Myki ticket system running off 'corner sweatshops'

Greens MP Adam Bandt calls for a review of Victoria using 7-Eleven stores to sell and service myki cards.

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Melbourne Express: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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Deborah Gough 6:27 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.

Bid to stop Melbourne train strike fails

Metro train.

6:15 AM   Metro fails in a bid to get the industrial umpire to call off a planned four-hour strike by rail workers.

Women wanted for safe Liberal seats

Senior Opposition frontbencher Mary Wooldridge.

Richard Willingham 1:50 AM   Looming byelections in safe Liberal seats are the perfect opportunity for more women to enter the party's parliamentary ranks, senior party members say.

Betfair used by gangland figure Horty Mokbel for money laundering

Horty Mokbel (left) and Paul Sequenzia.

Nino Bucci, Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker 12:23 AM   Leading online gambling agency Betfair is being used by underworld figure Horty Mokbel as an online bank and suspected money laundering vehicle for millions of dollars, raising serious integrity concerns.

Yeshivah Centre chief rabbi Zvi Telsner quits

Melbourne's Yeshivah College.

Chloe Booker 11:05 PM   Yeshivah Centre chief rabbi Zvi Telsner has stood down after he allegedly accused a sex abuse victim of trying to destroy his community and called another "crazy".

Melbourne weather: Why we're glad to say goodbye to winter

Cold winter weather in Melbourne.

Alana Schetzer 10:32 PM   We did it. Winter 2015 is officially gone.

Geelong Grammar students afraid to report abuse

Boarding house horror: There have been accusations of sexual abuse at Geelong Grammar.

Henrietta Cook 8:23 PM   Students at one of Australia's most prestigious private schools suffered serious sexual abuse up until 2007, with victims afraid to report the abuse due to a "code of silence", the royal commission has heard.

All-night trains promise under threat as Metro and union fight over pay deal

RTBU State Secretary Luba Grigorovitch and Assistant Secretary and Tram & Bus Divisional Secretary Phil Altieri.

Adam Carey 7:37 PM   The union representing Metro Trains staff is refusing to agree to plans to run trains all night on Fridays and Saturdays, putting a key Labor promise in jeopardy.

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The Stokehouse: almost no work done despite promise of spring 2015 reopening

The Stokehouse burns down in January 2014.

Clay Lucas and Cameron Houston 7:01 PM   More than 18 months after it burnt down, the $12 million rebuild of St Kilda's Stokehouse restaurant is yet to begin – despite planning approvals being fast-tracked a year ago, and a 12-year extension being handed to the venue's leaseholder by the Andrews government.

Homicide Squad detectives probe ice link to toddler's death

Nikki Francis-Coslovich, who was found dead in the roof cavity of the Mildura home she lived in with her mother and three older sisters.

Tammy Mills and Nino Bucci 6:56 PM   The man accused of murdering two-year old Mildura toddler Nikki Francis-Coslovich had ongoing battles with drugs including methamphetamine, sources say.

Alleged drug trafficker caught planning hit for kingpin while on bail

Comanchero member Mohammad Oueida was allegedly caught on prison intercepts discussing debt collection

Nino Bucci 6:54 PM   Intelligence reports published after member of outlaw bikie gang appealed decision to cancel his parole.

'Treated like dogs': Border Force raid Maribyrnong Detention Centre

Asylum seekers were woken at 2.30am to find their rooms being raided.

Neelima Choahan 6:51 PM   Detainees probably shifted to make room before the cancelled Operation Fortitude, refugee advocate says.

A football grand final for the disadvantaged: 'It makes me feel like I belong in life.'

Collingwood Knights players Renee Bonnici and Cody Miles.

Chloe Booker 6:47 PM   Four years ago Peter Burns was sleeping under a bridge after losing his job in the construction industry during the financial crisis.

Feral deer taken out in Parks Victoria cull

Feral deer cause substantial environmental damage.

Darren Gray 6:36 PM   As deer numbers rise, organised culls are essential to protect our national parks.

