Myki fines thrown into doubt after court ruling

Transport Department continues to issue thousands of infringement notices, despite a court ruling last November that casts significant legal doubts over the enforcement of the $1.55 billion myki system.


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Tasmanian teen arrested over sex assault on elderly woman

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Rania Spooner 9:53 AM   A Tasmanian teenager wanted in connection with a sexual attack on an elderly woman has been arrested in Melbourne and is expected face an extradition hearing.

Melbourne Metro to tunnel under Yarra River

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Clay Lucas 9:51 AM   The $11 billion Melbourne Metro rail project will tunnel underneath the Yarra River at a depth of 11 metres, Premier Daniel Andrews says.

Royal Melbourne Hospital pushes for $2b renovation, Melbourne University merger

Private investors, either other private healthcare services or universities, would have a significant role in the hoped-for RMH care centre.

Liam Mannix and Julia Medew 9:42 AM   A new hospital ward is being planned at Melbourne University to cover for a full $2 billion renovation of the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Residents missing as fire Mulgrave house

The fire at Topaz Court, Mulgrave this morning.

Liam Mannix 9:29 AM   A fire that tore through a house in Mulgrave early Wednesday morning is being treated as suspicious by police – and the home's two occupants are still missing.

Melbourne Express: Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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9:23 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.

Pub argument ends in bashing

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Liam Mannix 7:38 AM   An argument in a Horsham pub turned nasty when a man who got evicted from a pub snuck back in and allegedly bashed his victim.

Young man sought over death of 60-year-old

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Liam Mannix 7:09 AM   Police are searching for a young man who may have been involved in the death of a 60-year-old man in Newtown – despite the older man's death not being treated as suspicious.

Underworld matriarch Judy Moran to appeal murder conviction

Judy Moran arriving at the Supreme Court in 2011.

Chloe Booker 11:51 PM   Gangland widow Judy Moran is planning to appeal her murder conviction for the slaying of her former brother-in-law Des "Tuppence" Moran.

AWU demands local jobs for level-crossing removals amid concerns over China trade deal

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Nick Toscano, Workplace Reporter 7:42 PM   Australia's biggest blue-collar union is demanding a guarantee that jobs created by dozens of level crossing removals will not go to Chinese workers under a new trade deal.

Diet change cuts methane emissions in cow burps

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Darren Gray 7:33 PM   A team of Victorian and international scientists has found that a new additive included in a dairy cow's diet can cut the cow's methane emissions when it belches by almost one third.

Hip hippo hooray for Petre the pygmy hippopotamus

Baby Obi stopped splashing around briefly to give mum Petre a peck on the cheek on the West African pygmy hippopotamus's 31st birthday on Tuesday at Melbourne Zoo.

Chloe Booker 6:47 PM   Obi the baby hippo stopped to give his mum a birthday kiss as she celebrated at a party at Melbourne Zoo.

Verdict on NAPLAN: must try harder

Year 6 students Holly, Nobel, Andrew and Joshua from Harrisfield Primary School in Noble Park. The school has performed well in NAPLAN.

Alexandra Smith, Henrietta Cook 1:00 AM   Students have failed to significantly improve their literacy and numeracy scores in NAPLAN since the controversial tests were introduced in 2008, the head of the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority, Robert Randall, says.

Sex abuser asked doctor to castrate him before reoffending

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Adam Cooper 6:45 PM   A sexual predator who abused seven boys he befriended more than 30 years ago once asked to be castrated by a doctor and was later prescribed anti-libidinal medication, a court has heard.

Flash mob 'warriors' support Goodes in racism fight

Richard Frankland leads the warrior dance in Federation Square.

Suzanne Carbone 6:19 PM   Aboriginal academic and artist Richard Frankland​ jokes that he usually only "dances on the inside" but when it comes to racism, it's no joke and he takes his choreography to Federation Square.

Bride supports runaway groom in court

Shomshe and his bride, Belinda Dulevski.

Adam Cooper, Marissa Calligeros 5:29 PM   The wife of runaway groom Murat Shomshe says she still loves her husband and will stand by him even though he skipped out on her and the law after their wedding.

Great lives don't lead to happily ever after for women

More and more young women are finding themselves struggling with high levels of stress.

Alana Schetzer 4:59 PM   On the face of it, young women like Isabella Smith* seem to have struck the lottery of life - a job she loves, a new husband and a lifestyle enviable to many, filled with dinners out and outings with friends.

Failings of the man, failings of the system

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Liam Mannix 4:29 PM   As Rebecca Smith* hunted through the court's carpark for a vacant spot, she glimpsed two men standing close together, smoking, and she froze.

Court told rodent droppings were found at laneway bar Sister Bella

Laneway Festival organiser Jerome Borazio

Steve Butcher 3:28 PM   Jerome Borazio - Melbourne's prominent laneway bar operator - has been charged with multiple offences that include failing to stop pests entering his Sister Bella venue.

How to fight an unfair myki fine

Slow Myki card readers have infuriated passengers across Melbourne for years

Marissa Calligeros 2:58 PM   You're on the train, making the monotonous morning commute to work, when you're approached by a public transport officer who asks to check your myki ticket.

Sawn-off shotgun used in armed robbery spree in Melbourne's south-east: court

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Steve Butcher 2:39 PM   Crack Special Operations Group police have arrested a man who now faces charges over a seven-week armed robbery spree across Melbourne that targeted businesses, staff or patrons.

Rumour of psychologist's prison sex sparked jealous lover house fire, court told

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Mark Russell 2:32 PM   A jealous lover set fire to the house he shared with his psychologist partner after accusing her of having sex with a maximum-security prisoner, a court has heard.

Tanned, slim and sexy in one jab?

Pharmacists promoting a drug they say will make you tanned, slim and sexy - but side effects can be serious.

Julia Medew 1:36 PM   It sounds like a near-perfect drug. It will give you a tan with minimal sunbaking, decrease your appetite and increase your sex drive with some mild side effects that usually subside within a week.

Students scrub toilets to learn 'adults aren't their servants'

Clean sweep: Candlebark students hard at work.

Henrietta Cook, education reporter 11:42 AM   Should students scrub toilets and vacuum classrooms?

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Family of man killed by second wife suing her for compensation


Mark Russell 10:47 AM   The family of a man killed by his second wife after he demanded she take part in group sex is pursuing a compensation claim against her.

Runaway groom still at large

Murat Shomshe, who failed to answer bail and is wanted by police.

Marissa Calligeros 10:22 AM   Runaway groom Murat Shomshe, who should be on his honeymoon, is still at large after skipping out on his new bride and the law.

King hit victim clings to life in induced coma

In an induced coma: Graeme Moodie

Marissa Calligeros   He'd been to the footy and then went to the pub. The next morning, Graeme Moodie was in an induced coma.

Children's pain medicines recalled

People with bottles of the children's pain relievers from affected batches are urged to return the medicine to their pharmacist.

Craig Butt   More generic pain relievers for young children have been recalled because the plastic bottle lids can splinter when opened

Giant task of refilling Mount Waverley pit begins

Two townhouses sit on the edge of a crumbling construction pit on the corner of Huntingdale and Highbury Roads, Mount Waverley. All practitioners involved are under investigation.

Aisha Dow   The giant task of refilling a crumbling construction pit in Mount Waverley has begun, despite the threat the townhouse teetering at the edge of the enormous hole could fall in.

Melbourne Express: Tuesday, August 4, 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.


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.


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.