silently walked the rows of Boyd Chapel, going from one to the next with an armful of Kleenex boxes, and distributing them mostly at the front, where family of Masa Vukotic would be seated.

Street sex workers still reluctant to report crimes

Sex worker St Kilda. The women are still reluctant to report crimes.

Rania Spooner 4:43 PM   Ties between sex workers and police may have strengthened since serial rapist Adrian Bayley used St Kilda's red-light district as a hunting ground, but workers say they are still vulnerable to violence until street work is decriminalised.

Don't sell the Port Dan: MUA

Swanson Dock foreground and Webb Dock background make up The Port of Melbourne Monday 13 April 2008. Picture by Craig Abraham The Age

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent 4:33 PM   The Maritime Union wants Daniel Andrews to reverse his decision to sell (long-term lease) the Port of Melbourne because of fears it will drive work away from Melbourne. 

Coroner urges more mental-health access to detainees


Adam Cooper 4:12 PM   A coroner who investigated a man's suicide at the Maribyrnong detention centre has urged authorities to consider allowing mental-health experts greater access to detainees, particularly at moments of stress.

Missing 16-year-old girl found

Missing: Michelle Keating

Yolanda Redrup and Rania Spooner 4:05 PM   A 16-year-old Mac.Robertson Girls High School student failed to return home last night, prompting a public appeal for information on her whereabouts.

Jill Meagher’s parents do not want an inquest into her death

Jill Meagher

Yolanda Redrup 3:52 PM   Jill Meagher’s parents George and Edith McKeon have asked for the Coronial Inquest into the circumstances of their daughter’s death not to proceed.

Adrian Bayley's reign of terror: How the system failed us

Adrian Bayley in police custody after he murdered and raped Jill Meagher.

John Silvester 3:25 PM   There are no votes in parole and that is why the Parole Board has always been the ugly step sister of the criminal justice system.

Jill Meagher tragedy disguises women’s domestic violence struggle

Jill Meagher was raped and murdered by Adrian Bayley in September 2012.

Chris Johnston 2:58 PM   The day after the AFL grand final in 2012, and just a few days after Jill Meagher's body had been found, 30,000 people marched through Brunswick in an unprecedented public rally. She was certainly not only the woman to be murdered in Victoria that year – but her death shook the state.


Remembering Masa Vukotic on our journey

We need to focus on the needs of the victim and challenge the behaviour of the perpetrator.

Why your electricity bill might be a real shocker

Deregulating retail electricity prices has pushed up some customers’ bills by $800 a year in Victoria.

Liberals are not better economic managers

Liberals rushed to close the East West deal for political reasons, exposing us to unnecessary risk.

Birthing policies must be based on women's needs

The key to making home birth safe is to ensure that a woman's care is appropriate for her.


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.

What's wrong with fighting in an octagon?

There has been much controversy surrounding Victoria lifting the ban on 'cage fighting'.

Rare frilled shark caught off Victoria

Fisherman who caught a rarely-sighted frilled shark says looks like "something out of a horror movie".