Developer two levels short of a car park

The developer of a 72-level tower in the city did not build the underground car parking it pledged to.

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Melbourne Express: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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Deborah Gough 6:39 AM   Bringing you compelling content with our weekday live blog.

Melbourne weather: Bureau warns of severe thunderstorms

Winds of up to 90 km/h are ripping through parts of Melbourne.

Larissa Ham 7:55 PM   You'd be forgiven for thinking Melbourne's weather - erratic at the best of times - swung even more wildly than usual this spring.

Daw tells court: 'We were both kissing ... she was very happy to be doing this'

Majak Daw arrives at the County Court on Monday.

Adam Cooper 7:31 PM   'No I didn't,' says North Melbourne footballer when asked in County Court if he'd raped a 15-year-old girl in 2007.

Ram-raid thieves blamed for three jewellery store burglaries

The scene of the Greenvale ram-raid.

Marissa Calligeros 7:07 PM   Police believe thieves who stole cigarettes from a Greenvale shop on Monday had burgled three jewellery stores earlier that morning.

Injuries, not deaths, the best indicator of road trauma: expert

The scene of the crash in Somerton.

Tom Cowie and Marissa Calligeros 6:56 PM   Serious injuries, not just deaths, are the truest indicator of road safety and should be used to educate the community, a traffic accident expert says.

'Only a matter of time before a member of the public is hit': bikies target Melbourne's clubs

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23:  General view of Kittens strip club in South Melbourne  a location related to crimes committed by Adrian Bayley on March 23, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Pat Scala/Fairfax Media)

Cameron Houston Nino Bucci 6:48 PM   Victoria Police will broaden an investigation into attempts by prominent outlaw motorcycle gangs to further infiltrate and intimidate Melbourne's security industry following a spate of shootings, fire bombings and two violent attacks on venues over the weekend.

Four teens injured after truck crushes car

The scene of the crash.

Marissa Calligeros 6:47 PM   A car has been crushed by a truck in Melbourne's north, leaving two teenagers fighting for their lives in hospital.

Attempted murder charge over double stabbing

Detectives are investigating whether the man stabbed himself and the woman.

Rania Spooner and Border Mail 6:21 PM   A man who was dumped at a Wangaratta hospital with stab wounds has been charged with attempting to murder an injured woman dumped on the same night.  

Prominent dentist Ari Masters accused of underpaying student

Dr Ari Masters has been accused of underpaying a student dental technician.

Julia Medew 12:15 AM   A prominent Melbourne dentist who spruiks a "no brace" method for teeth straightening has been accused of exploiting a dental student who was allegedly underpaid tens of thousands of dollars.

Playing pokies on the wane, but problem gambling is not

The number of pokie players has dropped but problem gambling levels have increased.

Alana Schetzer 12:15 AM   The number of Victorians playing the pokies has dropped significantly in the past six years but that hasn't stopped a surge in problem gambling, according to a groundbreaking study on the industry.

Parents wave goodbye to 'free' public education

Chronic education underfunding in the state school system is pushing the coast burden onto parents, according to Parents Victoria executive officer Gail McHardy.

Timna Jacks 5:36 PM   Free public education comes with exceptions in Victoria.

Guy calls for population debate, places East West Link on the agenda

Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy has indicated that the Coalition will revisit the East West Link at the next state election.

Josh Gordon 5:02 PM   Matthew Guy has called for a debate about population growth, warning Melbourne is in danger of "bursting" and cannot sustainably keep growing at its current pace.

Teenager saw someone watching through her bathroom window

Police want to speak to anybody who saw a person loitering around Glendale Drive in Chirnside Park last week.

Rania Spooner 4:38 PM   Detectives are investigating a report of a peeping Tom in Melbourne's north-east after a teenage girl saw someone outside her bathroom window.

Four kangaroos rescued after falling down mine shaft in Trentham

One of the kangaroos rescued after it was trapped down a mine shaft in Trentham.

Tom Cowie 4:26 PM   A wildlife rescuer has helped retrieve four kangaroos trapped five metres down an abandoned mine shaft in Trentham.

Victoria's bill shock epidemic

About half of Australians are receiving power bills that are higher than they expected.

Marc Moncrief 4:04 PM   Nearly half of all Australians were charged more than they expected in their last electricity bill and many are falling behind on other bills to keep the lights on.

Sex offender review finished but findings under wraps

Sean Price had a long history of violent, sexual offending.

Nino Bucci 3:52 PM   Work complete on Harper Review, prompted by murder of Masa Vukotic, but recommendations will be kept secret  until it's looked at by state government.

The seven deadly fashion sins Aussie men make

Ali Pirouzkar in his silver suit at Harrolds in Collins Street.

