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Melbourne Express: August 8, 2014

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A construction industry super fund wants Planning Minister Matthew Guy to approve a new skyscraper to replace the 1960s Suncorp building on Collins Street with a tower so high it would overshadow the Yarra, property editor Clay Lucas reports. But lord mayor Robert Doyle has described the proposal as ‘‘premature’’, describing a law that prevents overshadowing of the Yarra's south bank in winter as one of ‘‘those very few lines in the sand’’ in Melbourne

An artist's impression of the tower proposed for 433-455 Collins Street.
An artist's impression of the tower proposed for 433-455 Collins Street. Photo: Supplied

We're familiar with this mystery tram driver... he guarantees a jovial ride to work.

The upcoming iPhone 6 is expected to be released with a choice of screen sizes. Here's what else it might offer...

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The 8:16am Alamein Line to Flinders Street will now run direct Richmond to Flinders Street and not via the City Loop.

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There's been an accident in Frankston on the Nepean Highway near Fletcher Road. Another accident in St Kilda West on Inkerman Road, just west of Orrong Road.

Take a sneak peek at the Reminiscence Cottage at the National Wool Museum in Geelong - the museum’s replica 1930s cottage, based on a real Geelong home has been recreated as a welcoming space for those with Alzheimer's, reports Larissa Nicholson has the story.

Sarah Gillies, who worked with Alzheimer's Australia, used 1930s decor to trigger memories.
Sarah Gillies, who worked with Alzheimer's Australia, used 1930s decor to trigger memories. Photo: Justin McManus
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The left lane on the Maroondah Highway is closed eastbound at Dublin Road due to utility water works. The speed limit has been reduced to 40 kilometres per hour. Drivers travelling through the area are advised to allow extra time.

The Tullamarine Freeway is still heavy going INBOUND from Bulla Road to the Bolte Bridge after a collission. All lanes are now open.

Our letter of the day comes from Jon McMilan of Mount Eliza: In light of the revealed Immigration Department files (''Terror touches down'', 7/8), history may well judge the Howard government's focus on ''boat people'' subsequent to the September 11, 2001, attacks as a monumental and multibillion-dollar strategic blunder that, in its various incarnations, has severely compromised Australia's security. It should be remembered that by June 2001, all 19 potential World Trade Centre hijackers had entered the US, a total of 33 times through 10 airports; and as many as 11 had doctored passports or lied on their visa applications. The laxity of immigration checks at airports was a central theme in the US National Commission investigating the September 11 attacks. In Australia, the focus on ''boat people'', by Coalition and ALP governments, has always been primarily politically motivated, placing confected threats above the very real dangers posed by visa scams centred on our airports. At a time when Australian jihadists in Syria and Iraq should be a priority, the sea-based ''Operation Sovereign Borders'' has been exposed as a complete misallocation of resources.

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In finance, local stocks are expected to open lower amid a renewed global focus on the conflict between Russia and the West over Ukraine. The dollar is buying at 92.77 US cents. Gold, Iron ore and oil are all up.

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A recap of the weather: mostly cloudy today and light winds in the middle of the day. A top of 15 degrees. Saturday will have late showers with a top of 17 degrees and Sunday will have showers with a top of 13 degrees. Rug up and stay indoors this weekend.

The former chief operating officer with AFL club Western Bulldogs has admitted failing to file tax returns for 13 financial years. Robert Stubbs appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday and described a "nightmare" past five years as he tried to find and organise his taxation paperwork. Senior court reporter Steve Butcher has the story.

A brewery has popped up in Melbourne's west called The Nest. Danielle Allen and Jayne Lewis, the Melbourne's brains behind award winning beer under the name Two Birds Brewing, have opened the new spot. The bar and eatery is open from Thursday-Sunday.

New brewery in Melbourne's west
New brewery in Melbourne's west 
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Getting more on that crash on the Tullamarine Freeway from reporter Patrick Hatch. CityLink says two cars were involved in the crash, which happened near Footscray Road in West Melbourne. One tow truck is on the scene and another is on its way.  There were no injuries. Traffic is now crawling along the freeway almost as far back as Bell Street. Allow extra time if you’re going anywhere near the Tulla.

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Traffic is now crawling along the Tullamarine Freeway almost as far back as Bell Street, because of a crash on the CityLink. Allow extra time if you're going anywhere near the Tulla.

An unbelievable tale - an Indonesian girl swept away in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has beeen reunited with her parents 10 years after she was given up for dead, her mother says. Raudhatul Jannah was four when she and her brother were swept away by tsunami waters from her home in West Aceh district in Aceh province on December 26, 2004, Jamaliah, her mother, said. But, Jamaliah's brother spotted a girl who looked like her long-lost daughter in June... READ THE FULL STORY

An aerial view shows the devastation around Baiturrahim mosque in Meulaboh town after the tsunami.
An aerial view shows the devastation around Baiturrahim mosque in Meulaboh town after the tsunami. Photo: Reuters

Making headlines around the world, Der Spiegel leads with the Turkish presidential election; the Guardian leads with potential US humanitarian air drops to help Iraqis trapped by Isis; the New York Times leads with the rebel take-over of a major Iraqi dam; Singapore's Straits Times leads with rising unemployment; the Japan Times reports on human trafficking suspected in Thai nine-baby discovery and the Daily Mail reports on Bill Gates' family holiday in the Mediterranean.

Bill Gates goes on vacation with family
Bill Gates goes on vacation with family 
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Update on the Tullamarine Freeway: the right lane is blocked INBOUND near Footscray Road due to a collission.

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All lanes closed westbound on Glen Eira Road, Caulfield between Anderson Road and Hawthorn Road due to emergency water works. The speed has been reduced to 40 kilometres per hour. Drivers - allow for extra time.

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