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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.

Homes could go to make way for Labor's truck plan

West Gate Freeway

Farrah Tomazin Dozens of homes and businesses could be acquired to make way for the state government's alternative to the East West Link, but the full impact of the project might not be known for months.

Reconnect and renew if you want to win, Matthew Guy tells Coalition MPs

State opposition leader Matthew Guy.

Farrah Tomazin The Coalition's defeat in the Victorian state election last year has lessons that it can learn from and apply, its leader says.

Federal Libs prepare East West Link campaign to pressure Daniel Andrews

Alan Tudge, MP for Aston.

Farrah Tomazin A group of federal Liberal MPs are planning a grassroots campaign to revive the East West Link, convinced the road remains a vote winner for the Abbott government.

State schools set for shake-up as Labor promises more support

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino.

Farrah Tomazin State schools are set for a shake-up, with the Andrews government vowing to wind back the Coalition's "autonomy agenda", conceding it had left principals feeling abandoned and struggling to cope with...

House of mayhem? Micro parties to flex their muscle on Spring Street

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that the East West Link business case on Monday.

Farrah Tomazin They're the unpredictable mix of micro parties that could make or break Daniel Andrews' legislative agenda.

Australia's first minister for equality to reform gay adoption laws

Tackling inequalities: Martin Foley's appointment marks the first time an Australian government has ever had a dedicated Minister for equality overseeing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues.

Farrah Tomazin Equality Minister Martin Foley has announced his intention to bring Victoria's adoption laws in line with NSW, Western Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

Liberal gender gap widens after election defeat

PDF cut from printed 'Liberal gender gap widens after election defeat'

Farrah Tomazin Most members of the Victorian Liberal Party do not believe men and women are treated equally in the preselection process, renewing pressure on senior officials to confront the issue or risk further...

Auditor-General to get beefed-up powers of scrutiny

United front: Three of the auditors-generals who pushed for more powers to scrutinise government spending, Ches Baragwanath, John Doyle and Des Pearson.

Farrah Tomazin Victoria's financial watchdog will get unprecedented powers to scrutinise major projects and taxpayer-funded government ads.

One term and you're out

Farrah Tomazin The Coalition's loss makes it the first one term government since 1955.

Daniel Andrews rises as Coalition swept from power

Labor supporter surround Daniel Andrews as he moves to the stage to make his victory speech.

Farrah Tomazin Daniel Andrews is Victoria’s new premier, consigning Denis Napthine’s Coalition to being the state’s first one-term government in 60 years.

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.

Asbestos in Victorian schools needs urgent removal demands WorkSafe

State audit secret: Asbestos a problem in 92 per cent of Victorian schools.

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

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


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

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.

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.

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...