Melbourne Express: May 12, 2014
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Melbourne Express: May 12, 2014

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

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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

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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
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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. 

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