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Farrah Tomazin

Farrah Tomazin is The Sunday Age's state political editor. Farrah joined the paper in 2000, reporting on general news, courts and crime, local government and state politics. She was The Age's state political correspondent ahead the 2006 Victorian election, and later spent three years as education editor before becoming a feature writer on Victorian affairs. She returned to the state rounds press gallery for The Sunday Age in 2011.

Asbestos in Victorian schools needs urgent removal demands WorkSafe

Farrah Tomazin Hundreds of schools in Victoria contain asbestos, says a WorkSafe audit, and immediate action must be taken to remove it.

East West Link opponents: project risk to Zoo's pregnant elephant Num-Oi

Tiger enclosure: Opponents say the Zoo is putting the animals' needs second.

Henrietta Cook and Farrah Tomazin Opponents of the East West Link say the project is putting the health and well-being of animals at nearby Melbourne Zoo at risk.

Labor requests watchdog investigate regional grants approved for Denis Napthine's horse-racing partner's business expansion

Denis Napthine and Colin McKenna of Midfield Meat.

Farrah Tomazin Victoria’s financial watchdog will be asked to investigate a state government grant that was used to help the expansion of a business run by one of Premier Denis Napthine’s former racing...

Victorian election 2014: Labor pledges gender and sexuality anti-discrimination commissioner

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Farrah Tomazin Opposition leader Daniel Andrews has pledged to create a new anti-discrimination commissioner dedicated to challenging homophobia if elected next Saturday.

From Party Man to Family Guy: the rebranding of Dan Andrews

Opposition leader Daniel Andrews.

Farrah Tomazin The would-be premier is more at ease on the hustings with his wife Cath by his side. Farrah Tomazin joined them in the second of our series on the leaders' campaigns.

Labor faces backlash over dumped national park plan

Political backlash: The Greens federal leader Christine Milne at the party's launch.

Farrah Tomazin Labor faces a backlash in key marginal seats after being influenced by the CFMEU to dump a plan for a new national park to protect the Leadbeater's possum.

Victorians to get a greater say in dying with dignity under Labor reforms

Farrah Tomazin Victorians will be able to tell their doctors not to administer life-prolonging treatment for their future illnesses, under a Labor plan to give people a greater say in how they die.

Victoria state election 2014: CCTV database part of $37m crime package announced by Coalition

A CCTV database is part of the Coalition's crime package

Farrah Tomazin Victoria Police will get access to a new database of CCTV footage as part of a $37million crime prevention package promised by the Coalition.

Victoria state election 2014: Premier Denis Napthine announces $250m for Tullamarine Freeway

The Tullamarine Freeway will be widened under the Coalition's plan.

Farrah Tomazin and Steve Lillebuen Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared Victoria's election a referendum on the East West Link, as he joined Premier Denis Napthine to announce another multi-million dollar road upgrade ahead of this...

Napthine faces backlash over 'piecemeal' country schools plan

Denis Napthine and Tony Abbott at the joint  announcement of a police investigation into building industry corruption.

Farrah Tomazin A long-awaited five-year strategy for rural education has no new initiatives and no extra funding, writes Farrah Tomazin.

Public servants being groomed to leak sensitive information to criminals, IBAC warns

a woman typing on a computer

Farrah Tomazin Victoria's anti-corruption watchdog has warned that public servants are increasingly being "groomed" by criminals to leak highly sensitive government information, such as tender documents, drug...

Election push to help teenage lawbreakers avoid conviction

Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge.

Farrah Tomazin Teen offenders will get more chances to avoid jail, as part of a program to deter them from a life of crime, if the Napthine government is re-elected.

Government struggling to achieve language revival in schools

Trapped: students in early primary spend a lot of time sitting on the mat despite many students finding it hard to sit still and listen attentively.

Farrah Tomazin The Napthine government admits it may not be able to meet an ambitious promise to ensure every student up to year 10 will study a language by 2025, starting with prep next year.

Teachers urged to report concerns on radicalised students

Killed when attacking police: Numan Haider.

Farrah Tomazin Police have moved to stop the potential spread of radicalisation in schools, with principals and teachers urged to monitor vulnerable students at risk of turning to extremist groups such as Islamic...

Doubts raised on Gonski funding deal

Premier Dr Denis Napthine.

Farrah Tomazin Victoria's so-called Gonski schools funding deal has been thrown into question amid documents suggesting "no final decision" has been reached on how much federal money the state will receive.

Government traffic data casts doubt on Labor's West Gate plan

West Gate Bridge _ freeway

Farrah Tomazin Labor's flagship plan to ease congestion in Melbourne's west has been called into question by state government traffic modelling suggesting the policy won't remove anywhere near the number of...

Public office a long time coming for Ted Baillieu's successor

John Pesutto in the prized Liberal seat of Hawthorn.

Farrah Tomazin He has advised two premiers, helped re-write the Liberal Party constitution, and has been behind some of the government's toughest industrial disputes in recent years - including the ongoing brawl...

School reforms divide principals

Macleod College principal Mario Panaccio welcomes moves  to shared resources.

Jill Stark and Farrah Tomazin Vern Hilditch wants more time – more time for his students and more time for his staff.

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Values and volunteers: parties adopt Obama-style campaigns ahead of state poll

Labor Brunswick MP Jane Garrett

Farrah Tomazin Sometimes it takes just one good conversation to shape a vote. As a field organiser for Labor's state election campaign, Julijana Todorovic has had many such conversations this year, and has taught...