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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.

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. 

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Making news this morning: Labor says it will prop up the Napthine Government is Geoff Shaw goes; Government takes $360 million in idle savings; the City Loop likely to get mobile phone coverage; claims ADF abuse victims were ignored.

Premier Denis Napthine: no constitutional crisis?

Premier Denis Napthine: no constitutional crisis? Photo: Rob Gunstone

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.

Currently 10 degrees with a top of 18 in Melbourne. Low cloud and fog over some areas of the state this morning.

Nice pic from Tina Osman. Send any photos to liam.mannix@theage.com.au.

The best photos from around the world, as chosen by our picture editor Leigh Henningham...

People take pictures of a reveller during the Wave and Goth festival in the central shopping district of Leipzig. Click for more photos

Picture Editor's Choice, June 10, 2014

People take pictures of a reveller during the Wave and Goth festival in the central shopping district of Leipzig. Photo: Reuters

  • People take pictures of a reveller during the Wave and Goth festival in the central shopping district of Leipzig.
  • A dancer of a group performing in mystery and horror manga outfits participates at the annual Carnival of Cultures parade in Berlin.
  • A Indian Hindu perform evening prayers at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, at the Ganga Dussehra festival in Allahabad, India.
  • A woman worships a cow as Indian Hindus offer prayers to the River Ganges, India.
  • Members of Spanish-Argentinian Grupo Puja troupe perform during the opening of the Theatrical Syndrome  festival on the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.
  • A tourist takes a picture of the statue of Christ the Redeemer ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
  • A dog named Neron participates in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York.
  • Enthusiasts in period uniform re-enact a battle from the First World War during the Times and Epoch festival in Moscow.
  • Members of the Samaritan hold up Torah scrolls during a traditional pilgrimage marking the holiday of Shavuot, atop Mount Gerizim near the West Bank city of Nablus.
  • Persons enjoy the sunny weather at the North Sea near Cuxhaven, northern Germany.
  • Whippet Quixand Fallout Boy stops during a dog race in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany.
  • Visitors watch an elephant bathing in the newly opened elephant park in the Zurich Zoo, Switzerland.

Rik Mayall, British actor, comedian and breakout star of The Young Ones, has died at 56.

Click below for a gallery of Mayall's best work.

Vale Rik Mayall, writes Natalie Bochenski

"Vain and promiscuous but undeniably talented and really damn cool, Lord Flash had the kind of “F--- you” chutzpah that the younger me (hell, me now) desperately wanted. He was the kind of person who melted hearts, dropped jaws and punched Germans, all before breakfast."

Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson. Click for more photos

Remembering Rik Mayall

Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson.

Tonight, 7pm, ACMI Cinemas: Michael Altman, son of film director Robert Altman, will talk about his father's legacy and introduce a screening of his 1970 film M*A*S*H at ACMI's An Altman Evening.

M*A*S*H

M*A*S*H

Just hearing reports of a three-car crash on the Ring Road Altona-bound near Boundary Road. Traffic building quickly - we're seeking more information now.

Updating finance, local stocks are poised to open higher with the Dow and S&P both finishing on a high note. The dollar is buying 93.53 US cents, 95.88 Japanese yen, 68.81 Euro cents and 55.67 British pence. Gold, oil, iron are up: FULL DETAILS.

"Your self-discipline is on high today, which makes it a great day to get a lot of work accomplished"... read your daily horoscope.

The best way to get the news as the Geoff Shaw situation develops this morning is to follow our political reporters Henrietta Cook, Rich Willingham, and Josh Gordon on Twitter.

Updating the morning commute:

  • The Tullamarine is blocked at Bell Street because of that two-car smash we reported earlier. Very heavy going, avoid if you can.
  • Monash and Calder both slowing.
  • Roadworks on Bell Street between Sydney Road and Nicholson Street.

More on that Burwood Highway smash we reported on earlier, and Caroline Zielinski reports that three people have been injured in a multiple car accident on the Burwood Highway, near Warragul. Paramedics are currently treating the three people, who are believed to be suffering from minor injuries. A VicRoads spokesman said traffic was heavy throughout the area.

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

Reports in of a car crash at Bell Street on the City Link. Emergency services on the scene apparently - we're just getting more information now.

Love this photo from Age photographer Penny Stephens. Send them in to liam.mannix@theage.com.au.

Photo: Penny Stephens

Photo: Penny Stephens

Reports in on the Geoff Shaw situation, and it looks like the government is trying to buy some time...

Today's Odd Spot: "A British teenager has been jailed for phoning in a hoax bomb threat so his brother could leave early from his shift at Burger King. Luke Brown, 18, admitted making the threat at a shopping centre in Norwich, telling police his brother wanted him to call emergency services and ‘‘make something up’’ so he could get out of work."

