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Melbourne Express: June 10, 2014

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And that's all we've got time for this morning on Melbourne Express, thanks for reading. We'll be back here tomorrow morning from 6am with all the news and commute updates you need.

UPDATE: Our Dreamworks comp has now closed. The lucky winner is Lyndell Barrett of Kongwak. Congratulations Lyndall and thanks to everybody who entered.

It has been confirmed that the man who died in a fiery Princess Highway crash this morning was a tractor driver. Police say the crash between the tractor and truck happened about 100 metres from the Glenelg River Bridge. It is understood that the truck was carrying logs when the collision occurred, causing the two vehicles to burst into flames. The 69-year-old truck driver was taken to Mt Gambia hospital with serious injuries, and the dead man is yet to be identified.  The highway is closed to traffic and is not expected to be opened for several hours. 

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Metro are now reporting major delays on the Williamstown Line after the 8.33am to Flinders Street was cancelled.

Minor delays still noted for the Sunbury, Upfield, Craigieburn and Hurstbridge lines.

Just recapping as we wind up the blog:

Geoff Shaw is the big story today. We expect the day to start unfolding at 8am, when Rich Willingham and Josh Gordon will be on the steps at State Parliament.Question time won't start till 2pm, and nobody's sure when the Shaw expulsion motion will come up

Here's what you need to read:

The best way to keep updated today's events is by following the Age's political team on Twitter: @joshgordo@rwillingham,@henriettacook@farrahtomazin@michellegriff and @claylucas.

 

MP Geoff Shaw.
MP Geoff Shaw. Photo: Joe Armao

Key Chilean midfield star Arturo Vidal looks likely to miss the opening clash with the Socceroos...

Arturo Vidal, right: set to miss the clash with the Socceroos.
Arturo Vidal, right: set to miss the clash with the Socceroos. Photo: AP
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Our letter of the day is from Robert McCormick of Bridgewater: "It is reported that Australia Post will sack 900 workers, with most jobs to go from Melbourne and Sydney. Australia Post blames, among other things, its failing letters business. Really, Australia Post? Do you expect us to believe this spin?

The demise of this service is your fault - for example, the exorbitant price of 70¢ for an ordinary letter, the ridiculous penalties for letters that are heavier by even a couple of grams or are a couple of millimetres too long or wide, and the extravagant charges for delivering a letter that does not have a stamp.

Senior management should pay the price for their stupidity, not the ordinary workers - workers whom management have to thank for their obscene salaries."

 

Modern Vietnamese is a new but growing food scene in Melbourne, writes Lauren Wambach http://www.goodfood.com.au/good-food/top-10-eat-out/melbournes-newwave-vietnamese-hot-spots-20140531-39ain.html.

Jerry and David Mai at street-style Pho Nom.
Jerry and David Mai at street-style Pho Nom. Photo: Eddie Jim
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Recapping our three big morning commute stories:

Victoria Police spokeswoman Creina O’Grady just confirmed a person is dead following a crash between a truck and a tractor on the bridge in Dartmoor. At this stage police are not releasing any details because the person’s family is yet to be notified, she said. 

The Tullamarine is blocked at Bell Street because of that two-car smash we reported earlier. Very heavy going, avoid if you can

More on that Western Ring Road crash from reporter Caroline Zielinski - VicRoads confirmed that a four-car collision on the Western Ring Road, Altona bound, near Boundary Road is causing a backlog of traffic. The middle, inbound lane is blocked, and commuters should expect major delays. Traffic is backed up to the Deer Park bypass.

Age political journo Josh Gordon is filing from parliament:

Planning Minister Matthew guy said the Geoff Shaw was a "sideshow" fuelled the media. He said the government's priority was the pass the budget bills. "Our priority is to pass the budget. Couldn't be clearer, simple as that," Mr Guy said. 

Follow Gordon on Twitter for breaking updates today.

Meanwhile Senior Minister David Davis said the government was dealing with "a dynamic challenge" in the parliament, Richard Willingham reports.
"When the budget is through, Mr Shaw will be dealt with," Mr Davis said. But he would not say how it would deal with him.

Independant Frankston MP Geoff Shaw.
Independant Frankston MP Geoff Shaw. Photo: Angela Wylie
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Wrapping trains and we've got a few issues emerging:

  • Citybound services on the Craigieburn, Sunbury and Upfield lines may be delayed by up to seven minutes down to a signal fault near Parliament station.
  • Metro also says there are minor delays on the Hurstbridge and Sandringham lines
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A few rumours and murmurings from 3AW's rumour file today...

Caller Announcement says there will be an announcement on the 20th of June that redundancies will be immediately available at a closing manufacturer.

Caller Scam suggests a major bank is taking 70% of their fraud department offshore to the Phillipines in the next few months.

Caller Take Your Money and Run says of the $65 paid to register his brother at their local sports centre, only $5 goes to the centre and $60 is given to the parent body, who do not really support the group. Stevenson suggests when one registers for AusKick, the AFL only takes $60 and $5 goes to the local club.

Today we have a family pass to ACMI's Dreamworks Animation: The Exhibition to give away. It’s the biggest exhibition in ACMI’s history and features more than 400 Dreamworks artifacts including models, artwork, concept drawings and interactive displays from Dreamworks huge stable of animated classics.

To win, just email your name and address to liam.mannix@theage.com.au.

Image: ACMI
Image: ACMI 

Making headlines around the world, Der Spiegel on divides in Europe over the EU's next leaders; the Guardian reports on British police reviewing the way they handle rape cases; Singapore’s Straits Times leads with a flight being grounded after white powder was found onboard; the Japan Times has news on plans to drop constitutional reform; and the Daily Mail has a study showing people become “more racist during a recession”.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Photo: Reuters

Geoff Shaw is the big story today. We expect the day to start unfolding at 8am, when Rich Willingham and Josh Gordon will be on the steps at State Parliament.Question time won't start till 2pm, and nobody's sure when the Shaw expulsion motion will come up

Here's what you need to read:

The best way to keep updated today's events is by following the Age's political team on Twitter: @joshgordo, @rwillingham, @henriettacook, @farrahtomazin, @michellegriff and @claylucas.

Today's cartoon gallery...

Today's cartoon from David Pope.
Today's cartoon from David Pope. 
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Transport blogger Marcus Wong’s thoughts on plans to partially demolish Newmarket Station: “What really pisses me off at Newmarket isn’t the demolition itself, but the reason we have ended up in this situation – infrastructure falling into disrepair due to a lack of maintenance, a rail operator wanting to take the cheap way out, and a local community having to fight to keep the facilities they already have.”

Newmarket Station is propped up by metal struts.
Newmarket Station is propped up by metal struts. Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones
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More on that Western Ring Road crash from reporter Caroline Zielinski - VicRoads confirmed that a four-car collision on the Western Ring Road, Altona bound, near Boundary Road is causing a backlog of traffic. The middle, inbound lane is blocked, and commuters should expect major delays. Traffic is backed up to the Deer Park bypass.

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Metro are reporting minor delays on the Hurstbridge line after a passenger was taken ill at Watsonia. Expect delays of 10 minutes, although Metro says that'll clear quickly.

There are also major delays on the 541 Roxburgh Park bus line after a passenger bus broke down.

Recapping our main story and the Ravenswood Junction Hotel in Bendigo caught fire last night, with 10 fire crews struggling to control the blaze.

Journalists from the Bendigo Advertiser caught this extraordinary footage of fire and smoke filling the sky as firefighters scramble.

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