Man helped crime syndicate illegally import 9 million cigarettes


Adam Cooper, Cameron Houston 6:31 PM   The director of a logistics company helped a crime syndicate illegally import into Melbourne about nine million cigarettes worth an estimated $9 million, a court has heard.

Almost 100 workers sacked at Williamstown as shipbuilding work dries up

A Navy ship being bulit by shipbuilders BAE systems in Williamstown. The company is to make an announcement soon. 16th June 2015. The Age Fairfaxmedia News Picture by JOE ARMAO

Liam Mannix 6:08 PM   Almost 100 workers on the Williamstown shipyards have been sacked today as military shipbuilding work dries up.

Witness can't be trusted, court hears

Supreme Court

Mark Russell 5:46 PM   The key prosecution witness against two Thai nationals accused of murdering good Samaritan Luke Mitchell could not be trusted, a court has heard.

Melbourne council spends big on Christmas

The Age 10/12/2014 Christmas lights in Melbourne.  City Square. Photo by Melissa Davis

Aisha Dow 4:57 PM    Christmas will undergo a 'brand refresh' in Melbourne this year, as millions of dollars are spent to transform the city into Australia's Christmas capital.

Suburban office market booming

This Centrelink-leased building at 172-186 Moreland Road, Brunswick, fetched $20.95 million in June.

Nicole Lindsay 12:00 AM   An offshore investor has splashed out nearly $24 million on a Blackburn North office building as the suburban office market racks up another year of record sales.

'Far too many' serious sex offenders in community

 Sean Price

Richard Willingham 2:22 PM   Premier Daniel Andrews announces crackdown on sex offenders.

Electricity customers face prepayment, rationing under essential services proposal

'We've found cases where the debt is in the thousands of dollars, by which time the customer has no hope': ESC chair Dr Ron Ben-David.

Marc Moncrief 2:20 PM   Electricity customers struggling to pay their bills could be made to prepay or have electricity rationed under a new framework proposed by the Essential Services Commission.

Pedestrian 'bullied' into paying myki fine despite not using tram


Tom Cowie 1:10 PM   A commuter who was given a myki fine in Melbourne's CBD says he was bullied into paying the ticket infringement on-the-spot despite not using public transport.

Concrete mix to be pumped beneath Yarra to stabilise ground for Melbourne Metro

100th anniversary of the Hurstbrige rail line next week. Wednesday 13 June 2012 Picture by Craig Abraham 
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City Loop Melbourne Central Station Metro

Clay Lucas 12:38 PM   Large amounts of concrete will have to be injected into the ground beneath the Yarra River to make it stable enough to build the Melbourne Metro, documents filed with the federal environment department show.

Concreting under the Yarra: how it will work

Twin 9-kilometre tunnels will be dug under the Yarra River to take trains from the city to the new Domain station.

Clay Lucas 12:27 PM   Large amounts of concrete will have to be injected into the ground beneath the Yarra River to make it stable enough to build the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel.

Convicted rapist has spent more than nine years under strict supervision order after serving jail sentence

Robin Fletcher is living in a facility for offenders who have finished their sentences but are deemed an unacceptable risk of reoffending.

Mark Russell 12:04 PM   Convicted rapist has spent nearly more than nine years under strict order after serving jail sentence.

34k need homes. These places lie empty

Evo exterior -vacant apartments for up to $495 a week.

Benjamin Preiss 11:43 AM   More than 30 apartments acquired by the previous government to build the East West Link are still sitting vacant.  

It's time to talk about (painful) sex

Women do not know enough about painful sex and where they can get help.

Craig Butt 10:45 AM   It's a painfully embarrassing subject, but four out of five health professionals surveyed believed women need to know more about painful sex.

Adrian Bayley lawyers reportedly in new action over lack of Legal Aid funding

Adrian Ernest Bayley leaving court in 2013.

Tammy Mills and Richard Willingham 10:37 AM   Murderer and serial rapist Adrian Bayley has reportedly launched legal action against an independent reviewer for Victorian Legal Aid over a decision to not fund his appeal.

Melbourne Express: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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Deborah Gough 9:39 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: 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.