Vue de Monde, at the top of the Rialto, gets 18/20 from our restaurant critic Larissa Dubecki. "Salt-cured wallaby. Truffle marshmallow. Smoked eel and white chocolate. The latter is particularly good, the mouth-coating, toffeed crunch of the chocolate making peculiar sense with the eel." 

Vue de Monde.

Vue de Monde. Photo: Eddie Jim

The State Government says its priority today is passing the State Budget, not dealing with Geoff Shaw - but the issue's pretty likely to come up given Labor is planning to move to have the rogue Frankston MP expelled from Parliament, potentially threatening the Government's majority.

Here's what you need to read:

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.

Geoff Shaw.

Geoff Shaw. Photo: Pat Scala

What looks like the shell of a Russian rocket has washed up in a flooded Siberian village...

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The shell of what is believed to be a Russian space rocket is discovered in a flooded Siberian village.

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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 has yet to be notified, she said. 

Today's weather

Today's weather

Top of 18 today which is quite warm for this time of year - enjoy it, because it's going to be wet and windy come Thursday and Friday.

A woman is lucky to be alive after being trapped in her car for nearly two hours after hitting a tree in Preston. Paramedics were called to Murray Street, Preston, just after 2am, and found a woman in her 30s trapped by the legs and her car turned on its side. Caroline Zielinski has confirmed she was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with minor injuries. 

Tuesday Night: Head along to Voices In the Attic tonight – an event focussing on spoken word artistis that features poets, storytellers, comedians and a DJ playing spoken-word tunes. Tonight’s headliner is Laurie May:

Can't stop checking your Facebook and Twitter feeds? Neither can big companies.

The Twitter Inc. logo.

The Twitter Inc. logo. Photo: Bloomberg

Police in Hollywood are currently surrounding a man with a rifle who just led them on a high speed chase through the suburb and across rooftops... follow live at the Los Angeles Times.

Photo: Los Angeles Times

Photo: Los Angeles Times

More images of that fire at the Ravenswood Junction Hotel in Bendigo. FULL STORY from the Bendigo Advertiser.

More on that crash - Paul Bentley from Ambulance Victoria confirmed that paramedics were on scene in Dartmoor, treating a man for a shoulder injury. Caroline Zielinski reports emergency services were called to the Princess Highway about 5.40am, where a couple of cars smashed into each other and went up in flames. More to come. 

The view from this morning. Keep the photos coming to liam.mannix@theage.com.au.

More on that Dartmoor crash we reported on earlier and it looks very bad. 3AW report a truck and another vehicle collided on Princes Highway at the bridge crossing over the Glenelg River. 3AW are saying one person has died - we're just trying to confirm that now.

Today is the day for Geoff Shaw. Parliament sits today and Labor will move to have the rouge Frankston MP expelled from Parliament, potentially threatening the Government's majority.

Here's what you need to read:

Geoff Shaw in Parliament earlier in the year.

Geoff Shaw in Parliament earlier in the year. Photo: Angela Wylie

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”.

 

A Singapore Airlines flight has been grounded.

A Singapore Airlines flight has been grounded. Photo: Reuters

"What a corker of an episode. That guy getting shot off The Wall by that giant’s massive spear arrow, am I right?" -read our recap of last night's Game of Thrones episode The Watchers on the Wall.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.

"Your mind turns toward issues of human nature and emotion today" - read your horoscope today.

The 6.28 Mordialloc to Frankston has been cancelled, again due to a faulty train.

Rik Mayall, British actor, comedian and breakout star of The Young Ones, has died at 56.

Vale Rik Mayall, writes Natalie Bochenski

"Vain and promiscuous but undeniably talented and really damn cool, Lord Flash had the kind of “F--- you” chutzpah that the younger me (hell, me now) desperately wanted. He was the kind of person who melted hearts, dropped jaws and punched Germans, all before breakfast."

Rik Mayall with his wife Barbara in 2000.

Rik Mayall with his wife Barbara in 2000. Photo: AP

The Ravenswood Junction Hotel 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.

So far so good on the trains - all lines running well. The 5.01 Williamstown to Flinders Street was cancelled due to a faulty train, but no sign that's causing widespread delays on the line.

Making news this morning: Labor says it will prop up the Napthine Government is Geoff Shaw goes; Government takes $360 million in idle savings; the City Loop likely to get mobile phone coverage; claims ADF abuse victims were ignored.

The City Loop.

The City Loop. Photo: Craig Abraham

Today's weather

Today's weather

Top of 18 today with low cloud and fog this morning. Currently fog on top of a few of the city's taller buildings. Should be fairly dry this week, but expect rain on Thursday and Friday.

Good morning and welcome to Melbourne Express for Tuesday of this short week. Hope you all enjoyed the day off - if you got one. We'll be blogging the morning commute from 6 all the way to 9am.

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