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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.

Signalling trial could revolutionise transport, but will we benefit?

Melbourne's Metro train service will not be revolutionised any time soon.

Farrah Tomazin A trial for high-tech signalling on the Sandringham rail line would enable trains to run on autopilot and improve services by up to 30 per cent – but commuters won't benefit unless the state...

Hundreds of Victoria mental health patients die prematurely each year

The most recent health data shows the use of seclusion among adult mental health patients has dropped in the last six months.

Farrah Tomazin Hundreds of mental health patients are dying in unexpected, unnatural or violent circumstances every year, with the Andrews government conceding it is "extremely concerned" about the rate of deaths.

Minister stood down over allegations of misconduct made by chief of staff

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28:  Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews addresses the Victorian Labor Party State Conference on March 28, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Jeffers/Fairfax Media)

Farrah Tomazin A Victorian government minister has been stood down from cabinet and faces the sack amid allegations of systemic bullying, abuse and intimidation.

Looking out for the countrysiders

Daniel Young.

Farrah Tomazin It's a crisp autumn morning in Little River and two of the state's newest MPs are at a shooting range on the foothills of the You Yangs, taking aim at a target about 50 yards away.

Homeschool parents deserve state vouchers to teach kids, says key crossbencher

Homeschooling.

Farrah Tomazin Parents who homeschool their children should get financial incentives to cover their education costs, according to one of Victoria's new crossbenchers.

Retail tenancy dispute: Still looking for justice after 17 years

Seventeen years on, Dianne and Bob Heller continue to fight for justice.

Farrah Tomazin Bob and Dianne Heller still remember the day they arrived at their small business to find the locks had been changed overnight.

Anzac Day: Peaceful commemorations amid heavy police presence

An increased police presence at Anzac Day events in Melbourne.

Farrah Tomazin A significantly enhanced security presence - including a trebling of police numbers and a directive for members to carry guns - contributed to peaceful Anzac Day commemorations in Melbourne in...

East West probe "limited" without proper audit powers, watchdog warns

Farrah Tomazin An investigation into the east west link is likely to be hampered because the Andrews government has not delivered on a pledge to give the state's financial watchdog full authority to scrutinise...

Security stepped up amid ANZAC Day terror threat

Police officer

Farrah Tomazin Security will be significantly beefed-up across the state on ANZAC Day after an ISIS-inspired terrorist plot was intercepted by police.

Gay adoption laws: State Liberals may get conscience vote

Farrah Tomazin State Liberal MPs could get a conscience vote on gay adoption, in a move that could make or break Premier Daniel Andrews' bid to overhaul the law.

Voluntary euthanasia: Greens push for state MPs to consider dying with dignity law reform

Colleen Hartland.

Farrah Tomazin A controversial push to give terminally ill people the right to die with the help of a doctor will be reignited in state parliament this week, potentially paving the way for future law reform.

Christian group asks Victorian government for right to discriminate on gay adoption

The Victorian government has ordered a review of Victoria's adoption laws, with proposed changes likely to be introduced into Parliament by the middle of the year.

Farrah Tomazin Faith-based adoption want to give agencies the right to refuse to place a child in the care of gay couples.

Michael Kroger sets out plan to overhaul Victorian Liberal Party

Michael Kroger, Victorian president of the Liberal Party.

Farrah Tomazin The Victorian Liberal Party is set to be overhauled, with new president Michael Kroger announcing sweeping plans to review the Coalition agreement, give more power to local branches, and recruit more...

Programs for homelessness, hospitals and kindergartens at risk

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews.

Farrah Tomazin Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of programs for homelessness, hospitals and kindergartens face cuts – and could jeopardise Premier Daniel Andrews' first budget.

Radical plan to ease Hoddle Street gridlock

Wait your turn ... The Eastern Freeway near Hoddle Street on the day of our test.

Farrah Tomazin A radical new traffic system will be introduced on one of Melbourne's most gridlocked roads as part of an ambitious state government plan to reduce congestion in the inner-city.

Ambos may be dispatched to call centres to tackle Code 1 errors

Fewer ambos on the road?

Farrah Tomazin More clinically trained paramedics will be asked to work in call centres to reduce the rate of Code 1 emergencies that are mistakenly dispatched every year.

Victoria to ban e-waste in landfill

E-waste is a growing problem

Farrah Tomazin Almost every household has its share. The once state-of-the art television that has suddenly become yesterday's model. Keyboards and chords gathering dust in the back of a cupboard.

Andrews just can't walk on by on education

'Public school advocates have accused his government of entrenching inequality, pandering to the private system, and betraying the principles of the Gonski funding reforms.'

Farrah Tomazin Labor's education pledges before last year's election were ambitious, but its policies are already under fire from public school advocates.

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Andrews push to make private schools more accountable for finance

Private school students.

Farrah Tomazin Making non-government schools report on how funds are spent will divert resources from students to accountants, critic says.

Nationals hold Gippsland South in by-election

National logo

Farrah Tomazin The Nationals have retained the  prized seat of Gippsland South, potentially fending off a by-election challenge from their senior Coalition partner in the wake of last year's state election.