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Dud routes: without trains, Melbourne commuters on these six lines face a hellish trip to the city


Tom Cowie and Liam Mannix 11:12 PM   Call them Melbourne's pinch points, or the hot spots of hurt. On Friday, when the train strike occurs, commuters on these six routes face the hardest and most painful trip into the city.

New feeder shows families that hunt together, eat together

African wild dogs test their new collaborative feeder at Melbourne Zoo.

Chloe Booker 9:06 PM   African wild dogs instinctively know how to work together.

Green light for Melbourne train strike

Metro train.

Adam Carey, Marissa Calligeros and Clay Lucas 7:40 PM   Train services could yet run as normal on Thursday, if Metro and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union can agree on how to manage a pre-dawn one-hour strike, but Friday's strike looks certain.

Trainwreck: 700 services cancelled as Metro and union wage war

Metro train.

Adam Carey 7:22 PM   Hundreds of thousands of people across Melbourne will be stranded or delayed on Friday when striking Metro Trains staff force the cancellation of almost 700 rail services over a period of about eight hours.

Liberals campaign to save the Toorak tram, but experts dismiss it as scaremongering

One of the late culprits, the number 8 tram (right).

Clay Lucas 6:40 PM   The Liberal Party has jumped on a plan by the state government to remove direct trams from Toorak into the heart of the CBD by launching a campaign to save the route 8 service.

Bushfire warning: they will start earlier and last longer

A bushfire rages out of control from the Bunyip State Park, east of Melbourne, on February 7, 2009.

Darren Gray 5:58 PM   Victorians have been urged to brace for an "above normal", earlier and longer fire season which could bring about 4500 to 5000 bushfires and grassfires.

What are Electorate Officers actually allowed to do?

Premier Daniel Andrews.

Richard Willingham 5:54 PM   Taxpayers, through the parliament, do not fund staff to support MPs political or party duties, the rules for electorate office staffing tell Victoria's politicians.

Victim has "no memory" of repeated abuse at Geelong Grammar

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Timna Jacks 5:53 PM   A Geelong Grammar School student who was abused up to 40 times by a school tutor he considered a "father figure" has no memory of the abuse, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has heard.

Residential parking permits under fire

The site of the planned Christ Church Grammar campus at 120 Toorak Road West in South Yarra.

Aisha Dow 5:16 PM   Residential parking permits under fire 

Billionaire Carlton board member being sued over $8.5m Toorak mansion

Toorak mansion Towart Lodge is at the centre of a major law suit.

Mark Russell 5:02 PM   Billionaire Carlton Football Club board member Raphael 'Ruffy' Geminder is being sued over a bitter dispute involving a luxury Toorak mansion, chandeliers and hand-woven art.

Government urged to remove LGBTI discrimination in schools

The changes proposed by the Greens in a private members' bill will go before the Victorian Parliament.

Bianca Hall 4:40 PM   Transgender students would be able to attend same-sex religious schools, and gay and lesbian teachers would be allowed to work at religious schools, under changes the Greens have proposed to Victorian discrimination laws.

Melbourne train strike: what we know about the commuter disruption

Metro train.

Tom Cowie 3:52 PM   Metro has released a timetable of the last train services in and out of the city before industrial action by the Rail, Train and Bus Union takes place at 10am on Friday.

No clean getaway for man who stole ute and crashed into two police cars

Victoria Police.

Steve Butcher 3:25 PM   There was no clean getaway for Ronald William Tracey in the V8 Holden ute he stole - his terrifying driving ended when he crashed into two police unmarked vehicles, one carrying members of the Victoria Police special operations group.

Financial controller stole $681,000 from Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens for sex, lavish lifestyle

County Court

Adam Cooper 3:15 PM   A former manager at one of Melbourne's top hotels is in custody for stealing $681,000 from the hotel to fund a secret life of male prostitutes, restaurants, hotel stays and trips interstate. 

Hardline United Patriots Front vows return to Bendigo

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Beau Donelly 3:11 PM   Anti-Islam protesters have threatened to return to Bendigo this month as part of a sustained campaign to stop the regional city's first mosque being built.

Three years' jail for criminals associating with each other too often

Victoria Police's Chief Commissioner,  Graham Ashton.

Nino Bucci 2:29 PM   New consorting of criminals law looks to have consistent laws across Australia.

Fancy coming round for Netflix and chill? It's not the casual invitation you might assume

While EzyFlix struggled Netflix's Australian user numbers continue to climb.

Rachel Wells 2:25 PM   "Netflix and chill" is the latest social media-driven phrase to take over the internet (FYI, although it sounds harmless, it is actually a euphemism for "hooking up" or having sex).

Melbourne 'drug trafficker' on bail set for deportation to Iraq

Immigration minister Peter Dutton with Philip Ruddock and Senator Concetta Fiervanti-Wells during Amelia conference on the National Consultations on Citizenship at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 20 August 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Nino Bucci, Cameron Houston, Tammy Mills 10:53 AM   An alleged major drug trafficker with links to an outlaw bikie gang faces deportation by the Abbott Government to Iraq.

Thursday train cancellations

'Despite all drivers turning up for work today, some were told their services were no longer required.'

10:02 AM   Planned train cancellations for Thursday, September 3

Melbourne Express: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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Deborah Gough 9:33 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.

Worker sexually assaulted at sex club

The man police wish to speak to over the Swanston Street sex assault. Thumbnail.

Marissa Calligeros 8:39 AM   A female worker at an adult entertainment venue in Melbourne's CBD has been seriously sexually assaulted.

Betfair used by gangland figure Horty Mokbel for money laundering

Horty Mokbel (left) and Paul Sequenzia.

Nino Bucci, Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker 7:59 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.

Women wanted for safe Liberal seats

Senior Opposition frontbencher Mary Wooldridge.

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

Yeshivah Centre chief rabbi Zvi Telsner quits

Melbourne's Yeshivah College.

Chloe Booker   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   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   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   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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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.