Suzanne Carbone 3:32 PM   Ali Pirouzkar has been here for less than a year but style's 'Persian prince' has quickly worked out where Australian men are going wrong.

Bikie cleared of being Swedish model's hitman caught with guns, explosives

Dennis Basic in court in 2007

Mark Russell 3:20 PM   Dennis Basic was living a life of luxury when he joined the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, got mixed up in the failed bombing of a gym and lost it all.

When should you put up your Christmas tree?

When is the right time to put your Christmas tree?

Deborah Gough 2:14 PM   Yesterday? Tomorrow? December 24? Whenever you like? It's an annual tradition - but when's the right day to get it done?

Police recruit caught drink driving


Marissa Calligeros 1:58 PM   A police recruit has been caught drink driving in Melbourne's south-east.

Bouncer hit in strip club drive-by

The fatal crash occurred after car allegedly travelled the wrong way along the Graham Farmer

Marissa Calligeros 12:21 PM   A man is in hospital following a drive-by shooting outside a South Melbourne strip club.

Essendon will admit breaches of OH&S law

The Bombers

Tammy Mills 11:16 AM   Court told that football club will plead guilty next month to two charges of risking its players' health and failing to provide a safe working environment.

Killer father Robert Farquharson agrees to pay compensation to ex-wife

Robert Farquharson outside the Supreme Court in 2010.

Mark Russell 10:19 AM   Man who murdered his three children by driving into a dam will recompense his former partner for her 'profound, deep and long-lasting grief'.

Melbourne Express: Monday, November 30, 2015

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Deborah Gough 9:25 AM   Bringing you compelling content with our weekday live blog.

Huge pile of tyres catch fire at Clayton

The scene of the blaze at Clayton.

Marissa Calligeros 8:56 AM   Fierce flames and huge plumes of smoke were seen over the Princes Highway on Sunday night after a pile of old truck tyres caught fire.

Heart of darkness: Melbourne University’s racist professors

Tyson Holloway-Clarke and Odette Kelada outside the Richard Berry building at the University of Melbourne.

Marika Dobbin 7:13 AM   They are Melbourne University's founding fathers, but also its biggest racists.

Police prey on victims of domestic violence

  Victoria Police

Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker   Victorian police officers have been sexually preying on victims of domestic violence in a dramatic widening of the sexual harassment scandal facing the force.

Jazz and champagne, this is your local cemetery

The New Orleans Swamp Dogs (from left) Leonid Grigoryan, Simon Vancam, Clint Smith and Ian Hellings at Springvale Cemetery.

Benjamin Preiss   It is a standard Melbourne Sunday session with live jazz, drinks and outdoor tables but in the most unlikely of locations.

State pledges $18 million to fix V/Line mobile black spots

Wayne Bell commutes from Ballan to Melbourne each day for work. His is unable to connect to the internet all the way due to black spots in the signal.

Neelima Choahan   Fixing mobile black spots on five regional rail lines could encourage many more commuters to use the train.


Andrews' port plan is a fraud on the west

Victoria is facing an infrastructure fiasco rivalling the desalination plant.

Indifference threatens a jewel in Victoria's heritage

In a crook of a hill outside Melbourne, a rare example of Victoria's heritage is crumbling.

A perfect storm led to hospital baby deaths

We must demand transparency and a change in attitude at Bacchus Marsh Hospital.

Hunt’s Melbourne 2200: on a road to nowhere

Environment Minister is still playing Abbott-style politics and his  proposals ignore fiscal realities.

The urban myth we just can't shake off

We have the world's most urban culture but  we see ourselves as red-dirters, outbackers, bushies.

Hail the fight for workplace safety

The decline in workplace deaths would have been unachievable without the vigilance of unions.

Fighting fire with fire: sometimes it goes wrong

The recent Lancefield bushfires highlight the need to have a plan and then use it.

A premier who keeps his promises? Really?

Premier Daniel Andrews has stuck to his guns, and his commitments.

Flash heatwave forebodes dangerous summer

In less than a week, the bushfire season has descended upon us.

Open letter to Gillon McLachlan

Victim of Brownless' "strippers" comment says the AFL chief should use his power to change the culture of The Footy Show.

Don't be fooled by Andrews' port trickery

Privatising the port to pay for level-crossing removals is a modern version of the pea and thimble trick.


V/Line conductor filmed punching man

Passenger films a V/Line employee as he repeatedly kicks and punches a 46-year-old man at Broadford station.

Andrews wants Melbourne Metro cash from Turnbull

Daniel Andrews wants the allocated $3 billion for East West link to fund the Melbourne Metro.

Inside Australia's goat farming industry

We export the largest quantity of this meat in the world, but most Australians know little about goat farming.