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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

Treasurer Joe Hockey: under scrutiny.

Treasurer Joe Hockey: under scrutiny. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Today's top images from around the world, chosen by Age photo editor Leigh Henningham...

Sebastian Saavedra, left, of Colombia,  is hit by Mikhail Aleshin, of Russia, on the start of the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 10, 2014. Photo by AP Click for more photos

Picture Editor's Choice, May 12, 2014

Sebastian Saavedra, left, of Colombia, is hit by Mikhail Aleshin, of Russia, on the start of the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 10, 2014. Photo by AP

  • Sebastian Saavedra, left, of Colombia,  is hit by Mikhail Aleshin, of Russia, on the start of the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 10, 2014. Photo by AP
  • Spanish matador Juan Jose Padilla celebrates with his trophy, a ear of a bull he killed, during a bullfight at the Maestranza bullring in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain May 10, 2014. Photo by Reuters
  • A statue of Lenin is placed in front of a pro-Russian barricade on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk. Photo by Reuters
  • A man holds a fake marijuana joint during the "Marijuana March" in support of marijuana legalization at the Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, May 10, 2014. Photo by AP
  • A man dressed as a bear parades during an international Iberian mask festival, in Lisbon, Saturday, May 10, 2014. Photo by AP
  • Jonathan Paredes of Mexico dives from the 27 metres platform during the first round of the Red Bull Cliff Diving competition series in Havana May 10, 2014. Photo by Reuters
  • A woman wearing a Salmon hat protests against the Northern Gateway pipeline project during a "no" to the Enbridge pipeline rally at English Bay in Vancouver, British Columbia May 10, 2014.  Photo by Reuters
  • Contortionist Jonathan Nosan warms up backstage for a matinee performance of 'Limbo' at The London Wonderground at Southbank Centre on May 10, 2014 in London, England.  Photo by Getty Images
  • Trails of headlamps are seen in the night as runners make their way to the finish line during the XVII 101km competition on a mountain on the outskirts of Montejaque, near Ronda, southern Spain early May 11, 2014. Photo by Reuters
  • Pope Francis attends a meeting with students, school children, along with their teachers and families, filled St. Peter's Square and Via della Conciliazione on May 10, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Photo by Getty Images
  • A masked man awaits the start of the parade of the 9th International Festival of the Iberian Mask in Lisbon May 10, 2014. Photo by Reuters
  • Spectators watch as an athlete clears the bar during the Athens Street Pole Vault competition, at Flisvos Marina, southern Athens, on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Photo by AP
  • People view Kara Walker's "A Subtlety," a seventy-five and a half feet long and thirty-five and a half feet tall sphinx made in part of bleached sugar at the former Domino Sugar Refinery on May 10, 2014 in the Williamsburg neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photo by Getty Images

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.

The Ottoman at Lezzet.

The Ottoman at Lezzet.

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.

Melbourne artist Miso, left, who created the missing artwork and owner Andy Dinan.

Melbourne artist Miso, left, who created the missing artwork and owner Andy Dinan. Photo: JOE ARMAO

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. 

Today's horoscopes...

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...

Stabbing victim Tim Smits is involved in groups helping to combat violence.

Stabbing victim Tim Smits is involved in groups helping to combat violence. Photo: Eddie Jim

And still some dramas on the Monash INBOUND, this time at Wellington Road with a lane blocked. 

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”.

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.

Detail from Raphael's Holy Family with Saint John or Madonna of the Rose, c.1517

Detail from Raphael's Holy Family with Saint John or Madonna of the Rose, c.1517

Another bad smash on the Monash INBOUND, this time with three cars involved near Wellington Road and delays back to Heatherton Road.

Updating the headlines and a security breach forced the evacuation of a terminal at Melbourne Airport last night; a call for an investigation from the mother of a woman who was sexually abused by former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes; more on the pay freeze for politicians; how the private financial details and home addresses of hundreds of non-union workers were allegedly leaked; and the abducted two-year-old girl has been found safe.

Kimbra is teaming up in a double act with “Prince-approved soul-funk powerhouse” Janelle Monae for two Melbourne dates, starting with this Saturday at the Forum Theatre

Kimbra and Janelle Monae: live this Saturday at the Forum.

Kimbra and Janelle Monae: live this Saturday at the Forum.

Today's Odd Spot: Jo Jose, 60, of Loughborough, England, believes she has the world’s most pampered pooch. Her Lhasa Apso dog Louis costs her $9000 a year to feed on fillet steak, smoked salmon and organic eggs. He is regularly washed with $20 blocks of designer soap and has his own luxury wardrobe of clothes.

A cancellation on the Frankston Line: the 7:46am train from Flinders Street to Frankston has fallen victim to driver training and won't run this morning.

We asked - is it possible to steer a balloon? Apparently it depends on your definition of "steering"...

Tonight’s dinner? Three easy-but-great wintery weekday meals: a version of beef bourguignon, spinach and feta coils, and Karen Martini’s pasta with smoked trout, spinach and pancetta (click on links for recipes).

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon

A three-day blitz on CBD jaywalkers netted police more than $44,000 in fines, reports Caroline Zielinski. The operation, dubbed “Don’t Do Your Dash”, began on Wednesday last week and resulted in more than 600 fines for pedestrians walking against the red man in the CBD, costing $72 each. Many were apparently distracted by their mobile phones or personal music players.

