And we're done for another day here at Melbourne Express. Hope you got to where you were going safely and on time despite the various transport issues around the place this morning. We'll see you back here tomorrow at 6am.
From our national desk, Federal Parliament resumes today with the budget to be handed down tomorrow. Meanwhle, there's scrutiny of Treasurer Joe Hockey's announcement that MPs' pay rises would be frozen.
Today's top images from around the world, chosen by Age photo editor Leigh Henningham...
Updating finance and local stocks are expected to open flat ahead of tomorrow's Federal Budget. The dollar is buying 93.57 US cents. Gold is at $US1288.79 per ounce, iron ore is at $US102.70 per metric tonne and oil is at $US107.89 per barrel. FULL DETAILS
A breakfast option with a difference at Lezzet in Elwood, where everything comes from the giant woodfired oven and the coffee is just $2.50. The most popular dishes are the Ottoman - scrambled eggs with garlicky, spicy (really spicy) sucuk, haloumi, diced tomato, olives and baby spinach ($12.50) - and the Turkish Menemen - three eggs mixed with tomatoes, baby spinach, feta and optional chilli ($12.50). Both are served in piping hot claypots, the eggs still cooking as they reach the table.Back to top
Two lanes are closed Altona-bound on the Western Ring Road at Tullamarine due to a collision. There are delays building back to the Tullamarine Freeway.
Don't jaywalk! Police have blitzed the CBD, issuing more than 600 fines.
One of two men charged with insider trading on the basis of advance knowledge of sensitive government allegedly made more than $2.5 million in a single day. Among other splashy purchases, the 26-year-old banker successfully bid $2.375 million - a massive $616,000 above the reserve - for the three-bedroom loft apartment designed by twins Alisa and Lysandra on the reality show The Block. It is understood he put down a $500,000 deposit for the fully furnished luxury property at 47 O'Grady Street, Albert Park, and it is among the assets frozen in the joint sting by Australian Federal Police and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
Our letter of the day comes from Lois Daley of Port Melbourne: Perhaps on his way home from meeting with backward religious groups in the US opposed to women's rights over their bodies (''Shaw's abortion study trip to the US'', 9/5), Geoff Shaw might call in to Nigeria and meet the group of radical Boko Haram Islamists who abducted young female students whose ''crime'' was to want an education as females, something denied them in their country. We don't suffer such degradation in Australia because, as women, we fought long and hard for our rights over many years. How could the electorate of Frankston, comprising 50 per cent women, elect a politician with such bigoted views, who wants to take women back to the Dark Ages? I shall never understand.
Tim Smits was late for work. It was 10.30am on September 11, 2011, and the Melbourne-born graphic artist had been running to catch the bus that usually took him across town to his East London studio. He found a seat towards the back and caught his breath. Then everything changed. A read well worth the time if you missed it over the weekend...
And still some dramas on the Monash INBOUND, this time at Wellington Road with a lane blocked.
Right lane blocked inbound on Monash at Wellington Rd. Delays back to Stud Rd. pic.twitter.com/lsdJR6mkzP— Gettraffic VIC (@GettrafficVIC) May 11, 2014
Delays now on the Craigieburn Line OUTBOUND due to a track equipment fault at Kensington. Expect a wait of up to 15 minutes longer than usual...
That burst water main on Sydney Road near the corner of Weston Street is causing delays to traffic ... which is causing delays to route 19 trams.
Making headlines around the world, the Spiegel reports on the tragic death of a German exchange student; the Guardian has a London property empire “amassed by a controversial German landlord”; the New York Times reports on New York police recruiting Muslims to be informers; Singapore’s Straits Times reports on the huge boom in online shopping; the Japan Times leads with US billionaires vying to open Japan’s first casino resorts; and the Daily Mail leads with an Arab royal family buying a country estate dubbed “Little Persia”.Back to top
The lakes at Westgate Park (under the West Gate Bridge) are still a lovely shade of pink. For Mother's Day?
And there are still delays INBOUND on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines due to congestion on the line.
Minor delays now on the Hurstbridge Line with the cancellation of the 8:12am from Flinders Street to Greensborough. Next outbound train is at 8:25am.
The NGV’s big winter show, Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, opens this week. Drawn from the Italian art collection of the Museu Nacional del Prado in Madrid, it features works from Raphael, Correggio, Titian, Tintoretto, the Carracci, Poussin and Tiepolo. The big ones, in other words.
Another bad smash on the Monash INBOUND, this time with three cars involved near Wellington Road and delays back to Heatherton Road.Back to top