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That's all folks. Thanks for joining us at Melbourne Express this morning. Stay warm over the weekend. We will be back here from 6am on Monday.

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...

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Update on the Tullamarine Freeway: the right lane is blocked INBOUND near Footscray Road due to a collission.

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.

Seven fashionable women from New York detail their apporach to ageing in the documentary Advanced Style, which screens tomorrow at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Two weeks until MIFF is up, see the full program here.

Advanced Style screens tomorrow at MIFF

Advanced Style screens tomorrow at MIFF

A crash INBOUND on the Tullamarine Freeway just before Footscray Road. Two right lanes are blocked and traffic is building back to Brunswick Road. Emergency services are on site.

Today's top images from around the world, chosen by picture editor Danie Sprague

Victor Capote, a 46-year-old rancher, works on a horseshoe of his mare Click for more photos

Picture Editor's Choice, August 8, 2014

Victor Capote, a 46-year-old rancher, works on a horseshoe of his mare "Muneca", or "doll" in Spanish, in his ranch near San Antonio de los Banos village. Photo: Reuters

  • Victor Capote, a 46-year-old rancher, works on a horseshoe of his mare "Muneca", or "doll" in Spanish, in his ranch near San Antonio de los Banos village.
  • Yoselin Cano, 5, takes part in a vigil for immigrant rights and the protection of women and children fleeing violence in Central America, on Salvadoran Heritage Day in Los Angeles, California.
  • Juan Lagares #12 of the New York Mets cannot make a catch in the first inning against the Washington Nationals.
  • Andrew Mullen of Great Britain celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 50m Butterfly S5 Final during the IPC Swimming European Championships held at the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium.
  • A barefooted man joins other members of the public waiting to enter the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia to attend the delivery of the verdict in the trial of former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan and former Khmer Rouge leader ''Brother Number Two'' Nuon Chea.
  • A Japanese couple walks past a sailing canoe on the beach after taking wedding pictures as two hurricanes approach the Hawaiian islands, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • A woman holds a karma, a traditional Khmer scarf, as villagers and survivors of Khmer Rouge regime arrive to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.
  • Villagers and survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime arrive to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.
  • Yan Jiajia, a two-year-old, sits on her toy car, which was found among the debris by her father, after an earthquake hit Longtoushan township of Ludian county, Yunnan.
  • A worker uses a laptop inside his dormitory near a residential construction site in Hefei, Anhui province.
  • Messages are left by visitors at the former notorious Khmer Rouge Tuol Sleng prison that is now the Genocide Museum, in Phnom Penh.
  • A Palestinian sits amid the ruins of destroyed homes in the Shujaiya neighbourhood, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during an Israeli offensive in Gaza City.
  • Sok Teng, 73, waits with other survivors and relatives of victims of the Khmer Rouge regime to enter the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

Melbourne author Helen Garner will deliver the opening address at the Melbourne Writers Festival on August 21 at 6:30pm. She has just released her latest non-fiction work This House of Grief. Read the full program.

Helen Garner.

Helen Garner. Photo: Mark Chew

Today's horoscopes

Another train update: 7:02 South Morang to Flinders Street will now run express from Bell to Clifton Hill.

Do you say hello to your fellow commuters in the morning? An old-fashioned 'good morning' never goes astray...

Melbourne's sommeliers are watering down their cocktails, as they push the boundaries with juice, tea and mocktail matchings. Olivia Riordan has a run down.

A handful of  sommeliers in Melbourne are pushing the boundaries with juice, tea and mocktail matchings. Photo: www.justinfiveminutes.com

A handful of sommeliers in Melbourne are pushing the boundaries with juice, tea and mocktail matchings. Photo: www.justinfiveminutes.com

Crash investigators have worked through the night at the scene of horror road smash that claimed the lives of three Victorians yesterday, Patrick Hatch reports. A 67-year-old woman, a 33-year-old woman and her four-year-old son died when a trailer detached from a BP petrol tanker and careered into the path of two on-coming cars, police believe. The crash happened on Yackandandah-Wodonga Road in Staghorn Flat, about 15 kilometres south of Wodonga, on Thursday morning. The road has been reopened this morning with a reduced speed limit in place, a police spokeswoman said.

Police and emergency services attend the crash scene at Staghorn Flat.

Police and emergency services attend the crash scene at Staghorn Flat. Photo: Kylie Esler

Packenham Line commuters, be aware that the 7:13am Flinders Street to Pakenham has been altered to run express from Caulfield to Oakleigh.

Generation X nostalgia tragics, you are in for a treat. Film critic Jake Wilson has given the thumbs up to Guardians of the Galazy, a film he lauds for its "sheer imagination" and "comic swagger".

Comic swagger:  (Left to right) Peter Quill aka Starlord, played by Chris Pratt, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Robert Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana).

