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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.

Plan for entitlements watchdog divides top state MPs

Christine Fyffe

Farrah Tomazin State Parliament's Speaker and President are at odds over plans for an independent watchdog.

Rural schools targeted for reform

Dale Pearce

Farrah Tomazin Funding for rural schools could be overhauled, mobile kindergartens may be used in remote areas, and teachers could get more incentives to work in small towns, as the Napthine government tries to...

Political candidates may face police checks

Frankston MP Geoff Shaw

Farrah Tomazin Victoria's major political parties face internal ructions over the way election candidates are vetted.

Clamp looms on MP perks

Frankston MP Geoff Shaw.

Farrah Tomazin Victorian politicians look set to face an overhaul of their entitlements as the Napthine government moves to stem the fallout over the suspension of rogue MP Geoff Shaw.

Geoff Shaw quit gambit poses new crisis

Farrah Tomazin Geoff Shaw has raised the prospect of quitting before November's state election.

Abortion debate not on, Denis Napthine pledges

Farrah Tomazin Premier Denis Napthine has categorically ruled out allowing embattled MP Geoff Shaw to wind back Victoria's abortion laws.

Frankston people divided on MP Geoff Shaw

Frankston State MP, Geoff Shaw

John Elder, Farrah Tomazin Excuse me, proud youth of this battling town, what do you think of Geoff Shaw?

Assaults, drugs strain on schools

school yard

Farrah Tomazin Thousands of emergency incidents are taking place in and around Victorian schools each year, with sexual assaults, burglaries and occasional deaths among the many problems reported to the government.

Fears charities are doomed

Home Ground Homeless census.

Farrah Tomazin One of Australia's leading welfare experts has warned that small charities could cease to exist in Victoria, pushed out by super-sized community groups in a ''welfare arms race'' created by the...

Napthine to seek compensation for hefty cuts

Denis Napthine

Farrah Tomazin Premier Denis Napthine wants Canberra to continue financing a range of health and concession agreements.

Funding cuts loom and patients continue to struggle, state budget reveals

Farrah Tomazin A quarter of emergency patients are not being treated on time, about one in four ambulances are failing to meet targets.

Former speaker Ken Smith pushes for euthanasia reform

Farrah Tomazin Former Victorian speaker Ken Smith has called for a renewed debate on euthanasia - free of 'religious fanaticism'.

$11b trainline centrepiece of Napthine Government's Budget

Farrah Tomazin An $11billion train line between South Yarra to Melbourne Airport forms the centrepiece of the Napthine Government’s election-year cash splash _ but the long-awaited project won’t be...

Domestic violence victims to get specialised support

Domestic violence

Farrah Tomazin Women and children at high risk of domestic violence will get expanded support in this week’s state budget, as the Napthine Government comes under pressure to ensure services are properly...

State programs at risk over federal shortfalls, Victorian Treasurer warns

Victorian treasurer Michael O'Brien.

Farrah Tomazin Victoria could lose hundreds of hospital beds and be forced to scale back kindergarten hours, with Treasurer Michael O'Brien warning Tuesday's state budget will not make up for anticipated shortfalls...

Elective surgery blitz in state budget

Surgery generic.

Farrah Tomazin Premier Denis Napthine will spend $190 million for an elective surgery blitz to cut Victoria's waiting list, as thousands of sick patients continue to suffer lengthy delays.

Victoria's anti-corruption watchdog says Premier Denis Napthine has no case to answer

Denis Napthine.

Farrah Tomazin Premier Denis Napthine will not be investigated over a $1.5 million government grant to a racing associate.

Victorian Treasurer Michael O'Brien spends up big to entice voters

Victorian treasurer Michael O'Brien.

Farrah Tomazin On a dreary Tuesday morning three weeks ago, Victorian Treasurer Michael O’Brien boarded a plane to Canberra to speak to federal assistant infrastructure minister Jamie Briggs and...

Environmental hurdles for airport rail link

Melbourne Airport

Farrah Tomazin Rail link would pass through contaminated sites and threaten environmentally sensitive areas.

Requests swamp Napthine's FOI watchdog

The report found that the FOI system should be simpler to use.

Farrah Tomazin and Henrietta Cook The Napthine government's pledge to reform freedom-of-information laws is in disarray.