Motoring editor Toby Hagon’s 10 most annoying driving habits. What irritates you most about other drivers? Tweet us @theage... 

A cancellation now on the Glen Waverley Line - the 8:08am to Flinders Street won't run this morning due to driver training. 

We were worried for a second that these balloons over Southern Cross station a few moments ago were going to tangle with the cranes, but they got through safely. Can anybody let us know - is it possible to steer a balloon? Tweet us @theage. 

Balloons over Southern Cross...

Balloons over Southern Cross...

A sunny day ahead, though there may be some fog about early this morning. We're heading for a max of 20 degrees and it's currently 9 degrees: FULL WEATHER

Police are investigating the unusual theft of an artwork from a display home in Collingwood, which was taken by a tall, thin person with a ponytail who apparently knew the location of a security camera in the room, keeping their back to it. The stolen work, measuring 1.2 by 1.6 metres, was by Melbourne artist Miso, who has a sister piece in the NGV.

Melbourne artist Miso, left, who created the missing artwork and owner Andy Dinan.

Melbourne artist Miso, left, who created the missing artwork and owner Andy Dinan. Photo: JOE ARMAO

Expect minor delays on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines between Dandenong and Caulfield thanks to congestion. Some trains may go straight to Flinders Street and not through the Loop as a result...

A dramatic car fire near Chadstone overnight. Police are investigating...

An exploding television sent two people to hospital and caused the evacuation of more than 30 people from an apartment building in Barkly Street, St Kilda this morning, reports Caroline Zielinski. The Metropolitan Fire Brigade were called to the building about 3.30am after a couple in their late 20s reported their television made a loud bang and then became engulfed in flames. Ambulance Victoria spokesman Paul Bentley said paramedics arrived about 3.50am, and treated four people for smoke inhalation. A boy in his mid-teens and a woman in her 20s were taken to the Royal Children's Hospital and to The Alfred suffering from minor smoke inhalation. Mr Woodward said that six apartments were so severely damaged by smoke they were no longer habitable. The damage bill is estimated as $50,000. 

Still foggy out there - take care on the roads.

A smash now on the Monash INBOUND involving four cars near Jacksons Road. 

A security breach forced the evacuation of a terminal at Melbourne Airport last night. In other headlines, the mother of a woman who was sexually abused by former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes has called for an independent investigation into why police failed to charge the actor; more on the pay freeze for politicians; how the private financial details and home addresses of hundreds of non-union workers were allegedly leaked; and the abducted two-year-old girl has been found safe.

In finance, 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

''Boss, you better take a look at this.'' Foreign exchange broker Owen Kerr used LinkedIn to connect two men accused of one of the country’s biggest insider trading cases. The Australian Federal Police and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission have since frozen the men’s assets, which include the $2.4 million three-bedroom loft apartment designed by twins Alisa and Lysandra Fraser as part of the reality television show The Block.

Block contestants Alisa and Lysandra, whose apartment was bought from the proceeds of alleged insider trading.

Block contestants Alisa and Lysandra, whose apartment was bought from the proceeds of alleged insider trading.

Melbourne’s Chantal Mitvalsky is but one of the many musicians featuring at this year’s Stonnington Jazz Festival, which starts on Thursday, with performances at Chapel Off Chapel and Malvern Town Hall: FULL DETAILS

Chantal Mitvalsky: one highlight of the Stonnington Jazz Festival.

Chantal Mitvalsky: one highlight of the Stonnington Jazz Festival.

Two more train cancellations due to driver training: the 7:01 from Alamein to Flinders Street, and the 7:07am from Glen Waverley to Flinders Street. 

A crash now on the Monash OUTBOUND with a lane blocked and delays back to Bulla Road...

Swan Street in Richmond is closed between Hoddle Street and Church Street due to track works. The road is expected to be opened for inbound traffic by 7am. 

Unearthed at Pentridge Prison - the remnants of a rare 1850s prison block that's oddly reminiscent of a Trivial Pursuit game piece (imagine that prisoners are the pieces of pie). 

Archaeologist Adam Ford at Pentridge Prison, where inmates in solitary confinement had an hour per day to move about and get fresh air in a wedge shaped cell.

Archaeologist Adam Ford at Pentridge Prison, where inmates in solitary confinement had an hour per day to move about and get fresh air in a wedge shaped cell. Photo: Paul Jeffers

The 6:46am from Greensborough to Flinders Street on the Hurstbridge Line has been cancelled due to driver training. But some good news: the 6:22am from Werribee and the 6:50am from Sandringham will both be running after previously being cancelled due to driver training.

A security scare at Melbourne Airport forced the evacuation of the Qantas terminal last night, delaying flights. The reason: somebody entered the terminal through an exit door

A sunny day ahead, though there may be some fog about early this morning. We're heading for a max of 20 degrees and it's currently 9 degrees: FULL WEATHER

Good morning! We're back with Melbourne Express for another working week, bringing you updates for the commute or school run, breaking news, weather and what's on around town. Please send any news tips or comments to Angus at aholland@theage.com.au - cheers.

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