Comic swagger: (Left to right) Peter Quill aka Starlord, played by Chris Pratt, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Robert Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana).

The 7:05 Werribee to Flinders Street will not run between Werribee and Newport today. This service will depart at 7:24am. The next train from Werribee departs at 7:17am.

A 70-year-old Reservoir man blew over four times the limit when breath tested following a collision in Northcote yesterday, reporter Patrick Hatch reports. The man returned a reading of 0.211 per cent.

All lanes are closed southbound on Bacchus Marsh Road at Purnell Road and westbound on Purnell Road due to a vehicle collision. All lanes are closed westbound on Purnell Road. Emergency services are on site.

A Bundoora man has landed himself in hot water with both his family and the law, after police caught him speeding in his sister's car overnight. Police clocked 25-year-old driving 126km/h in a 100km/h section of the Western Ring Road about midnight, Patrick Hatch reports. He was found to be driving on a suspended licence and police impounded the Holden Commodore - his sister's - for 30 days.

"We've decided to decentralise. Have you ever heard of Dubbo?" That's just one of the things some employees hate their bosses saying. We recently heard 12 things bosses don't want to hear. Now we get the other side. What do you hate your boss telling you? Tweet: @timnajacks

Ten things employees hate to hear from the boss

Ten things employees hate to hear from the boss Photo: iStock

The 6:05 Belgrave to Flinders Street will now run direct from Richmond to Flinders Street and not via the City Loop.

Melbourne became the focus of a nation in mourning yesterday, as leaders called for peace after the deaths of innocent people in the MH17 plane crash. Our national affairs editor Tony Wright has a very moving piece.

National Memorial service for victims of MH17 at the St Paul's Cathedral. Click for more photos

Memorial for MH17 victims

National Memorial service for victims of MH17 at the St Paul's Cathedral. Photo: Eddie Jim

Major delays on the Craigieburn Line. The 6:33am Flinders Street to Craigieburn has been cancelled due to a train fault. The next train departs at 6:51.

In Knoxfield, Ferntree Gully Road is down to one lane INBOUND past Scoresby Road, after a truck hit a pole. Expect delays past the scene.

A deliberately lit fire destroyed two motorbikes in Pascoe Vale South early this morning, Patrick Hatch reports. Fire crews were called to Springhall Parade about 3.45am, where fire had broken out in a garage behind a shop. Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokesman Trevor Woodward said two motorcycles were destroyed in the suspicious blaze and that police were investigating. People living above the shop were not injured in the blaze, he said.

In other political news, Michael Langdon has been confirmed as the new Bendigo West candidate, replacing Jack Lyons. Reporter Anna Whitelaw reports Lyons quit ahead of the state election after making offensive posts on his Facebook page. He is the second Liberal candidate to resign over social media posts ahead of the state election on November 29.

Joe Hockey's budget roadshow has hit more potholes with resistance to key measures from crossbencher Ricky Muir and claims by John Madigan that the budget lacks "logic, heart and hope", political reporter Heath Aston reports.

Treasurer Joe Hockey delivering's federal budget is met with resistance by crossbenchers

Treasurer Joe Hockey delivering's federal budget is met with resistance by crossbenchers Photo: Andrew Meares

For those who were lucky enough to miss it, Sam Newman flashed his genitals to a national television audience last night. The Geelong forward-turned-TV-celebrity took to the show's stage wearing unbuttoned Port Adelaide pyjamas and exposed himself to the Adelaide crowd and viewers. We will spare you the clip.

AFL Footy Show star Sam Newman just can't keep his pants on.

AFL Footy Show star Sam Newman just can't keep his pants on. Photo: Roger Cummins

RMIT University will rejuvinate its CBD campus and overhaul a group of ageing buildings to change the face of a large section of Swanston Street, our education reporter Benjamin Preiss reports. The university has engaged five architectural firms, led by Lyons, to refurbish the 1960s and 1970s buildings that stand on the major city thoroughfare.  

RMIT's Swanston Street campus/

RMIT's Swanston Street campus/ Photo: Getty Images/Paul Jeffers

In the headlines today, senior minister Eric Abetz draws a link between abortion and breast cancer; ANZ pregnant worker disciplined over pelvic exam; a Ukranian fighter jet was shot down as it flew over rebel-held territory; corrupt Immigration Department official and husband flee Australia wiring more than $1 million and a BP petrol tanker trailor rolls, kills three people including a mother and her son.

REETIKA AJJAN. <i>Source: Facebook</i>

REETIKA AJJAN. Source: Facebook

A mostly cloudy day today and a top of 15 degrees. Expect light winds in the middle of the day. A very wet weekend ahead, with showers expected Saturday and Sunday.

Good morning, we're back with Melbourne Express bringing you regular updates for the commute, breaking news, weather and what's on around town until 9am. Please share any comments or tips here using the comments button, or email Timna at timna.jacks@theage.com.au or tweet @theage - cheers.

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