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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.

Commuters could suffer without train technology boost, public transport chief warns

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Farrah Tomazin Part of Melbourne's rail system are already under strain and even with a new tunnel will rapidly become more so, transport chief says.

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Coalition rivalry set to erupt in Gippsland South by-election

Former deputy premier and retiring member Peter Ryan.

Farrah Tomazin Though Labor is not fielding a candidate, Liberal candidate Scott Rossetti, a three-time Wellington Shire mayor, is facing off with Nationals upper house MP Danny O'Brien in the first state...

Same-sex couples a step closer to equal adoption rights in Victoria

SH NEWS. January 18, 2014. New research from Institute of Family Studies shows kids from same sex couples do as well educationally, socially and emotionally as kids from heterosexual parents. Michele Packet and her partner Judy Cole with their daughter Jessica Cole - Packet, 5. Pictured at home in Mosman. Photo by Britta Campion

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Farrah Tomazin Government commissions lawyer to review Victoria's adoption laws.

New push to protect Melbourne's Yarra with new trust proposed in protection Act

Farrah Tomazin Melbourne's Yarra River planning overseen by different councils and agencies with guidelines that can easily be ignored is on the way out. New controls are on the cards.

Public watchdog to probe controversial East West Link

Farrah Tomazin Victoria's financial watchdog is preparing to investigate the East West Link amid growing public concern about the way the costly project has been handled by the former and current governments.

We need to 'connect' more in the bush, says new Nats leader

Nationals former minister Peter Walsh.

Farrah Tomazin The Nationals' loss in the Victorian state election was partly due to its lack of a clear message that resonated with country communities, the party's new leader says.

Canberra demands 'please explain' from Andrews government on schools funding

Farrah Tomazin Tensions between the state and federal governments are starting to simmer over plans to "reprioritise" tens of millions of dollars in education funding – including Commonwealth money designed...

Malcolm Turnbull more palatable to Victoria voters than besieged PM Tony Abbott: analysts

Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott.

Farrah Tomazin A Malcolm Turnbull-led Coalition government would be a more attractive option to Victorian voters than Tony Abbott, political analysts say.

Melbourne's 50,000-strong gay and lesbian Pride March welcomes premier

Some of the original organisers and attendees of the first Pride March 20 years ago, including Darren Ray, Liz Pain and Penny McDonald and several teenagers marching for the first time this year.

Farrah Tomazin Darren Ray took a gamble when he decided to organise Melbourne's first gay and lesbian Pride March 20 years ago.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.