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Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon is The Age's state political editor. After a brief period in the Sydney banking world and the federal bureaucracy, Josh spent six years working as The Age's economics correspondent at Parliament House in Canberra. After cutting himself adrift to travel the world, he was lured back to reporting early in 2007. Most recently he has worked as The Sunday Age's politcal editor, based in Canberra, and The Age's state economics correspondent in Melbourne.

Canberra wants link money repaid

East-west link project design

Lucille Keen and Josh Gordon The federal government is demanding that the $3billion it has given the Victorian government for the two stages of the East West Link be repaid if the project does not go ahead.

Liberals suspect internal party dirty tricks

Pictured  Premier of Victoria Denis Napthine.

Josh Gordon Premier Denis Napthine has fuelled speculation Labor figures could be working in tandem with Tea Party-style Liberal agitators to destabilise the state government.

Clive Palmer and Greens like 'economic troglodytes'

Victorian Treasurer Michael O'Brien.

Josh Gordon, James Massola Victorian Treasurer Michael O’Brien says Clive Palmer and the Greens are “economic troglodytes” for opposing a plan offering bonus payments to states that sell big assets such as...

Tony Abbott urged to keep away from Victorian election campaign

Photo by Penny Stephens. The Age. The Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Victorian Premier Denis Napthine announced today at the Port of Melbourne Authority that the Federal Government will make a $1.5 billion    contribution to Stage 2 of the East West Link Project. 29TH April 2014

Josh Gordon Victorian government MPs have warned Tony Abbott to steer clear of the November state election campaign, claiming the Prime Minister has become 'toxic' for the Coalition brand in Victoria.

Premier lashes MP's anti-abortion stance

Bernie Finn

Josh Gordon and Henrietta Cook The issue of abortion has once again become a flashpoint within the Coalition as Denis Napthine faces another battle to save the political career of cabinet minister Mary Wooldridge.

Alcoa job losses fuel political tension

Leader of the Opposition and Liberal Leader Tony Abbott and Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine at the Liberal Conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre. 25th May 2013. THE  AGE / MAL FAIRCLOUGH

Richard Willingham, James Massola and Josh Gordon Tensions have flared between the Abbott and Napthine governments over how to handle a manufacturing and jobs crisis in Victoria exacerbated by Alcoa announcing it would shut its aluminium smelter in...

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Government challenges costings in Labor's transport blueprint

Josh Gordon The Napthine government has claimed Labor's transport blueprint would rip a deep hole in the budget, revealing the metro rail link is expected to cost as much as $11.6 billion.

Analysis

Smith's brutal, messy exit best Napthine could have expected

Josh Gordon dinkus.

Josh Gordon If there were ever any doubts that politics is a brutal blood sport, the extraordinary events leading up to the demise of Ken Smith as speaker should have dispelled them.

PM signals powerful union probe

Peter Cosgrove is announced as the next Governor-General by Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 28 January 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

James Massola, Josh Gordon and Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott is poised to announce a royal commission with sweeping powers to examine corruption and other crime in the union movement.

Fund rail to rescue jobs, Napthine urges Abbott

Ron Tandberg 'News' cartoon December 16th 2013

Josh Gordon, Clay Lucas Premier Denis Napthine is pleading with the Abbott government to 'bring forward' Commonwealth infrastructure funding to offset the pain caused by the looming end of manufacturing by Holden.

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Analysis

Napthine breaks the news nobody wanted to hear

Josh Gordon dinkus.

Josh Gordon It was Denis Napthine who broke the grim news to the nation.

Analysis

Shaw saga throws spotlight on Smith

Josh Gordon It's a bit like the infamous Monty Python dead parrot scene where the pet shop owner insists, "he's not dead, he's restin".

Push to get alpine cattle grazing back on the landscape

The grazing trial will return 400 cattle to the Alpine National Park.

Josh Gordon Both the Napthine and Abbott governments are refusing to rule out another scientific trial.

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State government on a knife edge as police charge Shaw with 24 offences

Independent Frankston MP Geoff Shaw has been charged by police.

Josh Gordon and Richard Willingham The Napthine government's tenuous grip on power is under threat after police charged rogue Frankston MP Geoff Shaw for allegedly misusing his parliamentary vehicle to run his hardware business.

Look out Victoria, it's Palmer time

PALMER AFR PHOTO BY GLENN HUNT 22082013.
NEWS- Clive Palmer speaking to media in Brisbane.

Josh Gordon Clive Palmer will take on the Napthine government at next year's state election.

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Liberal powerbroker Nick Minchin contender to take New York post from dumped Steve Bracks

Senator Nick Minchin

Josh Gordon, Daniel Flitton and Adrian Lowe Howard-era finance minister Nick Minchin has emerged as a contender to take over as consul-general in New York after Steve Bracks was dumped from the role as one of the first acts of the incoming...

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Vote 'vindicates' road link

Premier Denis Napthine.

Josh Gordon A second stage of the east-west link - connecting the Tullamarine Freeway to the Western Ring road - has been been placed on the political agenda, with Premier Napthine declaring Saturday's federal...

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Question mark over metro rail tunnel as Tony Abbott slashes funding

Tony Abbott.

Josh Gordon Victoria's number one public transport project has been dealt a body blow, with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott confirming he would cut the entire $75 million federal budget for preliminary work on the...

Senate has power to see secret plan

Hoddle Street overpass looking east showing the new East West Link stage one.

Josh Gordon The full business case for the east-west toll road would be forced into the public spotlight under a dramatic intervention in state politics by the federal Senate.

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Abbott contradicts Napthine with push for no east-west toll

Lane Way Redevelopment. Pictured -  Victorian Premier Denis Napthine at the announcement of funding to upgrade Warrnambool's laneways. 130809RG49 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Josh Gordon Tony Abbott has raised the prospect of building Melbourne's east-west link without tolls.