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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Bride supports runaway groom in court

Shomshe and his bride, Belinda Dulevski.

Adam Cooper, Marissa Calligeros 4:13 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.

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.

Failings of the man, failings of the system

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Liam Mannix 2:36 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.

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 9:41 AM   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 9:29 AM   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 9:19 AM   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.

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Deborah Gough 8:57 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.

Victoria to double online sex fiend jail terms, introduce new laws to combat child porn


Cameron Houston 8:57 AM   The Victorian government will double the maximum prison sentence for sex fiends convicted of accessing child pornography, while three new offence categories will be introduced to stop the promotion and circulation of sexual content involving minors.

Knight blames prison riots for submissions delay

Julian Knight arrives at court in 2004.

Michael Inman 10:09 PM   Court hears pornographic video on a jailhouse computer and prison riots hobbled a Victoria mass killer's bid for compensation.

It's Werribee but not as you know it

The consortium's plans include 50-level skyscrapers.

Clay Lucas 12:15 AM   In one aspect it would be like nothing Melbourne has seen before: a shining city of 100,000 people, housed in soaring 50-level skyscrapers, employed in high-tech industries, and learning from the world's top universities.

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Fishermans Bend's 'top secret' WII tank program

A prototype Australian AC1 Sentinel Cruiser Tank Mark 1.

Aisha Dow 7:43 PM   A Fishermans Bend link to a "top secret" World War II tank manufacture program has been uncovered, triggering calls for a comprehensive review into the heritage value of the area's older buildings.

Mystery of the rare 55-year-old missing Ferrari

A 56-year-old Ferrari GT 250 coupe - one of only nine ever built.

Steve Butcher 6:57 PM   One of the world's rarest cars - a Ferrari GT 250 coupe series 11 - is the exotic exhibit in a court case over its alleged theft and fraudulent sale.

Siege gunman was too busy with TV station to talk to police

Nine News chief of staff Kate McGrath at the Coroners Court.

Adam Cooper 6:50 PM   Police could not negotiate with an armed man for 54 minutes during a Melbourne siege while a journalist was on the telephone with the gunman, a coroner has been told.

Man fights for life after 'hit and run' in Taylors Hill

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Tom Cowie 6:47 PM   A man is fighting for his life after being struck by a car after a confrontation in Melbourne's north-west.

Parliament's port showdown

The Victorian Government expects to reap more than the estimated $5-6 billion for the sale of the Port of Melbourne.

Richard Willingham and Benjamin Preiss 6:24 PM   The fate of the billions of dollars earmarked for Victorian infrastructure will become clearer this week, with parliament to scrutinise Labor's plan to lease the Port of Melbourne.

Safety concerns for police hunting newly wed criminal on the run

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

Robyn Grace, Liam Mannix 6:21 PM   The police association has raised concerns for the safety of members hunting a violent criminal who fled while on bail to get married.

Train station attacker hid in victim's car

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Marissa Calligeros 6:20 PM   A would-be kidnapper hid in his victim's car in "horror movie" moment.

New melanoma 'risk regions' may point to treatment pathways

A melanoma under the microscope.

Bridie Smith 1:15 AM   A new study raises the potential for developing treatments for melanoma.

Residents demand Truss step in on third airport runway


Clay Lucas 5:05 PM   A group representing thousands of residents who could soon live beneath the flight path of a proposed third runway at Tullamarine say federal and state MPs must force Melbourne Airport to to run a public study of the project's impact on them.

Tagged trains to be whipped out of service in new graffiti crackdown by Metro

Price tags: The state spent about $34 million last year removing graffiti.

Adam Carey 4:16 PM   Graffiti vandals will have to work harder to deface Melbourne's trains. Metro has begun to refurbish one third of its train fleet with a tag-proof interior, and will roll out one freshly spruced up train a day between now and November.

Time to fix the other Nylex clock

The Nylex clock on the Nepean Highway in 2002.

Clay Lucas   Almost a decade after a $20,000 offer to repair the city's other much-loved Nylex clock, the timepiece remains rotting and switched off.

'I'm no victim': Jessica tells of bravery in face of violence

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Miki Perkins   Jessica's boyfriend was deeply controlling and increasingly violent. After a two-ordeal hour while he kept her captive in his car, police support helped her realise she wasn't to blame.


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.