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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.

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...

Parents get new powers to judge principals

Farrah Tomazin Parents will have the power to formally assess how principals perform and school councils will get new authority to shape the way classrooms are run, under a controversial shake-up of the education...

'Poverty 90% solved' by traditional marriage, speaker tells World Congress of Families

Protesters rally against the World Congress of Families at the Catch The Fire Ministry in Hallam on August 30, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

Farrah Tomazin Ninety per cent of poverty could be solved through the affirmation of marriage between a man and woman, a contentious conference in Melbourne has heard.

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Protester storms stage at World Congress of Families

Farrah Tomazin Ninety per cent of poverty could be solved through the affirmation of marriage between a man and woman, a contentious conference in Melbourne has heard.

Protester storms stage at controversial World Congress of Families conference

A protester at the World Congress of Families conference.

Farrah Tomazin A pro-choice protester has breached security and stormed the stage at a controversial “pro-families” conference in Melbourne on Saturday, a day after state and federal Liberal MPs pulled...

Conservatives battle to take control of the Victorian Liberal Party

Dennis Napthine

Farrah Tomazin Denis Napthine was on his way to the Bendigo Jockey Club for what spin doctors call a "good news" photo opportunity, but the bad news of the day was occupying his mind.

Liberal stalwart John Elliott considers tilt in Hawthorn

John Elliott

Farrah Tomazin Former Carlton president John Elliott is considering running for preselection in Ted Baillieu’s blue ribbon seat of Hawthorn, with the 72-year-old boldy declaring he could help the Napthine...

Schools fear ice dealers will target children

Farrah Tomazin Principals and youth workers fear Victoria’s ice pandemic is becoming so widespread that schools could soon become targets for drug dealers.

Napthine government watchdog under fire for skipping ads

Shadow Attorney-General Martin Pakula.

Farrah Tomazin It was one of the Coalition’s big-ticket promises ahead of the 2010 state election: a government advertising watchdog designed to stop public money being used on political spin.

Push for further crackdown on puppy farms and online sales

puppy farms

Farrah Tomazin Factory-farmed puppies are increasingly being sold through online sites such as Gumtree and Trading Post, allowing dozens of breeders to remain anonymous and unchecked as profits boom.

Education department executives paid millions in bonuses

Education with faded blackboard

Farrah Tomazin Education Department executives have been awarded millions of dollars in performance bonuses while school programs have been cut and hundreds of jobs have been lost.

As election looms, parties seek fresh approach

Ellen Sandell

Farrah Tomazin Political renewal relies on a transfusion of new blood.

Misogynist rants from Young Libs

Facebook and computer

Henrietta Cook and Farrah Tomazin Young Liberals at one the country's most elite universities have posted racist, crude and misogynist comments on social media, describing women as ''sluts'', Muslims as ''degenerates'' and saying all...

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.